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The Neon Boneyard

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The Neon Boneyard

I had a free day while on a working trip to Las Vegas in mid February so I decided to check out the Neon Boneyard. I had read a little online and I was super excited to see it.  I hopped in a cab from my hotel on The Strip and headed to Old Las Vegas. (You can a take a bus but it takes over an hour and half with a little walk from the bus stop) It is important to book ahead online as space on each tour is limited to about 20 people. I actually arrived earlier than...

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New York Gift Market

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New York Gift Market

Last week I attended the New York gift show. Buyers come from across the country and from around the world to the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan to check out over 2500 exhibitors. The market showcases lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum. It is a great place to see new product introductions from our existing vendors and to find new, fun products. My managers from Caddywampus and Poppins also came along for the experience. Our favorite part of market was meeting the artists and makers. It's so fun to chat with the creative people behind the products in our stores.        . ...

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Buying for Poppins

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Buying for Poppins

The first buying trip of the year was to the Americas Mart in Atlanta. This market is huge, the showrooms are gorgeous and comfy walking shoes are essential. I found lots of cute new items for Poppins and our sister store, Caddywampus.

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New Years Eve on Mackinac Island

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New Years Eve on Mackinac Island

I headed to Mackinac to celebrate the new year with my husband Myk. Actually, we were there to work but we still managed to have some fun. There were quite a few people on the Island so we decided to open for a few days. I love the Island in the winter and luckily for us the snow arrived just in time...... it looked magical. Wishing you all the best in 2016. Kate Guests arriving on the Island. Working the shop and preparing for the upcoming inventory. We took several walks in the woods. So peaceful. The view down Main Street. The view...

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A different Christmas

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A different Christmas

My husband and I are usually alone on Christmas Day. Gatherings with Myk's family happen before the big day and my family are all overseas. The weather was so good this year we decided to spend the day exploring. I made beef stew in the crock pot so that we would have a hearty meal on our return and packed up a picnic lunch. We grabbed our winter gear and headed out to Empire, MI.  I had always wanted to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes. They were amazing. It felt so good to get some exercise and fresh air. It was...

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