Thursday, March 26, 2009

Giveaway For Key Tag Holders!!!

Deb at 1803 Candles is sponsoring a giveaway of 12 of her amazing soy candles!

This giveaway will be open to all key tag holders who redeem any completed key tags from now thru Sunday, March 29th, as well as all the folks with completed key tags in our fish bowl already!!!!

But as you know, the more key tags you have in the fish bowl, then the more chances you have of winning one of these delectable candles!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Letter from Long Ago Customer

I recently opened my mailbox to find a letter penned from Mr. Anthony Duskey of Peabody, MA.......along with a copy of a photo (sorry for the poor quality), but it is the story that is so endearing.....

Dear Brown & Hopkins,

Thought the article from The Boston Globe would be interesting together with a picture showing me at age 5 in 1942 that has a jack rabbit in it that came from your store. I just had to have that rabbit as it was out front along with other stuffed animals! We were going from Rocky Hill Road in Smithfield to Webster, MA. Our farm is now part of North Central Airport.

Through the years, the rabbit and the tricycle are gone, but the memories linger on. By the way, might you still have one of those rabbits?


Tony Duskey

Dear Tony,

We don't have any of those rabbits, but sure wish we looks like a Steif to me, and would be very valuable today, but probably not as valuable as the memory you just shared with us. Thank you......please visit us sometime soon!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Fluffy little chicks are so cute!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's a Tea Day!

The weather is so drizzly,
that I think it would be nice to cozy up
with a nice cup of Hot Cinnamon Tea!

We received lots of other flavors of tea in this week! I love this tea line!

10 Bullet Points That Describe My Current Thoughts

In no particular order:
* I am wondering why 196 days seems like so much shorter a time span than 6 1/2 months??? Bruce and I are tying the knot in September, and the days are just flying by!
* I am so proud that my two boys will be ushers in my wedding, and that Sam has agreed (with very little arm twisting on my part) to escort me down the aisle.
* I am thankful that business has been good, and that I need to reorder so many different things!
* I am having a heck of a time choosing a song for my bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to.....I am pretty "particular" about listening to the lyrics and making certain they convey how I feel about them. Did I say "particular"......I really meant to use a four letter word beginning with "A".
* I am sooooooooooooooooooooo excited to have found a gown that is "me"! At this time I would like to thank all the bridal shops for putting up with me!!!! Ya know, trying on bridal gowns is just about as personal as delivering a baby........There are usually several people in the room, you are half naked and all are watching! HA
* I am sad that my tenants moved out of my rental apartment, but happy that they bought a home. They were dream tenants.....
* I don't like the guy who walks his dog on my lawn at the store, allows it to do its business, and then claims it isn't his dog..... Well, let me tell you, yesterday the proof was in the pudding....his (and Fidos) footprints were left in the snow, as well as the doo~doo. Grrrrrrrrrrr
* I feel so much more alive now that it isn't getting dark until 7pm!!!
* I am looking forward to two new additions to our extended family this year! My niece and my nephew and his wife are both expecting babies soon! I wish that we got together more often......
* I love laughing everyday.............. it's always nicer when the laugh lines override the frown lines. : )

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Newest Judy Condon Book is Here!

Hot off the press!

I love the front cover photo....Can you see the wagon?

Come on in and get your fix!

Friday, March 6, 2009

A Roll In The Hay?!

We received a new batch of soy wax melters!
Some of them have really funny names....but they smell awesome!
How 'bout A Roll in the Hay?
Butt Naked?!
Duck Farts??? It's a top seller....err...smeller?
I dare ya to come on in and take a whiff!
Of course, we also have Lemongrass & Sage, Amazing Grace, Fairy Whispers,
Hot Cinnamon, Lilac, and Cinnamon Raisin Bread!
All tarts are still just 99 cents each!!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Our next FFFFA* starts Friday March 6th and ends Sunday March 8th!

Featured product line is Reed Diffusers and Accessories by Crossroads!
Reed diffusers are the fastest growing segment of the fragrance market because there is No Flame, No Heat, No Electricity and No Batteries. Crossroads has a proven winner (and their holder really completes the look). Their reed diffusers are Alcohol-Free (this makes them last as long as a bottle twice its size as well as a more concentrated scent). Their fragrances are chosen to elicit a homey, comforting sensation, and can be used in every room in the home. You can also use their reed diffusers in the office, school, hospital, apartment, assisted living center, nursing home, dorm room or anywhere a candle cannot be burned.

This weekend the first 200 customers will receive a special free gift from Crossroads!
WE will give you 25% off any item made by Crossroads such as their diffuser sets, refills, reeds, and diffuser holders!!!!

Uplifting Story!

Here's a way of looking at the glass half full, rather than half empty!
It's from Dave Ramsey
I’m tired of hearing all the gloom and doom coming from the media about the economy and unemployment—I bet you are, too! Let’s take a minute to look at the true reality of the situation and what we can do about it.
Yes, many people have lost their jobs and houses. You may be one of them. But guess what? People have lost their jobs and houses even in a bull market. About 93% of people are still employed. That is pretty good! I was alive in the 1970s when unemployment hit double digits, and we’re nowhere near that right now! I’m not making light of the fact that some people are struggling; I’m just putting the situation in the proper perspective.
Even though you may be currently unemployed, that doesn’t mean you have to participate in the recession. People like me who have chosen to not participate acknowledge the reality of a slow economy and suffering people. However, we have decided that we’re not going to form our lives around the negativity coming out of the media and government. We’re intensifying our efforts and going to have the best year of our lives in spite of things slowing down.
Some people who find themselves unemployed will go into new careers or start their own businesses where they have the best year of their lives—professionally, financially and emotionally. Their current job losses are actually blessings in disguise. They believe this and are formulating game plans based on it. I guarantee there are men in their garages right now starting their own mechanic shops. The next Mary Kay Ash is writing up a business plan for new products she’s just created. College students are developing “the next best thing” in their dorm rooms as you are reading this. This is reality!
So think about your skills and interests. How can you leverage those passions into something you enjoy doing every day while earning money for it? If you haven’t lost your job but dread going to work, maybe it’s time to fire your employer and go in a new direction. When you have a game plan for your money and career, you will have a sense of empowerment because you aren’t a slave to the lender (or employer).
When employers start hiring because they believe their businesses will grow, recessions end. Many who have stopped hiring a healthy amount have been paralyzed by fear. They’ve lost hope. People who continue going about their lives in normal ways (without being irresponsible and buying stuff they can't afford) believe in the future. It’s called hope.
You can have fear or hope. It's your choice.
I choose hope.

A lady walked into Brown & Hopkins the other day, and announced with glee..."I am here to spend some of my tax refund, so I can help stimulate the economy!" Another happy customer!