SETTLING IN

We’ve been open in our new location since August 15 and it’s beginning to feel like home. We like that there are windows to let in some natural light and let us know what it is like outside.  We like the bit more room that we have to better fit in our displays.  We like the little nooks and spaces we’ve designated for different product.  We like that we’ve been able to decorate for fall – a favorite season around here.  And we like that you like all that, too!

So many of you have stopped in to shop and let us know how much you like our new space. We appreciate that.  You’ve told us that you’ve been sharing our move with your friends and neighbors, family and coworkers and on your Facebook page.  We appreciate that.  You tell us how much you enjoy coming in to shop for just the right gift, or curtains, or candle scent, or rugs. And we do appreciate that.

Our Annual Fall Open House has become a way to show our appreciation to all of you who can, to come and be a guest in our home for a short amount of time out of your day.  If you haven’t been in our new space yet, we are hoping you will come by so we can show you around.  We will have some goodies to snack on, door prizes to give away, gifts with purchase, new product to show off and much more.  If you are part of our Rewards program, you’ll get extra points with your purchase!

We encourage everyone who comes to bring along nonperishable foods to donate locally for $5.00 off your total purchase.  New this year — bring single-serve size foods that will be donated locally to Ruth’s Harvest supporting eligible elementary school age children with meals each weekend.  Other canned and packaged foods as well as paper products will be donated to New Hope Ministries Food Bank. When you bring a bagful of items, you will receive a coupon good for a future visit in our shop!

Stop by during these special hours:  September 10 – 13, 2015   Thurs & Fri  9:30am – 8:00pm  Sat. 9:30am – 6:00pm   Sun. 12:00 – 4:00pm

Here’s a few photos of the shop, a sneak peek at what you may see when you come!

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Finishing up the BIG move

The last two weeks have been pretty busy packing boxes, moving boxes, unpacking boxes, and repacking with new goodies. We’ve been filling cardboard cartons of all sizes, wooden crates we use for displays, and even laundry baskets to move things just 4 traffic lights down the street. We’ve moved most of the furniture we use for displays with the help of family and good friends with strong backs. I don’t have a recent ‘before’ photo of the shop but here are two taken today.

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Our mall shop will continue to be open for the next week, until we are fully open in our new space.  Many things that we will not be bringing with us are on sale at super low prices. Starting Monday, all sales here will be cash only with no returns.

Signs for the new shop were installed on Friday.  They look really good!

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We hope to open Saturday August 15 at noon.  We’ll post some photos of the new shop later this week.  Looking for fall decor, garden flags, prints — we will have them ready to go home with you!

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The BIG move continues . . .

It’s been about a month since we began renovating our new shop space.  In that time, walls were removed, doors and interior windows were removed, electric outlets and switches were moved, drywall was hung and plastered.  And now, the cleanup has begun.  Front windows and doors have been scrubbed and squeegeed – then we had to show off the shiny clean windows by putting in two American flag buntings.

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Many of our customers have driven by the new space to check-it-out and are excited that it is convenient and so accessible.  They all give it a thumbs up.

While we are working on the inside – painting, rebuilding displays and getting furniture and merchandise moved over from our current store, signage is being created for the outside and should be in place soon.

We’ve been sharing this preview of our new sign on our Facebook page and in the store:

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What you will be seeing outside when it is completed:

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This will make it so easy to find us in our new space!

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a BIG move

After being in the same location for many years . . . we’ve decided to move. We didn’t just decide this overnight or even over a couple months.   During the last couple years, we’ve casually looked at different places to see if our shop would ‘fit’ the space (or if the space would ‘fit’ our shop).  In the last 3 months, after a middle-of-the-night random thought, we looked into this particular space that we had not even considered previously.  Turns out, that thought might not have been so random . . . the space fits our shop, and the shop will fit into the space which is brighter, bigger and very convenient to get to.

This has been our home for the last 12+ years . . .

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That ‘random’ thought brought us to this place . . .

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If you live in the area, you may remember this building from years ago as a bank branch office.  Inside, there are (were) walls, doors and windows.  But without all those, this would be a great space for our displays of curtains, rugs, candles, framed prints, flags, other home decor and gift items that we carry.  There would be a much larger work space where we could do our jobs without tripping over each other and even expand our services in the future.  And there would be a large storage space where we could keep things organized and at hand.

So, after revisiting the space several times, lots of prayer and some confirmation that this would be good for us and our great customers . . . we’ve decided to move.  It’s going to be a BIG move.  First, there are all those walls, doors and windows.

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To be a proper shop with space for display, they all have to disappear . . .

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Which leaves stacks of doors, glass and lumber to repurpose and recycle . . . we’ve got a plan in mind.

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This new space is just 4 traffic lights closer to downtown Hanover on Carlisle Street.  The plan is to work over the next couple of weeks to clean up, paint, build and make the BIG move so we can open in this new location in early August.  We’ve received lots of encouragement and support from our current customers who seem to be as excited as we are!  When we open here in August, we will be preparing for our annual Fall Open House in early September!  Along the way, we’ll post some more photos as changes happen, signs get put up, walls get painted and displays are set in place.  Thanks for hanging in there with us!

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Ending May . . . already?

May has been another busy month for all of us. After Mothers’ Day, we start the countdown to the end of school, graduations, weddings, Memorial Day, Fathers’ Day, the start of summer and vacations.  Add birthdays and other important family events, and we end up with a full calendar of upcoming events to attend to.  Here’s a peek at some of our spring celebration gift ideas:

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One of the places many people in our area like to visit for celebrations, outdoor activities and just plain sitting back and relaxing is Codorus State Park.  One of the highlights earlier this spring related to the park has been viewing the eagle nest across Lake Marburg from the marina and the osprey nest closer by.  Once the leaves came out on the trees, the eagle nest site is pretty well hidden behind them.  An eagle or osprey sighting is still anticipated by many visitors to this viewing area.

Many of us have had a warm, front row seat to watch our resident eagles since earlier this year with a camera located in the nest. We watched the eggs appear in February, mom protecting the eggs with her body and wings while inches of snow piled up on top of her, hatching of the tiny bobbleheads and their transformation into juvenile eaglets preparing to fly from the nest sometime in June, all under the watchful eyes of both their eagle parents.  This incredible opportunity was made possible by a large group of people and can be followed by you here:

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We have found this new activity of eavesdropping on wildlife families has become quite a hobby for many families, classrooms and groups all around the world.  Do you have a wildlife cam you’ve been watching this year?

**PS  In the last week or so (earlier in June) several things have happened.  Apparently, one of the eaglets was ‘branching’ and landed on the nest cam.  In a matter of minutes, the camera changed position so that we can only view a small portion of the nest, and once in awhile some feathers or a ‘foot’.  The eaglets were expected to fledge the end of June or early July, and they have been preparing for that.

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Pops of Spring

Things are finally warming up here in southern Pennsylvania!  Crocus have finished blooming and forsythia, squills, hyacinths and daffodils are stepping up to show off their colors.  I can almost see the bleeding heart in my garden getting taller by the minute.  If you’ve ever grown these – you know what I mean.  Inside here at the shop we have some beautiful flower bouquets that can be used in vases or arranged any number of ways.  Take a peek:

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We also have a new shipment of garden flags, standard size flags and outdoor mats from our favorite flag supplier.  Come in to pick out the ones you like while we still have a nice selection.

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If you’re seeing this at a distance, we can ship items to you.  Just give us a call so we can get the details!

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A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS . . .

Over on our Facebook page, we are highlighting some of our favorite products we sell in the shop.  Everyone who works here has their own favs — and the first two that we’ve posted are 1803 CANDLES and CAMILLE BECKMAN hand, body and bath products.  Both of these brands are a success in our shop – so we know you like them too!

1803 CANDLES® is Vicki’s favorite — no wonder why.  These soy candles and wax melts have great fragrance blends that reach out to everyone who loves scented candles.  With names like Grandma’s Kitchen, Roasted Expresso, Old Dough Bowl (say that fast 5 times!), Shoo Fly Pie and lots more, there is definitely a scent for every nose!

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Check our their blog at http://1803candles.com/blog/

Rochelle’s fav pick is Camille Beckman and we carry a nice variety of their product in our best selling fragrances.  Our top seller is the Glycerine Hand Therapy — this is not just your everyday hand lotion!  Winter weather takes its toll on our skin – and the hand therapy really helps to keep hands soft, smooth and healthy.  In the summer when you work outside in the garden, you will use their intense hand therapy – Shield and Restore, to protect and ‘restore’ your hands to a soft pre-workout condition.  Here’s a few photos from the shop:

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Learn some interesting facts about this company from their website:  https://camillebeckman.com/

You can stop in for a free sample of Glycerine Hand Therapy just for the asking.  If you already absolutely love Camille Beckman products check with us before ordering online!

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