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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December's Business

Good morning everyone, Can you believe it is already December? At times I thought it would never come and now there is so much to do : ) But first things first. Take time to visit our feature with cups of joy from Nancy and Julie of Roses and Teacups:

December Feature

Then, be sure and open and follow the links on our official Victorian Etc. December Newsletter. What's that you say? You haven't signed up for it yet? (That's a double opt-in form.) Well, there's no time like the present for the gift that keeps on giving:

Victorian Etc. Newsletter

Now down to the business of the day. We are starting work on Volume II, Issue #1 (Jan. 2011) of the magazine. We have an offer from Patty Suchy (Novel Explorations) to do the food and drink article on the World Tea Expo. Barb of SBS Teas and I are working on a novel theme ourselves. We have decided to feature "the Titanic" in this Issue for its upcoming 99th Anniversary. If you have an inclination to help or a passion to write, please let us know that you would be willing to contribute.

Thanks for all that you do and last but not least, visit our media page at the Heart Shoppe and view or "List of Gratitudes" for 2010.

"Victorian Gratitudes"

Thanks to all of you who participated!


Monday, November 1, 2010

November's Featured Website

Are you ever in for a Treat! Visit our featured site for November and view an exquisite online emporium full of original artwork:

Shelley McVittie's Studio

You'll be glad you did : ) Victoria

Thursday, September 30, 2010

October Surprise

Good morning All, Hope all of you will take time to visit our featured website for October brought to us by Linda from Charmed Victorian. Linda is constantly creating new and beautiful cameos to add to her wide selection.

October Feature

Our newsletter went out early this morning and we already have hundreds of page loads (502 at 7 am). By the way, some fabulous facts about our newsletter for Victorian Etc. We have won an "Excellence in E-mail Marketing" from Vertical Response with a rank of # 52 for quarter three of 2010. Not sure how many customers they have but we do feel honored by this award. You will find it next to our newsletter subscription on the home page of the Magazine:

Victorian Etc. Magazine

We have more postcards to mail out for anyone who would like to include them with their orders from now through the end of the year. Just drop us a note with your snail address and how many you would like.

Thanks for all that you do : )

With deep appreciation,

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September morn'

Good Morning All, Happy September! Oh, we have sooooo much going on this month and it is all good : )

First, pay a visit to our unique feature page brought to us by Carol from the Swan Company:
September Feature Page

Second, we have a brand new Holiday Contest with lots of participants (thanks to all) and fun things to see:
Holiday Contest Begins

Last, but not least, we have a new find 'Lulu Mae's Monogram Hunt' for September at Victorian Etc. Magazine:
Find Lulu Mae's Monogram Hunt

This one is fairly easy so try your luck and hone your investigatory skills! Thanks to Linda from Charmed Victorian for sponsoring this month's gift. Clue list is a real giveaway.


P.S. We are still offering a First Avenue window to any current Heart Shoppe member for only $50 thru the end of the year (four months). Great to have throughout the Holiday shopping season!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Victorian Craft Faire

Good Morning Victoriana lovers! Below is a copy of an e-mail we received from Victorian Crafts Fair people in NY. Thought some of you might be close enough to participate:

Dear Victorian Heart Shoppe,

My name is Danielle Gorton-Williams and I represent Historic Events, the production company that will be putting on the Victorian Leisure Fair for six weekends this summer at Erie Canal Village in Rome, New York! We are very excited about the opportunity to bring history and literature alive with this family friendly summer event. Like the Renaissance Fair that everyone is familiar with, we will have reenactors creating living history environments, stage performances, choral groups, instrumental groups, parades, and vendors selling food and wares. However, we will be focusing on the Age of Industry and Innovation that was the Victorian Era, and we have a working canal barge and steam train!

This is a great opportunity for your business. We will be running commercials on the cable channels, and local radio throughout the Central New York Region. We will also be teaming up with local charities and schools to get the word out to our customer base. We have the ability to handle up to 20,000 customers per day of fair!! We will be offering on-site camping for our vendors. The fair is set to open on July 31st and run every weekend through September 5th.

There are many vendor opportunities at the Victorian Leisure Fair. We are in need of vendors who will be selling Victorian Era wares and clothing and providing services that would be appropriate to our era. Based on your website, the wares you sell would be perfect for our clientele.

You can visit our website at Historic Fairs to view the Non-Food Vendor along with detailed information regarding the requirements of booths at the fair. Please feel free to contact us via email at danielle@historicfairs.com or rene@historicfairs.com or via phone at 562-714-3714 with any questions you may have. We look forward to starting a grand new tradition with you!


Danielle Gorton-Williams

Monday, May 31, 2010

June's Faetured Site

Good Morning All, We hope that you will all enjoy the featured site for June brought to us by Barb of SBS Teas:

June's Feature: SBS Teas

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Day

Good Morning Everyone, May 1st is upon us and we have nothing but good things to announce!

1) Our feature page for May is brought to you by the women of Roses and Teacups. Julie and Nancy have an amazing array of Mother's Day gifts and beautiful things. In fact, every time I go to this site I can't help but think about my mom : )
Roses and Teacups

2) Our new Contest is amazing! You can play Bingo and win prizes and just have fun with it : ) Thanks to those who are participating, it officially starts tomorrow but take a sneak peek today:
Bingo Blast Contest

3) We have chosen our first round of Vetcy Winners in each of the four categories! These winners will compete for your vote to win the Grand Prize which is a full page spread in the next Victorian Etc. Magazine. Voting officially begins for the 'People's Choice Vetcy' tomorrow, but we will accept your votes today. Click the link at the bottom of this page to view the four winners and vote for your favorite:
Vetcy Award Winners Announced

4) Our find Lulu Mae's Monogram Hunt ends today with the winner drawn this evening. Tomorrow we start a new hunt with a new prize and our monogram once again hidden. Tell your friends this one is easy to find and they can still participate today : )
Find Lulu Mae's Monogram Hunt

You might have noticed that everything starts May 2nd. I don't like to start anything on a Saturday since it is such a slow computer day. Also, our computer has been down for two days because the garbage truck broke our cable line. Almost had to make a trip out with the wireless Netbook : )


Thursday, April 1, 2010

April's Featured Website

No foolin' we have a new Feature Page for April! Stop by Sweet Necessi-teas

Featured April

Thanks to Karen for also writing the feature article for our Magazine, Victorian Etc.

Easter Tea Party

We were quite pleasantly surprised to have over 500 page loads at 8:00 this morning! Please tell your friends : )

We soooooooo appreciate all of you!
Vic & Jeff

Victorian Etc. Magazine Issue #2

Read Issue #2

See what everyone's talking about! Sign-up for the free newsletter, find "Lulu Mae's Monogram Hunt" with a new April prize.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Our Newest Member is a Specialist!

Visit our newest member, Barb from SBS Teas on First Avenue:

SBS Teas

Here is a little info about Barb:
"I am the first STI certified Tea Specialist in North Carolina and one of the first 23 in the world."

Are we ever happy to have her in our community!

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Madness

Good Morning Everyone,

We just wanted to direct your attention to our March featured shop:
"March Features Charmed Victorian"

Brought to you by Linda of Charmed Victorian, you will see delightful new designs for spring and summer!

Also, the magazine is going full steam ahead with a new scavenger hunt bringing lots of lookers which has resulted in many more hits to the Heart Shoppe:
"Lulu Mae's Monogram Hunt"

Take a peek, it's fun. Advertisers will not be allowed to participate in the contest.

Have a great month!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy February

Good Morning All, We feel like January was the start of something very big for the Heart Shoppe this year. We thank all of you for your support on your sites, blogs, facebook and twitter accounts. We mailed our first Victorian Etc. newsletter and have received a great response already.

We would like to welcome a new merchant to our group. Please pay a visit to Sheila, of "Faded... but Desired Treasures" on Second Ave:
Second Ave.
You will love the look of Sheila's retro shop and some of the treasures featured therein. Sheila and I have a special bond, we both own Bloodhounds so that kind of makes us bloodsisters : )

We have a very beautiful 'featured page' for February brought to us by Nancy of "Coeur d'Alene Gifts". Please pay Nancy a visit at some time this month, you'll be glad you did:
February Featured Shop

We want to thank Bertie of "Aunt May's Cottage" who jumped on the bandwagon and promoted our sister site, Victorian Etc. on her blog:
Aunt May's Cottage

We expect hearts and flowers this month and lots of new targeted traffic and sales beyond belief.

Have an exceptional month,
Vic & Jeff

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Victorian Etc. Magazine

It's wonderful, marvelous, and it's online now!

Victorian Etc.

Can't get enough of the Victorian era? Read, indulge, find a refuge and a friend at Victorian Etc. online! While you are there, sign up for the free newsletter.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Our featured shoppe for January is a preview of an upcoming online Victorian Crafts Magazine:
"Victorian Etc."

We wish you all a blessed and safe new year. We cannot express what your friendship, support, and encouragement have done for us over the past year. So many of you have had personal challenges above and beyond what could and should be born, and yet you remain positive and optimistic. This group is a blessing without compare : ) Stay tuned tomorrow for a big announcement as we attempt to pay some of it back, tee hee!

Vic & Jeff