Thursday, January 31, 2008

More performance news

We have set up a regular poetry reading on the first Friday of each month, starting tomorrow (February 1) at 6:30 pm. MC'd by local renowned poet Sharon Ramirez, expected poets include: Dave Lundee, Candice Sevilla, Bob Cohen, Ralph Tislarete, Doro Reeves, Mary Scheirman, Robert Scott,and Jim and Nan Hammonds. Add in the 10 musical performers we've already booked, Curt Hitch painting at the Art Walk (2nd Thursday in February) and we already have a lot of happenings set up for the year. Of particular note is Harry Stamper (Saturday Feb 2 at 2 pm * suggested donation of $5-15), Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit (Tuesday Feb 5 at 7 pm * suggested donation of $10), John Flynn (Friday Feb 8 at 7 pm * suggested donation of $7.50) - all donations to go the the artists.

Our WIFI is up and running, new books are arriving regularly and we continue to meet new friends and welcome anew the old ones. We continue to try new bakery items (we have a gluten free morning glory that is dynamite!) - fresh pineapple bread and upside down muffins. Scratch soup and quiche (two each day - one vegetarian) continue to be big sellers, often being gone by 1 pm.

Jerry and Jessica


Saturday, January 26, 2008

We have a winner

Our grand prize winner, Mark Stevens, came in Thursday to have a bite and pick up his print (see the photos). He was quite excited and agreed to pose for our blog. One of our new books, Gallop, has been galloping out the door, as it is a state of the art picture book with moving images that intrigues adults and children alike. We have new books arriving nearly daily, and special orders have been picking up as well.

We received a new shipment of posters and bumper stickers that is quickly being depleted with more on order.

Exciting news! We are kicking off our musical calendar with an embarrassment of riches. We have three live performances in early February. The first is Harry Stamper (Saturday Feb 2 - 2:00 pm) whose songs have been encouraging peace and justice ala Seeger and Guthrie for more than 30 years. “Songs really, really matter,” says Stamper who can even make folks laugh at songs about LNG. Suggested donation is $5 - $15. CDs will be available.

In the same vein, we're presenting Chris Chandler (Tuesday Feb 5 - 7:00 pm). who hails from the Washington DC area and will be working with Seattle guitarist Paul Benoit. Chandler promises his show will be "funny, community peace and justice oriented". Suggested donation is $10. CDs will be available.

Third, we have John Flynn (Friday Feb 8 - 7:00 pm), a politically conscious singer/songwriter making his first visit to Oregon. Shortly after his visit to Oregon, John will be appearing on a panel with former Attorney General Janet Reno talking about the power of music to affect social justice. Later, John and/or his music will be featured on two documentaries - one about the effects of Hurricane Katrina and the other about the world problem of pediatric AIDS/HIV. Suggested donation is $7. CDs will be available.

We're pleased to kick off our performance calendar with three such strong performers. Remember, the entire door goes to the artist. Let's keep the music alive!
Jerry & Jessica

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Grand Opening & business expo a success

Been off line for a while - but now I'm back. Our grand opening was a success, and we had a surprise visit from local musicians Janet and Ken Bates (pictures) on Sunday. A wonderful way to close out our four day bash. Abour 20 people were in attendance, and it was a very pleasant afternoon.

This past weekend, we participated in a local small business exposition. We met many new faces, many of whom have since put in an appearance at our store. Special order books have become quite big, as we can quite often get new books in 2-3 days, or within a week for used. With new books and gift items arriving nearly daily, the visual aspect is constantly changing. We feature cutting edge posters and bumper stickers which we are hard put to keep in stock.

Jerry & Jessica


Friday, January 4, 2008

Here we are at 0 dark thirty in the morning of the second day of our Grand Opening - Birthday Bash (Jessica's). We're doing hourly drawings each day of the event (it runs through Sunday) with the last drawing each day being for a mini-grand prize. The ultimate prize is a print of "Pine trees in Snow" by our house artist Curt Hitch, which will be drawn for at close of business on Sunday (6 pm). All entries received throughout the event will be eligible.

We have lots of new eye candy (Fair Trade goods and coffee - teak leaf journals, tree branch pencils, both black and colored leads - electroplated tea sets in six bright colors (pink, purple, green, orange, green, and silver)). For those who like a more delicate look, we have tea sets & tea pots from Kinh, Bat Trang, a Vietnamese village with a 600 year tradition of pottery making. The name Bat Trang literally translates as "the village of bowls". Thirtyone percent of the Kinh people live below the poverty line. Your purchase of these Fair Trade goods make a direct difference.

SALE!! Twenty percent off art, jewelry and collectible glass. We have lovely clear glass and milk glass book ends, as well as a couple of carnival glass candy dishes. Beautiful landscapes where dreams merge with reality by Chisum Lucas, enticing botanicals by Joan Goodman-Fox. and some delectable still lifes and engaging portraits of women by Curt Hitch, as well as some modern pieces and dioramas, are only a portion of our available art. For those who like more tactile art, you can't go wrong with one of the amazing wood turned bowls by Rick Fox and striking bead and semiprecious stone jewelry by CZ Anderson. For those with a more delicate bent we feature the meticulous beadwork of Donna Wright.

Also check out the hand made one of a kind purses by Jessica and natural fiber baskets by Jerry (yes we do crafty things too). With books, food (many new delectable goodies) art and gift items, we provide titillation for a wide range of interests. Come and check us out and take advantage of all the great special deals and free goodies during our Grand Opening ---

****Special feature today!! The Lavender Lady will be doing a presentation of her products at 4 pm.

Jerry and Jessica