Monday, December 24, 2018

May Your Days Be Merry + Bright!

Dear Friends -- Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!

We are so glad to be a part of your holiday for an 8th season Downtown.  With holiday workshops, art openings, a Cookie Tour, Winter Wonderfest, Jane Austen's Birthday Celebration, a Late Night Shopping event, and an adopted foster kitty, it's been a very merry month for us at the shop.  (Thank you so much to Lillie for all the help and for keeping us all laughing).  After 24 very happy December days open, the shop is on a little holiday.  Below are shop hours for into the beginning of January.  Thank you for stopping by this Christmas, and I hope very much that you have lots of time with all your loved ones.

Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve: 11am - 4pm
Closed 12/25 - 12/27
12/28: 11 - 6
12/29: 11-6
12/30: 12 - 4
Closed 12/31 - 1/3
Return to regular hours 1/4

With Much Love,
Sara XX

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Our 8th #ShopSmall

Hello Friends!

Thank you so much for joining Downtown Harrisonburg for Small Business Saturday!!  Here's a quick look at our Saturday Specials:

- Open 9am - 7pm
- Choose from our Surprise Tree for savings up to 50% off an item or a free gift!
- 20% off ALL art prints, all day!
- Free Holiday Card with every purchase, while supplies last
- Shop Small Canvas Tote with every purchase of $75, while they last!

We love our Downtown family, thank you for being a part of it for 8 years!
XX, Sara

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2019 Calendars

Here's a look at our 2019 Calendars, now available at the shop! 

Rifle Paper Co. World Traveler Calendar
Rifle Paper Co. Appointment Calendar, Floral

Cavallini National Parks Calendar

Cavallini Botanica Calendar
Cavallini Farmer's Market Calendar

Friday, May 25, 2018

Air Plant Love

Hello Friends!!

We've recently had a lot of questions about our air plants, and I wanted to share a little bit of information on how air plants work -- and some ideas of easy and fun ways to display these sweet little bits of green!  At the shop, we have hanging globe terrariums, handmade wood bases, and miniature macrame hangers for your air plant displaying!

Air Plants, or Tillandsia, originate in more tropical climates but can adapt to inside living just about anywhere!  There are hundreds (over 600!) varieties, and many will flower at least once in their lifetime.  In my own experience, they are pretty slow growing, and some are slightly easier to care for than other varieties.  This is a link to a great care guide online, and below are some display ideas for your little plant buddies!  

The best part of air plant ownership is that they are so versatile -- no soil required, just a little light and let your creativity flow!

Local Places to Find Air Plants:
- We have small - medium air plants available for purchase at the shop, but there is also a wonderful place in the Dayton Farmer's Market and our friend Hope of Hopeful Things also sells them inside Dressed Up Threads in downtown Dayton.  Be sure to check these amazing local spots out sometime soon!!!  

Until Soon,
Sara XX
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A darling illustration on care tips for air plants:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Earth Day 2018!


With Earth Day around the corner, it's a great time to stop and think through the small and the big ways that we can help reduce our own waste and contribute to the larger-scale efforts to conserve our earth!

In celebration, this Saturday + Sunday, simply request no bag for any purchase and we will donate $1 for every bag not used to the Wildlife Conservation Network!!!

On a personal note, I have to confess that reducing waste can be a bit daunting.  I thought it might be helpful for me to share some of the easy ways I've learned to reduce the amount of waste that comes out of my own home.  Have further suggestions and ideas?  I'd love to hear them!!

1.  Reusable glasses, cloth napkins, silverware: If I'm going out for a meal with friends, I pack a small extra bag with a glass jar, aluminum straw, and a cloth napkin.  It's an easy way for me to give up a plastic glass, plastic straw, and paper napkin.  If you think you might have leftovers, bring a clean "to-go" container from home!
2.  Recycling: With the City of Harrisonburg no longer offering single-stream recycling, I've been saving my glass/plastic/aluminum/paper for about a month and taking over my bin!  The closest center to Downtown Harrisonburg is located at 2055 Beery Road, link to a map here.
3.  Composting: It's a little impractical for me to start my own compost pile in my current neighborhood, but thankfully there is a local compost drop off provided by Black Bear Composting.
You can either keep a small compost bin on your kitchen counter, or keep a bag in your fridge/freezer and fill with weekly kitchen scraps, peels, shells, etc.  For a guide on what is / isn't compostable, see this helpful list.
4.  Buying locally: We live in such a beautiful and rich farming area, and it's easy to purchase lots of food and supplies from local farms and families.  The Harrisonburg Farmer's Market, local CSA shares, and farm stands all over the Valley are easy ways to start.  Bring your own bags or a basket and start shopping!
5.  Grocery Shopping: Aside from using reusable grocery bags, there are also reusable produce bags, or bring your own jars for dry/bulk goods.  Most grocery stores will weigh your reusable containers prior to filling so that you're ready to shop!

Other great resources:
- Bring Your Own: A locally owned store in Downtown Harrisonburg that offers everything you need to make practical changes to reduce waste.
- Friendly City Food Co-Op: Lots of local options here beyond produce (dry goods, honey, beverages, etc.), also carry options for earth-friendly products.
- WithSimplicity Beauty: Natural skin-care and beauty items (they also offer free recycling on all finished bottles/jars)!

Read more here:

Happy Earth Day, Friends!

Until Soon,
Sara XX