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

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!

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