Shop Local Rochester: { Forget the Mall } 1-Stop-Spots for The Holidays!

{ “Look at that doggy in the window,” He’s real! Thread in the South Wedge. }


#roc the holiday




{ Loud. Smelly. Crowded. Over Priced. Parking. … I don’t like the mall. Still, the 1 most common myth associated with #ShopLocal is this – It’s not a 1-stop-spot. Untrue! The proximity of diverse shops + merchants found while shopping local rivals any “convenience” the mall offers. Take this Holiday Bazaar + this South Wedge main drag as proof. }

The Yards Holiday Bazaar


local convenience

50-52 Public Market Way (above Cure at the Public Market – Facebook)

No to the Mall: What is so “convenient” about shopping at the mall??

  1. Parking – excessively far.
  2. Finding your Car – a chore.
  3. Stores + Food – at opposite ends of 4 different wings.
  4. Loud Nosies – It’s loud, and some stores really smell!
  5. People – Inherent traffic laws of “left + right” seem not apply.

Yes to Shop Local: Shopping Local maximizes convenience while creating experience.

  1. Parking – Never more than 1 { 2 at most } city blocks away.
  2. Finding your Car – glance at street name + intersection: voila.
  3. Stores + Food – all in a row, and { as with bazaars } all in the same space!
  4. No Loud Nosies – played-out music + smells do not dominate the air waves.
  5. People – Joyfully + contently peruse shops and stands in merriment + harmony.
Hedonist ice cream shop has art for you to buy! { Madelyn Neva }

Hedonist ice cream shop has art for you to buy! { Madelyn Neva }

make your holiday light



  1. Shop Local
  2. Photograph your purchase
  3. Post { Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter } + Hashtag – #shoplocalroc
Abode has endless gifting options.

Abode with endless gifting options.

top 3 reasons for 1-stop-spots

“small businesses work really hard to find really unique things,” -Ann Duckett, owner of The Little Bleu Cheese Shop

LBCS also sells local art + has tons of ideas for gifts!

LBCS also sells local art + has tons of ideas for gifts!

The South Wedge

One of the friendliest neighborhoods in Rochester, with some of the friendliest, most gracious merchants in tow.

This past weekend I stopped by Abode, Little Bleu Cheese Shop, + Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, all near the corner of Gregory + South. This is why 1-Stop-Spots like The South Wedge make Holiday Shopping better:

  1. Unique Gifts
  2. Hand Selected Quality
  3. Friendly, Amenable Service
  4. { BONUS: All of these businesses are women owned! }
95% vintage - 5% looks vintage. Abode.

95% vintage – 5% looks vintage. Abode.

ABODE | 289 Gregory Street Rochester, NY 14620 | FACEBOOK

Love Anthropologie? Me too … But. It’s at the mall, + the prices are exorbitantly high. { No way am I decorating my home with decor that exceeds my clothing/make-up/wine budget. } Enter Abode, owned + operated by Ariane Krenichyn + Amanda DeFisher, 2 women with a passion for design, a taste for mid-century, and an eye for local + vintage. At Abode, you will find:

{ BONUS: Find vintage pieces on Etsy! }

More versatile than an LBD. It's LBCS.

More versatile than an LBD. It’s LBCS.

THE LITTLE BLEU CHEESE SHOP | 684 South Avenue Rochester, NY 14620 | FACEBOOK

We simply love cheese,” reads The LBCS tag-line. And I simply love Ann. Owner Ann Duckett selects handcrafted, artisan cheeses from around NYS, the US, + the world to bring us and Rochester the very best. And she does so with love. Every single time I have ever brought LBCS cheeses to a party, a friend’s, a holiday occasion, or as a gift – that parchment packet of goodness has turned each occasion into a gracious celebration. At LBCS, you will find:

  • impeccable cheeses { that take your breath away } + the opportunity to sample
  • more gifts! locally handcrafted cutting blocks + granite blocks + mustards to Brooklyn made pickles to cookbooks and a myriad of unending accoutrements
  • convenience – LBCS is happy to deliver! { the beauty of buying from small businesses }

“At The Little Bleu Cheese Shop, we really get to know our cheese makers,” –Ann Duckett, owner of LBCS

Truffles + Clusters are just the beginning.

Truffles + Clusters are just the beginning.

HEDONIST ARTISAN CHOCOLATES | 672 South Avenue Rochester, NY 14620 | FACEBOOK

Ice cream, sorbet, + chocolate to be, exact. Let’s be clear – this isn’t just any sweets shop. This is down-and-dirty gourmet. With almost a decade in the South Wedge, I wouldn’t expect anything less. Truly, Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, owned by Jennifer, lives up to the jovial + rascal-like implications of its name. … Food allergies, you say? Hedonist offers options, including dairy free! At Hedonist, you will find:

{ BONUS: All chocolates in-store last at least until Christmas. Hedonist delivers. And there’s a Goat Cheese Collection! }

A feast for the eyes. South Wedge window displays. { Hedonist. }

A feast for the eyes. South Wedge window displays. { Hedonist. }

This, your last weekend before Hanukkah ends + Christmas begins. Get your 1-Stop-Shopping done + look good, feel good doing it. #Roc the holiday and #ShopLocal!




Shop Local Rochester: Gifts from Mom { Sara Silvio – Jewelry is Art }

{ Sara Silvio Handcrafted Jewelry – Cosmic Orbit Earrings. }



sara silvio





{ Mom always deserve the best of the best. Especially when it comes to gifts. Mom deserves timeless. Mom deserves elegant. Mom deserves beauty. … But let’s be honest – Who has time to shop for + find such perfection?! … You do. This holiday, don’t let time get in the way of giving mom a gift that takes her breath away. }

Sara Silvio Jewelry. Handcrafted from metal, glass, stone, + wire – local artisan Sara Silvio infuses every piece of custom jewelry with the same tender, love, + care our moms give to us. That’s why, I say, give mom Sara Silvio Handcrafted Jewelry!

From the work: i collection. { Ancient + Modern. }

From the work: i collection. { Ancient + Modern. }

adornment is a way to say we feel
confident, beautiful and comfortable with ourselves

Take it from me. Two years ago, I attended my first trunk show at Peppermint to the joy of meeting Sara Silvio + her jewelry.

I knew they’d make my mom feel special.

WHY: Why is this notable?? My mom truly + honestly doesn’t love jewelry. She’s just not that kind of lady. Yet I still felt compelled to purchase a pair of drop stone earrings, handcrafted by Sara Silvio, because I knew they were special. SSJ emanates it.

Momsly’s favorite gift that year?? Sara Silvio earrings. What does Momsly still wear almost every single day, 2 years later?? Sara Silvio earrings.

{ Similar to the earrings I bought my mom! }

{ Similar to the earrings I bought my mom! }

{ At least } Three reasons set Sara Silvio jewelry apart from the rest + make it the gift to give mom this holiday.

Sara Silvio Jewelry
is Art.

  1. Time. If you’re crunched for it, do like mom – don’t sacrifice quality + thought! Moms always get us exactly what we want … and cook our favorite holiday meals, to boot. How?? Moms have secrete weapons. This holiday, Sara Silvio is yours. Browse her website for:
  2. Adornment, Elegance, + Emotion. Since the age of 8 + with travels through Ecuador, San Francisco, New York City, and more, Sara Silvio has practiced, honed, + perfected her craft. Silvio reveals how “The ritual, the emotion, the intention,” behind SS jewelry create more than sheer beauty. Sara Silvio Jewelry breathes purpose + life onto + within us.
  3. Availability. You can see + purchase Sara Silvio Jewelry in person. In fact, you can even purchase SSJ while ticking other gifts off your list, as well. Sara Silvio Jewelry is sold at:
Absolutely stunning.

Absolutely stunning.

Sara Silvio Jewelry

You wanna Look Good Feel Good this year + #Roc the holiday right?? { I mean – seriously – you want to win “best gift giver bragging rights”? … ‘Course you do. }





Give {biscuits} + Get {$10}: Peppermint Fundraiser for Verona Street Animal Society!

{ Rescue Dog/Shop Keeper/Tanvi Pup Cooper sniffing some treats I brought by Peppermint! psst – he has the best hair. }


{get $10}


{give dog treats}


{ I am extremely passionate about all of the causes represented here. Yesterday, I donated dog biscuits to Peppermint, who will donate to Verona Street Animal Society, + today I have to tell you all about it. So you can do it too! 4 Days left – You have until Sunday, 11/9. }

our furry friends need treats!


Penny + Rocky.


  1. Dogs + @vsas_ras – This society, the shelter, it’s volunteers, + the animals who they serve are a saint. Our pitty-pup Ms. MoneyPenny is a Verona Street dog! She’s a rescue who was a stray found wandering the turf of the Public Market in the freezing cold as just an itty bitty with a huge gash of a scare on her back. (Our other dog, Rocky, is from Lollypop.) My dad works across the street from Verona Street so it made sense we adopted from here.
  2. Fashion + @shoppeppermint – Affordable + Boutique. Trendy + Classic. International + Local. What more is there to say about Peppermint on the corner of Park + Meigs?? … Well actually, a lot. {See Below.}
  3. Shopping + #shoplocal Barbara Ellen Shops Local. ‘Nough said.

$4 when you bring in doggy treats.


  1. Buy your favorite dog treats
  2. Walk or drive to Peppermint
  3. Donate dog treats inside of Peppermint
  4. Get $10!
  5. Shop now + get $10 off your purchase OR Shop later + receive $10 as a gift certificate

$8 when you bring in doggy treats!!

$10 full dollars is bank!
Unless you plan on spending over $50, it beats 20% off any day


<$20 when you bring in doggy treats! {Burr. It’s getting cold.}


Interested in something for you, gifts for another, or getting an early start on the holiday shopping?? Peppermint is your spot.


$12 … when you bring in doggy treats.

  1. Unique. Quality. No one is going to have the jewelry, accessories, scarves, shoes, + clothing that Peppermint offers. Partially because much of the clothing Tanvi sells comes from her own Peppermint line that she designs! And almost all of the jewelry is locally made or handcrafted locally in other regions of the world.
  2. 1 For Me. 2 For You. Peppermint has everything you want, + an innumerable selection of jewelry, clothing styles, + accessories for your: best friend, mom, girlfriend, aunt, sister, grandmother. They even have letter press cards! And if I’m being really honest … it typically goes – 1 for you. 2 for me.
  3. Affordable. Selection. It’s absurd. Bracelets typically range form $12-16. Necklaces, $14-24. Rochester jewelry at $24. Blouses around $22+. I even found a cardigan wrap for $24!! What’s this mean for you???

$12 with doggy treats!! {It’s true.}

you do the math

With prices this low + a deal this fabulous, your purchase can be as low as:

  • $2 for bracelets + earrings
  • $12 or $14 for beautiful blouses
  • $14 for rocking #ROC jewelry
  • $26 for solid boots

$26 with doggy treats. {Must see new shoe room!}


  1. Buy some dog treats.
  2. Head to Peppermint before close on Sunday 11/9.
  3. Donate something good to the people + animals at VSAS.
  4. And get your shop on!

$14 with doggy treats! {I bought it!}

{ and tell me what you bought! }





#ShopLocal. Brainery Bazaar at Village Gate.

Second Saturday. Every month. While The Rochester Brainery, located at N. Goodman Street inside of the Village Gate, features Rochester’s knowledge, the Brainery Bazaar, 10am-6pm every single 2nd Saturday of every single month, features Rochester’s talents. This past Bazaar (Saturday, October 12), I had the pleasure of sitting with co-owner Danielle Raymo and meeting with 10 of her talented vendors to find out more about how the Brainery Bazaar contributes to our #ShopLocal crafters, artisans, and community.


Connect With Your Community. The Rochester Brainery, still in its infancy so far as start-ups are born, walks + talks far beyond its years. The Brainery, hosts nightly classes on topics that span a wide range of interests. From off-location workshops like the tri-series how-to Whisky Workshop at Black Button Distilling (only Saturday, November 2nd, 5-8, is left!) or on-site one-stop classes such as Healthy Holiday Eating on Wednesday, November 13, 6-8:30: The Rochester Brainery has all of your holistic, healthy, how-to’s covered. And what a fabulous holiday gift this would be! With prices that range from $15-$30/class, the more expensive classes tending to promise a take-away in return, it is the economical, unique, and community friendly way to #ShopLocal. My November Picks?


Co-Owner Danielle Raymo + Intern {Rochester Brainery has an Intern Program!} at The Rochester Brainery, Brainery Bazaar.



Monday, October 28, 7-9PM: Write a Novel in 30 Days $15

Walk-ins are most always welcome, and yet I still missed it! So bummed. Especially considering I’ve planned to write my memoir for about 3 years now … 30 days at $15 is an astounding investment.


Saturday, November 2, 5-8PM: Whiskey Workshop at Black Button Distilling $30

Not only are craft cocktails sampled, but additionally, head distiller at Black Button, Jason Barrett, teaches. Should you have any interest in distilling or drinking distilled beverages, this is your chance to let the spirit move you.


Thursday, November 7, 6:30-9:30PM: Internet Marketing 101 for Small Businesses $15

Talk about an investment. From Bloggers to Boutiques to Agencies: small business has become the fabric of Rochester. Internet marketing, which can be very effective+ free or at least low cost, allows this fabric to last.


Tuesday, November 12, 7-9PM: Detoxify the Body $15

Especially withthe holidays upon us, detoxifying and doing it correctly is essential to maintaining balance (another upcoming workshop at The Brainery!) for optimized health.


Wednesday, November 13, 6:30-7:30PM: Rockin’ the Wedges with The Little Bleu Cheese Shop $30

 Definitely my favorite cheese shop in Rochester and absolutely one of my favorite #ShopLocal stops. Expert training by The Little Bleu Cheese Shop’s brains + owner, Ann Duckett, will make for masterful knowledge on selecting, cutting, and serving your favorite cheese wedges this holiday season. And, in fact, every week that you indulge.


Monday, November 18, 7-9PM: Wine for the Holidays $25

Another stellar holiday class that applies to each and every day. Enjoy the pleasure of sitting with Certified Sommelier and Wine Specialist Jason Cordy so that you can wine like a certified foodie this holiday and all of the days in between.


Thursday, November 21, 7-8:30: Holistic Wellness: Herbal Remedies $20

Live a healthier and more holistic life just by learning to use the herbs we most likely already have in our own kitchens. This makes so much sense.


Don’t forget tocheck out December Calendar. Up now!


And while The Holidays are upon us, The Rochester Brainery and its Brainery Bazaar are not just special occasion events. Personal, friendly, family, special, and just because. Here’s what I discovered about the monthly Brainery Bazaar.


Make the Bazaar Part of Your Ordinary.Second Saturday. Every moth. From 10am-6pm. Rochester Brainery at Village Gate. You cannot miss it. Nor should you. From a crafters’/artisans’ stand point, it’s an inexpensive ($30/table) way to vend your goods, networkwith other artists, and connect with your community. For the community, it’s an incredibly unique and inexpensive way to find quality, one-of-a-kind items. Jewelry. Baked Goods. T-Shirts. Quilted Items. More Jewelry. Home Wares. Art.Children’s Toys. Cards. The Brainery Bazaar houses everything handcrafted, homemade, and wonderful. Wonderful, truly it is. With 2 rows of between 4-7 tables within 2 separate rooms, The Brainery does a wonderful job of portioning out vendor’s tables for ease of flow and generous space. Most every vendor accepts cash, as well as credit, so come prepared because—while goods are always priced reasonably—the quality and character of selection will have you wanting to spend.


See What You Missed this Past October!


Jenny Sanzo Shop Your Way Personal Shopper + Stylist: One of the most unique features about the Brainery Bazaar?? It’s a true bazaar! It has a little bit of everything. If you don’t know what to buy, allow this Flower City Fashionista to help figure it out! This past Bazaar, she rocked a table so that you can more easily rock your favorite fashions. The Brainery Bazaar is all about lifestyle and helping you to fit more easily into your own. The Shop Your way personal shopper option, allows you to do as such, gratis.


Claire Flair Vintage Jewelry: This has to be some of my most favorite jewelry in all the land. That’s right. Not just in Rochester. In all of the land. And not just because it is made locally, by Claire Albertson herself, and from vintage pieces. But also, because itis chic and unique and incredibly well priced. I’m already the proud owner of a refurbished golden watch-turned-charm bracelet and neon green chain bracelet. I cannot wait to become the owner and/or giver of this alarming anchor piece and stunning stoneware. In quality, individuality, charm, and price: how can any retailer hold a candle to Claire Flair? {Hint: they can’t.} Consider Claire Flair for all of your personal and gifting needs. She sells at just about every single Saturday Bazaar.


Modest Wanderer + Co. Holistic Shopping: This wholesale store, based out of Rochester, takes a holistic approach to both shopping and caring for our earth. Adventuring. Nesting. Nourishing. Creating. Nurturing. With 5 lifestyle pillars to promote “good and simple living,” Modest Wanderer & Co. purveys items that reinforce these ideals. My favorite?? The upcycled accouterments by EvenOdd Creative, another #ShopLocal Rochester duo who create local wares out of upcycled materials. I can guarantee that at least 1—at least 1—holiday gift will be an EvenOdd Creative. Good think I have 3 places from which to purchase! Great thing Brainery Bazaar is every single 2nd Saturday.


Christine & Co. Design Glass Pendants + More: Christine Meyer has an Etsy Shop and Instagram Account where she can sell and advertise her glass pendant designs, among other creations. {Check out Instagram to see her latest Halloween concoctions!} When asked why she partakes in the monthly Brainery Bazaar, which she’s done ever since July, Christine explains that it’s because of the potential she has to be promoted by the Bazaar. For Christine, $30 upfront each month is a worthy and simple investment if it means networking with other artisans and having face-to-face interaction with the public. When I spoke Brainery Bazaar co-owner, Danielle explained how easy it is for new vendors to lockdown a table. The Bazaar begs for an eclectic mix of artisans and the application form is easily found online. Sign up today!! Next Brainery Bazaar is Saturday, November 9, 10am-6pm.


Emerson & Oliver They’re Going to be Famous: If there’s a growing trend in Rochester, it’s the handcrafted, artisan jewelry of Emerson& Oliver, 2 best friends and Rochester locals who are making a big splash on the fashion scene. Come see them, or theirfriends, in-person every 2nd Saturday and catch a glimpse of their signature Dia bracelets. Like the friendship of their founders, these chic and durable, fashionable and strong bracelets make a statement while blending in classically with otherwrist pieces. My favorite E&O handcrafted jewelry accessory? The flower power earrings, forever unique as they are a staple in your bouquet of studs. Be sure to check-out these ladies both online and at the next Brainery Bazaar. They’re going to get famous, so. You saw them at the Bazaar first.


Manic Metals Handmade + Forged: Owner, Forger, Designer, Metal Worker, Jewelry Maker: Kimberly Crist’s story and pieces astound me. I’m not sure what I noticed first. The gleam of sterling silver studs, powerful against their delicate though sturdy designs, or the blown glass cupcake ring with beadwork by Francesca DeCaire, local glass blower, who I met 2 summers ago at the Monroe Ave Public Market. Regardless, Crist is the real deal. This metalsmither forges her own pieces, as necessary, and makes her own jewelry. On display at the Brainery Bazaar in October was a tastefully simply, though memorable, collection of sterling silver stamped studs and pendant necklaces.


Gifts for Life Knit Stuffed Animals + Scrapbooks: Scrapbooks and hand-knitted stuffed animals {amigurumis}, in vintage colors, that are named. Combine this with a picture of owners’, Tina and Jason Smith’s, puppy atop the business card, and I’m a goner. I encourage you to bring cash and credit to the Brainery Bazaar, only because now you’ve had fair warning. Inanimate cuteness awaits. Squishy, accessorized, fluff + stuff in the shapes of wales and monsters and even Frankensteins {with bows!}, take form. Not having children or not having any children to whom to gift these: not an excuse. The stuffed creations are so chic and tasteful, they’d look good sitting atop the most stoic of mid-century couches. And don’t even think abouttouching that chain toy store. I have no clue why anyone would step foot, when it’s already at your local Bazaar. Like I said, come Saturday, November 9 you’ve had fair warning.


Sensational Sweets Bakery & Bistro:  Even through plastic containers, her confections look that delicious. And baker/owner Ann O’Connor has the street cred to prove it. With a slue of top-notch clients, such as Hedge’s and Xerox, Sensational Sweets even beat out a number of other well known Rochester bakeries in contest this pas tyear. Best way to find her? You can call. Or you can stop by in-person at the upcoming Saturday, November 9 Brainery Bazaar. Cupcakes and cookies and cheesecakes are just as good at 10am as they are at 6pm.


Sam Kay Designs Quilted + Crafted: I am no crafter. And so when I see the likes of quilted and handmade items by Samantha McKeown-Wurme, I tend to freak. By far my favorite had to be her hand stitched, wool pumpkins. Perfect for fall and, according to Samantha, perfect to sew and to relax. …I’m still not convinced as to how crafting can be relaxing, but then again, I’d love to learn. Frequenting the Brainery Bazaar is not just a fun and unique place to support our local community—though it is that for sure—but it is also a space where we get to learn. Just by speaking to artisans like Samantha, I learn so much about the creative process. Truly, it’s inspiring. Even when The Rochester Brainery is not holding classes, it is featuring knowledge. Knowledge and talent at the Rochester Brainery Bazaar. I love it.


Steven Resig Digital Prints: This guy is legit. Both as artist and as Art Instruction Department Chair at Spectrum Creative Arts, an art and education institute that believes in sustainability, fun, and access for all. And to think, I never would have found his art, nor learned about Spectrum Creative Arts on Monroe Ave, if it weren’t for the Bazaar. Steven’s print coasters are pretty rad and belong in any cool kid’s living room, be he dude or she, dudette. I implore you to find this man’s work.


Gods-N-Gladiators T-Shirts: Alexandros Hatzigiannidis makes one godly T. With a semi-pro set up at home, the intriguing Alexandros explained to me that, after years of start-up experience, he plans to go fully pro and make the screen print T-shirt biz his sole bread-n-butter. It’s a sickness I have. It’s almost a curse. From the drawing and design to the screen-printing itself, Hatzigiannidis creates every aspect of the custom T-shirts, long sleeved shirts, and hoodies that he sells. Where? Out of his car, out of Aaron’s Alley, in Dichotomy {one of the newest and one of my most favorite stores on Park} and, of course, at the Brainery Bazaar. The Rochester, NY skyline montage looks powerful as does Alexandros’ representations of the West Thai Warriors. Once you check out Gods-N-Gladiators website, you can’t help but want to find Alexandros, wherever his T-shirts and designs may be.


Eat Me Local, Seasonal, Organic Ice Cream: It’s a Rochester ice cream. It’s all from here, made by us. Supported by our farmers, our people, and for our people. Quoted from the Eat Me Ice Cream Artist Profile video: I now have sweet shivers as though I’ve just sunk my teeth into an organic ice cream pop. The incredible duo that is best friends Cait + Amber mix local + love into their fresh, flavorful, artisanal ice cream, which uses only local farms’ ingredients. They’re done for the season! Yet, without end, I feel inspired. This past season, Eat Me served scoops + sandwiches at the Brighton Farmers Market, the South Wedge Farmers Market, Joe Bean, Abundance Cooperative Market, and the Brainery Bazaar. This is why I savor community-based gatherings such as the 2nd Saturday of every month at The Brainery. You find incredible, local delicacies, crafted in our own backyards and created from our backyards, that otherwise could not be found. With flavors like Organic Pumpkin + Goat Cheese–vegan and gluten free options readily available–this is the actual truth. You cannot find these flavors or this freshness anywhere else. #ShopLocal #EatLocal #BraineryBazaar. {Taste the love + watch Eat Me’s sweet video!}


I want to see this community thrive. You want to see things become more local. A more self -sustaining economy. And we want to be a part of that. That process of: It’s all made here in Rochester. We’re supporting our neighbors.

Eat Me Artist Profile


Purer words from The Prime Ice Cream makers, Eat Me, cannot more poignantly describe what #ShopLocal and community connectedness truly means. Second Saturdays hosted at The Rochester Brainery delivers this to us, loyally. Watch your community thrive.


Brainery Bazaar.

Every 2nd Saturday.

Every month.



Shop Local. Glass Bead Artist Francesca DeCaire.

Orphan Beads.
Unique Creations that Need a Home!
And at $2 & $3 …

Francesca DeCaire is Hip

& Her Beads, Hipper.
Clearly, I like her style.
.Studio at 1115 Main St E. Suite 216. Rochester. NY. 14609.
.Open studio First Friday. Schedule an Appointment. Check Calendar. 
.Email Or Google Voice 585-789-1761.
That penguin’s a bead, folks. I know.


Last Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Church (also the site of rummage posts here & here) parking lot, Momsly & I stopped by the Monroe Village Farmer’s Market , held every Wednesday from 4pm-7pm between June 13 & Oct 17 (this season). …We rolled in just ’bout closing-time and were relieved to find live jazz in full-swing & several artisans & farmers still vending.
I came for cherries, bananas, cucumbers (foods unforgiving for the fashionably late, & rightfully so), & I toyed with lilies, basil, & breads. But it wasn’t food nor flower that tempted & enticed. (…’Least not food of the edible kind.)
It was beads. Beads! Beads, I say. Beads.
Handmade Beads.
Chic. Neat. Timeless.

Beads, a pastime I haven’t dabbled in since my first attempts at self-employment during the early years when Skippy ice pops were hot & sidewalk chalk, bragging-rights. Beads. Which ran me a strong $25 ($5 a pop for mine. Others are both more & less expensive, orphaned beauties as low as $2 & $3!) that I don’t have. And I. Don’t. Care.

For these aren’t just beads.
Food & Fancy.
: corn on the cob. strawberries. cupcakes.
Hibou: owls. owls. owls.

Francesca DeCaire is a self-made glass bread artist who hand-blows her own glass to fashion, shape, & mold each bead individually. Swirls, stripes, flecks; whirls, bands, bobs; earrings, necklaces, stoppers; owls, cupcakes, corn. Ask her how it’s done &, as with her craftsmanship, she won’t hold back. Using grit & passion, strength & creativity, & a heroic clash of oxygen & flame, DeCaire forges each unique bead by hand or–ertorch. (GTT Lynx, to be exact.) It’s a science, it’s an art, it’s a lifestyle, and DeCaire does it great.

Classy & Unique.
Classic. Stunning. Creative.

How can you find her? Visit during First Friday, schedule an appointment at her Boutique, find her at farmer’s markets & festivals, & contact DeCaire by visiting her website & blog. (And don’t forget to Like on Facebook!) Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, congratulations, thank yous, & just because’s: DeCaire’s Glass Beads make a unique, timeless, fun, & LOCAL gift for all to enjoy.

Great Gifts.
Left: Pendants.
Right: Wine stoppers.
Buy Local.
What a Hoot.Hoo! Hoo!
(Buy Beads.)