Wednesday, November 26, 2014

So Thankful

It's almost Turkey Time, folks. And that means we've been racing around like mad merchandising and prepping the store for a flurry of activity during Black Friday & Small Business Saturday weekend and the holiday season to follow. About this time every year, though, we take a break from the frenzy and stop to reflect on the year past and our incredible good fortune to be able to run this little shop.

We have so much to be thankful for again this year. We've welcomed two sweet babies into our Gus & Ruby family; Portsmouth continues to be a dynamic, supportive community; we have the most incredible, dedicated and talented staff (you guys ROCK!). And, last but far from least, you, our amazing clients, friends and families, have again shown us support, kindness and inspiration day in and day out. We are truly humbled and blessed and our little shop would never be what it is without each and every one of you.

So, as you gobble up some good food tomorrow and as you reflect and give thanks for the good things your life, please know that we will be thinking of you and feeling thankful for the many ways you've touched our lives.

Have a most wonderful day and we hope to see you this weekend for Black Friday & Small Business Saturday and throughout the coming holiday season!

With grateful hearts,
Samantha & Whitney

PS: We will be closing up early today at 4PM so that we can all get on the road to our own holiday celebrations. But, we'll be extending our store hours for the holiday season to help with all your shopping needs starting this Friday! Please see the hours below. And, of course, we're happy to ship to you or run goods out to your car if you are unable to stop in.

Today - December 7th
Wednesday,  Nov. 26: closing early at 4PM
Thanksgiving: CLOSED
Black Friday (Nov. 28) and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 29): 9AM - 9PM
Sunday, Nov. 30 - Sunday, Dec. 7: 10AM - 6PM

Dec. 8th - Dec. 20th
Sunday - Thursday: 10AM - 7PM
Friday - Saturday: 10AM - 9PM

Dec. 21st - Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 21 - Tuesday, Dec 23: 10AM-9PM
Tuesday, Dec. 24: 10AM- 4PM
Wednesday, Dec. 25: CLOSED

Normal hours resume Friday, Dec. 26
New Year's Eve: 10AM- 4PM
New Year's Day: CLOSED

Image by Matthew Land Studios for Style Me Pretty.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Get ready for our annual Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Goodie Boxes!

Mark your calendars for this year's Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Goodie Box Giveaway events!

Shop with us on Friday, November 28 & Saturday, November 29 and enjoy the fabulous festivities including:

• We'll be open extended ours from 9am-9pm and will have coffee and treats as we kick-off the holiday season. You've got to keep our energy up with all that shopping, after all. Haha.

• Receive 10% OFF your entire purchase when you mention this email or any of our Facebook, Twitter or blog posts about the event.*

• The chance to win one of 15 goodie boxes STOCKED with some of our favorite products from around the shop**. Each box is valued at over $100 and (I know it's hard to believe) but this year's box may be our best box yet!

• As a part of their Small Business Saturday initiative, American Express will offer $10 statement credit to any AMEX customer who spends $10 or more at a registered small business! That's free money! Find out more about AMEX Small Business Saturday details here.

We feel so very lucky to have such incredible customers all year round, but especially during the holidays. We hope you will continue to Shop Local and Shop Small - it truly does make a difference in our local economy and in the lives of countless artisans, designers and community members (you! us! our amazing employees! all the incredible people who help keep downtown the vibrant place that it is!).

Every dollar spent at a locally owned, independent business generates 2-3 times more economic activity in our communities than a dollar spent at a national chain. Our friends are Seacoast Local have explained the real benefits of shopping local HERE so please do check it out. We're psyched to be a part of Plaid Friday this year!

We hope to see you on Nov. 28th & 29th and throughout the holiday season!

*Discount applicable on in-store purchases only. Excludes custom/special orders and gift certificates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Be sure to mention the email/posts as this is only offered to you, our best customers!

**1 chance to win per customer, per day with purchase. 15 boxes will be given away each day for a total of 30 boxes and over $100 in product in each box!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Our new bath and beauty line from Hand in Hand!

The first reason we love Hand in Hand is their oh so beautiful packaging. The sweet illustrations on each scent are perfect. Next, all of the soap, lotions, bath salts, lip balm and candles are natural, vegan, fair trade, cruelty free, palm oil free and pareben free. Along with all that, everything is made in the USA, (the soap is made in Vermont!). 
And if it couldn't get better, for every item purchased, Hand in Hand donates 1 bar of soap + 1 month of clean water to a child in the developing world. Oh, and the last reason we LOVE Hand in Hand is that each scent (Wildflower & Fern, Sea Salt, Lavender, or Orange Blossom) smells truly amazing and feels so good.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Homestead Candles

The rustic charm of an old country store, a farmhouse table full of fresh cut flowers, and your linens drying on the clothes line in the warm sun. These Homestead candles are available in 6 wonderful fragrances in two sizes. If you are making out your holiday shopping list,  add the beautiful metal cups wrapped in a cozy cotton bag  are a perfect gift.  

sachet: fresh spring jasmin, dried rose and cattleya orchid

sundry: newly bloomed magnolia with a hint of fresh spring linen

 ambrosia: an organic mix of orange, shredded coconut and a dash of grapefruit

These hammered copper tins will feel right at home in your kitchen. 
Fern: red ginger and ming fern fused with blue lavender

sprig: flowering basil and garden mint with a splash of lemon

 Mahogany: mahogany wood, white musk and a hint of freshly picked freesia

Monday, November 10, 2014

Falling for Forestbound

Honestly, who doesn't love a great bag? Fashionable and practical, these Forestbound bags are an all time favorite here at the store. Each bag is made by hand with vintage fabric, meaning that these are truly one of a kind! The designer, Alice, really out did herself with our "wishlist" of what we wanted for this order. Speaking of wishlists, we have a feeling more than one of these will be ending up on someone's list. 

One of a kind 1940s print feed sack fabric with 3 front pockets, leather handles and bottom
$210 | Handmade in Boston, MA

 One of a kind 1940's printed cotton tote with WW2 navy canvas pocket and 
leather handles.
$170 | Handmade in Boston, MA

 One of a kind 1930's printed feed sack tote with WW2 canvas pocket and leather handles.
$170 | Handmade in Boston, MA

 One of a kind layered 1930's-1950's canvas from feed sacks and duffel bags with leather 
handles and bottom
$210 | Handmade in Boston, MA

One of a kind 1930's chambray tote with WW2 canvas pocket and leather handles.
$170 | Handmade in Boston, MA

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It's time for our annual Wish List Soirée!

It's November, so you know that means we are getting ourselves totally jazzed about the upcoming holiday season! We've spent the last few months searching high and low for the best of the best new products to bring into the shop. We do our absolute best to curate a store full of products that we think will inspire you and will bring you joy. We think the months of hard work have paid off and we can't wait for you to see all that we have in-store for this holiday season!

So, what better way to preview and kick-off the season than with our annual

Wish List Event
Thursday, November 20
6:00 - 8:00pm

Just as in years past, we're holding a private shopping soiree for you, our fabulous customers, so that you can see all the new goodies and create a wish-list of your own that we can send to friends/family as a helpful hint. We'll be serving up some yummy nibbles and inspired cocktails from Art in the Age craft spirits and one lucky guest will receive a fabulous door prize - a set of custom letterpress stationery!**

To top it all off, and in case you want to get started checking things off your holiday shopping list a bit earlier this year, you'll also receive 15% OFF* your entire purchase that night, too! 

Space is limited to the first 40 people to RSVP, so be sure to RSVP (email with "Wish List RSVP" in the subject line) right away! We can't wait to jingle and mingle with you as we usher in a joyous holiday season!

*Discount not applicable to custom/special orders, gift certificate or sale items.  
** Door prize drawn at random at the end of the night. Winner will be emailed within 2 days of event. Custom stationery consists of 50 1-color letterpress printed flat note-cards and return-address printed envelopes to be designed and printed after January 1st, 2015. Not redeemable for cash.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rock the VOTE and get 10% off your purchase!

Tomorrow is Election Day and we hope you're hitting the polls to make your voice heard. Snap a pick of yourself at the polls or show us your "I voted" sticker tomorrow through Wednesday, Nov. 5th and we'll give you 10% OFF your entire purchase*!

*Discount not applicable to custom/special orders or gift certificates.