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14 Dec '16

What Moms Really Want For Christmas

Posted by Ginny Parker in Christmas, gift ideas, Lexington, Shop Local

What Moms Really Want For Christmas

Ask any Mom what she wants this year and she'll tell you she wishes for a happy holiday with her family and for everyone to be healthy. And while that's true, if you dig a little deeper, you'll discover what that really means. We have a few thoughts that are the results of personal experience and what our customers tell us.

Here's our list of Mom's deepest desires:

First, she'd love to be able to sleep in one or two mornings. Sleep is the one thing mothers never seem to have enough of and with some cooperation between Dad and the kids, maybe just for a couple of mornings during the holidays she could actually get some extra Zzzzzz....

Second, Mom would love a delicious meal that did not involve her cooking it or cleaning up the mess after everyone has eaten. Dad, or the grandparents perhaps, could foot the bill for a nice dinner out or what she might enjoy even more is the kids handing her an afghan and cozy pillow as she puts her feet up in her favorite chair while the rest of the family takes on kitchen duty for the evening. Come on Dads, you can do this! And pizza delivery doesn't count fellas, has to be a good meal.

Moms energy gets zapped regularly during the holiday season, so it might be Dad's job or perhaps an older child can help keep the coffee ready for those times Mom needs a boost.

Okay kids, you can take charge of this one! Keep all the toys picked up. Don't let Mom see any out of place during the holidays unless you are using them. And when you're done, put them away! Simple but effective. And Mom will relish it too.

How would you like a massage? We can guarantee Mom would love one. Again, a simple thing but very effective for relieving the holiday stress and keeping Mom in a good mood.

Chocolate and lots of it! Chocolate makes everything better and there are so many ways to provide it. A hot cocoa in the evening or a chunk of it mid day will give Mom a dose of goodness that she'll enjoy.

Peace. After all isn't that what the angels decreed? Peace on Earth. Or at least in your house. Give weary Mom a few minutes of her very own everyday and everyone will be happier for it. And kids, you can help with this Peace thing too; no squabbles during the holidays. Peace.

And our last suggestion is the easiest of all. Hugs and kisses. Moms love hugs and kisses and not just the chocolate ones either. They are easy and free and make for cherished moments. Shower her with them!

Now, if you don't think you can accomplish everything on our list, pick your top three and go for it!  It is a guarantee for a very Merry Christmas!


28 Nov '15

Our Community

Posted by Julie Sager in Caroling, Christmas, Lexington

Our Community

We talked about the importance of community... Last night ours went caroling, in a big way.
Hundreds walked through our picture perfect downtown following a horse-drawn carriage to see the lighting of the Christmas tree. I snapped some pictures with my cell phone as we sang and decided to share them with you.
Caroling at Hopkins Green
Jefferson St Filled with Carolers
Hopkins Green Christmas Tree
27 Nov '15

Shop Local for Your Community

Posted by Julie Sager in Lexington, Shop Local

Shop Local for Your Community

There's a lot of talk about shopping local this time of year, but what does it really mean?
The Huffington Post published a fantastic infographic last year that helped break down the numbers. But here's the bottom line.
Shop Local for your community
What does that mean for your community?
  • More schools
  • Better Roads
  • Beautiful Parks
  • Higher home values
  • Lower Taxes
  • More Jobs
  • Support for Police & Fire Departments
  • And anything else your community values....
So shop local small businesses whenever you can or small businesses in other communities you care about.
Get more for your dollar: Give more to the community you love.
28 Sep '15

How to Build the Best Baby Gift Shop

Posted by Julie Sager in Lexington, Shop Local

How to Build the Best Baby Gift Shop

Start with a mountain of adorable baby gifts. Boxes and boxes and boxes of huggable, lovable, and useful items for new parents.

The shelves are up!Add hand built shelving, many many hours of painting, and an occasional tripped breaker (2 and counting). All completed by three owners working dawn to dusk hoping that what they're creating is helpful.

Stir in a fantastic community of folks who will offer friendly help and support (today's accomplices are Rebecca, Mary Jo, and John for their invaluable help & advice). Plus complete strangers who offer a complement as they walk by.

Our new window areaYou don't just get a fantastic window display. Which I'm pretty sure we ended up with today.


Or a beautiful gift boutique

winter baby bonnets   Christening gifts

VMI baby gift wall

You build an uplifting storybook tale of community, friendship, and care.

Teddy Bears reading a storybook

Thank you to the friends and family who helped us start.
Thank you to everyone in Lexington, VA who has helped us grow.
And thank you in advance for all the wonderful things we will build together.

Your Storybook Boutique reopens October 1st
5 W Nelson
Lexington, VA

27 Sep '15

Fun & Folly

Posted by Julie Sager in Lexington, Shop Local

Fun & Folly


Driving the Sales Counter down the streetThe day started with moving the very heavy pieces of our sales counter. Thankfully the fantastic guys from Southern Girls came to our rescue. The solution? Put the pieces on furniture dollies and drive them down the street. No people, furniture, or vehicles were harmed in the process, so it must have been a good idea.


Stocking the shelvesWith the big pieces somewhat in place Mom and I were free to stock. As if that wasn't fun enough we even got to open up new product! Our Nat & Jules Hand Puppets came in just before we started moving, so they've been sitting in a box, just waiting for their chance to tell their story.

Cormac the Cow PuppetMeet Cormac: He likes storytime, laughing and long walks on the beach... Or at least he thinks he would.


And then, just when we were getting silly with excitement about seeing the shelves looking beautiful and full...

"Oops. I just tripped the circuit."
"Where's the circuit breaker?"

Our best tip for moving into a new location is to know where the circuit breaker is BEFORE you start adjusting the lighting.

Lights out!

Well darn.

We ended the day by enjoying a gift from our Southern Girls friends. Thanks to the fantastic ladies (and gents) for the help and the celebratory beverages!

Remember: This fantastic shop opens October 1st (complete with lighting... hopefully).

5 W Nelson
Lexington, VA



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