This cloth changed my life!
I live in an older home and have a cat. I also love to live outdoors and frequently leave my windows open to enjoy the breeze and amazing temperatures. While this is a fresh and wonderful thing, this always ends up in a dusty house. e-cloth changed that for me.
I also cook. I cook a lot. I use fresh ingredients and use my cast iron many times a week. This time the result is always grease and though it gets cleaned up nightly, a certain amount always escapes the daily clean and is only discovered during the “big, deep cleans”.
We have sold the e-cloth cleaning products for years and I loved their dusting rags, window cloths and stainless steel cloths since their introduction. Recently I started using the general-purpose cloth, the kitchen cloths and the all-new Kitchen Dynamo. The difference was amazing.
I used to use chemicals which are not only pricey but can have unknown effects. Chemicals, while they create a sterile environment, can also create a home that is too sterile where children don’t develop a string immune system. Now I use the e-cloth for most jobs from the kitchen to the bathroom and garage. I love the durability as well as the versatility.
Just water and the e-cloth with its tiny dirt grabbing and grime fighting fibers pull up and lock in the grease and yuck of everyday life.
To clean, just toss into the washing machine and go. Each wash seems to make the cloths suppler and more absorbent.
Try the general cleaning cloth with water on your cabinets and watch the dirt wipe away. It is almost fun! I noticed some dirt and dust left over in my car trunk after a washing. I took the general-purpose cleaning cloth, wet it wand easily cleaned up the trunk crevasses. They looked now and clean again.
Get the e-cloth today and get started on a cleaner tomorrow.
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Vera Wang has created a unique aspirational world that alludes to sensuality and youthful sophistication. Exquisite details, intricate draping and a nonchalant sense of style characterize the Vera Wang aesthetic. At 23, Wang became the youngest ever Vogue fashion editor and stylist. She later moved to Ralph Lauren as a design director, before opening her own flagship store. Today, her empire encompasses bridal, ready-to-wear, evening wear, footwear, fragrance, jewelry, books and housewares. Her elegant collection for Wedgwood includes bone china dinnerware, crystal stemware and giftware.
Vera Wang made plans for another new line of products, one frequently part of a bride and groom’s gift registry, tabletop and giftware. In it’s first ever licensing agreement, Wedgwood Waterford USA signed with Wang in 2001. Together, the two fashion houses developed a collection of sophisticated tableware, decorative vases, wine glasses, and goblets. William Glen introduced the new Vera Wang tabletop collection to Sacramento in 2002 to great fanfare.
This collection has now returned after a five-year hiatus with the reintroduction of the William Glen Tabletop Collections. This return accompanies the return of bridal registry to William Glen, which allows the area’s modern couples of all ages to receive the service and selection to fit their discerning tastes.
Whether the happy couple is going down the aisle for the first time or not, Vera Wang offers variety and quality for the wedding gift giver. Consider a beautiful set of toasting flutes to gift to the couple at a shower or perhaps a a lovely wedding cake serving set. All items may be engraved for an additional cost. We gift wrap and ship for a nominal amount. William Glen always recommends shipping wedding gifts to alleviate hassle and frustration for the happy couple.
Come visit our William Glen store at 2310 Fair Oaks Blvd across from Pavilions Shipping Center to see collections by Vera Wang for Wedgwood.
These days I hear a lot of people complaining about how nobody cares, about how people are thoughtless, about how little regard we have for one another. I think to myself a few times a day about how I, myself, should slow down…do some rose smelling. I think that’s one reason why I, and those who work for William Glen, are kind of enjoying the step back from our big, former selves and having fun with this smaller adventure.
I also get asked about the old days and the lost art of communication. I hear people bemoaning the fact that no one writes letters, that no one makes a simple “out of the blue phone” call anymore. Again, I can agree and point to myself. Every day on his way home my dad called his mother. After she lost her sight and could not work for him in accounts any longer, he didn’t see her every day and so would take a few minutes and call his mother on his way home from work. I text my mother every morning; same idea, but not really.
So, how do we get “back there” from here? How do we regain our lost communication and human interactive connection? Well, I am no sociologist and far from being a psychologist but, as a retailer, a person who interacts with people all day everyday, I have made some observations.
Gift giving is still a very valued way to communicate your feelings towards another. Weddings, birthdays, Christmas, they are all normal gift giving events. The tambour of the holiday season sets a certain tone for gift giving that becomes so infectious and joyous that we sometimes feel like we just walked into Disneyland. We become in love with enjoying the magic of the season in the most magical time of the year.
Wedding season, too, is a time where we elate over our friends and family who choose to make that leap of commitment and demonstrate their love for another. We fawn gifts at showers, at parties, and at the wedding. Birthdays have a similar joyous and intimate enjoyment over the giving of gifts to say “you mean something to me, so please take this is a small token”.
There is an easier, more frequent and honestly less expensive situation where one can show some of the grace of yesteryear; the hostess gift. This kind of preemptive thank you is proffered as a gesture of thanks for being invited into another’s home. This gift is not meant to overwhelm either the recipient or the giver but rather act as a token of appreciation for the host or hostess. Wine is always a great gift but we have some other creative suggestions at William Glen. Hostess gift ideas are our specialty.
Hostess gifts may be something entirely simple like a few sets of cocktail of guest towels with a holder. A little ribbon around the set and you have a lovely gift.
Another thoughtful idea is a set of nice utensils such as an olive wood spoon set along with a matching spatula. Add ribbon around and you have a lovely gift.
Thirdly, a nice oil and vinegar set from our stores with a tea towel form our kitchen department and wrap them inside. This is a really lovely, casual and useful gift.
A really easy idea is a set of simple tapered candles. Candlelight at dinner is such a lovely tradition and was always a part of our family dinners when I was a child. Two 12” tapered candles in white or ivory are a very safe bet but if you know something about their décor and preferences you can select an appropriate color. Again, use some simple ribbon or maybe in a wine gift bag with some tissue and ribbon.
All of these gift ideas are about $8 to $25. You can go up from there of course but, remember, the idea is not to impress as much as it is to show thanks and offer a gracious token in exchange for the great deal of effort from the host and hostess. And, of course, don’t forget to follow up with a simple thank you card.
For some easy solutions or suggestions come by our store at 2310 Fair Oaks Blvd or visit us in Old Sacramento at Chef’s Mercantile and Christmas & Co. Or simply email us at info@shopWilliamGlen.com.
Memorial Day weekend tells us that summer is here even though the current temperature in Sacramento is an overcast 61 degrees. Warm days are coming, kids are out of school, and the fun of summer treats entice the entire family. The grocery stores and ice cream shops offer yummy treats but have you ever added up the cost and extended that cost of yummy fun through until Labor Day? Not to mention the sugars and other additives over which you have no control!
Ice cream crunch bars have about 210 calories, offer 61% of your daily allowance of saturated fats and pretty much nothing else. Ice cream can weigh in at 270 calories a scoop and 50% of the saturated fat allowances with cholesterol at 38%.
Now price. Some pint containers of ice cream can run $5 or more. Quarts can run $6 and fill a family of 5. So let’s buy a quart of ice cream four times a week for our five person family from Memorial Day weekend through to Labor Day. 15 weeks, four times a week. These kids have friends too, pool parties and your have BBQ’s. My math shows that about $1000 can possibly be spent on unhealthy treats.
Solution: Juice pops.
Especially great for parties and for ensuring a good daily serving of fruit, juice pops are a fun and inexpensive way to treat the kids to something special while you control the sugar. Try the Cuisipro Snap-Fit Pop Molds. These space-saving frozen treat molds will make juice pops, healthy yogurt pops or even ice cream and fudgicle pops. Add the ingredients and let freeze for 4 to 5 hours and serve. Dishwasher safe and made from BPA free plastic, they are convenient and inexpensive!
Another easy way to make fun summer treats is with our Silicone Ice Pop Makers. FDA approved tapered silicone tubes are a clever way to make healthy “push-up” style frozen treats. There are so many options for these: juice, purees, solid fruits, soda, ice cream, yogurt and so much more!
Try this family favorite!
Cherry Lemon Lime Robot Pops
- 3 cups (750mL) fat free vanilla yogurt
- 1/4 tsp (1mL) sweetened lime drink crystals
- 2 drops green food color
- 1/2 tsp (2mL) sweetened cherry drink crystals
- 6 drops red food color
- 1/2 tsp (2mL) sweetened lemon drink crystals
- 6 drops yellow food color
Divide yogurt into three bowls, ¼ cup (60mL) in the first bowl, 1 1/4 cup (310mL) in the second bowl and 1 1/2 cup (375mL) in the third bowl. Mix the 1/4 cup (60mL) of yogurt with the lime drink crystals and green food color. Mix the 1 ½ cup (375mL) of yogurt with the cherry drink crystals and red food color and mix the remaining bowl with the lemon drink crystals and yellow food color. Fill each robot head with lime yogurt. Divide cherry yogurt evenly between all the molds and then follow the same step for the lemon yogurt. Fill to fill line or 1/2″/1cm from top. Place lids on top and freeze for 4-5 hours or overnight.
On average, America eats (get ready for this) 633 hot dogs per second!
That’s right friends. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council we eat approximately 20 billion (with a B) hot dogs each year. Keep in mind though that this is only reported data and most of this comes from national grocery chains and distribution centers.
This does not include sales from street vendors, sporting events or the evil Wal-Mart. These folks do not disclose proprietary data. The council estimates 30 million hot dogs are nibbled during the normal pro baseball season.
This could be because hot dogs are slightly more gentle on the figure than our friend Mr. Pizza. One slice of cheese pizza tips the scale at 272 calories while the average wiener slips by at a mere 148 calories per.
Whether boiled, microwave, grilled or steamed, the result is the same: a yummy hot dog to be customized and enjoyed.
For a great grilled experience try the new mini Bar-B-Que from Bodum (makers of the original French Press). At $59.95 and coming in a variety of colors, the Fyrkat Mini Grill is a fabulous way to grill your dogs.
Another favorite of ours is the Hot Dog Hero hot dog steamer. This lil pup steams up to 6 hot dogs for a fun family meal in a few short minutes. At $29.99 the Hero is a steal. Oh, and by the way, when he is done with your dogs this little guy barks! How cool is that?
It seems like just yesterday my dad and Glen took me to Los Angeles on one of our routine buying trips for their store, William Glen. They walked the show, talked to reps, told stories, worked deals, repeated jokes (never did hear the one titled “Sand Paper Sally” during which I always had to walk away) and I carried the brief case. These were fun days and one of the best parts for me was to see Uncle Erv and Aunt Julie.
Erv and Julie Keller owned a store in Modesto called Keller’s Gifts. It still stands today as one of the Central Valley’s finest gift stores. Anyway, Erv told my dad about this stuff that “checked” (Erv’s word for something that sold really well!) and that he was a fool if he didn’t bring it in. Dad and Glen looked at it but passed.
This was March. In September of the same year, which must have been 1983 or 1984, Erv pulled up to our loading door and dropped off about 10
cases of Christmas houses. “Bill, sell this and when you are out I’ll get you some more. Pay me when Christmas gets here”, Erv said. Erv made 3 more trips between then and December.
This was our introduction to The Original Snow Village by Department 56. Since then our family has been one of the largest dealers in the area and now my sister and I are the only dealer in Sacramento to sell this product year round. Department 56 has also introduced many other villages including Dickens Village, Snow Village Halloween, Alpine Village, Disney Village and many others. Several have been introduced and retired like the short lived Seasons Bay which attempted to depict a village through the four seasons of the year.
This year, 2011 marks the 35th anniversary of Department 56. To celebrate this amazing anniversary each village is getting a brand new clock tower. The clocks are all set at the trademark 5 minutes before 6 o’clock and are all priced at $35 to mark this momentous birthday. All clocks are available now for pre-order which we highly recommend. It’s going to be a blood bath out there in November and December trying to get these pieces! Anyone forget the Cabbage Patch Doll craze? We think this will be a mini version of that.
Each clock tower is made to coordinate with the respective villages. These pieces will be in high demand for their collectibility and their value. Pre-order yours today to ensure you
don’t miss out.
So you get to the airport, check in, pay that ridiculous bag fee, wait in security, take off your shoes, go through the scanner or get a friendly pay-down and now what. You are thirsty, you head to one of the food courts and scan for something to drink. A $5 latte, $4 juice, or maybe just a bottled water.
$3 for a bottled water. Not spring water. No reverse osmosis. Just bottled water.
Think about that for a second and then think about the energy it takes to recycle or re-purpose that bottle. Oh, and that bottle probably has BPA in it. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour and most of those are thrown away and not sorted for recycling. (http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html) According to a study published by Gleick and Cooley in 2009, producing bottled water takes as much 2,000 times the energy cost as it does to produce tap water. 1.5 million barrels of oil are used to create all the water bottles used by us each year.
Enter: The bobble.
bobble is a patented filtered water bottle for life on the move. Fill it with tap water and bobble will filter out the bad stuff as you sip. The bobble is certified BPA free as well as harmful Phthalates and PVC. bobble is made from recycled PET and is fully recyclable. Its contoured body is easy to grip and sip and the filters come in 8 colors to match your personality.
Now, back to our dilemma. You are at the airport and thirsty. This was recently my problem when traveling to the Chicago International Housewares Show. Then I remembered that I had packed my bobble with me. It was in my carry-on and being empty it made it through TSA without hassle.
I plucked it from my messenger bag, walked to a drinking fountain and bam, I had my water. FREE. Clean. Easy!
The devil is in the details: Not here! These bobbles are free of BPA and all that other bad stuff, fully recyclable and each filter lasts between 3 and 5 months before needing to be replaced. That’s the equivalent of 300 plastic bottles. That means 300 plastic water bottles are taken out of the system.
Fashionably Green: Many of our customers by replacement filters in different colors when they buy their bobble. You can change to a different color when you need to change your filter or when you change your outfit. Pink to a picnic, black to work, yellow for running and so on.
Say hello to your new best friend and good bye to expensive plastic water bottles.
New for Spring 2011: Navy Blue & Lavender. Available Now!
SACRAMENTO, CA – Just in time for Halloween and the holiday shopping season, two new businesses have opened their doors in Old Sacramento.
Christmas & Company and Chef’s Mercantile opened for business on Oct. 7 in the newly remodeled Ebner House and Empire Hotel located on K Street in Old Sacramento.
Christmas & Company is a year-round holiday shop that will specialize in Christmas decor, but will also feature elaborate displays for every holiday season.
“We will have Christmas decor up all year, but we will also have a year-round Halloween section too, then we will have a special display that changes with every holiday,” said store co-founder Mark Snyder.
Mark and his sister and co-founder Amy Guthrie already have several displays planned for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Mardi Gras. The idea, according to Snyder, is to reach collectors of all seasonal holiday decor.
“People that collect Halloween or Christmas decor look for items all year long, so we think Old Sacramento will bring us a dedicated clientele,” Snyder said.
Guthrie and Snyder’s other business opening this week, Chef’s Mercantile, shares the building with Christmas & Company and is a full service cooking and kitchen store. The shop is also set to feature a coffee bar and cooking demonstration space sometime next year.
“Right now Chef’s Mercantile is open for business and we plan on having some small demonstrations during Christmas season, with the whole demonstration area open by next year,” said Guthrie.
The names Amy Guthrie and Mark Snyder may sound familiar. They are the children of longtime retailer William Snyder, who was one of the founders of William Glen specialty stores.
Snyder died in December 2009 and in September, William Glen announced after 47 years in business, it would be closing in 2011.
Guthrie and Snyder say their father’s influence has definitely played a part in branching out on their own and opening a holiday and cooking store in Old Sacramento.
“Christmas and cooking were our father’s two favorite things, they were a family tradition. We knew if we opened a store it had to incorporate those things,” said Snyder.
Christmas & Company and Chef’s Mercantile are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are located at 118 & 116 K Street in Old Town.
For more information go to www.candmerchants.com
By By Tish Palamidessi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright 2011 / All Rights Reserved
Today is March 25th. It’s been about
three months since the last official major holiday and nearly five months until itisn’t weird to start decorating for Halloween. If you are anything like us, you have to agree that on Labor Day that flag is going up because in our family, Holidays are special and a reason to celebrate and decorate. Spring, while fun for sun, outdoor grilling and swimming, can be bleak for the holiday die-hards. Easter offers some respite but there is a long haul until fall.
Some of our die-hard customers at Christmas & Co. leave their trees up year round and change them out for each month’s holidays. We asked one of my customers “what about April, May, June? What do you do during these months? What does the tree look like in August?” The reply: “Come on! The garden, Mother’s Day, Easter, Independence Day? Spring and summer mean the outdoors, the garden the grill anything you want. My tree looks like whatever the calendar says”.
Clearly, we missed the answer right in front of us. When we decorate for the holidays, whether it’s Halloween, Christmas or Easter, we decorate in the way we love, a way that speaks to us. Spring and summer, they mean something different to us all. So we thought about it: vacations, the kids and extended family, friends, long-lost friends, the yard. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the non-traditional holiday months.
The key is – take those things and decorate around them. Tree or not, in the coming months we will be discussing different aspects of the holidays and as we get closer to our big holidays we will be sharing more of our personal, favorite ways to celebrate. In turn, we would also love to hear your stories about the holidays and see the way you deck your halls or BBQ. Write to us, sends us videos or photos. Let us know what you love and how you celebrate everyday!
Rain rain go away! Well, the forecast says – not any time soon! So I thought the best meal for a day like this is chili. Although chili was the main dish for dinner, it was the mini corn muffins that took the prize. Now, I’ve made cornbread a million times before – using your average 8×8 pan and cutting them into squares. Every time, it came out the same way – like cornbread. This time, I thought I would try my new USA mini muffin pan. If you do not own a USA pan, your in for a treat. These pans are lined with silicone – making it effortless to remove baked goods from. No liners or nonstick spray needed.
These little cuties popped out of the pan leaving almost nothing behind to clean. And since they were their own individual cakes, each muffin had a perfect golden crust on the bottom. They were a huge hit with the whole family and my husband even had corn muffins for breakfast the next day.