Archive for March, 2010

March Madness! Matryoshka style!

I can’t believe tomorrow is April 1st! Time flies when you are at a fun shop all day. One more last bit of March Madness JUST IN though Folks, check out these fabulously fun and clever ROBOT Matryoshkas. Nest them all inside one another, or display all six out for everyone to see- either way, these are NOT your Grandmother’s Matryoshkas! $14.95 for the set.  Fun for ALL ages.

Couldn’t be any cuter- part deaux

Continuing on the subject of my previous post– check out how adorable this Egg Chalk is? Soo cute! Big/egg sized pieces of Chalk, in all sorts of pretty pastel Springy colors, are packaged in an egg carton all set to be carried wherever you want to go (for use inside and outside). Fun Easter Basket treat, or for anytime of the year. $16.50.

Cutest Little Socks!

Aren’t these the cutest little baby socks?! We just got them in on Friday and are almost out already cuz they are soo precious. Made from Organic Cotton, they are designed to stay on baby’s feet- and fit 0-12 months. $25 for a set of 6 socks per box.  Miss Mary’s Pastel 6 pack and Sam’s Sneak’s 6 Pack.

I Spy…

Need to Spy on someone? Just want to be a prankster and see what shenanigans you can get yourself into? Then Check out our Spy Glasses (fun party favor too! for $4) and our Secret Message Writing Set– $6.95. With the glasses you can see behind you out of the corners of your eye- plus you know what…they look cool too. You know somethings fun when kids save up their allowance for them. The Secret Message Writing Set comes with 2 invisible Ink pens. The caps contain powerful ‘blacklight’ beams which reveal secret messages. The beam consists of ultra-violet energy close to the visible spectrum of light which causes particles within the ink to ‘fluoresce,’ illuminating the message. Sounds cool, right? Fun for all ages.

Teux Deux, Ta Da!

Tina, the fabulous Swiss Miss came by yesterday with her new baby boy Tilo (soo cute!). We chatted for a minute about life and cool products and then she told me about her new To Do app that she created in collaboration with her Studio- mate called Teux Deux.  I checked out the video and gave it a whirl- very simple and easy to use. My favorite part is that you can cross out what you have done for the day. I hate just deleting things, I like to see everything I accomplished! You can move items forward to a different day with ease, and without feeling guilty that you couldn’t get it all done. And then there’s the Someday section on the bottom. Oh Someday I would like to “Build a Robot,” “Challenge Nelson Mandella to Ping Pong,” and “Properly thank the Swiss Miss for all her inspiration”… that type of thing. So, if you are like me and always trying to make the most of every minute while also trying to enjoy your downtime- then give this new App a roll. Make it your homepage so everytime you open a new browser you are reminded what needs to be done. IPhone App coming soon, but for now this is free & fabulous. Happy Organizing everyone!

My Lego Obsession continues- Lego Sets done right

We visited Rob’s nephews recently and I was so intrigued by their Lego sets (mostly from the Star Wars collection) – they were so much more elaborate and complex than I remember. Soon after I discovered these cool Lego sets of the Guggenheim (this was a major item on my Christmas list I tracked down & had to get for the shop!) and the Empire State Building– very cool, right?

You might recall the recent release of the I Lego NY book we got in the week before last- LOVE that too-

Next up on my Lego Obsession though, is to go to Lego Land. I have always wanted to go- and can’t wait to hear how it was from some neighbors/friends/customers who went this week as one part of their Spring Break in Cali. Looks like they even have a Water Park- crazy.

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What makes these so fascinating? All the little pieces? Building them yourself? The complexity juxtaposed with the simplicity? Maybe its time to just enjoy them, feel like a kid again (maybe that’s it!) and stop thinking about it so much. ENJOY! Guggenheim set- $40, Empire State Building– $22, I Lego New York book- $15.95.  Trip to Lego Land- priceless.

In the ‘hood? Join us this Saturday 3/27 3-5pm for Alison Lowenstein’s new book- City Kid New York

We are SUPER excited to be hosting local author Alison Lowenstein this Saturday for a party at the shop for the release of her new book, out this week- City Kid New York- The Ultimate Guide for NYC Parents with Kids ages 4-12. The lovely Alison will be on hand to answer all your questions about the best things to do with your kids in NYC, plus we will have milk & yummy cookies from, and some other treats for the kiddies (coloring sheets of NYC landmarks…). So come out to the shop on Saturday and say Hi. If you are not in the ‘hood, but know this would make a great gift for someone you know (and their family)- you can also buy it online here– $18.95 (we can also have Alison sign it for you!).

Trend Alert: Modern General Stores?!?!

I have a love/hate relationship with trends. On one hand I despise anything trendy, yet on the other hand I am always fascinated by them. Back in my Fashion days we would attend Trend Meetings where different services would present what the new colors and messages would be for the up-coming seasons (always thought these people had the best jobs, traveling around the world pulling together themes and presentations). They were fascinating to see- both the predictions and in many cases the self-fulfilling prophecy when many would come true (hey, if you tell enough people “fill in the color here” is going to be big next year, it probably will). Of course there are many more interesting trends out there than who wears what, so I was not terribly surprised to see the article “FOR THE GENERAL GOOD  Modern takes on old school general stores are dotting the retail landscape” in Trend Central. What is Trend Central you ask? I was not familiar with it myself until I saw our shop was mentioned in the article, but knew from the name it was worth a read. Here is a little bit about them, courtesy of their website, “Launched in 2002, trendcentral® is a free daily email newsletter and web site featuring relevant trends and cool social happenings of the day. Powered by the research, insights and global trendsetter network of The Intelligence Group, trendcentral® focuses on what’s new and what’s next in the realms of lifestyle, fashion, entertainment and technology. Over the years, trendcentral has forecast the arrival of cultural phenomena well before they entered the mainstream, ranging from branded designer jeans and vampire films to videoblogging and Twitter.”

The article about Modern General Stores is interesting if you’re into that kind of thing, which of course I am. We got a nod in reference to Brooklyn being a “hotbed of modern general store activity” saying “Annie’s Blue Ribbon has garnered attention for its “fun and functional” supplies.”  They talk about a few other shops, some I have heard of, some are new on my radar. Iit looks like we are all united (more of less) in the same idea: providing customers with an edited assortment of cool wares, with an urban twist while also harkening back to the time when life was a little easier and simpler. In my opinion, as a retailer the Modern/ Urban General Store is also a much needed alternative to the “Big Box” store- with it’s overwhelming supply of “everything-you-never-you-needed.” They are also pretty much all Independent retailers whose Brick and Mortar’s are helping to rebuild this nation’s tattered economy (Per The 3-50 Project for every $100 spent in an Independent shop, $68 stays in the community, vs. $43). Like us, all of them put a lot thought into each purchase instead of buying into formulas for store shelving specs.  At Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store we try to do our part by pulling together the Best that Life has to offer all under one roof while at the same time also trying to be fun & thoughtful and reasonably priced. Usually I run away from trends, but this one I embrace!

Meteor Rocket- ooohhh yeahhhh!

I have been waiting for it to get nicer out to talk about one of my favorite “new” toys- the Meteor Rocket. Now that it’s officially Spring and we can all go outside and actually launch these cool rockets. Powered by Baking Soda and Vinegar, the meteor rocket can fly up to 100′ and can launch many times. I say “new” because this Rocket has been around long enough to garner praise from “100 Best Children’s Vacation Products Dr. Toy Awards” and Discover Magazine said “We…fell in love with…the meteor.” Its also recommended by Parents Choice and Family Life Magazine. All these accolades spell F-U-N! Meteor Rocket– $22.50.

It’s time to make the switch– to Ice Coffee, that is!

I saw a friend’s Facebook* status yesterday say- “officially making the switch to iced,” and with the 74 degree (!!!) weather here in NYC today I totally get it. We also had someone come in and ask for this  exact product yesterday– these Cool Bean Coffee Ice Cube Trays, so I was happy when they arrived just in time for the nice weather!! No more watered down Java. C’mon we all NEED the caffeine fix, so these ice cube trays will save the day, and your coffee. Need to get some of these for my man, Rob too! $8.50.

*Speaking of Facebook– do you know Annie’s Blue Ribbon General has a Facebook page?? C’mon, become a fan! You can also see our posts over there, as they feed into the page (not as quickly as they show up here unfortunately), plus you’ll learn other tidbits about the shop, and maybe see a few mutual friends over there too!

March 2010