on the store, the seasons, entertaining, decorating...

October 18, 2020

Autumn is in full swing, and the weather has been beautiful. We have been quite busy welcoming customers into the store by appointment, or by walk-in, when space permits.  It is so wonderful to see everyone again! And thank you to everyone for wearing masks and social distancing! We will all get through this together.  For everyone's safety we are still limiting the capacity in the store.  We have reduced store hours right now, but we will be increasing the store hours in November and December.  If you can't get to our store, be sure to peruse our online shopping.  We are constantly adding more products, including many of our seasonal offerings.  Even though everyone is focused on autumn decorating, boxes of Christmas goodies are starting to arrive! 

August 18, 2020

We have been quite busy at the store rearranging a little, painting, and getting ready to open for shopping by appointment!  Tricia has some commentary on this:
I can remember that many years ago there was a store in Merchants Square in Williamsburg on the corner that had a sign in the window that they were open for appointments only. (I think it was an antique store.) I can remember going by the store and thinking how wonderful it would be to have a store where your customers came in by appointment.  I wasn't even thinking of owning a retail store at that point. Well, fast forward several decades and here I am operating a store that will be open by appointment only. Never saw that coming. We are as anxious as you to start our Appointments Only phase of our business and we look forward to seeing al of our customers (as long as you are wearing a mask). The world has changed and we must change with it.

May 18, 2020

Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner.  Our retail store is still temporarily closed, but we have enjoyed connecting with so many of our customers via phone, email, and curbside pickup! Be sure to check out the beautiful wreaths that we have posted online.  We have a lovely selection of spring and summer wreaths in a variety of styles, all sure to bring a cheery touch to your front door.  To see our wreaths click on Shop Online / Home Decor / Wreaths.
April 27, 2020
Well, a lot has certainly changed in the eight weeks since we last posted on this blog. Even though our retail store is temporarily closed, we are still here working!  But we miss hearing voices and laughter throughout the store. Our customers really make our store come alive.  But don't worry - we are taking care of the place! Online orders and phone orders are keeping us busy.  If you haven't shopped online with us before, you should! We are currently offering complimentary shipping, and we always provide beautiful complimentary gift wrap.  We are adding more and more products to the website, so check back frequently.  If you don't see your favorite product, just give us a call in the mornings from 9am -12noon.  We will be happy to help you, and very happy to chat!  Our most popular items lately have been our soaps and lotions.  They really make your hands feel soft.  You can see our full selection in the Shop Online section of the website, under Gifts.  Stay well and stay safe. 
February 2, 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed our Annual Winter Sale in early January! It was so much fun to hear about everyone's holidays, and offer our customers some great bargarins! We have been quite busy restocking the store.  Boxes of wonderful new goodies for spring are arriving daily.  We are especially excited about our increased selection of wood utensils from Jonathan's Spoons.  This line of handcrafted cherry wood pieces is made in Pennsylvania.  Wood adds warmth to your kitchen, and these wood utensils are top quality in function and endurance. 
Beautiful wood utensils.

February 27, 2020

Just wanted to give a shout out to the delicious treats we have by the counter.  Our Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers are quite delicious, and the perfect little mid day pick-me-up.  We also have Heritage Shortbread individual squares.  The consensus is that this is the real deal: smooth, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth Scottish style shortbread. 

February 2, 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed our Annual Winter Sale in early January! It was so much fun to hear about everyone's holidays, and offer our customers some great bargarins! We have been quite busy restocking the store.  Boxes of wonderful new goodies for spring are arriving daily.  We are especially excited about our increased selection of wood utensils from Jonathan's Spoons.  This line of handcrafted cherry wood pieces is made in Pennsylvania.  Wood adds warmth to your kitchen, and these wood utensils are top quality in function and endurance. 
Beautiful wood utensils.

December 24, 2019

That's a wrap! It has been our pleasure to prepare your gifts for a beautiful presentation this holiday season!
Our gift wrap counter right before we closed on Christmas Eve.

December 10, 2019

The holiday season is in full swing, and we are enjoying seeing all of our customers and helping you with your gifts, decorating, and table setting.  We have been working like little elves wrapping numerous gifts, which we love to do!  We are already selling out of some of our holiday products, so be sure to stop by soon!  While we fluff and trim and sing along to the Christmas music, in the back room we are already planning spring displays and new products.  And perhaps we will rearrange a thing or two in the process...  In the meantime, stop by to say hello, shop for gifts, and get in the holiday spirit!

November 8, 2019

The store is decorated for Christmas and holiday shopping is in full swing! This year's tree has a soft, wintry theme.
Details of our Christmas Tree.

October 24, 2019

Boxes, boxes, everywhere! We have been unpacking lots of wonderful goodies for our Holiday Open House which is only a week away. We will be e slowly but surely transforming the store to its winter look starting next week.  Of course, we are still enjoying autumn, and Thanksgiving is only a month away, so throughout November you wil still be able to shop for everything you need to spruce up your home, set your table, cook the casserole, or take a hostess gift! 

October 9, 2019

The weather is finally starting to feel a little cooler! It makes us think about baking delicious meals and treats, and to get you ready we have a Pillivuyt promotion going on this month.  With a $40 Pillivuyt purchase you will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store which you can use in November and December.  With a $150 purchase, you will receive a complimentary Pillivuyt small baker!  So it's a great time to try white French porcelain! Click here to see what Pillivuyt offers: Click Here to Read About Pillivuyt White French Porcelain

October 1, 2019

We have moved around a few more things at the store.  The greeting cards are now in the front right of the store.  Simon Pearce glassware and dinnerware is now in the back of the store.  And paper napkins are now in the front right corner of the store.  If you can't find one of your go-to favorites when you stop by, just let us know!  It's just in new location!

September 4, 2019

The transition to autumn is almost complete here at the store.  Autumn florals are abundant, and the seasonal tree is brimming with a delightful collection of gourds, autumn leaves, squirrels and owls. We celebrate the First Day  of Autumn on Monday, September 23, so remember to stop by the store that day!
Details of our Autumn Tree.

July 31, 2019

The excitement and fun of the Annual Summer Sale is over, and we are back to our slow but steady rearranging.  The napkins have moved to the front corner of the store, where we will be able to feature a larger selection of Caspari and show mix and match options. We are also looking toward autumn; in August we will begin transitioning the store decor and florals.  Stay tuned!

The new napkin location is beginning to shape up!

July 23, 2019

The Annual Summer Sale is in full swing! We had so much fun on the first day of the sale.  We delight in seeing our customers discover finds, chat with each other, and make new friends.  The sale continues through Saturday, July 27.  Look for new additions, and markdowns on items still remaining.

July 16, 2019

This is the week we start preparing for the Annual Summer Sale!  We have been deep cleaning in the back room, and we have unearthed a few interesting finds, including some needlework supplies! For those of you who remember, we used to sell knitting and needlepoint before we branched into other areas.  We also have lots of discontiued dinnerware, mostly ones of things.  We try to add some new merchandise every few days, and we take further reductions on items that aren't selling, so each day is a little different!  The sale runs Saturday, July 20 through Saturday, July 27.  Be sure to stop by!

July 9, 2019

Painting continues in the store, and we are now working on the Baby & Children's Department, which will be a happy shade of light green called "Fresh Artichoke." 

Out with the blue, in with the green! The stuffed animals look so cute on the green shelves!

May 30, 2019

This year is flying by! We continue to be busy at the store rearranging and painting.  We have expanded our in-stock selection of dinnerware, serveware, and bakeware in Pillivuyt white French porcelain.  Also, by popular demand, we are adding more kitchen items! In the children's department we've expanded our selection of stuffed animals.  Summer is almost upon us, so be sure to stop by for your summer enetertaining needs -- from outdoor-friendly melamine dinnerware and polycarbonate glassware to stylish rattan serveware and paper napkins. 

Pillivuyt French white porcelain

March 11, 2019

Spring officially starts next week! We are ready at the store, with many new florals in stock for our combination First Day of Spring / Natioinal Flower Day event on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 ! Speaking of spring, we are again carrying the Brown Bag Cookie Art shortbread cookie molds and cookie stamps.  We have the cookie molds in Thistle, Easter, and Floral designs.  These molds make it so easy to create beautifully unique shortbread cookies. 

February 10, 2019

The weather keeps switching from very cold to almost spring, making this quite an unusual winter! Here at the store, we are enjoying all the new spring decor and accessories that keeps arriving!  Painting at the store conitnues in the middle room, as we transform it with beigie and cream colors and work toward creating a bakeware area.  Be sure to look!

January 15, 2019

It was such a delight to see and talk with so many of our wonderful customers during the Annual Winter Sale last week.  What we enjoyed most were all the stories you shared of your holiday get-togethers.  We heard about wonderful dinners, large and small; beautifully set tables; decorations that gave everyone that holiday feeling; and, most of all, we heard how much everyone enjoyed relaxing and conversing with family and friends.  That's what it's all about.

January 3, 2019

The busy holiday season has ended, and we are all settling back into our normal routines.  We hope everyone had a peaceful and restful break! Here at the store, we are scurrying around getting ready for our Annual Winter Sale.  This is our bigest sale of the year.  The sale features selected merchandise, and usually consists of items that have been discontinued, or that we have decided to no longer carry.  We like to have fun with this sale, so we add some new items every few days, and if items aren't selling sometimes we reduce them further.  You never know what you find from day to day during the sale! The real goal of the sale is to make room for all the new spring merchandise and new lines for 2019.  Hope to see you this weekend as the sale kicks off!

October 22, 2018

Autumn has finally arrived in Virginia! The mornings are crisp and cool and the afternoon sun feels warm and comforting.  We have been busy working away on the upcoming Holiday Open House.  Boxes and boxes of goodies have been arriving, and we are waiting excitedly to share it all with our customers!  Of course, a wonderful selection of autumn and Thanksgiving decor, gifts, and entertaining needs will be available right up until Thanksgiving day.  And speaking of Thanksgiving day... if you are hosting this year, it's never too early to check your linens, chargers, serveware, bakeware, etc.  Need advice on a centerpiece or decor?  We will be happy to help! If you will be a guest at someone'e house for Thanksgiving, we have lots of great host/hostess gifts to choose from.

September 5, 2018

Autumn is our favorite time of year, and the store is in full autumn bloom with florals, pumpkins, decorative accessories, gifts and entertaining needs.  Be sure to check out our Autumn Season newsletter, which features a lot of our new autumn products!  On September 22 we are offering a comlimentary workshop on Creating a Beautiful Table.  Click on Current Newsletter or Events for more information and to sign up.  Beutiful new shades of rich green, warm beige, and creamy ivory are showing up around our fireplace as our painting project continues.  Behind the scenes, we are gearing up for our Holiday Open House On November 2 & 3.  Mark your calendar!

August 23, 2018

The air actually had a little coolness to it this morning, and a little breeze.  It felt wonderful!  Summer still has a few more weeks, but autumn can't be far behind.  More autumn decor, gifts, and accessories have arrived at the store.  We are especially excited about the yummy Moravian pumpkin spice cookies that are back in stock.  Our Autumn newsletter will be coming out soon, but stop by the store before then to see what's arrived!

August 11, 2018

We've been very busy at the store this week!  New autumn merchandise is arriving daily, and we are rearranging and slowly transitioning the store to glorious autumn colors.  Even our "seasonal tree" has been decorated for autumn!  We are also continuing to paint, focusing on the area around the fireplace.  That portion of  the painting project should be completed by mid September.  Finally, we are working on an update to our website, particularly with our shop online section.  Stay tuned for our next newsletter which will introduce a stylish new line of casual dinnerware.  Lots of excitement here at the Merchant!