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It would have been easy to drive past Swans Island Blankets on Maine’s Route 1. The brown-shingled house next to a weathered barn doesn’t exactly scream, “Come in and see for yourself.” But it should. After all, a simple … Continue reading
Touring Maine doesn’t only mean frequenting tourist shops filled with lobster magnets, moose-shaped chocolates, and blueberry muffin mixes. It also means, at least for us, looking for quality products designed and created by local craftsmen. So you can imagine that … Continue reading
In Maine, art is all around. From colorful harbors that shimmer by day to pristine white houses standing alone near fields of wild blueberries. Artists flock to the region for inspiration, and those of us who love to shop … Continue reading
Cincinnati’s old-but-now-new Over the Rhine section has quite enough going for it to warrant a visit by any tourist or city resident. In fact, it’s almost pretty in an urban sort of way with freshly painted, architecturally rich buildings and … Continue reading
As a former antiques dealer and flea market hound, I loved the idea of The Traveling Bazaar. Brainstorm of organizer Tamara Cook, this gathering of artisans, antiques dealers, and in-home makers of goods I love known as The Traveling Bazaar appears (not … Continue reading
Dogwood Art DeTour 2015 took us a lot of places from the open studios of Diana Dee, Melanie Wood, and Shannon Davis to the heart of Knoxville on E. Depot Avenue for the art of manufacturing at Marc Nelson Denim. … Continue reading
First Friday in Knoxville (especially during Dogwood Arts Festival) brings on new openings and new opportunities to view art and reconnect with community. But picking one or two events becomes a challenge in and of itself. The opening of the … Continue reading
Ask any woman who travels this one question: What one thing do you love to do when you travel? And what you’ll hear is almost universal: SHOPPING! At least that’s how it was among all the women (including me!) on our … Continue reading