Sunday, April 3, 2016

Meanderer Trunk Show April 8th

Boutique 208 Consignor Susan Fortunato, of Meanderer, is having a trunk show at the Boutique on Friday, April 8, from 11a to 7p.

Her repurposed items, including aprons, purses, pot holder, accessories and more, will be displayed throughout the store.  Come and check out all of her fun, wonderfully imagined products; that all used to be something else.
Her Mantra:

Waste not want not.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Indulgence Bath & Body Trunk Show April 3rd

As a part of our Spring Sales Extravaganza, Bethany Shea, of Indulgence Bath & Body, is having a trunk show at the Boutique on Sunday, April 3, from 11a - 4p.

Her bath & body products, which are handmade from all natural and edible ingredients, will be displayed throughout the store. 

ALL bath and body products will be BOGO, with the second same or lower priced item discounted 50%! This is a great opportunity to pick up some gifts, or try something new! Bethany offers some great "fun" bath products for kids too!
ALSO Bethany will be offering her exclusive hand-etched glass! These items are not usually available in the Boutique, so don't miss your chance to pick up these one-of-a-kind gifts! She'll have some pre-made items, but will also be taking custom orders. Examples: monograms, family crests, customs phrases, etc.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Shopping Extravaganza April 1 - 10!

Join the artists of Boutique 208 for a 2-week-long celebration of spring! The shop will be open extended hours, offering trunk shows, and more opportunities to meet some of our artists!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

SuDan Design Trunk Show April 1st

Happy April Fool's Day! Boutique 208 Consignor Sue Danielson, of SuDan Design, Jewelry and Batik, is having a trunk show at the Boutique on Friday, April 1, from 11a to 8p. 

Her hand batiked items, including scarves and clothing for women, children and babies, and unique Rainbow Makers (one-of-a-kind beaded and bowed cut glass prism ornaments) will be displayed throughout the store. 

In addition, her "trunk" table will include a wide variety of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, as well as holiday Rainbow Makers offered at a discount. Scarves, bracelets and Rainbow Makers will be offered BOGO, with the second same or lower priced item discounted 50%. Refreshments are free. No foolin'!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter Basket Giveaway!

We have a great new giveaway this week!

Stop in to Boutique 208 between now and March 24, 2016 to receive an entry to win this great assortment of items donated by several of our artists. No purchase necessary for the first entry!  Get one entry just for coming in to see us, then earn 1 entry for any purchase, and then additional entries for every $20 you spend! 

Come down and see us!

Prize includes: Cake earrings from Evan Tillie of Tillie's Clay Treats, an Easter Pin from Tam of Barker's Herbs and Heirlooms, Easter egg earrings from Jenn of Charmed by Jenn, silly soap from Bethany of Indulgence Bath & Body Products, a green table mat from Pamela of A PG Creation, a pair of pot holders from Susan of Meanderer, a pair of tie dye socks from Leslie of LArtC, children's hair clips from Angela of Funnermother - all wrapped nicely in a lovely reversible fabric bowl from Lynn of Textile Gifts!

Winner will be randomly drawn the morning of Friday, March 25 and notified via phone call (or email address depending on which the winner provides on their entry form).

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Featured Artist: Eryn Hughes of Apothecary Muse

Eryn Hughes, of Apothecary Muse, is our featured artist from March 9-15, 2016.

Please stop by, enjoy our window featuring her products, and check out her items in person. She shared the following information with us and we hope you enjoy learning about her and her work, in her own words.

Figure 4 Handmade Arcade 2015: bringing the outdoors inside in the midst of Winter.  Photo Courtesy of Joey Kennedy

I like to find inspiration in nature and share it.  This philosophy touches upon every sense that we experience as humans: sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing.  Over the years, while my soapmaking was just a hobby, I worked in the bicycle industry as a mechanic, coach, and advocate.  I remember attending a trails conference where the speaker said that when he “paddled with others in nature, he observed nature”… and when he “paddled alone…[he] was nature.”  I’ve also found these solo adventures to give new context to my decisions and sense of purpose in life. (fig. 1)

Figure 1 Product testing in action: mountain biking in Frick Park, testing a thermal skin balm in sub-zero temperatures – crossing multiple barriers. 

Later, I worked in outreach with food access and the music industry, bringing resources to people that would otherwise have barriers.  It was on a section hike along the Pacific Crest Trail that I considered the possibilities of designing a business model around my philosophy.  The demands of back country exploration has inspired me to incorporate medicinal herbs and aromatherapy into Apothecary Muse products that are used everyday, especially by those who spend time outside.  The environmental impact of single use plastics is significant, by and I seek to reduce that with plantable paper soap labels, compostable paperboard tubes for lip balm and deodorant, and reusable glass or tin jars and bottles.  I won’t buy any new plastic.  I test everything I make and have a team of brand ambassadors who are extremely active in the outdoors that also give feedback on seasonal products, although often I’m reusing plastic containers for my own testing. (fig. 2)

Figure 2 Product testing on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: handmade ceramic diffuser, woodsy warrior soap, bug repellent candle, deodorant, toothpaste, sunscreen and lip balm.

These days, I plan my adventures around possibilities for foraging, exploring new places and environmental risks, while balancing skin care needs with herbal infusions and aromatherapy.  I study herbalism with Sage Mountain and aromatherapy with Aromahead, and I'm a regular at my local library consulting Eastern and Ayurvedic Medicine texts to find parallels in philosophies that I might use in my product development.  There is so much to learn and I believe these skills in sustainability and self-sufficiency will be rewarding for many years to come.

Figure 3 Farm To Table: Teaching how to make soap.

And since I believe information can be empowering, I have sought my teaching certification and now offer classes.  The next one is coming up on March 18th at 10:30am at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in the Farm to Table Conference and further upcoming learning opportunities can be found on the SoapGuild Teacher Guide.   I aim to bring nature to the people - or people to nature - in a very intimate way.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Featured Artist: Susan Fortunato of Meanderer

Susan Fortunato of Meanderer is our featured artist this week!
Her Mantra:

Waste not want not.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Susan says, "I give new life to items others find unusable.  Old becomes new, practical and pretty items.  Worn jeans and feed sacks become aprons, potholders, or bags.  Old coats become purses.  Ill fitting tee shirts can be a new skirt.  Sewing, creating, recreating, making new from old is a happy challenge."

Stop in and check out Susan's fun, eclectic work featured at the front of the Boutique from 3/2-3/7!