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Cambridge Second Saturday festivities ring in holiday season

Three new stores, two anniversary parties, & gallery openings during Nov. 12 festivities in downtown Cambridge

Downtown Cambridge will celebrate the start of the holiday shopping season this weekend with a “Second Saturday” event that showcases three brand new shops and celebrates a three anniversaries at established stores, all on top of an array of free gallery receptions, sampling sessions, late shopping hours, live music and other special events.

“We’ll be welcoming some newcomers to our business community and marking the successes of old friends, and we’re hoping to have a big turnout for the celebration,” said Jim Duffy of Cambridge Main Street, the nonprofit group that organizes Second Saturdays. “It’s going to be like a big progressive party, with a different bit of fun on tap at every stop as you make your way through shops and restaurants and galleries.”

Festivities run from 5-9 pm along a four block stretch of downtown, with abundant free parking available in lots and along nearby streets.

Two of the three new businesses arrived downtown through Main Street’s award-winning Pop Up Contest, in which contestants submit business concepts and the top concepts win two months of free rent for a test run of the business. This year’s contest winners are:

• Pet Threadz, a specialty shop featuring clothing and accessories for pets. Owned by Amanda and Virginia Knauff, the shop is located at 315 Gay Street.

• Bliss, a jewelry store owned by April Dean Whitacre. The second location for a successful shop operating in St. Michaels, Bliss is located at 501 Poplar Street. Most items in the store are priced below $30.

Wee-Sale Children's Clothes Consignment Sale - Great Place to Save - and Earn!

Fill out those winter wardrobes! Buy ahead for next Spring and Summer! The great Wee-Sale will be at the Easton Armory September 16-18th! Now is the time to save - and earn $$$!

Turn your children's gently worn, high-quality clothing into CASH! Consigner deadline is September 13th.

Attend the sale at 7111 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD!  Hurricane Irene cut short the sale in Annapolis - reap the bounty in Easton!

Westphal Jewelers Hosts Benefit for Talbot Special Riders

Join Bill and Lisa Westphal in making this Holiday Season brighter for some very special people.  December 16th through the 18th, Westphal Jewelers is offering storewide savings on a collection of beautiful jewelry from some of the leading designers in the country.  Proceeds from this unique sale will benefit the Talbot Special Riders, Inc. 

The non-profit group, Talbot Special Riders, is a therapeutic horseback riding program providing therapy for physically, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals.  “Our curriculum is adjusted to meet the needs, requirements and/or capabilities of our special needs clients,” said Sandy King, Director of Talbot Special Riders.  This specialized therapy builds confidence, self esteem,  sense of accomplishment, increases attention span and develops the ability to take, understand and follow directions,” continued King.  “We work on coordination and spatial relationships, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises.  Thus, individuals with disabilities can better realize their potential and find a productive place in our society.  The horse becomes the legs of those who cannot walk, the eyes of those who cannot see, and the feeling of” being in charge” of something for those who are so dependent on other people. It is wonderful to witness what this does for their sense of self and pride. “

For individuals who cannot walk, or walk normally, this therapy provides that challenge to their muscles.  They have children who begin to speak.  One little boy, who never even sat up, is today running around school on his walker.  Talbot Special Riders celebrates the success of their riders, and has for the past 30 years. To learn more about Talbot Special Riders visit their website at www.talbotspecialriders.com.

Westphal Jewelers, located at 19 N. Harrison St., will be open extended hours from 10 am to 8 pm during this special event. This is the perfect opportunity to find that one of a kind designer jewelry for your Holiday gift.

Shop ReStore for Habitat for Humanity

Now Open!    8648 Commerce Drive in Easton

Store Hours

Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 8am-4pm

ReStores are outlets that accept donated goods for resale. While every ReStore is a little different, most focus on home improvement goods—furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. These donated goods are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price to help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.

Materials sold by the Habitat Choptank ReStore are donated by local retailers, contractors and individuals in the community. The ReStore provides an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of the waste stream and simultaneously provide funding for our affiliate's community improvement work.

Black Friday for Non-Profits

Complete your shopping AND support local charities!

Have impossible people on your holiday shopping list? Is Uncle Johnny an animal lover or is Aunt Sally passionate about the environment? This year give them the thoughtful gift that won’t be returned!

Check out the Maryland Charitable Gift Guide – Mid-Shore issue. In four easy steps you can complete your holiday shopping and support a local non-profit organization.

Makes great client gifts too! Visit www.purplecatpr.com.

Main Street Merchants Announce Big Plans for 2010 Holiday Season in Cambridge

Looking to make this coming holiday shopping season bigger and better than ever, the shops and restaurants of downtown Cambridge joined this week with the nonprofit Cambridge Main Street to announce a series of new promotions, contests, and events that are planned for the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“Working in partnership with our small businesses, Main Street volunteers will be working extra hard this year to make sure that folks in the Mid-Shore region have some great new reasons to choose to do their holiday shopping, dining, and celebrating here in our downtown,” said Jim Duffy, the executive director of Main Street.

Highlights include late shopping hours on Friday nights in December, a special grand prize raffle running the whole month, a close-the-streets block party on the Second Saturday of December, and a special shopping day for granddads, dads, and kids on the last Saturday before Christmas.

Pop Up Stores Now Open on Poplar Street in Cambridge

Two new shops opened this past weekend in downtown Cambridge, the result of an innovative contest conducted by Cambridge Main Street. Working in partnership with property owner Bill Harrington, the volunteer-driven nonprofit group awarded two storefronts rent free for November and December to the best applications submitted from contestants who wanted to open a store downtown.

One winner is Whitecap Outdoor Consignments, owned by Colin Edgell and now operating at 510 Poplar Street. The shop specializes in consignment goods for boating, hunting, team sports, and other recreational activities.

The second winner is Malina Custom Leather, owned by Dennis Napolitan and now operating at 518 Poplar Street. Napolitan has been creating one-of-a-kind leather goods for more than 45 years, and his shop doubles as a workshop where he makes his products and demonstrates to customers how his craft is done.

For more information about the “Pop Up” contest and other events and happenings in downtown Cambridge, please visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com.

Heck With the Malls

The twelfth annual alternative to holiday shopping, “Heck with the Malls!” has experienced an impressive amount of growth since it’s early days, though it still maintains the small town feel that makes it such a welcoming event. Each winter the town of Centreville sparkles with unique gifts and holiday spirit as merchants open their doors to offer refreshments and special offers, while area artists and artisans display the best of the best for shoppers looking for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Visit the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, Maryland on Saturday, December 4, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Shoppers will find hand-crafted soaps and lotions, jewelry, mosaics, photography, fashion and home accessories, one-of-a-kind purses, ceramics, holiday ornaments, watercolors, knitted scarves and clothing items, wildlife carvings and more. Authors will also be on hand for a book signing. Newly published novelist Hal Wilson and members of the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association will be on hand to sign books and share information for interested writers.

Westphal Jewelers Designs One-of-a-Kind Orange Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

 Earrings Designed for Bride for Baltimore Orioles Themed Wedding at Camden Yards

Bill Westphal of Westphal Jewelers of Easton, Maryland recently made a pair of one-of-a-kind orange sapphire and diamond earrings for Cordova bride, Kristin So. So commissioned Westphal to design and make the earrings as the final touch for her Orioles-inspired Celebration of Marriage that will be held at the Camden Clubs in Camden Yards on October 23, 2010.

So, 26, a self-proclaimed, “huge Orioles fan” and makeup artist will celebrate her marriage to Bennett So, 41, an Easton-based physician, in as described by So “the most extreme Orioles-inspired Celebration of Marriage ever held at Camden yards”.

Kristin grew up not liking sports but went to her first Orioles game at the age of 19 and immediately fell in love with the sport. Since that day she consistently goes to games and even chose the seats for her season tickets in a shaded section so she could enjoy the games in the summer, her least favorite season.

Check Out Cecil County

The summer tourist season may be over - but Cecil County is offering substantial disounts to encourage everyone to experience their fine dining, shopping and hospitality! Here's an opportunity to plan a weekend (or mid-week) getaway, have a fantastic time - and save money!

Go to www.SeeCecil.org and click on the "Celebrate Cecil" banner in the middle of the page. Scroll down to see and print the wide variety of coupons that can be honored between October 15 and November 15!

Save 20% on fine dining at the Bayard House, Chesapeake Inn and more! Enjoy shopping discounts at local specialty stores - or enjoy discounted golf! You can also save 20% on lodging at the Elk Forge Inn and Day Spa, Fairwinds Farm or several other venues.

It's a fantastic time to explore the best of Cecil County! Fall into Fun at Cecil!

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