A wish to all my friends in blog/web land for a happy and safe holiday and to all my friends in retail a prosperous one as well. And lastly to my pals in the magazine world, even though you are probably knee deep in spring layouts and photo shoots I hope you can manage a single day for you and your families to celebrate the current season.
So I suppose most of you thought I fell off the face of the earth but life has been very busy around these parts.
Since my last post one of my employees got married and moved to San Francisco, the other two move to Philadelphia, I did a design show house for SCAD, produced & styled two photo shoots for Better Homes and Gardens, decorated the store for the holidays and held an open house. I am a little tired so I hope you will understand why the blog has been on the back burner. I promise to be better in the coming months because I have a lot to share with you.
In retail you get used to ordering merchandise in the off season. You order Holiday items in January and Spring items in July. So when I am asked to produce projects for the various magazines I do freelance work for it comes easy. I made these cute little house this past winter for Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine (on news stands through December).
If you are interested in making some of your own little houses the templates appear in the back of the magazine and we are selling the embellishment kits at the store. There is an assortment of vintage and new holiday decorations (glass balls, bottle brush trees, plastic deer, snowmen for example) in the kits. It is priced at $25. Give us a ring if you have questions or would like to order one. The kits will be ready in about 3 weeks. Shop # (912)201-0015
Yeah! @home is featured in the fall issue of Adorn Magazine. It is a great shopping story about some of the best spots for creatives to visit while in Savannah written by Amy Nieto a former SCAD student and regular customer of mine. Many thanks to Amy for including us with such a stellar group of businesses.
I just got my copy in the mail so I don't know if it is on the news stands. I checked the website as well and it looks like it hasn't been posted there yet. Keep checking I think it is a great story.
Many of you know that I have been trying for some time to get a website up and running. Well the latest is that my web designer left town after graduating from SCAD and appears to have moved on as well. I am so disappointed because it was looking so cute. I will hopefully find someone who can help me finish it if I could just get my files from him. Please be patient.
What an honor. I have been asked to decorate a dorm room for the Savannah College of Art and Design. I guess you could call it the model dorm room. It is the one that prospective students tour while visiting the college. I wasn't sure I was interested until I saw the bleak environment in which these art students were expected to live in and be creative.
The admissions department wanted to show these students the potential for their rooms and that is where I come in. I have big plans and will post after pictures when it is finished. So please check back.
One of my favorite places in town, Back in the Day Bakery, was recently featured in the New York Times 36 hours in Savannah article. The husband and wife team, Cheryl and Griff Day, have had much success in their almost 5 year run in Savannah. I am a huge fan and regular contributor to their success and I have the curves to prove it. As I get older time seems to scoot by. I remember when they first opened in an up and coming area known at the Starland District. Their bakery holds the anchor spot and I believe has been a big part of the revitalization of the area. I didn't know Griff too well but I fondly called him the gentle giant back then. He didn't talk too much and he still doesn't I just know him better now. Cheryl has a good heart, joyful spirit and great humor. I couldn't be happier for them. All of this comes around at a good time because sadly Cheryl lost her sister this time last year. I know that she has had a tough year because if anyone would have reveled in her successes it would have been her sister.
As the summer drags along here in Savannah I find myself actually excited about attending the upcoming trade shows. As a retailer it might come as a great surprise that I do not love to go to market. My background is in the antique business so the thrill of the hunt is one that keeps me up the night before an estate sale or keeps my eyes wide open during a long car ride to an antique fair. When you have the opportunity to order a hundred of something your enthusiasm wears a little thin. That is not to say that I don't like the things I find and order for my shop, I just prefer the adrenalin rush that comes with the unknown. So back to my original thought about being excited. I think it is because we have been in the new location for about nine months now and I feel really confident about the direction the store is taking. Each time we have moved the shop it has felt like we were starting from scratch. So with this buying trip I hope to find many unique treasures to fill the store for the upcoming season. I plan to do some junkin along the way as well.
This past month I had the great fortune to reconnect with a few gals that I hadn't seen in a while. The first two, Kara and Darcy are a fair distance away and I only know them through a few brief encounters but I know if they were close we would be tight. Even with the distance between us we plan to meet up in Atlanta at the gift show in July. They are the owners of a shop in Greenville, OH called McMaster and Storm (www.mcmasterandstorm.blogspot.com). About three years ago Kara made a visit to Savannah and came into my store we hit it off and promised to stay in touch. Within a few months my sister and I went to the Springfield Antique Fair in Ohio and I caught up with the pair in their booth at the show. I quickly understood why she loved my shop so much. We had very similar taste and as a result I purchased a group of items from the two of them.
Over the years we lost contact but I kept hearing from people visiting Savannah from Ohio that my store reminded them of a shop in Ohio called McMaster and Storm. I finally asked the last visitor Sally if she knew the owners and she did. Sure enough it was Kara and Darcy. She gave Kara a ring while standing in my shop . So after all this time we are back in touch and I hope we keep it that way.
Then there is Katie, an artist with unimaginable talent and co-creator of shopSCAD, a brilliant shop here in Savannah that represents all things good produced from the students, staff and alumni of the Savannah College of Art and Design. After leaving her position with the college she relocated to Columbia to be near her fiance and work on her art. She has rented an old storefront where she creates fantastic assemblages and paintings sold both at shopSCAD and on her etsy theconstantgather.etsy.com.
I met Katie and her mom Bonnie when they happened upon my shop 7 years ago when we were in our first location. I knew I liked her from the very begining. We had a lot in common and while she was attending SCAD she helped me out in the shop once and a while. Katie had a running tab at my shop and we would settle up by trading her artwork and pottery for materials from my store. When Katie graduated we held her thesis show in my shop. Her pieces fit my aesthetic so well I remember one of her professors saying "I can't tell when the art stops and the store start." She had so many fans athe college she was approached by the president of SCAD to open a retail store for them and shopSCAD was born. I know I sound like a proud mom but I can't help it. I had the great fortune to witness her bloom into a business women and an accomplished artist.