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Appalachian Spring cranks up its spiffy white Yule Bug and drapes its signature “Celebrate American Craft” banner along the side to serve as its “float” in the annual Reston Town Center Christmas parade.

CREDIT: COURTESY OF RESTON TOWN CENTER

Kick-Starting Christmas with Community Events

When communities celebrate, businesses prosper, and Christmas is an ideal time for craft shops and galleries to join wholeheartedly in citywide holiday festivities. With opportunities ranging from storefront decorating and window display contests to street caroling and sponsored floats in Yuletide parades, small business retailers have readymade opportunities to join the fun, show their community spirit and entice post-events revelers into their stores.

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This commercial billboard in Columbia, S.C., features Charles Sheeler’s “Classic Landscape” (1931, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Collection of Barney A. Ebsworth).

Post-Show, Art Everywhere US Migrates to Web

Art Everywhere US may have left the streets of U.S. cities, but you can still see artwork from five major American art museums that appeared on as many as 50,000 outdoor displays—including billboards and bus shelters—in a nationwide event that was billed as the largest art show ever.

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Gretchen Diehl, of BirdQueen Designs in Philadelphia, relies on vivid dreams, people and animals she’s known and loved, and verbal and visual misinterpretations to create “original, affordable, adorable plastic jewelry that’s meant to make a statement wherever you go.” Diehl and production managers Melissa Magri and Michele Smith print the artist’s designs on ink jet shrink film.

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Market Calendar

A comprehensive listing of wholesale trade shows—happening now through October 2014.

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This commercial billboard in Columbia, S.C., features Charles Sheeler’s “Classic Landscape” (1931, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Collection of Barney A. Ebsworth).

Post-Show, Art Everywhere US Migrates to Web

Art Everywhere US may have left the streets of U.S. cities, but you can still see artwork from five major American art museums that appeared on as many as 50,000 outdoor displays—including billboards and bus shelters—in a nationwide event that was billed as the largest art show ever.

Appalachian Spring cranks up its spiffy white Yule Bug and drapes its signature “Celebrate American Craft” banner along the side to serve as its “float” in the annual Reston Town Center Christmas parade.

CREDIT: COURTESY OF RESTON TOWN CENTER

Kick-Starting Christmas with Community Events

When communities celebrate, businesses prosper, and Christmas is an ideal time for craft shops and galleries to join wholeheartedly in citywide holiday festivities. With opportunities ranging from storefront decorating and window display contests to street caroling and sponsored floats in Yuletide parades, small business retailers have readymade opportunities to join the fun, show their community spirit and entice post-events revelers into their stores.

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Christmas Checklist

As of July 1, there are 177 shopping days until Christmas. Take stock now with this quick checklist: Start a wish list. If you haven’t developed one yet, now’s the time. Once you have one, refer to it often. It will keep you on track, no matter how chaotic your schedule becomes.

Santa with a serious point of view, from Bunny with a Toolbelt http://bunnywithatoolbelt.com/.

Holiday Reminders

There’s nothing in this list that you probably don’t already know. But they all bear repeating, especially as we head into the most critical retail selling season of the year.

Colin sports velveteen leggings and carries a cotton sack filled with aromatic Maine balsam.

So These Are Santa’s Elves?

In Norse folklore, there are creatures called Nisse, elusive elf-like beings who dwell in the woodlands and lend unseen but helpful hands to people who live there. At Christmas time, Norwegians offer small gifts of affection and recognition to the elves to ensure their continued kindness. That’s the kind of folk story the Solli sisters, Marie and Anne, grew up hearing from their Norwegian father.

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