Made In America

As a local business, we strive to support our fellow Americans. Did you know that just one manufacturing job supports five other U.S. jobs? We take pride in promoting and selling American made products. 

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Six more weeks of Winter Knitting!!

So how can you complain about winter when you can stay cozy and knit. Just finished a great cowl using 1 skein of Cascade Casablanca and now flirting with the idea of starting Laura Nelkin’s lovely cowl using lace weight Freia. We have kits of Laura’s designs in four colorways ready for our opening in May 1st. Can’t wait to see what you are knitting.

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Casablanca, one skein cowl

Casablanca, one skein cowl

Laura Nelkin and Freia

Laura Nelkin and Freia

Latest News: Behind the Scenes in Bemus

Convention Center in PHiladelphia where we shop,shop,shop.

Convention Center in Philadelphia where we shop for the store.

Cheese knive with gorgeous flare.

Cheese knife with gorgeous flare.

Ever wonder what goes on in Bemus during the off season? Well, for one, its 13 degress this morning. There are snowmobiles and ice fishermen on the lake. Last weekend, a father and his son were para-sailing across the ice. At Imagine! we are sprucing up the place. And we are shopping. Our most fun trip is to the Buyers Market of American Crafts where we explored 800 booths of stunning artisan crafted US and Canadian work.We found great stuff from 21 of our favorite artists and we added 10 new ones. We are off to more markets and will keep you posted. Can’t wait to show you all the goodies in May.

Daphne jewelry is big, bold and very light. Love.

Daphne jewelry is great big, bold and very light.

Ableman Glass

Ableman Glass

Award winning Arden necklace of multi-layered clay.

Award winning Arden jewelry of multi-layered clay.

Lake Erie Living Names us #7

Lake Erie Living

 

Did you see we were #7 in this month’s Lake Erie Living’s, 10 Great Boutiques, Galleries and Stores around the Lake? Just in case you need another reason to come and visit us this summer.

 

 

Make a wire wrapped ring

photo (36) Did you know you can change beads and wire into rings? Dayle can show you how to do this and you will be making them for yourself and for gifts in no time. Class runs about 2 hours and costs 10.00 per hour per person. You will get compliments and the best part is you can say, ” I made it”  Grab some friends and make a date to learn together. It can be so much fun and you will wear your ring home. To schedule your class call Dayle at 7167536779. Materials are extra and can be purchased at Imagine! Come see some samples at the store.There are so many beads and styles to choose from.

Learn Beach Glass or Cabachon Wire Wrapping

photo (35)celtic Learn to wire-wrap beautiful pendants from beach glass or stones. You can learn a simple wrap if you are a beginner or learn to cage them if you are more advancec. Dayle will show you how easy it is. You will wear your pendant home and maybe have time to make another one. Call Dayle for an appointment. 716-753-6779. Class is 10.00 per person per hour ( usually a 2 hour session) plus materials which are available at Imagine!. Bring along some friends and make it a party.Stop by the store to see samples.

Bemus T-Shirt : You gotta have one of these.

Bemus TshirtThese are soft,soft and come in two colors;banana or Tahiti Blue.

Wrapping and Caging Seaglass

dayle2Wrapping and Caging Seaglass 

 

 

Ever wonder what to do with that beautiful sea or lake glass? Create your own jewelry. Students will learn how to wrap seaglass with craft wire. After working with the wire, students will learn how to cage a piece of seaglass. Polished stones can be used as well. Wear your creation home.

Caged Wire Wrap

Beginners welcome, ages 12 and up.

Instructor: Dayle Loutzenhiser is a retired school teacher and she has been making sea glass jewelry for more than 6 years.

Cost: $35.00 plus the cost of glass& wire (under $10.00 or bring your own glass). Tools and all else provided in class.

Minimum class size: 2 Maximum Class size:6

Register :tourchautauqua.com/chautauqua-in-Junr.aspx   or Imagine! 4950 Main Street. 716 386 2244

Things to do in Bemus Point : SHOPPING!

 

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There are so many things to do in Bemus Point, like boating, dinning at one of the 9 restaurants, watching live entertainment on the floating stage, but don’t forget the shopping. There are 14 shops to choose from. Each of the shops has its own character, so there is a wide selection. They are specialty stores that feature gifts hand picked by really passionate shop keepers . Because of this, it is rare that you will  find the same item from store to store.

Imagine! is an artistic mix of mostly made-in-America, and/ or made in the county, and/ or made right at the store gifts. You will often find one of a kind gifts. The  collection is eclectic and includes collectible and vintage pieces as well as contemporary work. One of the shops’s specialties is a romantic selection of Estate Jewelry. Designer and statement jewelry are a favorite,too. Many pieces are made exclusively for the store. They range from fun and funky to upscale and artsy. In addition to jewelry, the shop showcases leather, wood and ceramic pieces as well as hand-dyed silk accessories including scarves, ponchos and ruanas. Hand-woven linen wraps and hand- knit, felted bags, hats and mittens are often on the shelves  . Glass is a favorite of the store owners and leaded, fused and blown glass are to be found throughout the shop. The place brings out your inner crafty so you might be inspired to make something of your own including beach glass jewelry, beaded or strung bracelets, rings or necklaces or you could learn to knit and crochet . There is a cozy section of the store where the coffee is always brewing and you can bring a project to work on or schedule a class for you and your friends. The store has evolved since it first opened in the spring of 2006 and it is easy to see the influence of the owner’s background in theater. Often customers will say that the shop is “different” “unique” like a “treasure hunt” ”eye candy” Imagine! is just one of the the fun stores in Bemus. The village offers shopping the way it should be  where there are goodies waiting to be discovered that you won’t find just anywhere.IMG_2774photo (23)

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Welcome Back

After a winter break, we are excited to see everyone again. We want to catch up on what you have been doing over the winter, what have you been making? Did you travel? Also, we can’t wait to show you all the great things we found on our buying trips. And we put fresh paint on the walls so the shop looks light and airy. We are going to open the doors on Thursday April 4th. and have a little open house on the Sat. the 6th. Nick from Chef to Go is making home made cookies for us and we will have coffee from Stedman Corners. So please stop by and say hi. We have new gifts and yarn and beads and so much more arriving all spring. On order are Barrick candles. They are brilliant colors and burn for 30 hours, have no scent. Our spring hours are Thursday-Sunday 10-5. Come see us, we miss you!

Barrick Candles

Barrick Candles