Change Coming Spring 2016 for Our Tenth Anniversary

vernThis is our tenth anniversary, change is part of the fun for the future at Imagine! 

Imagine! opened in May 2006. There have been many meaningful experiences at the shop, the most important is getting to know the many wonderful friends we have made over the years.

There has also been on-going change. We started with a coffee shop-café with a knit and bead shop, classes and a few gifts. Then we closed the café and added more and more artisan crafted gifts.

This season, we are doing some remodeling that we feel will make the shop even better( pictured is Vern Johnson, working very hard on our new floor). We  are also shifting our focus in our tenth year. We will not have classes or sell yarn and beads, though it was fun and we loved it. There are so many great places to find these items and instructions locally and on line that didn’t exist when we opened. Every day we are listing more and more yarn and needle/notions and books from our inventory on our Ebay store at  great discounts.  You can shop these bargains if  you  click “Shop” on our website. You can also access our Etsy store that way.

The Future

I am so enthusiastic about a new direction for us. We will be focusing on hand-crafted American  gifts, jewelry,  art-to wear, pottery, glass, one-of-a-kind items. These have been featured at Imagine! since the beginning but we are expanding our offerings. We will have more from studios in Chautauqua county and throughout the US and Canada. In addition, we will continue to have Fair Trade items. We are very excited to share our fresh 2016 finds with you this season starting May 13! If you have questions or comments please add them below. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back  to Imagine! during  the village-wide annual Bemus is Blooming event May13-15 2016.

We are excited about the upcoming season.

This season, after having a very successful surgery and getting my energy back, I am happy to say I’m looking forward to opening the shop. One of my favorite things to do is shop for the store. This year we are bringing back some of our favorites and we have also found some new, fresh items. Here is a sneak preview of a few of our finds.Atenti Bag 2cloverIMG_2705photo (57) Pink Leather

Bemus is Blooming May 13,14&15 2016

Hyacinthwhite flowersEvery year in the Sping the 14 Bemus Specialty shops love to invite our friends to see what is new. All of the shop owners spend almost the entire winter traveling to shows to shop for our stores. Then we can’t wait to share our finds. Don’ t miss our annual Spring event.

Thank You, See you Spring 2016


Thank you for a wonderful season.

Thank you for a wonderful Season, we will see you again in the spring. I usually keep the shop open until New Years’ Eve but this year I have to have surgery ( the prognosis is very good) so I closed the shop early. Meantime, we are trying to list some things on our site through the “shop” button which will take you to our new Etsy shop. We are learning how to sell some of our great items from the store and I am sure we are on a steep learning curve. Please be patient because I’m determined to figure it out.

Meantime, we hope to stay in touch online, If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter and would like be on our email list, you can do that on our website or our Facebook page. We promise only to send you something every 5 weeks. Hope you are having a fun fall season. Myriamthankyou

Big, beautiful but feather light earrings from Daphne Olive

fg157eWe have a new selection of wonderful earring from on of our favorite artists.

Samples of our Designer Jewelry Lines

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Ann Egan Designs


Michael Mischaud

Daphne Olive Designs



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. 

michaud We can’t wait to share them with you. 

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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.