Thursday, October 30, 2008

Treats for kids and adults!

Tomorrow is finally Halloween! I'm ready for the trick or treaters (as you know). The treats for adults will come on Tuesday November 4th. Bring in your voting receipt and receive 15% off anything you buy. Shop early, shop often!

Fly Right Gifts will be the official outlet of Berwyn C.A.R.E.S.'s T-shirts and totebags. The shirts are in kids' sizes small-large. The proceeds from the sale of these things goes directly to fund teacher grants for Berwyn Public Schools. Click on the title of this post to link to Berwyn C.A.R.E.S.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fly Right Gifts on Apartment Therapy

One of my customers, Alex, writes for Apartment Therapy (a wonderful resource for all kinds of design/living ideas). She did a piece on the store today! You can link to the article by clicking on the title of this post. While you're there, look around at all the great stuff--they even have a green section! So many great concepts in one place!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

They're Here!

I sold out of the first batch very quickly, and I'm pleased to announce that the Berwyner T-shirts have arrived! This time we have them in adult sizes small-XXL. I told you that we'd have them in plenty of time for the holidays. . .

Another addition to the Halloween aisle (okay, I know it's not really an aisle, but that just sounded good) are these adorable ghost pins made by a young entrepreneur in the Depot District. He's 11, and he needs to replace the deck of his skateboard, so he has to raise some cash for the cause. Edible jewelry. I love it, and so will you (or the kid on your extra special treat list).

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I just got my shipment of Yummy Earth Organic lollipops today. Of course, for quality control purposes I am "testing" one right now. I ordered them from The Greater Green, and they came in a few short days. This one is Mango Tango flavor. It truly lives up to its name, Yummy! I will be handing them out for trick or treat at the store. I'll stick with the Ferrara Pan Candy plan for home. Maybe I'll bring the leftover Yummies home, but they're going to be hard to part with--they really are that good. You can order your own pops from The Greater Green by clicking on the title of this post. They also have an awesome selection of other green goods, so don't say I didn't warn you. . .

Monday, October 13, 2008

PETA might have some issues with this. . .

Please don't hate me because I did this. I do it every year, and nothing bad has come from it. I put my cats in Halloween costumes. Laverne DeClawsio would like you, the readers of this blog, to help her decided which costume to wear this year. Her sister Shirley Feline has decided to wear whichever one Laverne rejects. Please leave your votes in the comment section. Thanks!

"I'm thinkin' Wendy's"

"What are ya'? Chicken?"

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Halloween merchandise & a new book

Well, I think I have enough Halloween stuff in my store now. Who am I kidding, there's never enough Halloween stuff. . . The landlord was in on Saturday, and he panicked when he saw spiders and rats--that is, until he realized they were fake. * tee hee *

I just got copies of the book Celebrate Green. It's a great guide for ways to celebrate holidays with a lighter impact (or no impact) on the environment. There are tips ranging from decorating and entertaining to gift-giving, and lots more. I was pleased that many of the gifts they mention in the book are things that I carry in the store! They donate a portion of the proceeds from the book to charities, too (Treeswing and Healthy Child Healthy World). And of course it's printed on recycled paper! To read more about it, click the title of this post!

The bottle cap spider was a little trickier than I thought it would be. I was struggling with the legs. The wire I was trying to use was really flimsy and I couldn't figure out how to attach it to the body or wrap it with the electrical tape. Well, Hubby Jon came to the shop yesterday to install my security cameras, and he had all these little scraps of black plastic-coated cable. Just the perfect bendable black legs for my little spider!

You may be asking what's so green about security cameras? Well, they are cameras Jon salvaged from jobs--he replaces the old ones with newer ones, and they expect him to get rid of the old ones for them. Well, he did. And since most of his jobs are in big places, he always has shortish runs of cable leftover that are too short to use on those big jobs. The computer I have them hooked up to Jon's old one that he held onto, "just in case". I don't really know if I NEED security cameras, but it's nice that I can see what's going on in front when I'm in back. And I'm really interested in watching how people shop in the store--where do they look? What do they overlook? I think it will help me design better displays. And maybe seeing myself on camera all the time will make me dress a little better, lose some weight, and comb my hair (or at least I'll stand up straighter!). And, since crime is up all over due in part to the economy, it makes us feel a little safer.

One last thing--October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fly Right Gifts and Audrey Gerdt have teamed up to raise money for this worthy cause. Audrey has made some pretty bracelets featuring a small dangle with the pink ribbon symbol on them. We are selling them for $15 each, and 100% of the money goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.