Duck Worth Reading – September 2015 Newsletter

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Hi.

Where did this summer go? We aren’t quite ready to say goodbye on Main Street. We are going strong with the Farmers Market and the Music Walk this month in Downtown Ames. Don’t miss these final summer events! We are super excited about a new local product line we are now carrying in the store. Read on to find out more about our new gear, a great contest, and updates on our Fall consignment schedule.

Mark your Calendar.

Farmers Market 2015

Ames Main Street Farmers Market

What: The Ames Main Street Farmers Market is truly a community event, that is excited to bring people together from the surrounding area to enjoy the bounty of the locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and beautifully hand crafted items.

When: Saturdays now through September 25th. 8am-12:30pm

Where: 300 and 400 block Main Street, Ames Iowa

Ames Main Street Music Walk

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What: The MusicWalk showcases downtown businesses on Main Street as well as local musicians. With downtown businesses featuring musicians as well as artists performing on the sidewalks of Main Street, this event will allow you to experience the many things Main Street has to offer as the district comes to life with music, vendors and more!

This year, the MusicWalk also introduced sidewalk cafés, specifically set up for the event. Bring your family and friends to the MusicWalk and enjoy outdoor dining while listening to beautiful music!

When: Thursday September 3rd, 2015

Where: Main Street Ames Iowa

Ames Main Street Oktoberfest

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What: Join us Saturday September 19th in downtown Ames for the annual Main Street Oktoberfest celebration!  Sample 20 different beers from commemorative tasting cups, enjoy polka music, dancing, great German Food, “Guten Tag” games, and much more!

The fun gets underway at 4 p.m. and continues until well past the witching hour.  Enjoy several live music acts, including our headliner “Pie in the Sky”

This year’s Oktoberfest is brought to you by 1st National Bank,  London Underground, and Café Diem.

When: Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Where: Main Street Ames Iowa

Consignment.

Please note we are accepting winter items now!


We Accept Winter clothing includes

  • Fleece
  • Flannel
  • Jeans
  • Corduroy
  • Jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Turtlenecks
  • Winter Coats
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Boots
  • Halloween Items

Bring in your Christmas clothing starting October 1st!

Fall is a busy season for Duck Worth Wearing, so please limit yourself to 50 items of clothing or less.

Please note we will be closed on Monday September 7th to honor our hardworking employees this Labor Day!

New Product Alert!

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We are so excited to announce we will be selling new bags and teething necklaces by Christina Denekas!  Her website is www.fairycakedesigns.com. We are currently carrying her super useful and stylish cross body bags,  messenger bags, and the market totes at Duck Worth Wearing.  Not only do we have these adorable bags, we are also stocking their teething necklaces! The bags are reversible and versatile, and the messenger bag is super stroller friendly. Check out the images below to get a sneak peek and also read more about the background of this amazing business.

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Here is some information about Christina & Caroline and how these awesome products blossomed into a business.

We are Christina & Caroline and we’re two sisters who LOVE to sew! Our grandmother passed this love down to us…along with everything she knew about sewing. When we were in high school, she had a massive stroke. With God’s grace, she was able to stay with us on earth for another 10 years, but she lost her ability to speak and walk. All she could say was ‘so so so’. While out fabric shopping one day, we both had the same thought…what if Grandma wasn’t saying ‘so so so’ but ‘sew sew sew’!?! We never felt more empowered to begin our business, knowing she’d be watching over us along the way!! Fairycake Designs is our way of honoring this lady who nurtured in us a love for fabric, sewing, and all things handmade.

The business started out with us making reversible tote bags for our family & friends. We both teach and our totes are excellent for carrying all the books, papers and binders that teachers transport to and fro on a daily basis. It then grew to include dresses and other children’s items inspired by my daughter, and baby and toddler ‘must-haves’ inspired by my son. Fairycake Designs now makes everything from our classic reversible totes (available in new and adorable fabrics) to children’s reversible wrap dresses and hair accessories, pacifier clips, toddler ties, baby wipe cases, trendy reversible swaddle blankets and many more!

Classiest Classroom Contest!

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Duck Worth Wearing loves our local teachers! We know you do too. Each time you shop at Duck Worth Wearing this month, you can enter the name of your child’s favorite teacher/classroom, Pre-K to Fifth Grade. On September 30th we’ll tally up the votes and the top three teachers will each get $150 to outfit their classrooms!

Useful Information.

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Johnny needs to be dropped off at soccer at 4:30. Suzy should arrive with hair up and tights on for dance class at 4:45. Dinner needs to be prepared and on the table at 6 which leaves just enough time to chat about the day before clean up, baths, homework, and preparing treats for tomorrow’s field trip. You hope to hit up a yoga class or potentially do a load of laundry. This is all before a concentrated half an hour to talk to your spouse and then mentally gear up for the morning rush and your full time job.

You may find yourself asking, how does anyone keep up with it all? The answer is, we all just give it our best and if along the way we can find a few tips to save a couple of dollars, a few hours, and gain peace of mind, then let’s do it! This month’s blog features topical ideas for making the most of the limited resources we have for our abundant lives.

In Closing.

Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly news. Don’t forget to mention your favorite teacher during check out, visit us on the Music Walk, and come check out our new products!

Thank you for your business, and as always for shopping local!

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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How to Manage a Full Family Schedule

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Johnny needs to be dropped off at soccer at 4:30. Suzy should arrive with hair up and tights on for dance class at 4:45. Dinner needs to be prepared and on the table at 6 which leaves just enough time to chat about the day before clean up, baths, homework, and preparing treats for tomorrow’s field trip. You hope to hit up a yoga class or potentially do a load of laundry. This is all before a concentrated half an hour to talk to your spouse and then mentally gear up for the morning rush and your full time job.

You may find yourself asking, how does anyone keep up with it all? The answer is, we all just give it our best and if along the way we can find a few tips to save a couple of dollars, a few hours, and gain peace of mind, then let’s do it! Here are a few topical ideas for making the most of the limited resources we have for our abundant lives.

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Duck Worth Reading – August 2015 Newsletter

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We couldn’t be more thankful for the Duck Worth Wearing community as we saw your generosity in action at the 5K Go for Gwen Fundraiser. We had great success and we are so grateful to you! August is a full month with tax free weekend, wrapping up dollar days, and many Main Street activities. Don’t be a stranger and we’ll see you soon!

Mark your Calendar.

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Tax Free Weekend!

What: There will be no sales tax on our goods sold on tax free weekend.  Make sure to mark your calendar and plan to take advantage of these additional savings for back to school gear!

Where: Main Street

When: Friday August 7th & Saturday August 8th

Farmers Market 2015

Ames Main Street Farmers Market

What: The Ames Main Street Farmers Market is truly a community event, that is excited to bring people together from the surrounding area to enjoy the bounty of the locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and beautifully hand crafted items.

When: Saturdays now through September 25th. 8am-12:30pm

Where: 300 and 400 block Main Street, Ames Iowa

Ames Main Street Foodies & Brew

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What: Local restauranteurs and chefs will showcase their talents by providing samples of unique food creations. Event attendees will be encouraged to visit each station and vote for the People’s Choice Award. A selection of craft beers will also be available for sampling, and each attendee will receive a souvenir glass sponsored by Munn Lumber. Stick around after the tasting and enjoy a summer concert by Burnin’ Sensations and beer garden in beautiful downtown Ames. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased here.

When: Friday August 14th

Where: Downtown Ames

Consignment.

Please note we are no longer accepting summer but we are accepting back to school!
We Accept Fall clothing includes

  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Leotards
  • Soccer/football cleats
  • Back-to-school items
  • No fleece, flannel, corduroy, or sweatshirts

We will be taking fall clothing starting August 1st

We will take back to school consignment now!

Bring in your winter items starting September 1st!

Note:  We know it can be frustrating if we tell you to bring something back at a later date. Even though it might state that we are taking it currently on our website, we are trying to make sure items have the best opportunity to sell! This will make you more money in the end.

  • The website is to be used as a guidance and we will deviate off that if we feel certain items will sell better for you at a different time.
  • We aren’t trying to be difficult, we just want to make as much money for you as possible! We watch what is selling and if we say we are taking jackets and zip up sweatshirts on our website and then we tell you to bring them back, we keep an eye on what sells.
  • A lot of it depends on the weather.  If we have a cold spring, coats will sell, if we have a hot summer, coats will sit on the racks.  We don’t want to be wishy washy, we simply want to give your items the best chance to sell and make you money.  Always feel free to call us or email us if you have any questions!

Fall is a busy season for Duck Worth Wearing, so please limit yourself to 50 items of clothing or less.

Big Thank You!!!

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Gwen is a loved employee of Duck Worth Wearing who has stage 3 esophageal cancer. We recently held a fundraiser to help support her during this time. It was a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 5K walk/run. After expenses we were able to raise $7,000 for Gwen and her family.

If you still wish to donate you can do so through the Go Fund Me Account. 

Useful Information.

Melissa & Doug kids table Whether you homeschool, work from home, or simply take care of the home management of meal planning, appointment setting, and homework help, chances are you don’t work in an optimal setting. Sometimes it’s not possible to afford the luxury of extra square footage for a dedicated home work space. We’ve come up with five creative ways to use your existing spaces to optimize your ability to focus and get more done in the comfort of your own home. Read this month’s blog here. 

In Closing.

Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly news. We hope you’ve marked your calendar to take advantage of the tax free weekend as you prepare your family for back to school. We hope to see you soon!

Thank you for your business, and as always for shopping local!

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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Five Ways to Use Your Home’s Hidden Workspaces

Whether you homeschool, work from home, or simply take care of the home management of meal planning, appointment setting, and homework help, chances are you don’t work in an optimal setting. Sometimes it’s not possible to afford the luxury of extra square footage for a dedicated home work space. We’ve come up with five creative ways to use your existing spaces to optimize your ability to focus and get more done in the comfort of your own home.

 

1) Convert a closet to a home office or study space.  Take off the doors and create a “murphy closet”, by adding a desk and open shelves, you’ll be in business in no time.

Original picture and project featured on yourHomewizards.com

Original picture and project featured on yourHomewizards.com

 

2) Transform an armoire into a work station. This allows you to hide away the mess at a moments notice and takes up very little space by maintaining a small foot print when items are stowed away.

Original picture and project featured on www.kollabora.com

Original picture and project featured on http://www.kollabora.com

3) Get creative in your repurposing of milk crates or pallets to make a stand alone table with storage.

This eco friendly family used crates to assemble a table. This inexpensive environmentally friendly post can be found http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/an-eco-friendly-renovation-for-a-family-of-29-165461?img_idx=1

This eco friendly family used crates to assemble a table. This inexpensive environmentally friendly post can be found http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/an-eco-friendly-renovation-for-a-family-of-29-165461?img_idx=1

4) It’s important for you and your child to work along side each other to establish life long bonds. Melissa & Doug offers a classic children’s table and chairs that fit into your space easily. We can order this wooden table set & chairs into the store upon request!

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5) Using every nook and cranny is also profitable. A custom built desk in a small niche is a great use of space.

Regardless of your situation, everyone could use a place to plan and work. Creating a workable space to maximize productivity will always pay off in the end.

 

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Duck Worth Reading – July 2015 Newsletter

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We have loved seeing you at the Main Street Farmers Markets this summer. We are always amazed at the quality of vendors that show up to these Saturday events.  Farmers markets aren’t the only event going on this month.  Make sure to read this month’s newsletter for information on the 4th of July parade, 5k walk/run, and of course our upcoming Dollar Days!

Mark your Calendar.

4th of July Parade

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What: The 4th of July parade is one of Ames best events and has attracted more than 12,000 visitors last year!  Parade volunteers are needed and if you want to help out please visit this link and sign up!

Where: Main Street

When: Saturday July 4th, 11 am

Come join us before the parade at Main and Burnett 9:00 – 11:00 AM for the Billy Riley Talent Show. The winner gets to compete at the Iowa State Fair!

Go For Gwen

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GwenWhat: Gwen is a loved employee of Duck Worth Wearing who has stage 3 esophageal cancer. Check out her Facebook page Go for Gwen 5k walk/run . Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Cy will also be there to start you off and greet you at the finish line, which makes for some great photo opportunities! This will be a really fun time and also help a wonderful and strong woman, all while getting fit!

Sign up here. You can also sign up at Duck Worth Wearing or The Loft in store.

Email quack@duckworthwearing.com with questions.

When: July 18th, 8am *Register by July 6th so we have plenty of time to order your t-shirt!

Where: Ada Hayden Park in Ames, IA

Farmers Market 2015

Ames Main Street Farmers Market

What: The Ames Main Street Farmers Market is truly a community event, that is excited to bring people together from the surrounding area to enjoy the bounty of the locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and beautifully hand crafted items.

When: Saturdays now through September 25th. 8am-12:30pm

Where: 300 and 400 block Main Street, Ames Iowa

Firefly Country Nights

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What: Last year, more than 2,000 people gathered for the Firefly Country Night concert, making it a memorable night and a new signature event in Downtown Ames.

This summer, Gloriana will rock the stage with their hit singles “Best Night Ever,” “Wild at Heart” and more! Get excited for a night filled with country music, great tasting food, incredible beer and lots of fun! It’s as country as it gets!

When: July 9th, 2015

Where: Main Street Ames, Iowa

Purchase your tickets now ($15.00), all ages are welcome.

Follow the news on this event year-round on our Firefly Country NightsFacebook page or website!

Dollar Days

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Dollar days are coming and will be the weekend of July 30th through August 1st.  Mark your calendar for these AMAZING deals!!!! Hundreds of items will be sold for $1.00.

Consignment.

Please note we are no longer accepting summer but we are accepting back to school!
We Accept Fall clothing includes

  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Leotards
  • Soccer/football cleats
  • Back-to-school items
  • No fleece, flannel, corduroy, or sweatshirts

We will be taking fall clothing starting August 1st

We will take back to school consignment now

Note:  We know it can be frustrating if we tell you to bring something back at a later date. Even though it might state that we are taking it currently on our website, we are trying to make sure items have the best opportunity to sell! This will make you more money in the end.

  • The website is to be used as a guidance and we will deviate off that if we feel certain items will sell better for you at a different time.
  • We aren’t trying to be difficult, we just want to make as much money for you as possible! We watch what is selling and if we say we are taking jackets and zip up sweatshirts on our website and then we tell you to bring them back, we keep an eye on what sells.
  • A lot of it depends on the weather.  If we have a cold spring, coats will sell, if we have a hot summer, coats will sit on the racks.  We don’t want to be wishy washy, we simply want to give your items the best chance to sell and make you money.  Always feel free to call us or email us if you have any questions!

Fall is a busy season for Duck Worth Wearing, so please limit yourself to 50 items of clothing or less.

Let’s Be Social

Do you like to keep up on store sales and amazing Duck Worth Wearing deals? If so, then make sure to follow us on all of our awesome platforms for the latest and greatest shopping news! Click logos below to connect now.

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Useful Information.

Brother & Sister

Transitioning into a larger family can be a joyful challenge. One child seems difficult in its own right, but what happens when you go from one to two, two to three, or four plus? We’ve interviewed real moms to help give insight and tips in regards to the joys and struggles when adding to your family. Read this month’s blog to find nuggets of advice from loving parents such as yourself.

In Closing.

As we prepare to celebrate the freedom of our country this month, we want to thank you for choosing The Loft for both consignment and shopping. We are so proud to have a local business, made possible by our free country. We look forward to celebrating with you this holiday.

Thank you for your business, and as always for shopping local!

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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Multiple Children – Transitions from One to Two and Two and Beyond

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Transitioning into a larger family can be a joyful challenge. One child seems difficult in its own right, but what happens when you go from one to two, two to three, or four plus? We’ve interviewed real moms to help give insight and tips in regards to the joys and struggles when adding to your family. Read on to find nuggets of advice from loving parents such as yourself.

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Duck Worth Reading – June 2015 Newsletter

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School is out and summer is here! There are loads of fun events being held this month and there is nothing better than being surrounded by great food, great music and great people including you – our closest clients and friends. Make sure to read this month’s newsletter for information on the 5k walk/run, 2nd Annual Cutest Kids Contest, and the Art Walk here on Main Street!

Mark your Calendar.

Go For Gwen

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GwenWhat: Gwen is a loved employee of Duck Worth Wearing who has stage 3 esophageal cancer. Check out her Facebook page Go for Gwen 5k walk/run . Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Cy will also be there to start you off and greet you at the finish line, which makes for some great photo opportunities! This will be a really fun time and also help a wonderful and strong woman, all while getting fit!

Sign up here. You can also sign up at Duck Worth Wearing or The Loft in store.

Email quack@duckworthwearing.com with questions.

When: July 18th, 8 am

Where: Ada Hayden Park in Ames, IA

Farmers Market 2015

Ames Main Street Farmers Market

What: The Ames Main Street Farmers Market is truly a community event, that is excited to bring people together from the surrounding area to enjoy the bounty of the locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and beautifully hand crafted items.

When: Saturdays now through September 25th. 8am-12:30pm

Where: 300 and 400 block Main Street, Ames Iowa

Ames Main Street Art Walk

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What: The  annual Ames Main Street Cultural District ArtWalk sponsored by Gilger Designs is expected to be bigger and better than ever this year with partnerships that include The Octagon Center for the Arts, Iowa State University, The Public Arts Commission, and the Ames Community Arts Council.

New this year is a chalk drawing contest for ages 12 and under.  It is free to sign up and every child entered gets a package of chalk. You will pick up chalk at Duck Worth Wearing anytime during the evening and will be able to draw in 3 different locations on Main Street and you will be given instruction when you arrive. You can sign your child up for the sidewalk art contest at Duck Worth Wearing at 232 Main Street.Chalk drawings will be in 2 age groups for the prizes. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be given! A celebrity judge will come around and choose the winters. The drawing contest will run from 5-7:30pm.

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Tim Read will be our cartoon artist for the evening. He is our resident artist for the night and his art is also featured throughout the store, including the Duck Worth Wearing logo and people in the window. Now is your chance to meet this talented artist. Check out more of his work here. 

When: Friday June 5th 5-8pm

Where: Main Street Ames, Iowa & Duck Worth Wearing

Ames Main Street Harley Bike Night

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What: Ames Main Street Bike Night featuring the Jay Clyde band, BBQ, and a fabulous after party at the Corner Pocket!

When: June 19th 5-9pm

Where: Ames Main Street

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What: Last year, more than 2,000 people gathered for the Firefly Country Night concert, making it a memorable night and a new signature event in Downtown Ames.

This summer, Gloriana will rock the stage with their hit singles “Best Night Ever,” “Wild at Heart” and more! Get excited for a night filled with country music, great tasting food, incredible beer and lots of fun! It’s as country as it gets!

When: July 9th, 2015

Where: Main Street Ames, Iowa

Purchase your tickets now ($15.00), all ages are welcome.

Follow the news on this event year-round on our Firefly Country NightsFacebook page or website!

Consignment.

Please note we are no longer accepting jeans but we are accepting shorts! Bring on the sunshine!

We Accept

  • Taking spring and summer
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses for weddings
  • 1st communions dresses or any other special occasion
  • Boys suits or suit coats and formalwear
  • Swimsuits
  • White shoes
  • Spring jackets
  • Rain gear
  • Capris
  • Soccer uniforms and cleats
  • Tanks
  • Shorts
  • Flipflops

We will be taking fall clothing staring July 1st!

Note: We will be taking fall starting in July.  The website may be confusing at times and lists different items that say we will take them and then you bring them in and we have you bring them back.

  • The website is to be used as a guidance and we will deviate off that if we feel certain items will sell better for you at a different time.
  • We aren’t trying to be difficult, we just want to make as much money for you as possible! We watch what is selling and if we say we are taking jackets and zip up sweatshirts on our website and then we tell you to bring them back, we keep an eye on what sells.
  • A lot of it depends on the weather as well.  If we have a cold spring, coats will sell, if we have a hot summer, coats will sit on the racks.  We don’t want to be wishy washy we just want to give your items the best chance to sell and make you money.  always feel free to call us or email us if you have any questions!

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Let’s Be Social

Do you like to keep up on store sales and amazing Duck Worth Wearing deals? If so, then make sure to follow us on all of our awesome platforms for the latest and greatest shopping news! Click logos below to connect now.

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Looking ahead

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Dollar days are coming and will be the weekend of July 30th through August 1st.  Mark your calendar for these AMAZING deals!!!!

Giving Back.

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Duck Worth Wearing wants to send a special thank you to all who generously gave to this cause. Downtown Ames alone collected over 850 lbs of food!

Useful Information.

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Birthdays are occasions that will last in your child’s memory for a lifetime. Making these days special is important and fun. We also know that life with kids has a lot of expenses, and birthday parties shouldn’t stress you financially. Read on in this month’s blog to discover budget friendly birthday themes, games, activities, and gifts to make memories without breaking the bank.

In Closing.

The rain is finally letting up and the sun is shining, which is a good excuse for you and your family to come join us in all the events on Main Street this month! Also make sure you don’t miss the Cutest Kids contest by stopping in to vote for the adorable kids.

Thank you for your business, and as always for shopping local!

Sincerely,
Amy Abrams

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