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September 2019

Mary Ann Johnson Pop-Up Shop

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

“Cute is the new black” is the motto of Mary Ann Johnson, an artist from Crystal Lake, IL. Her whimsical style captures the happy and positive energy of everyday life. Locals will love her adorable “Geneva Girl” notecards. Come inside the store to meet Mary Ann and see her delightful works during this Pop-Up Shop on the Saturday of Festival of the Vine.  

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Sterling Risers Pop-Up Shop

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sterling Risers are the newest sensation in Housewares. Add height and dimension to your tablescapes with these innovative stands that have interchangeable legs and decorative toppers. They’re meant to shine in the spotlight, not be covered with a tablecloth. Designed & made in the USA.  Come into our Housewares dept. to meet Kathy Albaugh, creator and founder of Sterling Risers, during this Pop-Up Shop  on the Saturday of Festival of the Vine. Our very own Janice and Mary Lou give great use…

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Gourmet Tasting: Stonewall Kitchen

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come into our Gourmet Rooms and see what innovative flavors our Stonewall Kitchen rep is sampling at this special tasting during Festival of the Vine. All Stonewall Kitchen products start with the highest quality ingredients and are crafted in small batches to make sure you get the very best in every jar.  The Stonewall Kitchen story started in 1991 when founders started selling their handmade jams at local farmers’ markets. They quickly sold out and soon began applying their standards…

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Gourmet Tasting: The Zen of Slow Cooking

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

See how delicious easy meals can be at this special tasting in our Gourmet Rooms during Festival of the Vine. These award-winning spice blends are specially crafted for crock pot and Instant Pot cooking. The Zen of Slow Cooking adds serenity to the kitchen and provides employment for adults with disabilities. With a special needs son, co-creator Meg Barnhart of Lake Forest wanted to incorporate a way to help individuals with disabilities. She’s partnered with Planet Access Company, a Des…

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Knife & Scissor Sharpening

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tom’s Knife Sharpening service will be in our Housewares department to sharpen your knives, scissors and garden clippers. Knives can be done while you shop; scissors and other will be taken to Tom’s repair shop and returned to our store within a few days. If you can't make the scheduled date. you're welcome to drop off your items to be sharpened a few days early in our Housewares department.

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Personalized Sandblasted Rocks

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Masterblasters return to take orders for personalized sandblasted rocks. Ranging in size from 2-11 inches, these rocks are perfect for gardens or as a welcome at the front of your home. Add your family name, address, a note to a beloved pet or family member, or a favorite short quote. They make a wonderful give for those who've lost a beloved pet or those who've recently moved into a new home.     

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A Salon with Gertrude Stein

September 17 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30

Registration for this event is closed. Betsey Means portrays this American writer of novels, poetry, and plays. She eschewed the narrative, linear, and temporal conventions of 19th century literature and was a fervent collector of modern art. For some forty years, the Stein home at 27 Rue de Fleurs on the Left Bank of Paris was a renowned Saturday evening gathering place for artists and writers, most notably Pablo Picasso. $30 ticket includes breakfast, program, and a shopping coupon good…

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Lamp & Lighting Repair

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bob Auwaerter's affinity for restoration projects began with the restoration of his 1920s St. Charles home. He's always been mechanically inclined and has a talent for restoring motorcycles, tractors, cars, etc. When his wife became an antiques dealer and collector, he turned his skills toward restoring antiques and made a natural progression into lighting. When he retired, lamp repair became his focus, and he's been doing freelance lighting repair for over three years.Because of his background in antiques, Bob has…

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History of The Little Traveler

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$20

See what new discoveries researchers at The Geneva History Museum have uncovered about The Little Traveler. Enjoy a traditional Swedish breakfast while learning our store’s history from a museum historian and through video interviews, including a brand new one with former shop manager Norma Jaeger. Discover how Kate Raftery, founder of The Little Traveler, was instrumental in creating the Third Street we know today. $20 ticket includes a shopping coupon. All proceeds will be donated to The Geneva History Museum. …

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**Sold Out** Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea

September 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

In eager anticipation of the Downton Abbey movie, (premieres in theaters on September 20), we’re celebrating Earl and Countess-style with a proper afternoon tea in our Gift Galleries. Join us for Downton Abbey trivia & prizes, finger sandwiches, sweets, scones, lemon curd, tea, and a chance to speculate with other fans about who’s going to do what in the upcoming movie. Wear your fancy hats for photo opps! $14.95; seating is limited. Tickets for this event are Sold Out. This…

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How Did These Kid-Related Traditions Get Started?

As we perused our beautiful collection of giftware for little ones and parents-to-be in our Gift Galleries, we got to thinking...how did these traditions—like the tooth fairy and birthday candles—get started? We put our internet detectives on it....

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