Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I am sooo thankful for all the great customers, vendors, family & friends that have helped make the shop such a unique and fun place to shop handmade this year so far! In order to thank everyone, we will be having a Promo Event going on Saturday, Dec 10th during regular shop hours (11-6) for anyone shopping this day (details TBA- but think "free item with purchase", raffles, & other offers) AND a Holiday Party for our loyal customers/vendors/friends from 4-8 PM featuring tasty hand-baked goodies made by Pip and Bits' Laura D'Abate, along with beverages!
Come for the sale, come for the party, or come for both- Just be festive! Feel free to invite friends/family, etc that you think would be interested! Contact me with any questions!
Along with this event, our new neighbors Bronze Fever Sunless tanning Studio will be having an open house and ConVal class of 2014 will be doing wrapping for donations in Ava Marie's Chocolate Shop!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Wow! The handmade shop has picked up momentum, business and vendors as Fall has come and gone and the Holidays are here! Thanks so much to everyone who has supported us all along and to all the new people we have met! I, myself am busier than ever with interesting custom orders, and we have also been doing some great familiar shows like Twist Fair in Northampton, MA and some new shows this year like Concord Winter Giftopolis on Dec 2nd and 3rd during Midnight Merriment! We are also having fun in-store events like our 2011 Ornament Reveal Promo where Cadence Innovative Designs 2011 Ornament Collection will debut and customers will receive a free mini-ornament from the collection with ever $30 or more purchase! (Facebook likers will be receiving even greater promos and discounts, so be sure to like our page HERE). On December 10th, we will be having a Customer Appreciation/VIP Shoppers Holiday Party and event from 11-8 with lots of promos & sales (to be announced-stay tuned!) food, drinks, & more to celebrate our loyal customers and vendors who have made the shop what it has become~ Again, stay tuned here and to our Facebook page for the latest updates & details!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Well, the shop has been in full swing for a few months now, and we have lots of different exciting vendors and products to offer! I am changing the store around constantly and am about to expand a bit into my studio area to make room for even more new handmade products from local artisans and around the country! The "new area" of the shop should be ready by the weekend, but for now, here are some more pictures of the shop. As always, come visit if you can, and if you are interested in becoming a vendor, send some image files and/or email me to set up an appointment for me to see your work- email@example.com!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Finally time to announce on here that I have opened a NEW Bricks-and-mortar Handmade Studio and Shop right in downtown Peterborough, NH. It is still a work in progress, but is a little shop and workspace where I can make things, have custom order and private appointments, and where I am selling handmade pieces by me and other fellow artisans! Peterborough has so many wonderful galleries and shops already, but I wanted to be able to offer some things of mine and some things by others (mostly from New England) who's work isn't already represented here. It is located right at 43 Grove St. inside the Grove Village Shops with Ava Marie's Handmade Chocolates and Ice Cream, and other fun little shops and offices. I love that I can easily walk to the post office, the park, little restaurants and shops, and even home! As many know, I spent many years managing retail shops designing displays and visual merchandising, along with teaching classes before starting this business, so this venture will hopefully encompass all of my interests in a challenging and fun new way.
I will still be doing some shows, including Twist Fair VI in Northampton, MA on May 6th and 7th and Concord Arts Market, Concord, NH in June, and of course will be selling in stores across the US and in my Etsy shop. Since so much of my business is in custom work, this location will allow for me to meet with customers to go through vintage and antique maps, select the perfect button for a custom-sized ring, or even work on more elaborate art pieces that my previous work spaces have not. Hours are varying until May, so keep up with changes and updates on my Facebook page!
This is an exciting new venture which I hope brings more options for people in creating custom works, more exposure for creative handmade artisans I know, and a better work/life balance for me! Stay tuned for the various steps in the process. Until then, here are a few pics to tide you over!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
"New news!"? Okay, admittedly, that was a little corny! Anyway, it's always hectic, I find, this time of year, for people in the "handmade world". You're in the tiny window between holiday insanity and needing to come up with new product line, decide which, if any, shows you're applying to, and overall just deciding what direction you want to go in with your business. I mean, for some heavily competitive shows, it's literally a two-week window! I have no idea how some people do it, and do it so well.
I have definitely wrangled with what I want to focus on for new product this year, and getting it all presentable in that time frame would be impossible for me this year. I am never a fan of being categorized, though I understand the need for it in markets and shows, and so I am always a little frustrated with properly trying to get myself across! That said, I have already come up with quite a few new things (none photo-ready yet) and I think this year will again be a transition to a new format for my business.
February is already such a crazy month! I have crammed several medical "happenings" in to this month, which are limiting my production a bit, but are getting them out of the way and allowing me some planning time for big things to come! I can't reveal them quite yet, but stay tuned for it and soon-to-be-announced other shows, markets, events and new products!
I've also created a new Facebook Profile for Cadence Innovative-Designs, since the fan page does not allow for people to send messages or for me to be notified when people comment on old pictures and posts! Be sure to "friend" me there if you want to be able to ask questions and communicate!
More pics and updates to come!