Barbara Ellen Shops Local.

We’re Shopping Local.

Above: Shop Local at Antiques, Heirlooms & Art in Canandaigua, NY.

Sweater: $5 Leather Boots: $25 Slip: $8 Vintage ’50’s Dress: $35

Hey Guys!

Shop Local has always been a dominant theme on Barbara Ellen blogs. All of them. (Baby: Big Sister: That’s because Shop Local is Rochester, NY. Shop Local is unique. Shop Local is sustainable. Shop Local is economical. Shop Local is affordable. Shop Local is our city. Shop Local is the #roc in Rochester, NY.

So, it’s time for us to support Shop Local! Every Day. Every single day. Shop Local isn’t just birthdays and festivals and other special occasions. Shop Local is a lifestyle. Shop Local is a convenient, affordable, individual lifestyle. With this blog, I will share, discuss, celebrate, capture, depict, and discover Shop Local, around Rochester, NY, and #shoplocal only! < Don’t worry. You can still find my musings–mental health, fashion/style, spiritual, and otherwise–on Tumblr: {It’s pretty + it’s wise + it’s slightly edgy.}> I cannot wait to hear from all of you about your own #shoplocal favs and finds, tricks and tips!! Please share them all! … Like right now, below. Comment. Post. Share!

Why do you #shoplocal?

< I’ll Begin >

  • I Shop Local because it supports incredibly talented, often lesser-known, artists and entrepreneurs in our community. I Shop Local because these artists and entrepreneurs often use more sustainable processes and materials to create a product that is way more unique than any major retailer’s. I Shop Local because great gifts and great style always have great stories! I Shop Local because, given a choice, I will always support Rochester, NY and our community, first.
  • You Shop Local because…

Can’t wait to Shop Local with you!



Shop Local. Happy Birthday Shop Peppermint!!! & Wants v. Don’t Needs.

Happy Birthday ShopPeppermint!!!
Shop Peppermint.
Emma/Model. Tanvi/Owner/Designer. Cooper/Cuddly.

I wanted earrings. Bow earrings. Anchor earrings. Stud earrings. Sunglass earrings. Not all of the above, but some combination therein. And I wanted rings. Dainty rings. Edgy rings. Rings with character. Finally, I wanted bangles. Bangles that bang. Bangles that bling. But I did not–most definitely did not–want all of these things, all at once. What am I to do with 13 new pairs of earrings?? 

Lacquer Bow Set
Faceted Pyramid Studs
Bead, Heart, &Anchor Set

Wants v. Don’t Needs
We all know the concept of: Needs v. Wants. I surmise, we all loathe it. Buy only what you needEat only what you needBlablabla. It implies that what you want, what you desire, matters not. It is unimportant. Inane. What you want is unnecessary. Needs v. Wants. Pfft. We all need the same basic things. What we want is what makes you, you. I say, think not in terms of Needs v. Wants. Think in terms of Wants v. Don’t Needs.
Wayfarer Sunglasses Stud
Matte Rose Stud
Shop Local. A Lesson.
Shop Local & Know Why. Why do we #ShopLocal?? If you remember Go Buy Rochester, you’ll remember that:

Studies prove every dollar spent with a locally-owned merchant has three times the impact of a dollar spent at a big box store.

To #ShopLocal is to make a direct investment in your local community and to buy items that have a story. Often times, the goods we buy in our local shops are made & assembled solely in America. Did you know that a large number of the items in Tanvi Asher’s Shop Peppermint is jewelry from local artists and dresses, blouses, and skirts from her own clothing line, designed by Tanvi & made in NYC?? True fact. In order to appreciate the concept of don’t needs, you must appreciate the value of quality over quantity. I much rather have 1 quality, cute, ring than 2 of the same assembly-line carbon copies made out of who-knows-what-material in who-knows-where-working conditions.
Shop Peppermint. #ShopLocal.
Top: Local Artisan Ring. Pretzel-Heart Bangle
Bottom: Glasses Frames Earrings.
Know What You Want. 
(And How Many.)
I’m on a budget. At one point I realized that if I didn’t sign-up for 10 work-out classes (which is in addition to yoga), I had $100 extra for shopping. …
On Saturday, April 13, ShopPeppermint celebrated their 1st Birthday. Who doesn’t love a minty birthday?? Honestly. … Obviously, this “extra” hundo-was going straight to the candy bowl. More specifically, it was getting dropped on some jewels. As noted, Shop Peppermint boasts a lovely selection of local artisans’ work–double #ShopLocal!–as well as kitschy trunk-show products. From geometric necklaces and earrings, in mediums ranging from wood to mixed-metals and textures, and whimsical earrings, like ampersands and glasses frames, to bangle bracelets in silver and gold, with rose buds & pretzel hearts: never before had I partook in these delicacies. Birthday weekend was my shot.
Taken from My Bedroom.
Locally Made Chevron Necklace.
Truly, I wanted only 1 of each: earring, bracelet, ring, necklace. So I did an experiment. I tested myself.
The Test.
Everyone knows that you can buy a cute pair of neon orange matte rose studs at Forever21 for a-buck-80. It’s absurd. And 4 lacquered bow studs in a set for just $3 more. Ridiculous. Because shipping is free once you spend $50+ and because I budgeted $100, I decided to do it make a wish list. (That I titled Summertime Sassiness.) I wanted to test myself. BarbaraEllen, the #ShopLocal purveyor & self-proclaimed RocOPhile herself: would she succumb to the allure of rock bottom prices & quantity inexcess?? Or would she be won by her true love, local buys & quality character?
Nautical Stud Set
13 – pairs of earrings (set of 3 anchors for Nicole Jaclyn)
Mixed Metal Heart Ring
Double Cross Ring
2 – rings
0 – bangles
Bicycle Print
1 – T (Don’t really need. Just needed to get to $50.)
Denim Shorts
1 – denim short (Samesies.)
2 – totes (1 for a work friend who really didn’t want it & another for a photographer friend who is an artist and a genius wherein this bag wouldn’t do justice as a gift to thank her for her art of me!!)
Smile Camera Tote
Sunglasses Clad Tote
In order to spend $50 & get my free shipping, I had to buy all of this. Thirteen pairs of earrings!? Even if I did give away 3 of them, what am I to do with 10 extra pairs?? Where am I even to put them around my bedroom??? How on earth do I decide which pair to wear during the day. I’m late enough as it is getting out of the door each morning. I mean really. We know what would have ended up to most of that haul, don’t we?? …Don’t we.
Don’t Needs.
Waste & Excess.
Bonus Buy!!
Sleeveless Sheer Blouse.
That’s the point. We don’t. We do not use it. It lies around, maybe gets 1 use probably not even for 1 full season. Qualifier: I will say this. If I knew that 3 other of my friends really wanted bow earrings as well, well then yes, I would buy that 4 pack. And we could split them and be best friends forever. Aw. But so far as I know, none of my friends want the left overs of a bonus pack of earrings that I buy for myself from Forever21. So there goes that. Truly, I can not handle having all of that meaningless jewelry around me. And so, when I spend just about 10x as much money on a meaningful ring because it is made from a local artist and sold at locally owned shop, because I can afford not to buy so much crap, well, I feel pretty great.
Dave “Bippy” Boyer the Caricaturist.
Right: From Left – Nicole, Danielle, BarbaraEllen.
I am stoked about my haul from Shop Peppermint during its Birthday Weekend. First, let me say, I went twice in 1 day. Let me also say that Tanvi served vegan cake pops & red velvet cupcakes, on cake platters covered in mint (get it?) colored fondant, with honey-mustard pretzels and champagne, freshly followed-up by any amount of mint you could ever savor. All beneath a swirl of red and white balloons. My first trip began around 1pm, just as the caricaturist, a jovial and personable artist who goes by Bippy–Yes. Tanvi hired a caricaturist. Yes. We were the first to partake.–arrived and slews of patrons made Peppermint abuzz. My second trip, around 6pm and just an hour or so before Shop Peppermint closed, was greeted with just the same amount of red velvet cupcakes and champagne as when I arrived 5 hours earlier. …Not because no one ate nor drank. Because Tanvi’s a shop owner, a designer, a party planner, and a host.
Birthday Cake & Champagne!!
Vegan Cake Pops. Red Velvet Cake Cups.
Minty Fresh Party.
Guess how many Peppermints.
Complementary Beach Grab-Bag!!
Truly, a Happy Birthday to Shop Peppermint, one of the most locally minded #ShopLocal boutiques in town. Love the clothes. Love the jewels. Love the bag. Love the boutique. Love getting what I want & what I need. And Love that I’m going VIP to Peppermint Origins: Sewn Seeds Fashion Show!!!
Happy 1st Birthday to ShopPeppermint!!
(And be on the look out for the new blogazine #Rocstache.)



Shop Local. Think Global. Nicole France-Coe for Noonday Collection.

I learned that entrepreneurship was sustainable and aid was not.
Fair Trade. Female Entrepreneurship. Shop Local, Think Global. Beauty. Sustainability. Faith. Handmade. Noonday Collection & The Noonday Story tell the story of one woman’s, Jessica Honegger’s (co-founder), love. Love for family & faith. Love for sustainability. Love for beauty. To read about her transformation into globally-inspired humanitarian, businesswoman, and Noonday Founder, read About the Founder. An intricate relationship between creativity, business, & faith, it is absolutely evident that the Noonday Fair Trade Trunk Shows extend from “family, community, [and] intentionality.”

I played soccer & attended primary/secondary school with Nicole. One year older & generations wiser (than everyone), always she was a rock within our team and throughout our social circles. A paradigm of strength, beauty, & inspiration, I know there is not one person who has crossed her path who could say differently.

A mother and Noonday Ambassador, herself, I encourage you to begin your holiday shopping here. In her own words, Nicole describes Noonday and it’s Fair Trade policy as such:

 we develop relationships with the artisans behind the jewelry and accessories we offer, paying a fair and just wage, collaborating and learning their stories to share with the customers here in the US…it is certainly a more just way to shop and be fashionable!


Absolutely, this could not be closer to the truth. While these jewelryprices surpass those of anything offered, say, Forever21, they also trump the originality of, say, Anthropologie. The richness of Home & Gift and Accessories is unparalleled. Both in story, quality, & in beauty, Noonday is richer. For anyone—mother, daughter, friend, wife, girlfriend, grandmother–interested in inspired jewelry with equally as inspired stories, both steeped in fairness & sustainability, you must contact Nicole. Her Noonday Collection speaks the language of 10,000 lives changed forever.  
Dainty Everyday
Mediterranen Sea Necklace 
Light Layers Necklace (Seagreen)
Evening Horizon Necklace
Bone Carved Polygon Necklace
Inca Steps Necklace (Coral)
Angular Earrings
Bengali Sunset Earrings
Blooming Chandelier Earrings
Crocheted Juxtaposition Earrings
Looped Drop Earrings
Mediterranean Sea Earrings
Carved Cuff
The Louvre Bangle
Tagua Seed Bracelet (Seagreen)
Escalera Block Bracelet
Embira Seed Bracelet
Crocheted Bracelet
Animalito – El Pollo
Handmade Stationary
Ruffles iPad Cover
Cups: Fiesta (White + Red); Gallina (Blue) Set of 2
Nahuala Oval Tray
Wola Nani Bowls (Set of 3)
Phuket Shoulder Bag Sale (Purple)
Patchwork Clutch
Hamaca Scarf
Grey Whispers Cowl
Cuzco Wrap
Fireside Hand Warmers
(Not Pictured: Belts, Sandals, Hats)
All orders placed by Dec 16 will make it in time for Christmas!!
Shop Local. Think Global.
Nicole France-Coe for Noonday Collection.

Shop Local. Peppermint & Small Business Saturday #ROC .

Small Business Saturday.
Hair Bows. Peppermint.
Not to be confused with the amazing Bow Ties. (In the back.)
Small Biz Sat, the day after Black Friday & 2 days before Cyber Monday, is your chance to support the local, emerging, & growing economies in your neighborhood. Normally shop for veg at the grocery store? Try your local farmers’ market. Looking for unique holiday gifts? Hop to a hip boutique. Looking for a tasty bite to eat … other than some turkey?? Mom ‘n’ Pop restaurant is the way to go. To those of us still standing after the Grey and Black deluge of retail that flooded our stores as the tryptophan sank-in: Remember this one thing…

Doesn’t have to be Small Business Saturday 
for an excuse to Shop Local.
Classic Cameo. Edgy Cameo.
Exactly what Peppermint’s all about. (I bought two!)
In fact, I shopped today, Black Friday 2012. Great thing about boutique shopping (aside from it is awesome) is that stores are not necessarily overrun. Or, while certainly busier, definitely not death-defying. So, let me tell you about one of the best & newest boutiques in Rochester.
Envelope Purse. Holiday Wish List 2012. 
Want that blue baby with the yellow! … But any will do.
I am absolutely obsessed & infatuated in all senses of the words. For one, Tanvi,  owner of Peppermint, partners with local artisans to bring you the most unique and beautiful in meaningful jewelry. For two, Tanvi, designer of fashion apparel, designs several of the dresses & apparel items herself. SHE DESIGNS THEM HERSELF. THEY ARE ONE-OF-A-KINDS. MADE IN NEW YORK CITY. ONLY 6 PER DESIGN TOTAL. That is domestic. That is diva. I love her designs.
Love at First Sight (online) with this Lace Peplum.
Look Closely or Look Above … Classic Cream Cameo.
Owner & designer Tanvi brings such freshness & class to all that she does, from Peppermint’s hip/quirky/vintage/classic style to the bright/clean/luminous space of her store, that it’s easy to continually shop for more. Not only did Tanvi remember that the last time I shopped, I was in-recovery from a migraine & so, this evening, asked if I felt better, but aslo, she offered advice for a dress on which I could not decide. I’ll be honest with you. I promise. Absolutely, I believed. And, I am so glad that I did.
Pics doesn’t do this justice.
Love that it’s Asian-inspired. Perfect w a Skeleton Cameo.
Finally, friends: parting gifts. Tanvi, every now & again, subtly sneaks a gift bag into your own. During Rochester’s Fashion Week it was a full-on grab bag filled with goodies. This evening, a complimentary strand of Birds of Paradise to brighten the holiday season. What’s more? She consistently interacts with patrons via social media (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram).  Check out the pic of my ugly sweater on her Facebook homepage! If that’s not dedication to the community that she serves, then someone, please, find me a Webster.
Tanvi via Insty.
Complimentary & Beautiful Birds of Paradise.
So. For all of your holiday finds, indulgent dreams, & Small Business Saturday sprees, Shop Local & Shop Peppermint. (The website is good, but the store, incredible. So go!)
Something for everyone.
Bit of whimsy for we older souls.
Be Pepperminty.