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In an effort to support shopping local, Maine Cottage joined six other area businesses to create an evening event out of shopping, tasting and socializing. Invitations for the September 18th event encouraged customers to “grab their best girlfriends” and make a night out of it. The music was upbeat and the atmosphere was energetic.

Lauren Russell, Chief Creative Officer for Maine Cottage describes the event. “Annapolis is a wonderful place to stroll around and discover quaint shops and great dining. It is always fresh and exciting for the out-of-town guests, but we wanted to do something special just for the locals. We invited some of our favorite neighboring businesses to help us create a unique shopping event that combined a sampling of the best of Annapolis fashion, furnishings, cocktails, and food.”

Aside from the appealing offerings of the seven companies involved, there is another common thread. Each business featured was truly a grass roots company with interesting back stories about how they got started: in a garage, around a kitchen table, over drinks, or out of necessity. Every company story has an entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of it that was nurtured by the support of family and friends. The Event celebrates and emphasizes the importance of that local support.

Shown left to right: Lucy Mackinon, PR Director for Maine Cottage, Jennifer Donohoe, Co-Owner of Mills Fine Wine and Spirits, Wendy Pierce Rabin, Owner and Stylist at Wrabyn Boutique, Melissa Mayer, Marketing Coordinator at Hobo, Koren Ray, co-founder and chief designer of Hobo, Lauren Russell, Chief Creative Officer at Maine Cottage, Rebecca Myers, Owner and Designer at Rebecca Myers Collection, Donna, Sales Associate at Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom


Maine Cottage key chains were available for all at the event.


Style Within Reach Blogger, Caitlin Moran, talks about trends in handbags with Hobo co-founder, Koren Ray and Hobo Marketing Coordinator, Melissa Mayer


Wendy Rabin provided styling advice for versatile looks along with a “sneak peek” at upcoming trends including this wool overcoat.


Left to right: Maine Cottage Design Associates, Cydnee Alvarez, Destiny Boyd, Store Manager, Cathy Newman and Chief Operations Officer, Sarah Wright.


Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom hosted tastings of several flavors of their Premium Balsamic Vinegars.


The Shopping Event in Annapolis saw groups of women from Annapolis, Bethesda, DC and Virginia.


The mini desserts, including carrot cupcakes, fudge brownies and assorted cookies by Graul’s Catering were a treat.


The refreshing event cocktail was the King’s Ginger Autumn Cobbler: King’s Ginger liqueur, Creme de Mure (Blackberry) and pear nectar served over ice with lemon and blackberry garnish.



Mills Fine Wine & Spirits
co-owner, Jennifer Donahoe, and Sales Associate, Kara Zang, held the wine tasting and served the Autumn Cobbler Cocktails.


Koren Ray, co-founder and chief designer of Hobo and Lauren Russell, Chief Creative Officer at Maine Cottage.

Annapolis Shops and Guest Vendors participating in The Event included:



Hobo, The Original


Hobo was founded in 1991 in Annapolis by Toni Ray. Now 23 years later, the brand’s original design philosophy is carried on by Toni’s daughter, Koren Ray, the co-founder and chief designer of Hobo. Koren’s passion for creating stylish yet purposeful women’s leather accessories remains the driving force behind the Hobo brand today. “Quality and cool never go out of style!”



WRABYN


WRABYN is a women’s fine apparel & accessories boutique owned by Wendy Rabin in West Annapolis. At WRABYN, clients are invited to cultivate their style with a well-edited selection of emerging boutique designers. Collections are timeless and feminine with a focus on American-made. At the Event, Wendy provided styling advice for versatile looks along with a “sneak peek” at upcoming trends.



Rebecca Myers Jewelry Design


Rebecca Myers has been designing and fabricating jewelry for over 20 years using high karat gold, platinum, oxidized silver and natural stones. Her jewelry designs are inspired by nature’s curiosities. Customers will be able to meet Rebecca and shop her irresistible rings, bracelets and necklaces. They are all the perfect blend of extraordinary craftsmanship and wearable design for every day.



Mills Fine Wine & Spirits


Mills Fine Wine & Spirits has been creating fine taste in Annapolis since Prohibition. Owners Jerry and Jennifer Donahoe are both Naval Academy graduates and served in the Navy until the late 1990’s. At Mills, they are able to perfectly pair their love of wine and bourbon with their passion for business. Jennifer presented a sparkling wine tasting including prosecco and cava along with a signature drink for the event.



Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom


Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom began in 2009 with the goal of educating the public about the culinary and health benefits of fresh ultra premium extra virgin olive oil and balsamic condimento vinegars. Since then, four family owned and operated stores have opened. The Balshi’s passion for their products shines in all they do whether it be educational classes or chef driven cooking demonstrations. Seasons provided tastings of their most popular selections along with great cooking suggestions at The Event.







Graul’s Market & Catering


Graul’s Market first opened in 1920 and today the 4th generation of the Graul family has joined the family business. The family run grocery store is a cornerstone of the Annapolis community and the home of many Graul family recipes that locals have come to call their own! A total of six markets thrive throughout Baltimore and the Eastern Shore. Aside from the personal friendly service customers experience in the stores, Graul’s also offers catering. Graul’s served freshly made hors d’ouvres and light fare at The Event.

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St. Michaels Waterfront- 415 Water Street, St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
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Have you ever wanted to move into a coastal dream home filled with Maine Cottage furniture? Now’s your chance!

St. Michaels is a charming waterside town located in a long, narrow neck of land along the Miles River. It sits across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis. Shopping on Talbot street and dining at gourmet restaurants are favorite past times of the DC crowd that retreats to St, Michael’s to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The town operates at a slow pace. Bicycles and boats are the preferred methods of transportation. In 2007 the town was named #8 of the Top Ten Romantic Escapes in the USA by Coastal Living Magazine.

The picture perfect coastal escape could be yours because this spacious colonial retreat that is for sale! The coastal property is just a short walk from town and is situated on a large waterfront lot on St. Michael’s Harbor. This waterfront home is particularly unique not because of it’s cottage charm, but because it is brimming with Maine Cottage furniture and color. Maine Cottage, Interior Design Director, Sarah Wright, worked with the owners to create colorful and comfortable living spaces that rival any idea home and make this retreat move-in ready. So pack your bags!


Front of Home.


View from Deck.


View from Deck.


Master Bedroom.


Master Bath.


Kitchen.


Kitchen.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?:
The historic and colonial house located at 415 Water Street was recently renovated. 2780 sq. ft. of living space includes four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a main level home office and 2 family rooms. The large three season porch spanning the rear of the house and overlooking the St. Michaels Harbor just might be the pièce de résistance.

If you’re ready to move in, the listing price is $1.5 million and is presented by Martha Janney of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at Church Circle, Annapolis, 410-263-8686.

Maine Cottage is very proud and happy to have worked with the owners of this idyllic St. Michaels property.

Photos and Video by www.RealPatience.com

 

 

 

Trip and Laura Park joined us for a beautiful Thursday evening in Annapolis last week for the Gallery Opening of Trip’s Art. With front doors wide open, the bay breeze rolling through the store and acoustic music playing softly in the background by Miranda McDade the stage was set for a laid back evening with fellow creative spirits and friends. Rams Head provided their IPA and Bowl of Cherries Catering provided the artistically presented light fare. Here are some photos from the fun-filled evening:


A beautiful evening set the stage at the Maine Cottage anchor store for Uptown Annapolis, MD.


Trip and Laura Park stand in front of one of the gallery walls featuring Trip’s paintings.


16-year old Miranda McDade Lassiter entertained the crowd with her sultry voice and melodic guitar skills.


A creative trio: Darby Lassiter, Art Director at Today Media; Amber Shriver, Digital Director at Maine Cottage; Lauren Russell, Chief Creative Officer at Maine Cottage.


Architectural trifecta of Project Designers from Hammond Wilson Architects: Andrei Konsen, Marshall Harris and Andrew Fishback, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP.


A portion of the Maine Cottage team: Cathy Newman, Store Manager: Cydnee Alvarez, Design Associate; Sarah Wright, Chief Operations Officer; Lauren Russell, Chief Creative Officer; Stephanie Esposito, Customer Service Manager; Lucy Mackinnon, Brand Ambassador.


Rams Head IPA was enjoyed by all. Attending the event from Ram’s Head Group was Royal Bundy, Director of Marketing Rams Head Restaurants; Laura Price, Director of Marketing Rams Head On Stage; Erin McNaboe, Vice President Rams Head Group; Kris Stevens, Senior Booking Buyer Rams Head Promotions.


Lucy Mackinnon, Brand Ambassador at Maine Cottage with Barb Duvall owner at Bowl of Cherries Catering.


Bowl of Cherries Catering outdid themselves with these mini caprese sandwiches in pita bread.


Lemon meringue in mini ice cream cones were a hit.


Kristen Minogue, Science Writer/Media Relations Coordinator for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, spoke about the research that would be supported by a portion of the evenings proceeds.


Old friends Janet Bass Thomasson, owner at Smith and Thomasson Interiors and Laura Park catch up.


Trip shared the story about what was behind his starting to paint in earnest…good old fashioned competition with his wife!


Trip Park amused guests with stories about his advertising days in New York and Chicago.


Trip Park sold the piece and “Wild Buoys” to Ron and Vicki Duncan.


Sarah Wright, Chief Operations Officer and Lauren Russell, Chief Creative Officer in front of Trip’s painting “Buoys Will Be Buoys”.

 

There’s a quote that says, “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul,” and Annapolis artist Kim Hovell’s sea-inspired artwork spoke to designers at Maine Cottage® as soon as they saw her beautiful oyster portraits and beach scenes. “Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, I have had a lifelong love of the water and art,” says Hovell, whose works have been displayed at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, First Sunday Arts Festival, HERE. a pop-up shop and now at Maine Cottage®. The pureness of Hovell’s works capture a stillness in a that perfect beach day or idyllic sunset that naturally coordinate with Maine Cottage® coastal colors and cottage furniture. Pick your favorite original oil on canvas painting and pair it with one of our cozy occasional chairs, hand handpainted wooden furniture or natural wicker pieces  to really make a splash in your home.

“Eastern Shore Horizon” by Kim Hovell

 

“Whitewashed Oyster” by Kim Hovell

 

Some of Hovell’s favorite materials to work with are acrylic, canvas, wood, oil and paper. She also enjoys working on mixed media pieces and creating limited edition giclées.

 

“Day at the Beach” by Kim Hovell

 

"Crabs in the Blue" by Kim Hovell

 

"Double Oyster" by Kim Hovell

 

Visit the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store in Annapolis to see Kim Hovell’s works in-person with our colorful furniture and accessories!

Need a mid-week-pick-me-up? Every Wednesday we post a quote or comment on our facebook page meant to provide a little bit of wisdom and whimsy. Selecting the perfect saying and coordinating it with one of our signature colorful patterns is a fun task for our designers. Follow along to see what we’ll post next week! Here’s four of our favorites so far:


Branchberry / Sun                                                  Stripe Tease / Porch

Gimme-A-Ring / Bluebell                                       Grand Mum / Sprout

Floral, graphic, or abstract, don’t these fabric patterns inspire you to upholster a cozy occasional chair, sew living room curtains, or order fabulous throw pillows? For more pattern play, view our Swatch Coordinates collection, which have been carefully curated by Maine Cottage® designers. They feature perfectly paired paints and fabrics for your interior—the possibilities are endless!

Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day at a beach bonfire, over fine wine with friends, or with a homemade feast, we hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday. Finding the perfect blue hue for your painted wooden chairs, like Maine Cottage® signature color Marine, or a sweet shade of pinkish red for your wicker demi lune hall table, like Maine Cottage® signature color Shrimp, can really impact a room and one’s spirit. Gather inspiration from our patriotic and coastal cottage photo below or poke around on our Pinterest. Go on, be red, bright, and blue!

Shown: Sally Hall Table in Shrimp and Windsor Arm Dining Chairs in China Blue.

 

 

 

If you own a piece of Maine Cottage® painted furniture you know about its little leather secret—its unique signature leather tag! After a thorough quality inspection, all of our painted furniture receives a leather tag to show its authenticity. Here’s five details you might not know:

Season after season and generation after generation, our furniture will maintain its value and quality. Curious for more details about our craftsmanship?

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Starting next week—Monday the 14th—we’ll be sharing the many uses of our fabulous wicker Monday Basket each Monday throughout 2013 on facebook. It’s perfect for stashing, storing or sorting anything and everything!

 

 

As seating, storage or that sophisticated complement to any room, wicker adds a casual elegance. Hand woven and exceptionally comfortable, it’s an indulgence that’s truly unique.

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Sally End Table

Not too big or small. The Sally End Table is anything but boring and will fit right in next to your favorite loveseat or sofa. It’s perfect for unwinding, we suggest:

Swan Pond Chair

Bask and relax with the Swan Pond Chair. It’s graceful curves and generous seat will have you daydreaming or project managing in no time. It’s perfect for sharing, we suggest:

Bistro Table and Chairs

Intimate and elegant, the table and chairs from our Bistro Collection are acutely quaint. Whether it’s a table for two or four, it will serve you well. It’s perfect for starting the weekend right, we suggest:

Maine Cottage Wicker

 

 

We reached an exciting milestone this month—our very own ribbon cutting ceremony! The Maine Cottage® flagship store in Annapolis, Maryland was welcomed into the historic downtown neighborhood with staff, friends, family and special guests.

1. Mayor of Annapolis, Josh Cohen, attended as one of our special guests and officially got the celebration started with a snip of the scissors.

2. Leo Wilson and Lauren Russell. Leo is the Principal architect at Hammond Wilson, and not only is he our neighbor in The Livery Building, but was also the architect for the project. Lauren Russell, Vice President & Creative Director of Maine Cottage®, worked closely with Leo to make her vision a reality.

3. Mayor Cohen admires one of our most popular photography pieces, large three-piece archived photos of sailing.

4. Lauren Russell, Larry Strassner, Sarah Boone and Wes MacQuilliam. Sarah and Wes of the Annapolis Economic Development Corporation presented Maine Cottage® with a Corporate Citizenship Citation for the, “recognition and appreciation for the investment and commitment as a corporate citizen of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.”