May 23, 2014

Live, Give, Celebrate in May '14

I couldn't be happier to be writing this month's newsletter on such a beautiful warm and sunny day -- it feels like the good weather is really here to stay. May is such a busy month for everyone. I have had my daughter's college graduation, Mother's Day, two buying trips to NYC, my youngest son's 13th birthday, and my 25th wedding anniversary -- and there is still one week left!!

As we look ahead to summer, I am taking inventory of just what we need to keep Pine Straw fresh. I have come to realize that it is discovering those unique items, typically produced by smaller artisans that bring the most joy to me and our customers. I can promise you that in the months ahead, you will see many more "made in the USA" tags and of course, interesting background about our artists either in the newsletter or on our website.

For those of you who love to read (in addition to shopping!), we will be launching a "Pine Straw Book Club" this summer. My cousin Halle, an avid reader and librarian in Hilton Head, SC, will be offering suggestions for good reads. Every book she has suggested to me over the years has been a hit with my friends. I am so happy to be able to share her with all of you! She will kick start the summer with a Summer Reading List. Stay tuned!

I wish all of you a Happy Memorial Day Weekend! A special congratulations to all the graduates and their parents of both high school and college -- all the best on your next chapter. To all of our teachers, thank you for another great year! Cheers everyone! Next up, happy summer!

Read the rest of our May '14 Newsletter to learn about a comfy summer sandals from Charleston Shoes, our wide array of graduation gifts, our even wider assortment of hostess gifts and summer table top accessories, a yummy burger recipe from one of our newest books called Burger Parties, and our beer and wine novelty items that are the perfect conversation piece for your next party!

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