Dichroic Buttons for Sale on Etsy

Bemus at Dawn

Dichroic Buttons

Hi and happy late summer. Chautauqua county is the best place to be this time of year.  The days are balmy with a fresh breeze, birds are still varied and yesterday we saw the last pair of humming birds still interested in the feeder.  

Working on the Deck

So we decided to sit on the deck to do our work. We think we might have the best set up in the county.  


Jim and I have clients and take turns using the office behind the Imagine! building. We are now doing some joint couples counseling. We see a couples together sometimes. Dynamic work.

officeMeantime, my life is different now that Aunty and Mom are together in a better place, and I have turned the building over to Elemental Magik and Lizzie’s 

I am able to take it a little easier. I have been making some jewelry and took some wonderful painting classes at the Mayville Watercolor Depot.  I also just started making some dichroic glass buttons and more to come. I’m going through Imagine! inventory and started to list it on our  Etsy site and also listed some knitting supplies on our Ebay sight.  You can click here or click the links under our Shop page.   

Meantime, here are a few of the buttons. dichroic buttons



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.

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

ann egan bracelets

Ann Egan Designs


Michael Mischaud

Daphne Olive Designs