October 29, 2012
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The Proud American - Cool products made by Americans

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There's more than one way to act patriotic.  Without smear campaigning we're going out on a limb and endorsing some great products made in the USA and ready for gift giving for the holidays.


Helping NC is just so Cool!  That's just what Kathi Barber, owner and designer of B. Cool Shop B. Cool Shop in Henderson, NC thought and accomplished. All products at B. Cool Shop are made by Americans. They feature both individual artists/crafts-persons and companies.  Some of the raw materials used in the products may be purchased abroad; however, the product must be designed and assembled/made in America.  Their goal is to create jobs by supporting products Made by Americans.


Kathi truly believes that most people want to help create jobs in America but don't know how.  If you B. Cool Shop Changa Bracelet need to buy a gift then make the commitment that it will be an American made product.  But where will you go?  Chances are you can't find many products Made in America in our national chain stores.  So Kathi has provided an online gift store where you can purchase quality products at good values Made in America. In her travels around the state and the southeast, she's been able to find many talented artists, craftspeople and small companies who make unique products.  You'll find them on her online B. Cool Shop.


What you'll find:  Jewelry for women and girls designed by artists from Hendersonville and Candler, B. Cool Jewelry NC, San Antonio, TX, and Warsaw, MO.  Silver, freshwater pearls, leather, semi-precious stones are just some of the materials used for these beautiful but reasonable pieces.  Click here to see these unique finds.


You'll find great Leather handbags made by R Riveter; two military spouses that relocated to Camp Merrill of Dahlonega, GA.   R. Riveter provides the security and self reliance of a full time job that will be as mobile and as flexible as the military lifestyle B. Cool Shop Handbag demands.  These two ladies have devoted their time, money and effort into creating one of a kind, quality leather bags,  but eventually plan to expand into the employment of military spouses on a much larger scale.


Linda and Landy Boling created Mpressions; a truly extraordinary form of artistic expression. Combining heartfelt sentiments and prose with enriching effects such as embossing, calligraphy, and hand painting, each individual piece offers a personalized touch sure to leave a lasting Mpression...


You can make a difference!  When you buy a product from the B. Cool Shop, you are helping to create jobs for your family, friends and fellow Americans.  You have the power to change lives.  Thank B. Cool Shop Personalized Baby sign you for supporting Made in America!


The B. Cool Shop is a family owned and operated business located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  John and Kathi Barber travel in the B. Cool Shop Bus to festivals and events in the Southeast and have their online store.  The Buzz met them at SPREE!  Next NC show is November 8th at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, NC.


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Cut The Gourd - Halloween Survival Tips


Hit It with Your Best Shot:  The modern jack-o'-lantern is a carved pumpkin with a face resembling Halloween Pumpkin your Mother-in-Law.  However, did you know this tradition started in the British Isles?  Yes, back in the day they used to carve turnips and beets to protect against evil spirits.  Needless to say, that was a tedious chore so once the tradition got to America, we supersized the gourd and created Halloween.  Everyone was happy including the candy factories and film makers.  And could you imagine a rock group named "Smashing Turnips"?  So here are some ways to enjoy "All Hallows' Eve" without getting "Jacked".



Hack Attack:  It used to be so easy ... get a long blade, slice off the top, scoop out the goo, and hackHalloween Stencils   out the triangle eyes, nose, and zagged teeth.  The whole job took a few minutes.  Then some fancy designer came up with pumpkin stencils ... forcing us to turn into Michelangelo.   Well, for those who want to get in touch with their creative side, Click Here for some free printable pumpkin stencils from BHG ... and instructions on how to carve a pumpkin.  So much for simple, Freddy Kruegering.




A Bloody Good Time:  Who says Halloween is only for the kids.  After spending weeks assembling Dracula's Kiss Cocktail costumes for the small tikes (hint ... Taylor Swift is very big this year) and schlepping them around the neighborhood or malls, it's time for some seasonal adult libations.  Listed are a few of our discoveries as well as a non-alcoholic drink.  Enjoy these ghost busters.


Dracula's Kiss:  Here's a highball straight from Dracula's lips to yours. The red and black layers recreate the frightening atmosphere of a castle deep in Transylvania. At the door of this fortress smooth flavors of black cherry cola greet you and are accented with sweet grenadine that surges from the depths of the concoction. Dracula's Kiss Recipe 



Candy Corn Drink: Sweet! Half the fun of this kid-friendly party drink is how cool it looks served in clearHalloween Candy Corn Drink    glass. The other half of the fun? The citrusy flavor combination is a thirst-quenching party pleaser. Layers of mango-sweetened gelatin, bubble-filled orange drink, and honey-infused whipped cream imitate the classic Halloween candy's colorful stripes.  Candy Corn Drink Recipe


Halloween Harvest Punch: Serving a group of spooky party guests? This fruity rum punch can not only quench all of those witch's, vampire's and zombie's thirsts, but make you look good doing it. The neon green glow of the punch is just screaming for some haunting touches like dried ice, creepy garnishes and maybe a spider or two hanging on the side of the bowl. Have fun with dressing up this bowl of punch. Halloween Harvest Punch Recipe


Skeletons in Your Closet: Do you have any Skeletons in Your Closet? Admit it, we all do. But now Halloween Skeletons in Your Closet there's  a variation of the Margarita that takes it a step further. This is a great fruit Margarita on the rocks that's a little out of the extraordinary with DeKuyper's Island Blue Tropical Schnapps, pineapple, and mango.  Skeletons in Your Closet Recipe


The Halloween Hpnotist: A drink with a haunting, eerie blue glow. What more could you want for a Halloween party? This simple, elegant Martini pairs the bright blue hue of Hpnotiq with vodka and lemon juice, but it's the garnish that makes it. To finish off this drink, simply grab some blue glow sticks, turn down the lights and sip away. Halloween Hpnotist Recipe


Jack O' Lantern: Is it any surprise that many haunted cocktails will take on the name of the Jack O'Halloween Jack O' Lantern Cocktail  Lantern? Not in the least. It's a fun concept to play with. To kick it off, check out this intriguing mix of Jack Daniel's and absinthe. It does have a bite but is worth the taste and the garnish is one that completes the experience. Get out your carving knife and have some fun with this one.  Jack O' Lantern Recipe


The Wolf Bite: Finally, for all you NC State fans, we have the Wolf Bite.  The Wolf Bite is a shooter you have to see and taste to believe. As the blood red of the grenadine swirls into an absinthe and Midori the effect is rather creepy, like some mad scientist's experiment. This is a shooter you will not forget (unlike the last 30 seconds of the UNC - NC State football game ... lol.)  The Wolf Bite Recipe




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 Hunt & Gather on Bernard Street - Save the Date for the Holiday Open House!  Join Hunt & Gather on 1910 Bernard Street, Raleigh, 27608, on Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, November 11, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm for their Annual Holiday Open House.  Kick-off the season with great holiday sales, refreshments, and Christmas cheer!  



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It's Time to Register at Bailey's for Digging for Diamonds!

Bailey Box Bailey's Fine Jewelry is celebrating college football season by hosting Digging for Diamonds, an on-field contest where two lucky couples will go home with a $10,000 diamond ring.


The contest will take place on Nov. 24 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh as the Wolfpack hosts Boston College and Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels take on Maryland. Two couples at each game will take the field and attempt to find the $10,000 diamond ring, hidden among many Bailey Boxes. The couple who finds the ring first becomes the proud owner.  Couples may register at any Bailey's Fine Jewelry location from now until Nov. 15 for the chance to compete. Website


Courtney L. Bell Jewelry You are Invited to Two Fabulous Trunk Shows featuring Courtney L. Bell Designer Jewelry

Fri, Nov 9th from 5pm - 9pm & Sat, Nov 10th from 9am -3pm.  At Back Porch Creative Market - 2704 Hazelwood Dr., Raleigh, 27608.


Also on Sat, Dec 15th from 11am - 4pm & Sat, Dec 22nd from 11am - 4pm.  At Lavender and Lace -  1902 Bernard St. Raleigh, 27608. 

Questions? Call Courtney at 919-696-8262. Website  

Everyone is welcome!


Leland Little Bracelet Get Ready for the Big Three-Day Winter Estate Catalogued Auction at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. On Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1st. The catalogue, featuring over 1100 lots from exceptional local and regional estates, will be posted to their website, Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  Website 


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CT Weekends. Scarves It's a Wrap! 

Cooler weather has arrived and scarves are in at CT Weekends! Fabulous colors and prints in an array of styles and weights!  CT Weekends in Cameron Village: 437 Daniels Street, Raleigh 27605. 919-787-9073. Hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat. Website






OLL Open House Our Lady of Lourdes School Admission Open House is Thursday, November 8th from 6:45pm - 8:00 pm.  If you are interested to learn more about this Blue Ribbon school,  we welcome you to attend.  You will receive admission packets and tours.   For more information or questions, please contact Pam Mueller, Director of Admissions, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. (919)861-4635. Website.  

Kenna Custom Painting, Inc.  is available to tackle your residential painting needs.  With their great crews that perform very professional jobs on residential homes, you won't believe Paint Sampleshow quiet and unobtrusive they are.  So if you have that "itch" to freshen up your home, interior or exterior before springtime, contact them now.  Call 919-855-0082 or Email:  Website. 



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