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Oysters: The story of how one mollusk shucked it’s way to the top

Oyster – The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve molluscs that live in marine or brackish habitats. The valves are highly calcified.  Some kinds of oysters are commonly consumed, cooked or raw, by humans as a delicacy. Other kinds, such as pearl oysters, generally not eaten by humans, are harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle.

While oysters have always been a delicacy…. their increase in popularity over the past 5 years on both a local and national level has solidified their status as one of the best bivalves around.  This new found celebrity status can be attributed to many factors, not the least of which include the recent release of the wonderful book “Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm” and a renewed interest in eating sustainable & local cuisine.  That said, it should come as no surprise that these beautiful bivalves are now adorning everything from dish towels to plates, clothing, jewelry, accessories and more!

Stop by the shop this spring/summer for a closer look, or to purchase some of these wonderful goodies.  Where are your favorite oysters from? Duxbury, Cape Cod, The West Coast, Japan…. Comment on our post and let us know where you get your oysters and what differentiates your mollusks…are they salty, briny…do you like them raw, smoked, boiled, baked????? We love to hear from you!!!

Happy Oystering!

Coming Soon…Oyster dish towels, napkins, and placemats!

Oyster painting by Amy Fogg Art on Etsy

French Market Designs Tote

Shuck Kit available on Etsy

Moon Shoal Oysters from Cape Cod

Shuck Me Tee by Island Creek Oysters

Dress by Alexander McQueen – reminiscent of a lovely mollusk

 

cardTrend Spotting at the Atlanta Gift Show: Vintage Circus

Fresh off the Atlanta Gift Show, we saw tons of wonderful new products from some of our favorite designers as well as from some up and coming artists! Overall we were very pleased with all of the stories we created, each a conglomerate of unique items sure to delight.  However, I will say that after 20+ years attending the NY Gift Show, Atlanta was definitely an eye opening / exhausting experience!  A completely different set up with the majority of vendors showing in permanent showrooms, we found it challenging to keep up the same pace that we have grown accustomed to at the NY Show.  Regardless…we had a great time in Atlanta and look forward to sharing some of our favorite trends from the show as well as some of our favorite local shops and events.  Check back over the coming weeks for updates!

It seemed like everywhere we looked there were vintage inspired circus themed items…from cards to toys, gifts, paper goods, and even kid’s clothing.  Here are some of our favorite pieces…

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