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'Black Friday' Comes to Lewiston

'Black Friday' Comes to Lewiston

Preview by Joshua Maloni and Rachel Jolbert

Year after year, scores of Lewistonians awake in the middle of the night on the day after Thanksgiving to head out to chain stores and kick-start their holiday shopping.

It's a popular tradition ... that Lewiston retailers hope to end this week.

Village merchants are making a pitch for consumers to spend "Black Friday" in Lewiston. Ten locally owned and operated stores are offering special deals and door-busters, giveaways, discounts and free gift-wrapping.

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum Hosts 10th Annual Victorian Tea

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum Hosts 10th Annual Victorian Tea

Step back in time to a period of refinement, elegance, and of course good social etiquette. The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum’s 10th Annual Victorian Tea is a wonderful way to enjoy food and friendship while learning more about this fascinating part of America’s past. This year’s program focuses on Victorian dance, with a special presentation and dance demonstration by the Victorian Dance Society of the Amherst Museum. Enjoy a traditional three-course tea including scones with cream, finger sandwiches, fresh fruits, and assorted desserts. Guests are invited to wear Victorian dress, hats, and bring their favorite tea cup to truly take part in this fun and unique event.

Kanye West Debuts Fashion Line in Paris

Kanye West Debuts Fashion Line in Paris

Kanye West may have another calling other than hip-hop his S/S 2012 ready to wear womenswear line hit the runway at Paris fashion week. Last year's debut had a very high level of expectation and media hype but ultimately didn’t get the reception he was hoping for. It can be hard for any designer celebrity or not to come out with a line that is eccentric, couture and cohesive. But that hasn’t stop this hip-hop icon and visionary from taking another go on the runway.

Angel to Apple: Say Yes to the Dresses

Angel to Apple: Say Yes to the Dresses

As Angel to Apple's Kelly Hessinger was trying on a wedding gown, she noticed the piece's beading and tulle.

"It's very Cinderella-esque," remarked boutique owner Jamie Symmonds.

Ironically, the white dress is one from a collection bestowed on Symmonds by something of a fairy godmother (OK, technically a male acquaintance). With between 45 and 50 new gowns, Symmonds plans to hold her own magical ball on Sunday, Feb. 12. Angel to Apple hosts a one-day bridal gown sample sale from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  

"(The donor said,) 'I have all these dresses -- is there something you maybe could do with them?' " Symmonds said.

In response, she planned an event featuring wine tastings (courtesy of Savory Sips), music from Tony Petrocelli (of Lewiston Music), pictures by Shannon Martino of Martino Photographics and custom-made hair accessories with Jamie Andrews of Cutie Head Couture.

"I thought it would be more of a draw for the buyers," Symmonds said.

From Award-Winning Art to Glow-in-the-Dark Bugs--100 American Craftsmen Had It All!

From Award-Winning Art to Glow-in-the-Dark Bugs--100 American Craftsmen Had It All!

Whether you were on the hunt for a gorgeous piece of ceramic work or a future Christmas gift, the 100 American Craftsmen show at Lockport's Kenan Center, June 3-5, had plenty to please--and surprise--thousands of visitors over the weekend.

More than one hundred artisans exhibited a wide array of traditional and "ecclectic" craft wares, from highly popular  "patio flames" created by clay artist Mark Kuzio which use sterno to add a warm glow to outdoor tabletops, to a glow-in-the dark gold necklace created by long-time 100 American participant, Julia Skop, which featured three resin embedded insects. "I took a lot of orders for single pendants," Skop said, demonstrating how the necklace glows by "charging" with a hand-held flashlight.

Unique Jewelry All the Buzz at This Year's 100 American Craftsmen Show

Unique Jewelry All the Buzz at This Year's 100 American Craftsmen Show

When it comes to women and jewelry, you can never have enough! And like any fashion accessory, jewelry can be as individual as the woman. Which is why so many women flock to the Kenan Center's 100 American Craftsmen show each year. The annual juried show of fine craft art, this year taking place June 3-5, always features outstanding jewelry artisans, and this year is no exception! Thirty-two of them will be on hand, each presenting new, original, unexpected, and even whimsical works of jewelry art, like Laurie Leonard, a new artist from Jeannette, Pennsylvania, who combines funky imagery and decorative accents in her one-of-a-kind pieces.