Thursday, December 10, 2009

Project 3/50

I've been made aware about a new movement called Project 3/50. It's a national force that several locally owned businesses have joined, after this project outlined some amazing statistics. Ever since, I was asked to write this blog for Fresh Ink, I can't seem to get the stats out of my mind, and I think this is the best time to share it...The busiest month of the retail year!

Think of 3 shops that you would really miss if they shut their doors? Pop in, support them, say hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your purchase is what keeps that business there.

If half of the employed population spent just $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42 billion in revenue !

For every $100 sold in locally independent stores, $68 returns to the community through payroll, taxes, and other expenditures....if you spend that money in a national chain only $43 stays here, if you order on-line, NOTHING COMES BACK to Mississippi!

I about cringed the other day when I heard a local business owner say that she was going home to do her "on-line" shopping. I thought to myself, why would she want to give her money to another state, (when our state could really use it)? That is precisely how my brain is wired....and it should be the way all of us think this holiday season, as we spend our dollars. Whether it is at Fresh Ink, or any other store in the metro is important that we take a stand and support businesses. I "get" that we are an instant gratification nation, we want it now, and the click of a mouse is sometimes easier. But consider friendly service, and gift wrap. Consider the security you will feel knowing that we made sure our brides received your gift! Consider who donated that silent auction item, the next time you go to a charity event. Did the "megamart" donate it? Or did "" donate to your local Breast Cancer chapter?

It goes without saying that Fresh Ink appreciates every purchase and every body that enters our door....Just wanted to share these fascinating facts with you, as you are out and about this holiday season! Merry Christmas!

(items you will find the next time you visit Fresh Ink)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tamara Childs-Annieglass...The Layered Look!

Are you a bride who registered and received fabulous Annieglass....but quite possibly, it's not in your budget to add more to your collection (post wedding vows)? The artist Tamara Childs has artistically created glass tableware and decorative accessories that compliment your Annie Glass collection. Notice in the pictures below that we have mixed in the Annieglass with our Tamara Childs glass to create a beautiful place setting. And...the prices can not be beat! Tamara's collection ranges from $18.00 to $200.00, and with a wider (gold, copper or silver) rim, they have a presence that makes quite a statement! Pair up our $30.00 dip bowls (Annieglass doesn't even make a dip bowl like this) with one of your large platters, set out our rectangular votives amongst your greenery, or use one or our square or round large platters for your Advent arrangement this holiday season. There are several ways to use her pieces, dress them up, or display them casually....Or better yet, give them to that classy girlfriend (who has everything) and tell her of the hundreds of ways to use them!
(Tamara Childs dip bowl, pictured above with Annieglass square silver platter, atop Childs's gold rimmed round platter)

( Tamara Childs rectangled tray, with her square gold platter, layered with with Annieglass gold rim charger, paired with Childs's gold dip bowl)

(Tamara Childs large silver votive holders)

(square accessory bowl-great for snacks, or dips)

(notice the square tea-light fabulous to run several of these down the length of a dining room table)

(pictured above this gold leafed centerpiece bowl)

(you had to see it to believe it! $30 for this dip bowl) Need to take a gift to a "Dirty Santa" party..who wouldn't fight over this?

(I love the mixture of the gold and copper...mix, match and layer!)

Come on in to Fresh Ink and mention this blog to receive 10% off on any one Tamara Childs item good through December 11th, 2009.
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