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We've been open a few months now, and the store has evolved greatly from what we started out to be. We have a major announcement upcoming, too! Here's an updated list of what we're looking for/interested in: Bath & Body (1 or 2 openings) - Body butter, soaps, soaks, lip balm, etc. Winter pampering and possibly gift sets? Don't forget about manly soaps & bath & body items. Perfumes Candles (1 or 2 openings) Fashion Accessories - Headbands, hair accessories, ear warmers, scarves. items that can be used for photo props, as we are located in an area that is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Real, live friends! None of this weird talking mannequin stuff... Chelsea is wearing the cutest dress ever! No, really, that's what it's called. Created from upcycled materials and vintage kimono silk, it's fab for going out during the day or at night. Cutest Dress Ever: $59, from Cajun Moon Fish Wristlet: $28, sold, from Pete & Paul. Octopus Necklace: $26, from Crave. Total cost: $113. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Loooong time, no post. Rather than double post, I'm gonna link to the Beckandcallgirl blog. You'll see that I'm lackadaisical in blogging, there, too. JoeJoe the Schnauzer pup is available for adoption, too. See details on the other blog. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Yeah, bad puns are intentional here. I have professed my love of t-shirts before, and this is a great dressed up one! This may be my new favorite date outfit! You might even see me rockin' this look around town. Today, (actually last week) Betty is/was wearing: Scissor T-Shirt from Circular Accessories - $30. A great design on a super soft, slightly distressed shirt. cute, and would look great with cut-offs, capri pants or a denim skirt, too. Skirt Detail Ribbon Skirt from Rollick - $55. A great slim fit cotton/lycra skirt with slightly distressed ruffle detailing. The ruffles are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
It's time for the second installment of Betty's Fashion Corner. Someone asked me why we called it that, and here's the true, honest answer - she's located in the corner by our door & our front windows. Today, Betty is wearing: White silk/cotton halter dress from ChykShop - $39. Yeah, $39 for an exquisitely sewn dress from an independent designer. Flower Brooch from Realisation Creations - $33. Created with with luxe fabrics in similar shades and a vintage glass button for an upscale feel. White Liar extra long necklace from Sparkle Candy - $35. Made with vintage Japanese glass pearls,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
It's a new month, and you know what that means - it's First Friday again! This month is a two-fer. First, we're hosting the CandyBox from SparkleCandy! It's their new trunk show and we have a ton of great pieces of jewelry that are funky and elegant, with a wide appeal. Eclectic sophistication is the style. Unique jewelry items made from vintage and modern components in a wide array of colors and styles. Each piece is handmade in very limited editions. The pieces appeal to tweens to boomers and beyond! Second, it's also the pet stroll! There's a ton of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Well, it really isn't tie-dye at all! It is, however, all hand-dyed in a myriad of techniques. Dye Diana Dye Dye Diana Dye specializes in Shibori, Shibori is the ancient Japanese technique of creating resists for dye. I use hand-stitched resists, such as ori-nui (running stitch over folded cloth, for spirals, stems, and other lines and curves), hira-nui (running stitch on a single layer of cloth, for lines), maki-nui (chevron lines), awase-nui (intersecting arcs, for leaves), ne-maki (little circles), maki-age (bound fabric within a shape for flowers), and mokume-nui (parallel rows of running stitch, for wood grain like striations). Diana... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
This is something that we bandied about for awhile. We do a new window every week - sometimes more often. Should we do a 'Look of the Week' kind-of thing or not? I voted yes, so here it is. You've all seen her, whether she's (ahem) modeling on the interwebs or if you've come down the street. Now it's time to meet her. Betty is her name, and she'll be showing her latest ensemble here. Today, she's wearing: Frisky Kitten skirt - $33, from Priscilla Dawn. I know, right? It looks super-cute as a top, too. Cotton Jersey Shrug -... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
One of the staples of anyone's wardrobe are T-shirts. However, there's no need to have a cookie-cutter shirt that you see on everyone! As an added bonus, with a slightly different cut, you can kick your style up a notch without sacrificing comfort. Circular Accessories Allison from Circular Accessories hand-prints everything on a tabletop press! I love the feminine styles and designs without them being over-the-top frilly! We also have dresses and jersey scarves from Circular Accessories. Kira Yustak Kira Yustak is a NYC artist with a style best descibed as a sort of comic realism that she has developed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
What a combo! Ashley from Plucking Pendants creates really great jewelry items from recycled guitar strings. Totally original and available in gold, silver, and copper! Nashville Fret makes amazing belt buckles and pendants that look just like a fretboard from a guitar! Their items are made from exotic hardwoods, real guitar fretwire, and mother of pearl inlay. How great would one of these be for a Graduation or Father's Day gift? Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Branch and Birdie is Anna Fickle, a stay at home mom by day, a creator and entrepreneur by night. Anna grew up in a one stoplight town riding horses and making paper dolls. At eighteen, Anna flew the nest and settled in NYC where she worked a bit in fashion and met her Filmmaker husband Daniel Fickle (owner of Two Penguins Productions). Two kiddos later they decided to try out Portland, OR and thus Branch and Birdie was born. Branch and Birdie is a budding labour of love that inspires to create one of a kind handmade pieces for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
The Tiny Bird makes really cute bags in totally modern fabrics. They're not only stylish, they're really well made with usable features, such as interior pockets, straps that hit perfectly, and shapes that are flattering. We're carrying two styles - South, which is more of a bucket style and East, which is almost a hobo/baguette cross. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Amazing hand silkscreened ties are some of the newest items to arrive. Mainstream enough to wear to work or anywhere else you need to wear a tie, yet totally unique to express yourself. Bethany, the artist behind these unique ties, has the following to say about their items: Each tie is hand-screen printed one at a time with ink and a squeegee, no press or other equipment. Although far more time-consuming and far less cost-effective, I only use nontoxic, water-based ink rather than Plastisols and am a 100% solvent-free shop. Above all, I am committed to responsible design practices -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
The Permanent Collection creates letterpress cards, invitations, and art pieces with a modern flair. Designs include retro vehicles, states, and modern interpretations of classic themes. I have to admit, I love the luxurious look and feel of letterpress, especially the way the paper debosses and the ink becomes almost inlaid. We have a wide selection of cards and Broadsides, which are larger sized art pieces. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
XO Handworks makes new things from old: old maps, dictionaries, outdated encyclopedias, even junk mail. Vintage materials add a uniqueness not found in mass produced items. All of the papers used are original ephemera -- NOT photocopies, scans, or computer-generated imagery. After all, finding and owning a unique image is what makes each piece so fun! They've made a bunch of Midwest-centric items for us - pendants, keyrings, magnets, and buttons. Plus we have an entire line (A-Z!) of their fab scrabble tile initial pendants! The store is located at the first M in Commercial! Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Wanna know a secret? This amazing line was actually the first delivery we received. QCE has dresses, skirts, tops, separates, and more that are perfect for spring and summer. What Amanda & Co. say -- ChykShop is all about treating a chyk with the individual attention she deserves. Everything is created as one-of-a-kind or few-of-a-kind every time, so each product is unique and individual, just like people are. Just like you are! All designs are original and are made to flatter. Our couture workmanship means that you will have an expertly crafted garment made of unique, quality fabrics that you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Fabulous garden markers from Monkeys Always Look are here! Made from altered vintage silverware, each one is as unique as your garden. These great hairclips from Neskat are all hand embroidered. Slightly kitschy and great for all ages! Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Bayatinge is a line of fun, funky, and whimsical glass items from Stephanie Besco. Included is jewelry, homewares, magnets, coasters, and glass art. Here's what Stephanie says - I love glass! I have been making jewelry and working with glass since 1994. I am inspired by English cottage gardens, swimming in the ocean, and antique treasures. My aim is to walk lightly on the Earth, honor the memories of those whom I have loved by staying creative, and have fun creating fabulous, eco friendly, and one of a kind pieces of art! When I’m not in my studio, I compete... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Indie knitwear designers, Diane and Christopher Serviss, are the creative duo behind Pixiebell Elfinwear. Their organic approach to design, rich colour palette and chunky yarn selection is a sure sign that this isn’t your Grandma’s knitting. Their warm and toasty knitwear is classic in design, yet playful in its appeal to our younger selves. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Retro Ink makes t-shirts that have great vintage iconography. Hand-printed with water-based inks, so they're eco-friendly as well. When paired with the vivid colors of the shirts, the images really pop! Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
So many great goodies have arrived! I'm trying to feature one line per day, but sometimes I don't have the time to get a post done. OK, sometimes I forget, too. JDStar Remember those friendship bracelets that were so popular when you were a kid? They're back with a grown-up twist. JD Star weaves these bracelets on a loom, rather than making them via macrame. Plus, they have a snap for easy on & off. Loubird Handmade Fun flowers, sparkly jewels, and elegant filigrees work together to create vintage inspired jewelry for both the hair and the body. Rings, earrings,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Today is a two-fer, since I didn't have a chance to get an update done on Monday. First up is Capricorn Soap Co - a small, family owned soap company based in W. Virginia. Featuring sophisticated blends made with only the best skin-loving ingredients that are sourced locally whenever possible. We have a vast array of soaps, lotions, sugar scrubs, lip balms, room sprays, and more, including a complete line for the fellas. Next is ByCinByHand. Slightly trendy, slightly kitschy, totally wearable fun sweaters for all! The open stitch of these make them great for year-round wear and the drapey... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Bobbi from KittyGrrlz has spun up some super-fabulous yarn for QCE! We have amazing FunctionART art yarns, bamboo yarns, and the creme de la creme of wool -- merino yarns. These luxury yarns aren't like anything you've seen before. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
Elephantine is the craft and creation of Rachel Chew Blakley. Each piece is designed to be wearable, pretty, and personal. Rachel lives in Seattle, comes from a family of graphic designers and artists, and finds inspiration in the everyday. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2010 at Queen City Emporium
How about my favorite saying - greedy whore
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