March is finally here, and that means that spring is right around the corner! While I am tempted to start to clean out my flowerbeds on these temperate March afternoons, I must remember that this is New England, and that snow can fall in April (although I hope and pray that that is not the case this year!). While I may not be able to deck the outside for spring yet, it sure looks the part inside the store! There are bunnies, carrots, and flowers hanging everywhere I turn. It makes me happy just to be here every day!
I had better renew that gym membership, as Fascia’s Easter Candy has arrived! There are many yummy treats for kids of all ages, including milk, white and dark chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, coconut eggs, peanut butter eggs, oh the list goes on and on! There are also special order Personalized Chocolate Eggs, and of course we will be taking orders for Chocolate Dipped Cannolis. If you have not tried them, you simply must! They are the best Franklin Avenue cannolis, dipped in Fascia’s Chocolate. It is a perfect addition to your dessert table. Easter is April 4th this year, plan your chocolate shopping accordingly!
Trollbeads is proud to offer the Beads of Hope Empowerment Collection in support of rebuilding efforts in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake earlier this year. We will donate $14.00 from every Bead of Hope purchase to Habitat for Humanity in Haiti. These beads are made in Denmark and come in assorted colors and styles. Each bead is different from the rest and are sized with larger holes to fit ALL competitor’s bracelets! Gorgeous glass for everyone and every bracelet! Stop in today to see Kathy, and pick out your Haiti bead today.
We have new Lolita glasses, including some very cute ice cream sundae bowls. We also have three great new patterns of unbreakable dinnerware. These dishes look just like the real thing, but they safe on the patio, by the pool, and everywhere in between!
Mariposa has released some beautiful pieces just as the weather heats up. Stop in to see pieces from the Gregarious Garden, America’s Cup, Milestones and Seaside collections. There is even a baseball theme this year! And join us in April for our first ever Mariposa promotion! Watch your mail for special details!
If you have been following us on Facebook, then you already know that we are carrying Belleek China Giftware. Belleek is a fine Irish china, and I am sure that many of you have fond memories of mothers, aunts or grandmothers with pieces of Belleek adorning their dining rooms. I remember the first piece I ever received, given to me by my grandmother as an engagement gift. It was just like my Grandma Dodge, timeless and elegant. Please let me know if there is a special piece that you are looking for.
Planning on doing some baking this spring? We have some great baking sheets and pans from USA Pan out of Pennsylvania. Each one of us took a pan home to try out, and the feeling was unanimous: we just LOVE these pans! They are heavy duty so they won’t warp in the oven, they are designed for easy release, and are super easy to clean. We have a good variety of sizes for many uses on our shelves, so check them out, we bet that you will love them too!
Speaking of baking, check us out for all of your pie making needs. We have expanded our kitchen and cooking area tremendously, and I am pleased to say that we have marble rolling pins, marble boards, pie weights, and a great selection of pie plates. Share your favorite pie recipes with us on our Facebook Fan Page!
Shun knives have just arrived in the store. These are the same knives found in gourmet kitchen stores such as Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table. Introduced to the US market back in 2002, Shun has built a reputation on innovation in knife design, as well as making each knife a functional work of art. There is a knife here for every kitchen need. I am proud to say that I have owned a few of their knives for years, and I just love the quality and the look of this product. I look forward to showing them to you too!
Kitchen appliances are arriving in store now! We have some great basics to stock or refresh your kitchen: blenders, coffee makers, coffee grinders, hand mixers, pizelle makers, bread machines, and food processors. We are carrying top brands such as Krups and Cuisinart. With all of this great stuff in the store, there is less of a reason to go to the mall. Don’t you agree?
Jo-Ann’s Tip: Electric Kettles are just better than the original stove top version! Electric kettles can be used for hot chocolate, tea, or even just boiling water for recipes. What makes them better? One button turns them on or off, the water stays warmer longer because the kettle is insulated, the side of the kettle has cup measurements on it, making it easy to prepare water for recipes, and most come with an auto shut off feature.
We have a great Electric kettle in stock, and we are offering it to you through April 30th at a 15% discount.
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Calling all brides!! Register with Elizabeth Richard Gifts and receive a FREE rimmed soup bowl with every five piece place setting of fine china purchased. This is a great way to collect the beautiful pieces needed to set your family table!
And finally, I am so happy to tell you all that beginning in June 2010, the Waterford Factory in Ireland will once again be open! For those planning a trip to Ireland later in the year, the new facility will include a Retail and Visitor Center, as well as being a manufacturing facility. If you go, be sure to tell us how the experience was.