Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Platter Has Been Claimed

We're thrilled to announce
that the winner
of the Mariposa Snowflake Platter
Aimee Bedard

Congratulations to Aimee!

Our apologies to everyone else that we did not have more snowflake platters to raffle off.
Thanks so much for finding it as gorgeous as we do though.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Who Gets the Snowflake Platter?

We know many of you are waiting with bated breath...
The winner of this stunning Mariposa Snowflake Platter

Raffle Ticket Number 574152

The owner of ticket number 574152 has five business days to claim the platter.
If the platter goes unclaimed, we'll pick a new winner at the close of business on Saturday, November 26th.
So, hold onto those tickets, just in case. :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Start Making Your Lists!

Our Brand New
Sweet Pea Designs Holiday Album
has arrived!

And they're offering a sale!
15% off Christmas and Holiday
through 11/7/11

We've also received our holiday updates for our Printswell albums:
PicMeHoliday, Stacy Claire Boyd, Roseanne Beck
and even more online.


Get 20% off Printswell Holiday Photocards
50% off Imprinted Envelopes
(with coupon code HOL202011)

Stop in and check out the great new designs
or peruse Printswell online.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Did you know that your Three Designing Women Custom Address Stamp is Interchangeable?

If you purchased your custom address stamp after November 2009, you have the capability of removing your custom address stamp and popping on a variety of design clips, which are now in stock.  Check out some of the design examples below:

These are great for trick or treat bags, home-made wrapping paper, baked goods, and more.  Even better, the design clips cost only $5.75 -- pair them with colored ink ($5.75) and you're ready to start stamping!

Don't have a custom address stamp already?   Three Designing Women is now offering Custom Address Stamps all boxed up (in stock now) and ready to go, so they're even eaiser and better to give as gifts. Fill out the form, mail it in, and they' ll ship (for free!) your custom address stamp right to you (or your gift recipient).

For an even more cost effective alternative, we have Grab n' Go kits that include a stamper, an ink cartridge and a design clip all pre-bundled together, for $16.75.

Or, mix and match your own -- you can purchase all of the above Grab n' Go components separately, to create the exact stamp you want.

So many choices!  Stop in and check out all the adorable options today.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Open House - Sunday 10/16, 4:00 - 6:00

We're firm believers that Juliska tableware is meant to be used,
It doesn't need to be sequestered away except for very special occasions,
or to be treated gingerly with kid gloves.

Probably not what Juliska meant by "dishwasher safe"
but Bree's Bamboo Juliska continues to hold its own with her "dish washers".

We think that it is not only the most beautiful, but also the most practical and versatile tableware in the world. Because we believe this so deeply, we're going to spend the next two weeks focusing on Juliska at Initial Attraction, with displays that highlight all the pieces that do double duty to demonstrate how versatile they are (don't you just love a great piece that you can use in multiple ways, especially as we approach the holidays?).

We're kicking off our
Juliska: Meant To Be Used
event with an
Open House
on Sunday, October 16th
from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

We're hosting special store hours this Sunday to showcase the loveliness that is Juliska. We'll have wine and appetizers and brand new Juliska items (including the gorgeous Country Estates) for you to peruse. Stop by this Sunday to see the full displays (before the pieces start to head out the door), learn which pieces do double duty and how, and even get a free gift with qualifying purchase.

Yes, this is a rare opportunity to obtain free Juliska:
Sunday, October 16th
Saturday, October 29th

•Make any Juliska purchase of $150 or more and receive this Mini Berry Bowl ($59 retail value) for free.

•Make any Juliska purchase of $300 or more and receive this Tessa Small Revere Bowl ($105 retail value) for free.

This offer lasts through Saturday, October 29th, or while supplies last.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

East West Totes All Around

It happened very quickly --
All of the Vera Bradley East West Totes
that were raffled off last week
have been claimed.

Do not despair!
If you're name is not one of the four listed below,
take comfort --
Vera Bradley has just extended a
One Day Deal
on all East West Totes!

Saturday, October 22nd
purchase any East West Tote (regularly priced at $52)
for only $39!
While supplies last.

In the meantime, let's offer a round of congratulations
to the following winners:
Rhythm & Blues #574082: Elaine Smit
Floral Nightingale #573984: Cathy Michealsen
Tea Garden #574108: Marcia Smith
Suzani #574098: Tamela Wenzel

Thank you again to everyone who helped celebrate the arrival of Vera Bradley's Winter Collection

Monday, September 26, 2011

An Update

We waited with bated breath this morning
to find out if our samples from Waxing Poetic would arrive
and in what form...

The company actually pulled together a replica set
of the samples we were supposed to have received on Friday.

So, we've got the Rivet, the Round, the Square, the Mini's and more
we've got rings, we've got bracelets,
we've got Tiny Lights, and the Big Fluttery Pendant
and loads of other samples for you to see and play with

And so, without further ado,
please join us for our

Waxing Poetic Trunk Show
Monday, September 26th
Saturday, October 1st
with extended hours until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 28th

Peruse the samples and play with the jewelry.
Pre-order any of the line's current offerings.
Waxing Poetic will be priority shipping any trunk show orders,
so we're anticipating their arrival around October 15th.
In stock items can be pre-ordered and picked up on Monday, October 3rd, (if not sooner).

We think you'll find that it was all worth the wait.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Well, there's no blood involved...

Dear Friends,

Well, would you like the good news first or the bad news?

Let's start with the good news. While our Vera Bradley Luggage Event didn't get off to quite the start we had hoped for, since the sample merchandise did not arrive when planned, we now have the luggage samples we've been waiting for, in house and ready for you to view, test, swivel and compare. As a result, we've prolonged the Luggage Event to continue through the end of this week. So, between now and Saturday October 1st, if you pre-order and purchase any Vera Bradley rolling luggage item, you'll receive any other current Vera Bradley item of your choice at 50% off (excluding rolling luggage).

And now for the bad news. We've been so excited about offering you a full-blown Waxing Poetic trunk show this week, chock full of samples from the company of all the items that we're not able to regularly stock. Unfortunately, we've just found out that, due to an error on Waxing Poetic's end (they wrote down the end date of our trunk show as the start date), the sample boards that we've all been so excited to see and play with are not here. We're not even sure if they will be here this week. Waxing Poetic is scrambling to get some samples to us, but as of right now, they've been unresponsive in sharing with us exactly what they will be providing or when it will be here.

So, here's what we know right now: We will have samples from the company. We doubt that it will be an example of every single piece, but we should have an increased showing. The samples are supposed to be here by 10:30 am Monday (9/26) morning, but Waxing Poetic has not yet provided us with the shipping tracking codes that they also promised us, so we aren't able to verify this arrival time for sure. We're also working to determine whether we'll be able to get our hands on the real sample boards (that do detail everything we don't usually stock) by the end of this week (if we can, we'll be extending the trunk show through next week). We'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, please accept our sincere apologies. Our goal with these events has been to try to further highlight special companies and products that you have specifically expressed an interest in seeing more of. Because we're a store with not a lot of square footage, we've been using these events to try to deepen the offerings available to you, if only for a short time. We keep reminding ourselves that there is no blood involved and that mistakes do happen, but the end result remains that we feel terrible that we have over-promised and under-delivered. Our goal has NOT been to jerk you around, rather our goal is always to surprise and delight you (we have our fingers crossed that Waxing Poetic will come through and surprise and delight us all). Please know that we truly value your time and your support of our business, and that we will be implementing meas ures with all special event vendors to try to prevent this from happening in the future.

We'll keep you updated on Facebook, on our blog, and via email as to what is going on with Waxing Poetic as soon as we know anything concrete. In the meantime, thanks for your patience, your understanding, and most importantly for your friendship -- it's what keeps us going!

Many thanks,
Meme & Bree 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

East West Tote Winners

The FOUR Winners
of the
FOUR Vera Bradley East West Totes

Floral Nightingale: Ticket #573984
Tea Garden: Ticket #574108
Suzani: Ticket #574098
Rhythm & Blues: Ticket #574082

Winners have five business days to claim their prize.
Please call, email or stop in to let us know that you've got a winning ticket!
You'll need to bring your raffle ticket in with you when you claim your tote.
One prize per ticket holder, please--
(if same ticket holder wins multiple totes, we'll ask that you pick your favorite pattern among the winnings).

If all four winners do not claim their tote by close of business on Friday (9/30/11),
we'll pick new raffle tickets for any remaining totes.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated and
helped celebrate the arrival of Vera Bradley's new Winter offerings!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Do you have Raffle Ticket

If so, you won a Dash & Albert Rug Tote of your choice!
Stop in or call by 9/17/11 to claim your prize.

If prize goes unclaimed, we'll pull another raffle ticket on 9/18/11.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The rumors are true.
Our Waxing Poetic catalog trunk show was so successful,
and we've received so many requests for another,
that we've decided to up the ante and host a
full fledged

Waxing Poetic Trunk Show


Monday, September 26th
Friday, September 30th

•With extended hours until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 28th
•We'll have sample boards directly from the company so that you can actually see, touch and feel the items that we don't always have in stock.
•As well as increased stock in store.

We're also offering a select opportunity to those interested in hosting a Waxing Poetic party at Initial Attraction. We have four evenings currently available during that last week of September. Gather some friends, meet at Initial Attraction, and partake in some wine and savory snacks (provided by us!) while you shop. The store will be yours to peruse and play with the jewelry at your leisure.

Host a party and here's what you'll receive:
  • $25 in free jewelry money for parties totalling at least $150 in retail sales.
  • 25% in free jewelry money for parties totalling at least $300 in retail sales.
  • 25% in free jewelry money for parties totalling $500 in retail sales or more, plus one item at 50% off (or two items at 50% off for parties totalling $1,000 or more).
  • Plus appreciation points for all monetary purchases.
We'll also make it as easy as possible for you to simply have a fun evening with friends. Let us know of your interest and we'll walk you through the details. We anticipate that these evenings will schedule quickly.

This is the last Waxing Poetic event that we plan on holding before the end of the year, so plan ahead and take advantage in anticipation of the holidays!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What's In Store For Your Floor?

Check out our latest newsletter
Dash & Albert Rug Company Trunk Show details,
wedding details,
and WINE!

Photo courtesy of Nicole Emens

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Holy Hipsters!

We just received not one, not two,
but SEVEN boxes of Vera Bradley goodies!

Filled with new colors and styles, backorders, special orders

Stop in and check out our well stocked selection
of Vera Bradley items today!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

End of Season Clearance (Indoor) Sidewalk Sale

Today marks the beginning of our End of Season Clearance (Indoor) Sidewalk Sale!
We're so excited as we've got all sorts of goodies marked at deep discounts
(some as much as 75% off!).
In terms of selection,
we think this might be our best clearance sale to date.
Don't miss out -- sale starts today at 10:00 am and runs through Saturday (7/23).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Happiness is in stock now!

Happiness candles, that is. :) 
Our most popular Thymes Offerings candle,
with its vibrant citrus scent,
is back on the shelves! 

Each Offerings candle conveys a sentiment to be shared. 
Happiness is especially perfect for gifting
Birthday, engagement, baby, housewarming...
Who couldn't use a little Happiness??
Get ready for our

End of Season
Sidewalk Clearance Sale

Up to 75% Off

Thursday (7/21),
Friday (7/22),
& Saturday (7/23)

You know we'd love to have a bigger store,
but since we only have so many square feet,
we need to make the most of what we've got!

Be sure to stop in and take advantage of the deals!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Grand Traveler Winner!


Brenda Daam

ticketholder of raffle number 573775
and winner of the
Vera Bradley Grand Traveler in Mocha Rouge

Thank you again to everyone who participated!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Grand Traveler Winner!

The winner of the
Vera Bradley Grand Traveler
in Mocha Rouge

is the holder of

raffle ticket number 573775

This winner has through Friday, July 15th, 2011 to claim their prize. You'll also need to bring in your raffle ticket to demonstrate that you are indeed the lucky winner. If the prize is unclaimed through the 15th, we'll draw another ticket on the morning of July 16th, and will continue to draw tickets every five days until the prize is claimed.
Huge thanks to everyone who participated!

Friday, June 24, 2011

And we have a winner!


Linda McMurray,

ticketholder of raffle number 573711
and winner of the
Reisenthal Market Basket/Oakwood Summer Hop raffle!
Thank you again to everyone
who joined us for a fantastically fun evening.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Winner of the Summer Hop Raffle

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in last night's first ever Oakwood Summer Hop.  While the weather kept us on our toes, the rain actually held off long enough for a spectacular evening.  A special thank you to everyone who brought canned goods in for donation.  The turn out was wonderful and the amount of food that we'll be able to donate to the Oakwood Neighborhood Association food pantry is simply heartwarming.  We are so lucky to have such wonderful, kind customers.

We're also excited to announce the winner of the Reisenthel Market Basket, loaded up with a Vera Bradley towel, party cups, a Vapur Anti Water Bottle, and a Snack Square -- all to help the winner have an extra fun summer.

The winner of the Market Basket
and all of its contents
is the holder of
raffle ticket number 573711. 

This winner has through June 28th to claim their prize.  You'll also need to bring in your raffle ticket to demonstrate that you are indeed the lucky winner.  If the prize is unclaimed through the 28th, we'll draw another ticket on the morning of June 29th, and will continue to draw tickets every five days until the prize is claimed.

Thank you again to everyone who stopped by to check out everything that Oakwood has to offer and for contributing to such a wonderful evening.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cross Pens

Cross Pens are here!
Fun, current colors,
Cross quality craftsmanship,
and great gifting prices (for grads & dads!).
In stock now, while supplies last.

Vera Bradley Summer Sale

The Vera Bradley Summer Sale starts TODAY!

We have an entire bookcase of Vera items on sale -- Call Me Coral, Make Me Blush, Simply Violet, and Versailles, in addition to retiring styles, as well as limited edition items (Frill, Microfiber, Making Waves, Seaport Stripe, On a Clear Day, Beach, etc.).

Loads of merchandise that will go quickly.
Get a great grad or teacher gift for less (they'll never know!).

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fresh Doughnuts & Coffee

Free, fresh Stonewall Kitchen doughnuts
and Barefoot Contessa coffee
available this morning!

Stop in, try a doughnut,
and let us know if we should start stocking the mixes.
Sip the coffee
(which is rich and delicious, with just a hint of cinnamon)
and take 10% off any Barefoot Contessa Coffee purchase, today only.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Three To Get Ready

Looking for the Vera Bradley
Three to Get Ready?

We've got them!
In all four new summer colors
Only $28,
Now through May 23rd
(or, while supplies last).

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fresh Flowers Mother's Day Event

Just For Mother's Day!
We have an assortment of fresh flowers on hand
for you to pair with a Juliska vase (or even a Vera Bradley tumbler!)
for a beautiful (one stop shopping) Mother's Day Gift

5/6/11/ and 5/7/11 only
Pick your vase, pick your flowers
Roses are $2 each, all other flowers and fillers are $1 each.
Create a custom arrangment on site just for her.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Slim Tote & Mother's Day Bracelet

For a limited time only!

Slim Tote
May 5th - 8th
this exclusive tote
in new English Meadow (a $49 value)
is yours for just $38

Mother's Day Bracelet
Available through May 7th
this unique resin bead bracelet in new
Deco Daisy, English Meadow, Viva la Vera or Watercolor
is yours for just $28

Friday, April 29, 2011

Gotta Have It Giveaway Winner for 4/29/11

Congratulations to Norma B,
the winner of the Reisenthel Market Basket (in the color of her choice)
for our 4/29/11 Giveaway!

Norma B, you have 30 days to collect your prize.

Thanks to all who participated! 
We'll be posting additional giveaways soon with additional chances to win!

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Initial Attraction Survivor's Breakfast

Did you know that Prince Harry plans to celebrate until the sun comes up after the Royal Wedding reception, tonight?  In fact, he has a 6:00 am "Survivor's Breakfast" prepared for those still standing the next morning.

In honor of Harry's Survivor's Breakfast we're serving Barefoot Contessa Sour Cream Coffee Cake on Saturday (4/30) morning and we'll have a fresh pot of coffee brewed, so stop in and help yourself!  The coffee cake is a great item to pick up in anticipation of Mother's Day. 

Harry's Survivor's Breakfast has made us curious -- how is your china surviving these days?  Nicked, chipped or (gasp!) tucked away and rarely used?  Do all the Royal Wedding festivities make you want to register again?  If so, stop by Initial Attraction on Saturday (4/30) and fill out a wish list.   Feel free to fill it up with user friendly goodies from Mariposa (no polishing!) and Juliska (chip resistant!  Dishwasher safe!).  Whether it is to update your current collection or replace it entirely (or just get some Vera you've had your eye on), it is completely up to you -- the wish list is a guide for your friends and family so when your Birthday or Mother's Day (!) or the holidays roll around, they'll know just what you like (and believe us, they will thank you for making it so easy).

Just to sweeten the deal a little more, if you fill out a wish list this Saturday (4/30) only, we'll offer you 20% off any one item of your choice from your purchase that day.* 

Cake, coffee, 20% off, and gifts to come that you'll adore.  All without a survivor's hangover. :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2011

Mother's Day is May 8th

Are you like so many of the other sons and daughters out there who repeatedly tell us that Mother's Day is tricky because your mothers already have everything

If so, this Gift Guide is for you:

Mini Garden-in-a-Pail: Flowers are great, but what if you could give her a garden?  One that will last well past Mother's Day?  Just in time for Mother's Day, we're offering Mini Garden-in-a-Pail from Potting Shed Creations.  These beautifully packaged container gardens include a leak-proof US made galvanized pail and all the ingredients to grow exceptional flowers and herbs.  A perfect compliment to a windowsill or patio garden.  Choose from Heirloom Lavender or Organic Mixed Herb.

Garden-in-a-Bag:  Need something a little smaller?  Want to convey a sentiment of gratitude this Mother's Day?  Pick up a Garden-in-a-Bag instead.  These unique container gardens are a Potting Shed Creations original and perennial favorite.  Easily and conveniently grown right in the leak proof bag, just plant the enclosed packet of seed in the special blend of certified organic soil and organic coconut husk drainage chips, and water for a year-round garden indoors.  These Gardens-in-a-Bag say Happy Mother's Day on the front or Thank You (depending on the sentiment you want to convey) and will grow gorgeous zinnias.

Juliska Vase & Fresh Flowers:  If you prefer traditional flowers, stop in on Friday (5/6) or Saturday (5/7) and we'll have plenty of Juliska vases on hand, as well as loads of fresh flowers.  Pick your vase, pick your flowers, and create an arrangement on site that will be perfect for her.  Keep in mind that lots of our Juliska items do double duty:  the small tumblers also double as lovely bud vases, the Isabella Wine Carafe can hold a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and the ever popular tealights also turn over to function as bud vases as well.

Picture Frames:  We have an assortment of picture frames on hand that would make a special Mother's Day keepsake.  Don't have a picture to put in the frame?  Offer to take one on Mother's Day, when you're all together, with the idea that you'll have something to put in the frame after your celebration.

Mangiacotti Soaps & Lotions:  If she's got everything, then give her something that she can use up!  She'll love using up the soaps and lotions from Mangiacotti -- with their fresh scents and fun packaging, keeping clean (and who knows more about that??) has never been so lovely.

Candles:  Also along the lines of giving her something she can use, we have an array of candles that are a luxury to burn.  Pair a set of tapers with some personalized fingertip towels.  Or, the Thymes has a line of Offerings candles with their distinct signature scents and array of sentiments.  A Happiness or Love candle makes for a sweet gift for Mother's Day.

Vera Bradley Mother's Day Bracelet:  Is your mom a Vera Bradley fan?  Whether she has all the pieces or is just a Vera dabbler, we've got a bracelet that she has definitely not seen before.  For a limited time only, Vera Bradley is offering a fun, collection item bracelet, made of fashionable printed beads strung on elasticized cording.  It's a gift that fits every Vera Bradley fan's fancy and is available only through Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Cards:  Maybe gifts aren't your thing. Or maybe you've got an amazing mom, like mine, who actually gives us, her kids, gifts on Mother's Day (crazy, but true!).  Whether it is to go with your gift, or in place of a gift, we have a variety of Mother's Day cards in stock.  Mainly sweet (but with one or two silly options), even though she may have everything, she'll never have too many cards telling her how great she is.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Gotta Have It Giveaway for 4/29/11

Just in time for Mother's Day! 
We're giving away a FREE Reisenthel Market Basket. 
(You pick the color!  From our in stock offerings)

These large baskets can hold quite a bit (and the frame is light, so fill 'er up!), but the tear proof polyester and sturdy aluminum mean that it will last quite awhile. They make great Mother's Day gifts and can easily be personalized.

These are actually one of the most talked about items that we carry. Every time we chat with customers, we hear of a new and fantastic way in which these market baskets are being used -- from the Farmers Market (which opens May 7th!) to the Family Room, as a catch-all in the back seat of the car to a keeper of knitting projects, the list goes on and on.

Since everyone we talk with has a new and better use, we want to know:  How would you use the Reisenthel Market Basket? 

Tell us by leaving a comment here, on this blog, and we'll pick a winner from among the comments on Friday, April 29th.*

Which means you could have one of these baskets in hand
in time for both Mother's Day and the Farmer's Market.

*Comments must be posted by 9:00 am ET, Friday morning (4/29/11).  Comments posted anywhere other than this blog posting will not be considered.

Monday, March 28, 2011

And the Winner is...

Congratulations to Dana Cooper!! 

She won our raffle for a
Vera Bradley Metropolitan Tote in Deco Daisy!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle
and stopped in to check out Vera's new offerings last week. 

We still have lots of new items in stock,
 and we're going to have lots of great
limited edition offerings and freebies to come.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Promotions Galore for Vera's 3/24 Summer Launch!

Four new colors, lots of new styles -- all arriving Thursday(3/24)
We've got loads of fun ways to celebrate the new arrivals!

It all starts on Thursday, March 24th:
Be one of the first 12 people
to make a Vera purchase on
Thursday 3/24, Friday 3/25, or Saturday 3/26
(so you've got three days worth of chances!)
and you'll receive a free
Vera Bradley
Mini Kisslock,
Tape Measure,
or Listen Up (for your ipod)
in the four new colors.

Make any Vera Bradley purchase
on 3/24, 3/25, or 3/26
and you'll be entered in our raffle to win a
Free Metropolitan Tote in Deco Daisy

March 24 - April 4th
Make any Vera Bradley purchase of $65 or more
and receive a Limited Edition Petite Pouch

March 24- April 4th
Vera's Get Carried Away Tote
will be specially priced at $75 (normally priced at $88!)
Their largest and most functional tote,
this is THE ideal bag for summer fun and travel.
While supplies last.
Four different but special opportunities to get some great Vera Bradley items!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pretty Please?

We've got brand new gift bags, tissue, and wrapping paper,
for those of you who are still missing Oakwood Pharmacy.
New Vera (with lots of giveaways!) arriving 3/24/11.
Come bowl with us on 4/30/11!

Read on to find out more...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Vera Bradley Shades

What a beautiful Saturday! 
Savor the sunshine in a pair of Vera Bradley sunglasses. 
We've got loads of styles to choose from,
All with shatter resistant lenses and 100% UVB protection. 
Stop in and try on a few pairs today!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Site-wide/Store-wide Printswell Sale!

Stock up on stationery, bag tags, notepads, and more
Now through Tuesday, March 22nd. 

Save $10 on any $50 purchase,
$20 on any $100 purchase,
or $30 on any $150 purchase. 

Use coupon code SAVEBIG if ordering online,
or come into the shop and we'll take care of it all for you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Luck of the Irish

Even if you're not Irish! 
Make a purchase on St. Patrick's day,
mention this posting,
and we'll give you double the points on your appreciation card.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Old Standbys and New Favorites

We just recieved a new shipment of Shannon Martin greeting cards.  We've replenished old standbys like "Wine is proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy" and added new, soon-to-be-favorites such as "Good friends are a lot like thighs; they are always sticking together."  Be sure to stop in soon to check out the new assortment.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Dockside Canvas!

Three sizes, four colors --
how great would these look with a monogram??

Plus, get a limited edition Card Keeper to match
for only $16,
now through March 14th
(or while supplies last!).

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Life is too short...

...to not use pretty things:

Check out My Favorite Everything for her take on this philosophy!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Flip for Spring!

Purchase any Vera Bradley beach towel
and get 50% off
any pair of Vera Bradley flip flops.

Only available today through Monday (2/21/11).

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Vera Arrivals -- Making Waves & Readers

New Vera Bradley Arrivals -
In Stock Now

2011 Readers -- New Designs, New Colors
New Strengths (now up to +2.75)!

Making Waves
Coordinating patterns splash and play together on five fun styles.
Available in Vera's four new spring colors.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

And The Winner Is...

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our Wedding Registry event last Friday!  We had so much fun with all the brides and their families who attended.  The event was organized by TaDa Event Coordination, an event planning company that works with individuals and businesses to create memorable and effective events while keeping budget and style in mind.  Not only did they take care of all the details of our event, but they would be an asset for any bride in creating the wedding of her dreams.

This picture does not do
these divine treats justice!
TaDa has forged relationships with all types of vendors in theWest Michigan wedding community -- one of which was Love At First Cupcake, who brought the most decadent and divine cupcakes to the evening.  Everyone seemed to have a fun time tasting their way through the flavors and deciding on a favorite.  Meme's favorite with the Lemon Drop cupcake -- vanilla cake filled with lemon curd and topped with a lemony cream cheese frosting.  Bree's favorite was the Mocha Dream -- a coffee flavored cake with a cinnamon butter cream filling and chocolate ganache on top.  Every cupcake was amazingly different, distinctly flavored and an irresistible treat.  They make a wide array of amazing flavors, including vegan, gluten or dairy free options.  These little treats would be perfect for a shower or a fun alternative to a wedding cake.

If you missed this event but would like to set up a time to talk about Wedding or Gift Registries (or attend a possible future event), please don't hesitate to let us know.  Our goal is to create registries that reflect both a couple's life and style, with pieces they'll easily use again and again.  We also try to make it easy for friends and family to pick a perfect wedding gift by keeping registries up to date on-line, as well as in store.  Any couple that registers with Initial Attraction will be eligible to receive a 10% personal discount on any registry items purchased by the bride or groom for one year, after the date of the wedding.  Lastly, bridal registries are always accompanied by a hand picked gift from us, as a small thank you for letting us be a part of this tradition.

We also offer additional resources and ideas that may be helpful in regards to other aspects of  wedding planning. We offer a wide array of gifts, not only for registries, but also for wedding party, favors, and thank you gifts.   In fact, the evening included goody bags filled with possible wedding favor options, as well as a raffle for a set of two Juliska champagne glasses. The winner of these gorgeous glasses is Jennifer Wagg!

Thanks again to everyone who attended for such a fun evening!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Printswell is offering
15% off all orders of $75 or more,
plus $3.00 flat rate shipping. 

Didn't send holiday cards this year,
but thinking about sending Valentine's instead? 
Need to stock up on stationery? 
Thinking ahead to all those graduation bag tags? 
Considering personalized chocolate bars for your wedding favors? 

If so, now is the time! 
Ends 2/6/11.

Monday, January 31, 2011


Calling all brides-to-be!
Initial Attraction and TaDa Event Coordination
invite you to

Join us on
Friday, February 4, 2011
From 6:00 - 8:00 PM
For a fun night in the boutique
Learning the ins and outs of your wedding registry.

Topics will include:
  • Registry timelines
  • Registry etiquette
  • Gift-giving ideas
  • Favors & stationery
Be sure to RSVP to Initial Attraction at 269.341.4444 to reserve your goody bag with a sampling of wonderful items.
All brides who attend are eligible to win a set of two Juliska champagne glasses (valued at $112!).
Yummy samples of sweet treats from a local bakery will also be on hand.
You won’t want to miss it!


Friday, January 28, 2011

60% Off Sale Starts TODAY

All items that were 50% off are now 60% off today
 (this includes select Vera Bradley items as well)!

Don't miss 60% discounts on
heirloom quality linen napkins and placemats (beautiful for wedding gifts),
Cross pens,
baby onesies (embroidery included)
and more...

Friday, January 7, 2011

You Know We Love It...

You all know by now how much we love Juliska and it's wide array of freezer/oven/microwave/dishwasher safe line of ceramic tableware and dishwasher safe glassware.  While Meme and I have been slowly incorporating Juliska into our lives, piece by piece, we thought it might be nice to hear about some of the new pieces and various uses from someone who has had Juliska for a little longer.

Not sure if you're familiar with My Favorite Everything -- it's a fun blog written by an interior designer (who worked for Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus) and now has three children under the age of 3.  This lady knows about real life AND real loveliness.  She's been collecting and using Juliska since she got married and knows all about the new pieces as well as great ways for using the old standbys. So, instead of listening to us gush about how much we adore it, we thought you might like to hear some tips and see some of the new products from someone new, who has been a fan and familiar with the line for awhile now  (she can vouch for its resilience!).  When we claim that it is chip resistant and sturdier than it looks, she actually has the pictures to prove it.  Check out Still the Most Beautiful Tableware in the World and Possibly the Most Beautiful Tableware in the world for an unbiased review by someone who uses Juliska for every meal, every single day.  Every single day!

Stay tuned for more information regarding even newer additions to Juliska's lineup -- more functional and beautiful ways to mix and match your collections and even incorporate the holidays.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Have You Seen All the New Vera on Sale?

We've put loads of Vera Bradley items on sale
At 50% off

This entire case and more.
We're making room
 for the FOUR NEW Vera Bradley patterns
arriving  January 13th!