Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Stony Creek’s newest resident — Seaside Home and Gifts — on Saturday, May 30 from 10:00AM – 8:00PM. This all-day celebration will include artist demonstrations, refreshments, special sale items, and evening entertainment provided by the Mimosa Steel Pan Duo (from 5:00PM-7:00PM). As a special gift, guests will receive a coupon worth 15% off one item the day of the event.
Seaside Home and Gifts is the brainchild of Shoreline ArtsTrail member Christine Chiocchio and Christina Herrick, who are excited to showcase the creative talents of local residents in a unique retail setting. On the shelves and artistic displays at Seaside, visitors will discover shoreline painters, jewelry makers, authors, and crafts people including ArtsTrail members Lisa Carlin, Jackie McGuire, and Jane Novick, as well as Amy Bloom, Tom Cleveland, Wendy Lewis, Robin Malvezzi, Jen Payne, Lisa Reisman, Courtney Rosenberg, and Maureen Wilkinson.
Additionally, Seaside carries products by Branford-based Herb Garden Naturals and Wild Sage Apothecary, as well as a number of specialty brand items from Chart Jewelry, Elaine Coyne, Elegant Baby, Harbor Sweets, Hudson Beach Glass, Lovell Designs, The Men’s Soap Shop, Mudpie, OKA B, Shiraleah, and Swedish Dream.
Always interested in ways they can give back to the community and the world at large, Chiocchio and Herrick have invested in a number of Fair Trade products now available at Seaside. A portion of the sales of these products will go towards helping crafts men and women profit from their skills, and earn a steady, dignified income. Some of these products include Acacia wood bowls (Philippines), Creative Women hand-woven textiles (Ethiopia), Christa Louise scarves (Mexico), and Malia Designs handbags (Cambodia).
The Grand Opening event is free and open to the public. Seaside Home and Gifts is located at 172 Thimble Islands Road in Branford. For more information, call (203) 208-4312 or visit www.seasidehomeandgifts.com.
Photo by Mimi G. Sommer