Catching up with the evolution of Imagine!

Its been 4 1/2 years since we started Imagine! arts boutique and its turned out to have a life of its own. Kinda like having a child that takes off in a direction that you hadn’t seen coming but is more original and wonderful than you Imagined.

Imagine! continues to be a place where you can shop for hand crafted items from the county or the country and Canada or find elegant antiques and jewelry. Its also a place where you can make your own wonderful art. We have supplies for knitting, beading, glass fusing and more and we offer classes listed on our web site

Firstoff, I have to tell you that we were thrilled and honored to find out that Imagine! was featured as only one of 11 “Not to be missed boutiques” in the Holiday Shopping issue of Great Lakes Life magazine  The shops included were as far north as Buffalo, as far south as Pittsburgh and as far west as Westlake Ohio. I kept blinking at the page with the listing and thought somebody better pinch me, this might be a dream. And here’s the kicker, I don’t know how it happened…very classic- some undercover shopping sleuth with cutting edge taste gave us the dizzying “advance to go” nod. Thank you, sleuth, and thank you Imagine! friends and fans.  You know what this means? You have totally encouraged us so we are off with new energy to up the ante (again.)..but we need your input…what is your wish list for our little journey together. We are trying to make space for shopping and for creating that is comfortable, inspiring and most of all that you can share with us and with friends. We are interested in your thoughts and ideas.

And to that end….
we are completely remodeling the former kitchen space and painting it an unapologetic PURPLE..Here is a picture of one of the walls with our little switch plates added.We’re dedicating a cozy space with cushioned comfort for you to curl up in and we are filling our lending library with dvds, magazine and books…
the coffee/tea makers are in the same room ,so help yourself. Bring your project to work on or not ..come hang out with us….

its off to trade shows to learn and to shop so we can bring back the very best and latest for you.First its Buyers Market of American Crafts in Philadelphia in Frebuary. This is a pretty exciting market that we are going to ferret because all of the work featured in the approximately 650 booths are hand-made. And they are juried so the quality of the work is extraordinary but no necessarily expensive. In March we go to Columbus for those great little gifty items like the funky, fabulous purses we got this year from Rivertide.
Then we are going to scour the Bead Market in Minneapolis at the Bead and Button Show. This is a great place for inspiration for projects we want to bring to you in the way of classes and kits.Then its the annual The National Needlework Assoc. show where we buy yarn, accessories and see all the new trends…
If you have a particular interest, let us know so we can shop just for you.

Well, that’s all for now but I promise to keep you up dated. Meantime, please let us know if you have questions or suggestions  we want to here them and thank you for making Imagine! so much fun. Myriam