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.


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 . . .


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


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.


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:

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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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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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:

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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Happy Spring!

Much has happened here in the shop the last couple months.  We have been posting regularly on our Facebook page, and you can check in there to catch up with all the goings on.

We had a great Holiday season here in the mall . . . the best since Penny’s moved to a bigger space at the other end from where we are.  Burlington opened in that vacated spot early last spring, and the number of shoppers in our corridor has greatly increased.  It has been wonderful to see so much activity down here by our shop!  It is even better when new customers stop in here for the first time with the promise to come back often!

We have did have a really big selection of spring goodies.  After a big snowstorm earlier this month – florals, bunnies, spring wreaths, garden flags and more has disappeared off our shelves!  Everyone is pushing for warmer, sunnier spring weather!  We’ve been able to replace some of what left here to go to wonderful homes, so the store is not totally empty!


CIMG3496Our little shop has been pretty busy – but we love to see everyone and catch up on how things are going!  Stop by soon to visit.

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Battery Operated Candles

Battery Operated Candles — everybody loves ’em.  In our almost 12 years in business, we’ve watched the evolution of BOCs.  We first carried small, white, plastic, flickering LED ‘flame’, tealight size BOCs that used a flat disk shaped battery and came 50 pieces in a display box.  We tentatively purchased one box and extra batteries, thinking it was a great idea, but not sure anyone else would think the same.  We turned one on and sat it on the counter and sold out in about a week – with many customers buying 4 or five and more at a time!

Within a couple months, one of our vendors made available small, wax covered tealights and tapers in a very country/primitive look that our customers loved.  The tapers needed only 1 or 2 AA batteries and were a really big hit.  They still are, but the next step was putting a timer right into those little BOCs so they turn themselves off and on — and that made them an even bigger hit!

Currently, many different companies produce many different kinds of BOCs – most are wax covered to resemble (as close as possible) a real candle —  some are made of resin and can be used outdoors with some water resistance — some are manufactured right in the candle holder and even lanterns, all as one piece.

One of the latest versions is the BOC with a moving flame.  From across a room or even closer, it appears that you are looking at a real candle burning, complete with a flickering flame.  It probably won’t be long before even these are improved on!  In fact, two of our candle vendors have begun adding on layers of candle wax to give these flickering flame pillar candles a more country/primitive look!

Take a look at these videos of our newest BOCs displayed in the shop – made of wax, needing 2 AA batteries (120 hour operating time), 5 hour timer option, 5″, 7″ 9″ pillars and 7″, 9″ tapers!!  A tiny LED shines on the ‘flame’ and makes it dance and flicker as a real flame would.


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