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Women Who Create

January 30, 2017

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By now, I’m guessing you’ve seen the buzz on Facebook and Instagram about the upcoming Women Who Create First Annual Show, here in Virginia Beach over at Esoteric’s Tennant E.

This will be my very first art show that I will be participating in. To say I’m slightly nervous is an understatement!

Local friends, please stop by!

WOMEN WHO CREATE” is a two-day event in the Vibe District of Virginia Beach, featuring local talent.

THIS Friday, February 3
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 4
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Esoteric’s Tenant E
501 VB Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA

You can expect to find the best of the best in Hampton Roads… These ladies are bringing it! From a wide variety of jewelry makers, a silversmith with high end modern pieces, to resin pendants, and vintage pieces. You’ll see beautiful metal work, fiber art, and print making. Kid friendly wool animals and stamps, hand drawn illustrated scavenger hunts, or custom designed stationary. Smell the handmade candles, and taste the delicious all-natural jam and macarons that are almost too pretty to eat! Don’t forget the handmade items you can wear, such as belts, knitted sweaters & hats, screen printed t-shirts, and custom made clothing. It doesn’t stop there, local photographers and a wide range of painters and mixed media artists will have art on display!unnamed

Local Spots

Shop local: last minute ideas for a memorable Holiday gift

December 24, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably procrastinated on picking up a few special gifts for the important loved ones in your life. Do not fret! There are so many local shops that have great gifts, so you don’t have to worry about shipping.

Below, you’ll find a wonderful list of mine and my friends’ favorites places to shop locally.

(Most shops close TODAY between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., I’d recommend calling them directly to confirm if you cannot see a closing time printed on their Facebook pages that I’ve linked below)

OceanfrontCheck out A Dodsons’ wonderful assortment of Holiday decorations, oyster shell votive candles, Catstudio handmade glasses & pillows, and a melting snowman that the kids will love! Swing into Zeke’s Beans & Bowls for a gift certificate or a Three Ships Coffee bundle for the coffee lover in your life. Always a hit are “date night” gift certificates to Tautogs, Waterman’s & Eat. A Gurgle Pot from The Beach Nut is always a hit, as well as their wide selection of jewelry, clothes, and home decor. You can make your own gift basket at Taste Unlimited, don’t forget their House Dressing! WRV has a wide selection of anything your surfer/skater can dream of. Or grab a growler of your favorite beer from Back Bay Brewing. Don’t forget about that special lady in your life, Addison Weeks has a stunning assortment of jewelry and purses that will certainly make the holidays bright. Pick up an Elton John candle over at Chartreuse, and look through the beautiful art work for every different taste as well as the fabulous furniture.


Sprout Children’s Boutique & Consignment is the place to snag a pair of Zutano Cozie Fleece Booties, to keep baby & toddler toes warm and toasty. The Aromatherpy Shoppe’s all-natural handcrafted Sun Recovery Spray for those folks who love the sun and the beach. Gift certificates from Aldo’s Ristorante & Eurasia for a special night out are always welcomed. Nectar has a wide range of popular goodies, from their Volcano candles in “Capri Blue”, picture frames, baby gifts, or funny hand towels. Swing into Atlantic Garden Center or London Bridge Nursery and pick out festive small trees or plants and a pretty planter to go with it, instant decor! You can pick out tervis tumblers filled with candy or cookies at Please and Thank you, and their gift wrapping is gorgeous. Stop into Ocean Palm to add bright colors to the Lilly Pulitzer lover in your life. Simply Selma’s a wide variety of gifts, and definitely ask for their beautiful gift wrapping. Grab a jar of flavored Olive Oil & Vinegar from Savor the Olive. At the new wine shop Tinto, you can browse through their wines & champagne, perhaps tasting as you go! Delightful Digs has a great selection of home decor, jewelry, and truly unique gifts. Vinyl Daze has all types of records and CDs for the music lover in your life. The Creative Wedge has a little bit of everything, local art, pottery, coastal decor and gourmet food, craft beer & wine

In norfolk

When you’re grabbing a bagel at Yorgo’s Bageldashery, pick up a gift certificate too! Serendip has festive holiday decor and delicious smelling candles. A Dodsons is also in Norfolk, with many of the same inventory at their other stores. Kitsch has a ton of wonderful locally made gifts, my favorite are the Mini Virginia Pillows! Mary Barnett’s is a hidden gem, with beautiful ornaments, stocking stuffers as well as many gifts for all ages.

Happy shopping! Don’t forget your umbrella and rain boots!