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Lancaster City Restaurant Week 2015

Posted on Mar 23, 2015

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Foodies and epicureans rejoice! The time has come once again for Lancaster City Restaurant Week!  All week long, restaurants, cafes, and eateries throughout downtown Lancaster will offer specials meals and deals as part of the event.

Like to snap pics of your food before you dive in?  Post your pics to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #LCRW2015 to show off your food-photo skills!

Below are the specials available here in our neighborhood:

Checkers Bistro

3 Course Meal for 2 Restaurant Week Special ($35 per person)
2 appetizers, 2 entrées, 1 dessert to share plus $10 Gift Card for next visit…all for $70!
Appetizer choices: Checkers Apple Salad • Caesar Salad • French Onion Soup • Shrimp Bisque • Soup du Jour • 1/2 Portion of Salt-Crusted Calamari
Entrée choices: Coffee-Cured Petite Filet • Seared Diver Scallops • Crab Cake • Beef Bolognese • Cavatelli w/ Shrimp • Grilled Salmon Filet
Dessert choices: Select a treat from seasonal dessert menu • Select a libation from Special After Dinner Drink menu

FENZ

$30 Prix-Fixe Menu (per person)
Choose an Appetizer: White Bean, Italian Sausage & Crispy Kale Soup • Pear, Cambozola & Arugula Salad
Choose an Entrée – Linguini with White Clam Sauce • Steak Frites
Choose a Dessert – Dark Chocolate Mousse • Key Lime Tart

The Fridge

$10 – Shrimp & Grits with Chorizo Small Plate
$20 – Fresh Seafood Pizza

John J. Jeffries

$40 Prix-Fixe Menu (per person)
First Course Choices: Local organic Mushroom Bisque with Créme Fraiche • Beet, Bacon & Carrot Salad
Main Choices: Sweet Stem Farm Pork Gordita • Saffron Risotto • Shrimp and Mussel Jim Bim Bop
Dessert Choices: JJJ Ice Cream Trio • JJJ Sorbet

Oka Asian Fusion

2 Dine For $40 Menu
Start with a large house sake or 2 glasses of wine (ask server for selections)
Then pick one appetizer from menu
And 2 Chef signature rolls for main entree.

Skinny Park

$10 Small Bowl & A Juice (per person)
Small Bowl Choices: Mahatma • Frida • Kimchi • Bikram
Juice Choices: Bottled Juice • Juice made to order

2 for $20 Menu

2 Small Bowls, 2 Cups of Soup and Iced Tea, Hot Tea or Coffee
Small Bowl choices: Mahatma • Frida • Kimchi • Bikram
– or –
2 Small Salads, 2 Quiches and Iced Tea, Hot Tea or Coffee
Small Salad choices: Spinach • Taco • Kale • Vegan Caesar

Souvlaki Boys

$10 Menu Offering (per person)
Any “Classic” Pita served with choice of side Greek salad or Fresh-Cut Fries
Plus a Fountain Drink!

2 for $30 Menu (for 2 people)
Includes 1 Starter, 2 Entrées, Dessert and 2 Fountain Beverages. Select from the following:
Pick 1 Starter: Choice of one Souvlaki Boys Dips (Traditional Tzatziki, Zesty Tzatziki, Tirokafteri or Hummus)
Pick 2 Entrées: Choice of either Chicken or Pork Souvlaki Platters (accompanied by a side of rice pilaf, small Greek salad and tzatziki with pita wedges
Dessert: 2 pieces of Baklava

For a full list of participating restaurants and their Restaurant Week specials visit the Lancaster City Restaurant Week website.

Guide to F&M’s Spring Events and How You Can Get More Involved with the College This Spring

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

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Did you know that Franklin & Marshall College has a wonderful array of community events planned this spring? From concerts, to plays, to lectures, and more The College really believes in using their space and resources for the students and the Lancaster community. Check out our extensive list of events to attend in the next two months and be sure to stay up-to-date with their events calendar (http://www.fandm.edu/events-calendar) to learn about everything going on at the College.

 

Common Hour

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F&M’s Common Hour is a way for the entire school and community to gather together for an enriching, cultural and academic talk. From 11:30-12:35 every Thursday in Mayser Gymnasium, there are no classes, meeting, or evens planned for the College, to enable everyone to be together, to listen and to learn.

Notable upcoming Common Hours:

March 12 at 11:30: Green City, Clean Waters. 

About: Howard Neukrug is the Chief Executive of Philadelphia’s Water Utility, a Professional Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineer and a graduate in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He also teaches a course on Water, Science and Politics at UPenn. The Philadelphia Green City, Clean Waters program is a model for water improvement programs world-wide. This $2 billion, 25-year capital plan aims to improve local watersheds through stormwater drainage systems and a focus on innovative green infrastructure to substitute plants for pipes.

For more information check out: http://www.fandm.edu/new-college-house/events/common-hour-5

April 2 at 11:30: Making Learning Stick: Evidence and Insights to Improve Teaching and Learning 

About: Mark McDaniel is a Professor of Psychology and Director of The Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), Washington University in St. Louis. His work focuses on the application of cognitive psychological principles to education and research that suggests students’ typical study habits are not effective for learning and retention. He will be discussing this work, while also exploring how learning from abstraction versus examples differs from each learner when acquiring complex issues. McDaniel has also recently co-authored a book entitled Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. 

For more information check out: http://www.fandm.edu/events-calendar/common-hour-3

April 16 at 11:30: The Linguistic Decimation of the Deaf Community

About: Patrick Boudreault is a Visiting Professor of Graduate Studies and Research, at Gallaudet University. He will be discussing the ethical questions of genetic research on deafness, and how new technologies and genomic medicine will impact the deaf community. Boudreault founded the Deaf Genetics Project, is fluent in ALS and LSQ, and formed a sign language consulting service to promote bilingual translating services.

For more information check out: http://www.fandm.edu/biology/bio-calendar/common-hour-1

Other Common Hours:

March 26: Drugs, Pleasure and Pain: The Two Faces of Janus – http://www.fandm.edu/biology/bio-calendar/common-hour-4

April 9: Magna Carta After 800 Years – http://www.fandm.edu/events-calendar/common-hour-2

 

Musical Performances

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March 8 3:00-5:00 Chamber Singers and College Chorus Concert: A Touch of Spring at Barshinger Concert Hall 

March 29 3:00-5:00 Philharmonia Concert at Barshinger Concert Hall

April 10 8:00-10:00 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert conducted by Mark Yingling at Barshinger Concert Hall: Tull, Sketches on a Tudor Psalm; Chance, Variations on a Korean Folk Song; Milburn, American Hymnsong Suite; Camphouse, Movement for Rosa; Wilson, Footsteps; Machey, Undertow

April 11 8:00-10:00 Orchestra Concert at Barshinger Concert Hall: Conducted by Todd Sullivan. Sibelius, Finlandia; Brahms, Symphony No. 2; Winners of the Solo & Concert Competition

April 12 1:00-2:30 Bassoon & Trumpet Recital by students of Kimberly Buchar & Kenneth Laudermilch at Miller Recital Hall/Nevin chapel

April 12 2:00-4:00 Chamber Music Concert at Barshinger Concert Hall

April 12 4:00-5:00 Clarinet Recital by students of Doris Hall-Gulati at Barshinger Concert Hall

April 12 7:00-9:00 African Drumming Ensemble Concert at Barshinger Concert Hall: A concert of traditional African music and non-traditional beats.

April 13 7:30-8:30 Jazz Piano/Improv Recital by students of Jarrett Cherner at Miller Recital Hall/Nevin Chapel

April 15 7:00-8:30 Viola, Flute, Oboe & Saxophone Recital by students of Todd Sullivan, Kimberly Trolier, Geoffrey Deemer & Jerry Laboranti at Barshinger Concert Hall

April 17 8:00-10:00 Jazz Ensemble Concert at Barshinger Concert Hall

April 18 2:30-5:30 Voice Recital by students of Gwynne Geyer at Barshinger Concert Hall

April 19 3:00-5:00 F&M College Chourus and Chamber Singers at Barshigner Concert Hall: Premiere of “Soldiers of Remembrance,” by John Carbon; Works by Thompson, Smith, Whitaker, and Dawson; This concert is part of the Franklin & Marshall College commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

April 19 7:00-9:00 Piano Recital by students of Elizabeth Keller at Barshinger Concert Hall

April 20 6:00-7:30 Horn & Guitar Recital by students of Elizabeth Pfaffle & Rusty Banks at Miller Recital Hall/Nevin Chapel

April 21 6:30-8:00 Violin & Cello Recital by students of Michael Jamanis & Sara Male at Miller Recital Hall/Nevin Chapel

April 22 5:15-7:00 Double Bass & Percussion Recital by students of Devin Howell & Mark Yingling at Barshinger Concert Hall

You can also watch/listen to many events online at: http://portal.stretchinternet.com/fandmadmin/

 

Plays

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot – Set in a backlogged celestial courtroom, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT depicts the ongoing battle between divine justice and human fragility through the trial of history’s most notorious traitor. While we see irrefutably Judas’s actions, we are also presented with a more disturbing issue: Is God himself guilty for placing the burden on mankind’s shoulders? Coming out of New York’s LAByrinth theatre, Guirgis work is infused with a rough urban vernacular that complements his ever present exploration of the holy, the profane, and the beautiful within the mundane. Directed by Jason Narvy ’02.

Shows: April 9 (7:30-10:00), April 10 (7:30-10:00), April 11 (2:00-4:00 & 7:30-10:00)

All shows are in the Rochel Theatre

Buy your tickets here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=b9a59abda791059c0953dd3f1df00c13

 

Readings and Other Events

March 23 7:30-8:30 A Reading with Valeria Luiselli at the Writers House Reading Room: Valeria Luiselli is a Mexican novelist and non-fiction writer. She is the author of the book of essays Sidewalks and the internationally acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd. Luiselli’s short fiction and non-fiction pieces have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Granta, McSweeney’s and Dazed and Confused. Her forthcoming novel, The Story of My Teeth, will be available from Coffee House Press in fall 2015. This event is free and open to the public.

March 24 7:00-10:00 Community Panel Voices Discussion in the Lisa Bonchek Adams 200 Auditorium: The proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through Lancaster County has stimulated unprecedented defiance on the parts of landowners and allies. This discussion features the perspectives of individuals engaged in resistance to the pipeline, and what it means to become a citizen activist in the “new energy economy.” Panelists include Malinda Clatterbuck (Martic SOUL), Former State House Representative and lawyer Tom Houghton, Dr. Jay Parrish, former State Geologist of Pennsylvania, Ann Pinca (Lebanon Against Pipeline).

March 27 & April 24 Faculty Writers: In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Writers House, the Faculty Center and the Writers House are co-hosting Faculty Writers, a series of catered lunch-time events that feature faculty speaking about their writing. The series seeks to acknowledge that no matter what their field, every professor at the College has a writing life, making personal and disciplinary choices about the subject they pursue, the audience they address (or not), whether or not to collaborate, and where they hope their work will appear. This series celebrates writers and affords faculty the opportunity to speak about their writing and their writing process.

Lisa Gasbarrone (French)

Friday March 27, noon-1:00

Rob Jinks (Biology)

Friday April 24, noon-1:00

Feature Blog: Reology Studio |Hidden Treasure

Posted on Feb 25, 2015

Hidden Treasure

Tea-Box-BeforeThere was no money or jewels found with this hidden treasure, just the treasure of a sweet, little hidden box.

 

 

 

DIY-Project-Box-InsideI recently purchased a new brand of tea and when I went to throw the box away, I discovered a very beautiful pattern hidden inside.

 

 

 

Tea-Box-ProjectWell, I just couldn’t throw this surprising find away, so I decided to turn it inside out and create this adorable gift box. I simply broke loose the side of the box and refolded in the opposite direction.  Doesn’t get much easier than that! 

 

But, me being me, I had to add the little extra touch of some wax.  I used Fiddes wax which is what we use with our chalk and milk paints to give them their finishing touch.  When wax is used on paper, it just gives it a beautiful, soft finish with a bit of shine.

Tea-Project-Art-BoxAdd a simple bow and it’s ready for gift giving!

 

 

 

 

For me, this was a simple reminder to keep my eyes open for those unexpected treasures in life.  Even if it is something that simply brings a smile to your face :)

So go enjoy a cup of hot tea!
Cheryl

Something Special is Happening

Posted on Feb 17, 2015

Undeniably – ‘news’ travels fast. And in a growing city, such as Lancaster, it truly shapes us.   Over the past few years we’ve seen our city top lists such as …

  • “Top 10 U.S. Cities for Well Being”
  • “10 Most Exciting Cities in America”

Unless you’ve lived under a rock – you’ve noticed the past year has been riddled with unfortunate events. Sadly, the day-to-day news tends to focus on our shortcomings rather than find the time to admire those of us which push for a better tomorrow.10154331_646927975362464_6033652799924205268_n

Just last month, we here at The Avenue took time to film a short video featuring an incredible offer one local business has provided.  Salon 717, located on Harrisburg Pike in downtown Lancaster, is leading by example. Owner Kellie Hossler, along with fellow stylist Chrissie and staff, have reached out to their community and asked that children with special needs to join them for a free haircut. Take a look at our video below for more on the heartwarming welcome they’ve extended to the youth of Lancaster.
More recently, we reached out to Kellie, hoping to catch up and see how things have been going. We couldn’t be happier with what she had to say!

  • How has the turnout been?

“The turnout has been great! Quite a few clients per week. Especially now that we’ve had help from The Avenue and CBS to spread the word.”

DSC_1023“I got a phone call from a woman who runs the Central PA Easter Seals. She had seen the news segment on CBS 21 Harrisburg and reached out to me the next day. I told her we would love to help in any way we could, beyond just this particular promo. We decided to begin by having myself and another few stylists available to do hair for an upcoming “NY NY” themed Winter Ball on March 14th. We will also continuously be available for people who may need a fresh look if they are entering the work force or have a special event to go to.”

  • What has it meant to youand your staff to see the outreach of the community?

“The opportunity to serve my community has flipped a switch in my heart. I have been overjoyed to meet so many amazing kids and families and connect with them on a level that doesn’t happen for us everyday.  We share happy, encouraging stories and commiserate with the tough stuff. Having an individual with special needs in your family is simply not something everyone can relate to. But the ones who can, the ones who live it, too… You feel a connection as soon as you meet them. It’s beautiful. It’s been about so much more than just the haircut.

  • Have there been any moments you’d like to share? 

“Our very first customer for this promo was a gorgeous little girl with Down’s syndrome. She was about 3 years old. A true ‘Fashionista’ with pink shoes, skinny jeans and matching pink jacket layered over a pink floral shirt. Beautiful brown curls and such a sweet face. We were smitten! We also had an accidental fire alarm pulling incident which made for an eventful visit! We were promptly visited by a real live Fire Truck and Fire Fighters ready for action! All in all, its just been so rewarding. We’ve laughed, cried, given so many hugs and made tons of new friends.”

  • What would you like others to take away from this?

“I think I just want people to remember that every person they encounter, every day, has a story. Everyone is going through something and you have no idea what it is.. I want people to take care of each other. To go out of their way for each other. I want people to offer a warm smile and a helping hand to someone who looks like they’re struggling. Nothing warms my heart more than seeing people taking care of other people who aren’t their friends or family. Strangers blessing each other with love and kindness, looking out for each other. It’s my favorite thing in the world.”

 

After taking the time to review our talks with Kellie – we couldn’t help but find myself recalling an incredibly moving quote we once heard…

“The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win the battles we know nothing about. “

We appreciate Kellie for sharing her experiences and time with us. If you or anyone you know has ‘special needs’, be sure to contact the incredible staff over at Salon 717 and see the impact for yourself.

If we believe in one another and continue to lend a helping hand the right message will get across. We truly appreciate that CBS took the time to spread Kellie’s message and it’s made an incredible difference. It’s impressive the impact a little bit of sharing truly has.

Filling’s Clothing – SPRING Warm-UP!

Posted on Feb 9, 2015

SPRING WARM-UP

With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to go through your wardrobe and decide which pieces should remain, and which are best stored away for a rainy day. First, you need to know what it is you’re looking for!

Ladies first! Here’s what we at Filling’s Clothing believe you should have on your radar:

  • This coming season, pants will go two directions – the skinny is still in vogue, but we’re seeing a big resurgence of patterned pants, many with a wide leg. Zigzags, Aztec prints and mottled stripes will be everywhere.

Sound Familiar? “The runways of spring and pre-fall 2015 may have been filtered through a hazy seventies lens: Think disco-ready shaggy, yeti jackets, paisleys and suede, or pointed fur-lined collars” – Liana Satenstein, of VOGUE

  • Tops are becoming a bit slimmer, but tunics still hold merit. Date night tops will be popular, highlighted with chiffon, going back to your favorite skinny jean or tight black pant. The colors are soft pastels or bold reds and royals.
  • Sweaters will be sheer or lightweight mesh, which requires a cami or tank top to complete the look. Fringed hems are also appearing on everything!  All lengths will be shown- just remember to pair a long top or sweater with a skinnier bottom and vice versa.
  • Accessories being seen have a nautical flair, laser cuts or are monogrammed to make it personal. Scarves are still strong and the lightweight fabrics add color and texture instead of bulk.

Men aren’t typically excited for drastic changes. Having an appreciation for the “Tried and True” approach, we expect several subtle twists on past trends, continuing to grow more and more defined:

  • Fit continues to be the focus in men’s.  Trimmer and shorter silhouettes continue to be important.  This is the case in all classifications including shirts, knitwear, jackets and suits
  • Color will be very important for the new season, especially all shades of blue.  Brighter blues became important last year and remains that way.  Also, all shades of green have found added value.

Bold Alert! GQ recently spoke to trends moving Monotone. This year, runways were taken over by “many monotone men”. A trend that seems simple enough isn’t nearly as easy as it appears. You run the risk of appearing like The Hulk or a giant pumpkin. Nonetheless, men seem to be appreciating colors more and more.

  • White bottoms are moving front and center.  This trend has been big in Europe for several seasons now, but will find a larger roll in the US.  Watch any type of golf on television and it is obvious the emphasis on white.
  • The growth of custom clothing, of all types, continues.  There are several issues at play:  The fit is better, the cost is lower (almost the same as off the rack), turnaround is faster, and choices far exceed in stock options.

Now that you know some “ins and outs”, the fun begins – hunting for those must have up and coming styles that spring has to offer. Feeling your best is strongly influenced by looking your best. Consider yourself more of a visual learner? Stop by Filling’s Clothing and let us take the time to show you the great trends this spring has to offer!

Indoor City Blog: Flooring for Dummies

Posted on Jan 21, 2015

Jan 19th-11You’ve decided to take the plunge and redo the flooring in your home. That used to be a fairly simple decision. You could get carpeting or linoleum; or tear up the flooring and use the existing hardwood. Now, like so many other thing in our lives, there’s a TON of choices. This applies to flooring too. Today we’re going to go over some of the basics—you have to start somewhere! Here at Indoor City, we carry all the latest types of flooring, from the hottest trends to most traditional and everything in between. Our designers can work with you to select exactly what you want and we’ll install the right way for you too! On to the basics!

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

LVT, or Luxury Vinyl Tile, is the fastest growing floor covering on the market today. Made to mimic the look of natural stone or wood, LVT is a far cry from laminate or sheet vinyl. Made from either 100% vinyl or a vinyl/limestone mixture, this flooring offers durability as well as style. Grout it, don’t grout it, plank it or put it into a pattern – LVT offers a wide range of design possibilities for your home.

Hardwood

You could choose hardwood flooring (new, not your old or existing). This option has an array of directions, colors and types! Anything from solid or engineered, species of wood and color, narrow or wide board, dark or light colored, domestic hickory, imported Brazilian cherry…whew! There’s a seemingly endless amount of options that we won’t explore too much today; for now you should just know whatever you like is probably available to you.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is becoming popular because of it’s functionality in addition to its look. You get the beautiful appearance of hardwood and ease of cleaning. There are many styles to choose from; not as many as hardwood so if you have trouble making decisions you may want to explore laminate flooring.

Bamboo & Cork

Another fast growing trend in flooring is using bamboo or cork. These types of flooring are great for you if you’re environmentally conscious. Bamboo and cork are both self-sustaining resources that grow quickly and are very renewable. There are a range of color options, some that can be a bit more colorful than hardwood or laminate if you’re feeling adventurous!

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Next we have tile flooring, which is similar to hardwood in that you have a myriad of choices to pick from. Porcelain, ceramic, stone and glass are a few of the options and are available in a wide array of styles and colors.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is definitely not a new concept. This type has been around for years! But like so many other things, as technology advances, so does the durability and look of vinyl. Vinyl flooring is particularly popular for laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

Carpet

Ah, good old carpet—only “old” isn’t really a fair term! Carpeting has come a long way since Grandma’s avocado. Breathtaking patterns and durable fabrics have made carpeting popular once again in the age of hardwood. There are tons and tons fabrics, colors and patterns to choose from that fit any style or décor, so don’t forget to think about carpet as a great flooring choice!

Area Rugs

Finally, we come to area rugs. This is the one flooring choice you can combine with other flooring options like hardwood, laminate or vinyl. If you like those types but you want to add a splash of color or personality to a room, an area rug might be for you! Like carpeting, there are many available patterns, colors and fabrics to look at.

Well, we think we’ve given you enough to ponder today; in our next blog we’ll talk about the pros and cons of these flooring types, which types are hot right now and how they can add value to your home! In the meantime, if you need some direction or ideas, make sure you stop in and see us and we’ll get you on your way!

Feature Blog: REology Studio — Weathered Wood

Posted on Dec 23, 2014

DIY-REology-Aged-Wood-LookA popular Studio Social here at REology is the Live Out Loud workshop.  Word and quote signs are very popular, and it’s fun creating a personalized board. Quotes look great on a fully painted board or, for a rustic look, on a nice weathered board.  While we have a good source for salvaged, newer looking wood (great for painting with either our chalk or milk paint), we’ve found that it’s a bit tougher finding nice weathered wood; however, we have found an amazing way to get new wood to look old and weathered! I thought I would share some of these tips with you:

If you can’t find any salvaged wood and just want to purchase some new wood, try to find the pieces no one else wants to buy – the ones that already have some nicks, gouges and even a bit of grime on them.  Once home you can beat them up a bit more with heavy chains, screwdrivers, hammers-using both ends, nails and power sanders to take away the sharp edges.  What you use and just how much distressing you do, all depends on the look you are going for.

You can use store bought stain and paints of different colors to achieve weathered looks, but the technique I am going to share with you is called oxidation.

 

DIY-Stain-Studio-REologyTo get started you first want to fill a medium size glass/mason jar with white vinegar and add a section of fine (0000) grade steel wool.  You can find this in the paint department at your local hardware store.

With the lid on, let the steel wool sit in the vinegar for at least two days, but a week is even better!

 

The next step is to brew up some tea or even coffee. Once that is complete, it’s now time to have some fun and get a bit creative.   You can play around with the tea and/or coffee until you get the shade of stain you are looking for.  To do this, you will simply boil 1/2 a cup of water and add either 2 tea bags or 1 tsp of instant coffee.  Increase or decrease quantities of water and or tea bags/coffee depending how much wood you plan to stain and how dark you want to make your board(s). After you paint the board with the coffee or tea, you will then want to paint it with the oxidized solution. That’s where the magic really happens!  You can even simply paint the board with the oxidized solution for a more natural look if you want.

 

DIY-Stained-Board-WorkshopThis picture shows some examples of boards stained with coffee, tea, and oxidized.  You will get different looks depending on the grain and roughness of the wood.  The boards will typically turn more and more grey as they start to dry.  Be sure to wear some protective gloves when using the oxidized solution as it will stain your fingers.

 

 

DIY-REology-Aged-Wood-LookHere are a few finished boards that were stained and oxidized and the words were painted with Homestead House Milk Paint for a wonderful, all natural finish.

A fun technique anyone can do to create the look of an old weathered board!

 

 

This blog originally appeared December 23rd, 2014 on the REology Studio website: http://www.reologystudio.com/2014/12/23/weathered-wood/

Feature Blog: Filling’s Clothing “Lovelines”

Posted on Dec 23, 2014

JackVictorFallSuit-232x300The word “customer” isn’t a term we use often at Filling’s; we prefer to call you “guests.” We want you to feel like you’re visiting us in our home, which, in a way you are! However, the word “customer” holds value at a very basic level. We rarely stop and think of it, but “customer” has a specific meaning (other than Webster’s). Quite literally, the “custom” part invokes the idea of each person representing themselves. In other words, everyone is a unique individual with unique interests, styles, wants and needs. That’s everything that drives us to have you experience the difference at Fillings. Your experiences are also unique to you and only you, and that’s why we’ll make your experience at Filling’s unlike anyone else who has ever come to visit.

Now that we talked a little bit about the meaning of why we’re often called “customers”, let’s talk about this edition of “Lovelines” featured brand: Jack Victor, which is known for their custom tailored menswear. A successful and world-renowned clothing company, Jack Victor is still family-owned after 100 years and run by the 3rd generation of Victors, whose mission is to uphold the virtues of the company’s founder and namesake. Those virtues were: “to excel at product quality and customer service, to provide fashion and superior value, and to maintain the highest standards of integrity.”

Jack Victor custom tailored clothing is among the finest available, combining modern production methods with traditional.  It’s a perfect fit for the unique individual. “Luxurious fabrics and sophisticated tailoring” personify their collections. The company succeeds at maintaining heritage and tradition while staying in step with modern trends and fabrics. We identify well with these ideals, and that’s why we proudly carry Jack Victor as one of our trusted brands.

This weekend treat yourself to a custom fit, with 20% off all custom menswear from Jack Victor including suits, sports coats, and trousers.

This blog originally appeared December 11, 2014 on the Filling’s Clothing website:
http://fillingsclothing.com/lovelines-jack-victor/

Feature Blog: Indoor City

Posted on Dec 16, 2014

dec2010tables-300x189Let’s face it; as holiday season ramps up to full speed, you’d love to have a new kitchen or new floors throughout the house to show off in time for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Realistically speaking, however, unless you’ve already got the installation started or scheduled it’s probably going to be tough. If that’s the case, there’s a good chance you can have you improvements finished by the time the holidays get here. If not, between planning to host family and friends, shopping and the daily grind there isn’t much time to consult, plan and have work done. Designing, ordering, scheduling and actually doing an installation takes careful planning and time. But don’t give up! Here’s a few ideas that can get a remodel started, or at least change the look of your home in time for the season!

  1. Stop in between shopping trips! Take a few minutes to look around the showroom or speak to one of our designers; just getting some inspiration or thoughts doesn’t take that long and can at least get the planning stage started.
  2. Keep it simple! We have a great selection of area rugs; sometimes something as simple as a new rug and a couple other small changes (drapes, throw pillows) can transform a room!
  3. Clean, clean, clean! You’d be surprised how much better your floors, carpeting or counter tops can look with a thorough cleaning. We have a huge array of products to clean carpeting, hardwood and tile to make them look like new!

There you have it; yes, it may be possible to sit down with us, plan a room and it could be done by Thanksgiving or Christmas – after all we like to think we’re good at what we do! But if time constraints make Spring a more realistic target to start designing a remodel with us, try the tips we mentioned and you can still dazzle your guests for the holidays!

This blog originally appeared on Indoor City’s website: http://www.indoorcity.com/home-improvement-holidays/

REology Studio Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary!

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Today We are Grateful… REflections from our 1st Year

It’s been a year.  Wow!

Opening-Night-ReologyOn Friday, September 6, 2013, REology opened its doors, and you so graciously came in. We were blown away by all the love and affirmation we experienced. Leading up to that very first FirstFriday was a summer full of craziness – defining visions, tearing down and building up.  We were all over the place; ideas and materials were flying and landing everywhere.  Erica had a brave dream and a neat concept but the horizon was a bit hazy. Cheryl gently nudged and eventually the fog lifted. There were moments during that summer when I wondered if we were up to the challenge. Hallelujah, here we are one year later, and what a fun and full year it’s been!

Music-Dock-150x150As I reflect on all that has transpired in this, our inaugural year, I am immediately reminded of all the love and support lived out by our family and friends. You visited our idea shop, booked Studio Socials and birthday parties, thrown darts with us on the dock, entertained us with music, and passed on no longer needed treasures – You CHEERED us on.

And then there are all the new and sweet friends we’ve made. Designer-Mixer-Event-150x150There is the joy in helping a mom to create the perfect nursery to welcome her baby boy. There is the inspiration of the local shop owner who is embracing the empty nest by expanding her business and inviting new possibilities into her life. There is our appreciation for our good friends at Commonwealth On Queen, our joint ventures, and all the ways they encouraged us. There is the continued energy we have from the Mixology @ REology event, a mini trade show, hosted right on our very own dock. There are all the beaming brides we’ve encountered at the creative and fun bachelorette parties. Each of you have contributed to the success of REology, and we are forever grateful.

So to all of our friends, both the silver and the gold, we say THANK YOU for being a part of the journey where creative souls gather to inspire, create, and have fun.

~ Tammy

This post originally appeared on the REology Studio website.