November 4, 2011
Hello, welcome to the season of headlong rush.
We are working hard to help make it convenient and beautiful for you.
In this month's newsletter:
1. Customer Appreciation Event PARKING
2. Winter Container Class
3. Goings on at the store
4. November Tips
Please join us after work, Thursday, November 10, from 5pm - 9pm for our Customer Appreciation Open House. We will provide snacks, beverages, music and a sneak peak at our holiday wares. Everything except consignment items will be 10% off all evening. Look for fun giveaways every hour starting at 5:30pm.
Wrapping will be provided by the writers and editors of the South High student newspaper, www.shsoutherner.net and they welcome donations.
Now, the annoying news. Since we have no parking spaces, you will have a much easier time of it if you arrive well in advance of the 7pm movie at the Riverview Theater. There is street parking and there are two schools with small parking lots within easy walking distance, north and east of the store. We hope to see you; we so appreciate all of your support.
Winter Container Class, 7pm Tuesday, November 8th. This class still has two spots open. You bring: $40, warm clothes, your willingness to experiment. You get: Expert instruction in making a lovely winter arrangement that will grace your home (outside) all season. You will leave with a finished fiber patio pot or windowbox.
Goings on at the store: We are in full tranformation mode right now. Pumpkins are gone; spruce tips, dogwood, curly willow, boughs, bundles and outdoor pots have replaced them. Sustainably farmed, pesticide-free Christmas trees will be arriving the week of Thanksgiving, and Organic Free Range Christmas Trees from Will Steger and Jeff Forester will follow soon after. Look for info next week on our website.
SANTA! He'll fly in on Saturday, December 10. More info as he sends us the smoke signals.
November tips: Remember to put your winter greens in before the soil freezes in your windowbox or outdoor pot. (Ceramic pottery is not suitable outdoors in Minnesota winter, but wood, cast iron and some attractive synthetics are). If you do space it out and the soil freezes, just bring the pot into the house or garage to thaw. If that's not an option, we have tried pouring boiling water in frozen soil, and we've tried drilling it. Neither is ideal, honestly. Straw and hay are still available for pets and bedding down gardens. DO water your recent tree, shrub and perennial plantings until the ground freezes. If you are planning to plant a commemorative living Christmas tree after the holiday, dig the hole now and put the soil in your garage. We have eleven Black Hills Spruce living trees left. We will also have Norfolk Island Pine, which are houseplants, not meant to be planted outdoors. In other words, they will die when you see ice forming on the lakes.
Enjoy this month of giving thanks.