Re-Imagine opens May 6th. Don’t miss Bemus Blooms

We have been Re-imagined and the stars are Brenda and Angie. We can’t wait to introduce you to these two super cool, super excited ladies. They are working with mineral paints and turning bland into beautiful with soft finishes, striking colors, stains and stenciled pieces. In addition to offering great home décor, they are planning on classes so you can learn how to up cycle your own super fun pieces. But furniture isn’t all. The girls love to shop and they get pretty serious about searching out the best of the best. So last time I looked they  were hauling hand crafted lake side signs, summer hats, jewelry, baskets, candles and lots more out of their trucks. So what better time than the Bemus Blooms annual spring event to come discover the newest addition to Bemus shopping.

With the flowers blooming, birds chirping and sun shining, why wouldn’t you want to be out and about. Come join us for a taste of spring and discover fresh ideas. Yes, we will still have some of your favorites but also a big helping of NEW NEW NEW for YOU! The new girls on the block want to meet YOU so stop in and introduce yourself May 6th for Bemus Blooms. 

12th Annual Holiday Open House and Sale in Bemus Point November 4-6th.

BEMUS POINT – Don’t miss  Bemus Point’s 12th Annual Holiday Open House, November 4th – 6th.


Bemus Point’s 12th Annual Holiday Open House

is November 4th – 6th

The Holiday Open House is one of Bemus Point’s favorite events of the year. The village’s locally owned stores and restaurants will be showcasing seasonal specials and sales to help customers get in the holiday spirit. Families will also have the chance to meet and have photos taken with Santa and his reindeer, Dancer, at The Musky Mall. Holiday shopping takes center stage during the Holiday Open House. It’s the once-a-year chance for customers to get 20% off every item in every store.

Bemus Bay Children’s Shoppe, Bemus Point Pottery, GG My Love, Gypsy Moon, Imagine, Lakeside Cottage Shoppe, Petals & Twigs, and Skillmans will be participating. Customers will enjoy personal customer service, complimentary wrapping, great holiday gifts, winter apparel, decorating ideas, treats and more!


Every store is discounting their customer’s favorite items! At Bemus Bay Children’s Shoppe you’ll find the perfect book or toy for the special child in your life, along with popular boot-cuffs and adorable hats for children. Custom order your holiday wreaths and arrangements at Petals & Twigs, then pick up perfect stocking stuffers, like the best-selling Soap Lift and Chautauqua Lake ornaments. Shoppers visiting Bemus Point Pottery will be treated to 20% off customer favorites, including the New York Times best-selling book, “Christmas Wish,” illuminated wine gift boxes, doll ornaments, specialty pet gifts, and handcrafted pottery by Andy Dawes.


At The Shops

Keep warm with Imagine’s boiled wool slippers, hats and mittens which are all included in the Holiday Open House Sale, along with customer favorites: handcrafted shawl pins and crystal nail files with dichroic glass accents. Gypsy Moon is open for this special event and will be featuring new consignment items and taking 20% off their beautiful vintage furs. GG My Love customers will be excited to hear that Spring Step boots and Moonlight apparel will be discounted. Lakeside Cottage Shoppe will be open, weather permitting, with almost all merchandise at 50% off, with discounts raising to 60% off on certain products, before they officially close for the 2016 season. The Lakeside Cottage Shoppe will be back in the spring with new and exciting merchandise.  Skillmans will be offering 20% off everything in their entire store, with no exceptions! Customers will find that well-known brands, including Patagonia, Brighton, Hobo, Lysse Leggings, Rebel Nell Graffiti Jewelry, and Barefoot Dreams will all be 20% off. Cashmere ponchos, sweaters, and shawls, artisan jewelry, accessories, home furnishings (including all furniture, rugs, pillows and throws), Chautauqua Lake maps, gifts and apparel, and gourmet cookbooks and foods will also be included in the sale.


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

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

Patrons will also enjoy delicious meals, drinks and desserts at these village establishments: Bemus Point Inn Restaurant, Bemus Point Golf Club and Restaurant, Bemus Point Market, Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua, Guppy’s Tavern and See-Zurh House.

Each restaurant has prepared festive specials for the occasion. Start off the day with homemade potato pancakes served with applesauce, sausage and eggs or biscuits and sausage gravy at the Bemus Point Inn Restaurant. Enjoy bar appetizers and a caramel apple kiss cocktail at the Bemus Point Golf Club and Restaurant. Shoppers visiting the Bemus Point Market can grab a warm cup of coffee, seasonal ice cream cone, or a homemade pie to take home and enjoy.

Guppy’s Tavern will be serving roasted pork loin with a cranberry balsamic glaze, chestnut cornbread stuffing and green beans almondine, you can also enjoy a peppermint mocha in a custom Guppy’s Mug, which makes for a great Christmas gift!

The See-Zurh House will be offering delicious specials: a pork roast with cranberry sauce and chicken breast stuffed with cornbread and sausage. Diners will also be able to sip on a chocolate peppermint stick cocktail or Tom and Jerry. Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua will be showcasing their new Fall Menu, along with their seasonal beer selection.


Enjoy live music from The Chillbillies at Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua on Saturday evening, beginning at 9:00. Bemus Point’s newest restaurant, EBC, is also available for your own holiday party in November or December.

Santa and Reindeer

Santa Claus and his live reindeer, Dancer, will be at The Musky Mall on Saturday and Sunday from 10-4, with Angela Marsh Photography available to take photos of your family with Santa. It’s the perfect time for visitors to take adorable photos for family Christmas cards!

Bring your friends and family to Bemus Point’s Holiday Open House this weekend and enjoy this festive kick off to your holiday season!



Fall at Imagine! Open Saturday and Sundays 10-5

Shopping this Fall

Shopping in the Fall in Bemus takes on a more leisurely tone than the frantic pace of summer. You can find goodies at your favorite indie shops that just aren’t available in summer. Many of the stores and restaurants are open and Bemus is a fun place to spend a few hours this time of year.Imagine! will be open Saturdays and Sundays 10-5 until Christmas and then we will have a huge sale between Christmas and New Years. We will be open again in the spring and during our time off we’ll be shopping to fill the store again. In the meantime, we are unpacking great gifts for Fall, winter and the upcoming holidays.img_4975 So plan on coming to Bemus and you can enjoy the stunning colors of the fall leaves reflected in the lake, homemade soup at your favorite restaurant and lots of unique made in America goodies at our shop.

New Items

We are featuring some new Atenti bags, jewelry of all kinds, of course, and charming hand made items including adorable

Michael Michaud clover necklace

Michael Michaud clover necklace

mittens and slippers. In addition to being open weekends you can find us by chance or appointment.Call us at 716 386 2244 if you keep thinking about something you saw at the shop and wish you had bought. We can mail it to you. We also feature a small Etsy shop. Click “shop” above and find it. We are still selling our inventory of yarns and needles on our Ebay store, find it through our “shop” button.

There are some hand-knit items that we make at the store that we will feature this Fall, including felted bags and hats. We ordered some beautiful ceramic lamps with dolphins (see picture below) from a pottery in Texas that will be arriving within the next few weeks. There are a series of little holes in the top of the shade and at night they throw little dots of light onto the ceiling for a dreamy effect. Stop by to see what is new, we always look forward to welcoming you.   Yancey will be in the shop during the next two week-ends while I am off to S. Carolina to relax and research artisan gifts for the store. Hope to see you! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and Twitter for latest news.sea-lampwool-mittens

Atenti Lulu bag

Atenti Lulu bag

8th Annual Fall Fest Sept 16-18, 2016

Verna's Tree

Just when summer starts to wane and you think the last boat in Bemus has been docked or the final fireworks display is nothing but smoke trails, it’s time to get ready for the Bemus Point Fall Fest. The whole village is decorated with corn stalks and scarecrows to set the stage. It is time to let summer slowly sail away and to welcome the pleasures of autumn. This year the festivities will be September 16th -18th.


Fall Fest is a Bemus tradition sponsored by the Bemus specialty shops. Did you know that Bemus has 12 specialty shops? Each one is different and each one is run by passionate, creative people who search the planet for wonderful goods. These shops are unique custom designed indie stores that are scattered throughout the town.


During Fall Fest, each participating store offers a “Pick-a-leaf” discount as part of the weekend celebration. This means that once happy shoppers have collected what they would like to purchase, they pick a fall leaf from a cluster at each shop. No peeking. The leaf has a discount clearly marked on it ranging from 5-50% off. The discount is applied to the customer’s entire order at the register when they check out at each location. Some stores feature refreshments and fall decorations, and others host in-store events. Restaurants feature delicious fall dishes and drinks designed specifically for the fest.


In addition to the stores and restaurants of Bemus, there is a petting zoo that sets up on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Musky Mall. Children and adults are fascinated by the interesting animals that visit the town. Carriage rides that tour the village are also very popular. Kettle Korn is popping in the streets and vendor booths are sprinkled through the village.


Live music is also part of the tradition. Sometimes it is on the floating stage but some years musicians wander through the town or set up on the street. Come rock with Dan Vogan in front of Cappola’s during the weekend.


This event is a great way to see what is new at the stores and to explore the stalls. It is a perfect way to get out and enjoy the lush colors, crisp air, and all the joys of the harvest season.

We are Open and Celebrating our 10th. Anniversary.

Its our 10th anniversary at Imagine! and we want to celebrate all season long with our wonderful customers. Sign up for the news letter and get in on our specials. Also, watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for information about anniversary saleselaine coyne bracelets and events.

Imagine! is 10 years old we feel all grown up. As many of you know, we started out as a café and knit shop with many beautiful hand-made items from around the country and around the county. We have slowly changed. First our café gave way to more artisan crafted gifts. And this year we are excited to announce that our shop is entirely about American and Canadian made fine gifts in every price range. We also sprinkled in some Fair trade and we do have a few select items that are imported ( about 20%). All season long we will be celebrating our anniversary with specials and with some fun events. Visit us frequently on our website or better yet, sign up for our news letter on the front page. We promise not to bombard you but we also promise to let you know when something good is going on. Another way to stay in touch is on our Facebook page and on Twitter where we post almost daily. So much is happening in Bemus this season and so much has happened at Imagine over the winter. We have completely remodeled our store, it is much more upscale and gallery-like and we are so proud of it. Even we were surprised by the changes. Come see. And we have found the most wonderful artists with truly unique gifts. We are  open daily starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day 10-5.

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