Category Archives: Retail Shops

Mainely craft: Inside Windsor Chairmakers

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

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 Mainely Art: Three places we loved in Boothbay region

  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

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The charm of vintage industrial at Cincinnati’s Elm & Iron OTR

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

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Shopping local feels good at The Traveling Bazaar

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

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Born, raised, made in Knoxville: Marc Nelson Denim

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

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Relocated and renewed: The Salvage Shop of Knox Heritage

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

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Searching for blankets in Lesotho

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

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Travel theme: Metal

Green Bluff, about 15 miles north of Spokane, Washington, was fairly quiet on Memorial Day weekend.  Blooms on the Bluff — a festival celebrating fruit tree bloom  in this area of growers — had ended just a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Five big reasons we loved Boston Marathon 2014

He finished!  That’s right — Jim Miller completed his 100th marathon at Boston Marathon 2014, almost as planned.  (See “Run, Jim Miller, Run.“)  But if you had asked Jim the night before, he might not have been so sure his … Continue reading

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Terra Madre: Women in Clay — Dogwood Arts 2014

Although not one of the official Dogwood Arts Festival 2014 events, the Opening Reception of unique pottery by the Terra Madre potters on March 28th was the starting point for us of what this festival is all about:  a celebration of … Continue reading

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