Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dahling Shops...hello bluebird!

Yesterday evening I ventured up to West Reading, PA to visit Hello Bluebird, an arts boutique that just opened up this past September, owned by Alex McCarty. As I started down Penn Ave in West Reading, I was happily surprised. Little shops and restaurants line the strip with twinkling lights adorning the trees. Hello Bluebird is right in the middle of the newly renovated historic shopping district. The mission of the shop is very cool. Alex began this new venture to form a community of artisans and crafters who feel that shopping can be guilt free, affordable and socially conscious. A majority of their products are sold on consignment so that you are directly supporting crafters and allowing them to do what they love. They also believe that business can be built on a community rather than a marketing scheme.

The walls of the boutique are bright blue and poppy red...and there are cheery treasures EVERYWHERE! It is relatively teensy, but you could literally be there for hours looking at all the fun goodies tucked in every nook and cranny. There is honestly a little bit of everything- clothing, accessories, jewelry, candy, beauty products, paper goods, art prints, children's clothing...really everything! The best part is, it's all handmade by artists and designers from all over the country.

I brought Alex some of my bags to sell at the shop...and let me just say that Dahling Accessories fits right in with her colorful and eclectic wares. If you are in the area- please stop in to see her and say hello. She's a sweetheart and will gladly help you find the hidden jems that are destined to be your's! Visit their website for more info at XO- Gretchen

For more info check out this article feature. Photos from article by Brad Bower

1 comment:

  1. It was lovely to meet you, too, and I was so thrilled to sell one of your clutches this morning! Looks like we're off to a great start! Thanks for the write up today!