Upstairs, Downstairs

“Ed Menapace is the gas. I’m the brakes,” is what we say at The Farmhouse Store. Ed’s got vision and big ideas. He plots each next step in our retail adventure. I bring caution, day-to-day detail and the “what if?” that help us plan each new turn. It’s a good combination. With our shared desire to create an enjoyable place for customers and employees, a solid work ethic and genuine interest in the work of our craftspeople, we’ve created a unique retail experience.

Biz 101: You Can’t Bargain With Mother Nature

Long stretches of bad weather played havoc with retail sales last winter, but there are lessons to be learned

The winter of 2014 brought record cold and snow throughout North America, and its impact on business and consumer spending was significant and widespread. Just how bad was it? Well, for the S&P 500 companies, the word “weather” was mentioned in almost 200 earnings calls from January through March, which is an 81% increase over the year before.

What’s New: At Your Service

The kitchen gods must be smiling. They know that a hip serving dish or gorgeous goblet can make or break any dinner party. The food and wine served with such pieces can pale when these beauties are placed on a table, whether for a dinner party or romantic night in. Here is new work in tabletop from eight design studios guaranteed to add more than a pinch of gravitas to your cuisine.

Artist Profile: Thomas Laraia

“I’ve always been passionate about everything antique or vintage,” says jewelry designer and silversmith Tom Laraia. His passion drives his creation of one-of-a-kind bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces made from a rainbow of polished sea glass and repurposed materials set in elegantly rendered sterling silver. His Tommy Conch brand has become synonymous with uncompromising quality and craftsmanship.

NEA Announces Lifetime Honors Recipients

Among the 13 winners of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Awards is Carolyn Mazloomi, a quilting community advocate from West Chester, Ohio. Mazloomi, considered a leading authority on African-American quilts and quilting, was awarded the 2014 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship. The award is given to a person making significant contributions to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.