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Issue 11 November 2008
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Holiday Stores Make Merry!
Art at the Y!
A Special Place: Bath Essentials


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Holiday Stores Make Merry
with Unique Products, Ambiance

 
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com

Give your home a look for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays by shopping at unique seasonal shops on the Door Peninsula.
 
Popular stores-including Tannenbaum Holiday Shop, Sister Bay, and All I Want for Christmas and Then The Shallows Resort BannerSome, Egg Harbor-specialize in home accents and gift merchandise for all holidays. They also have custom-made floral and seasonal arrangements, eye-catching store displays and a festive ambiance.
 
In fact, the displays are so nice that customers often just ask the sales associate to wrap them up.
 
"Someone just bought this, and we are taking it down," says Kathy Tunney, co-owner of All I Want For Christmas, as she pointed to an intriguing arrangement of berries and twigs wrapped around a chandelier hanging in the store.
 
"We try to be an idea store. We try to inspire. People like to be inspired and say, 'I can do that,'" Tunney says.
 
Sheri Conley (Tunney's mom) makes wreaths, swags, garland and more one-of-a-kind arrangements.  Included are her harvest wreaths, perfect to hang over the fireplace mantel on Thanksgiving Day.
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"Fall décor is very popular, because people don't have a lot of things for fall," Tunney says. 
 
The store has decorative pumpkins, made from resin in the U.S.  They come plain or with a greeting such as "Give Thanks" and can be put outside on a covered porch or inside the house. The store carries figures of pilgrims, Native Americans and turkeys. Also available are seasonal fragrances such as cinnamon cider and pumpkin spice candles.
 
Nearby are Christmas trees adorned with ornaments, garland and more. And it's OK to touch the displays. Everything is for sale.
 
"We let our customers shop right off the trees," Tunney explains. "We categorize them by what we call stories. This helps us plan and helps our customers see them by category."
  
At Tannenbaum, www.tannenbaumhoidayshop.com, people browse rooms filled with decorated artificial trees and holiday collectibles.  National brands showcased here include Department 56, Christopher Radko, Byers' Choice and Fontanini. 
 
Customers may also discover decorative art by Door County and Wisconsin artists.
 
One of the highlights this year is an upside-down, seven and one-half foot tall Christmas tree. It's also pre-lit, providing a unique backdrop for an ornament collection.
 
The tree actually sits in a base on the floor, so there is no need to secure it to a wall or ceiling.  The upside-down tree saves space in the home, and there's more room for presents, too, according to Sue Ann and Ronald Flittner, owners of Tannenbaum.

YMCA is the Place for Art Nov. 23rd
 
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
 
 
 
One of the don't-miss events on the Door Peninsula is the Door County YMCA's annual Christmas Folk Art & Craft Fair. It takes place on Sunday, November 23, at the YMCA, 1900 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay.
 
Artists sell their wares on the gym floor and on the track. The
Bridgeport Waterfront Resort art and craft fair has a nice vibe as everyone is in the holiday spirit and the space is, well, energizing.
 
Customers meet Door Peninsula, Wisconsin and Midwest-based craftsmen working in vast media: fiber, wood, paper, metal and more. Items for sale include soft and warm mittens made from recycled materials. Also, find locally harvested and styled wreaths. There are home accents, bath products, handbags and jewelry, as well.
 
Take a break and have lunch or a sweet; purchases benefit the Door County YMCA. Also, many participating artists donate an item to the silent auction, and you can take your chances by making a bid for an item on display.  
 

A Special Place: Bath Essentials, Fish Creek
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com

 
What's it about:  Bath Essentials is open year-round (weekends only in winter) and carries skin care, cosmetics, sleep and lounge attire, essential oils, massage therapy and relaxation products and home décor.  Also find inspirational books, greeting cards, fun bath products for kids and jewelry.
 
Why it's special:   It's such a pleasure to browse Bath Essentials. The scent alone will captivate you-Egg Harbor Lodge Banneryou'll smell a combination of everything lovely in the spacious store. There are many testers/samplers open for you to try before you buy a lotion. And the New Age or piano music is nice to listen to as you shop.
 
Bonnie Smith, the owner, is often there. And she's knowledgeable about products and interested in her customers.  The brands range from locally made Trillium Organics to soaps made in France and Italy and lotion and perfume by national brands like Thymes, Kama Sutra, Crabtree and Evelyn and Camille Beckman. Don't miss this store. It's girly, for sure. But guys and kids love it, too.
 
Quick facts: Bath Essentials, 4199 Main St., Fish Creek, 920-868-2434, 
bathessentials@yahoo.com.