If Spring Came in a Store - Artique

Monday, March 23, 2015
Well, just as in life, all good things come to an end.  Today marks the end of my series, 'If Spring Came in a Store'.  This has been such a fun series to write, but even more fun to research.  I've found some great new places to shop, added some beautiful pieces to my home decor and met some really wonderful people.  I've also figured out what my followers enjoy reading....not that it should come as any surprise!  When I began this series two weeks ago, I had less than 20,000 page views...as of today I have 23,958!  That's a lot of page views, and it's no wonder!  Who wouldn't want to window shop at these truly unique and beautiful shops?  Hopefully I've inspired you to visit some or all of them.  Today, my last but certainly not least venue is Artique Co-Op.  Fitting that my eighth in the series is located at Exit 8 of the northway on Crescent Road in Clifton Park.  If you are unfamiliar with this one, let me give you a little background.
Opened in September of 2009 and expanded in 2014, today Artique is the home of over 100 vendors in Clifton Park and has a second storefront in Colonie Center housing 30 vendors.  Artique is a cooperative venture of sorts with vendors working 12 hrs. a month at the Clifton Park location.  What you'll find when you visit Artique is a variety of offerings from jewelry to fashion accessories, home goods to children's merchandise,  candles to candy, and pottery to beauty products and much, much more.  There's something for everyone at Artique guaranteeing a unique shopping experience for even the most seasoned shopper.  Some of the merchandise is handcrafted, some vendors sell antiques, some sell manufactured goods.
Two vendors, Cathy Vegal (Fabulous Finds) and Erin Brewer (Lillies and Lace) have recently worked hard putting their heads and hands together to plan monthly events to take place at the store.  In March it was a Stitch & Sip event.  On April 9th, from 5-9:00, they will host a Spring Spruce Up event - Flower Arrangements, Garden Accessories and all things Floral.  Coming in May, a Girls Night Out event will be held on May 7th from 5-9:00 pm where you can Pamper, Indulge and Relax.  Be sure to mark your calendar to attend either or both of these events.
While I didn't necessarily find a lot of 'spring' at Artique, I did find a lot of awesome stuff that I think will pique your interest.  Artique is a great place to go to find something unique for that hard-to-shop for person in your life.  Let me show you what I mean....
Disclaimer here:  My friend, Marcelle, makes these slump bottles.  They are a unique and wonderful gift item.   A great way to serve a block of cheese or spread and come with a serving knife as well!  Have an empty bottle from a special occasion?  Ask Marcelle to transform it into a keepsake for you!
A HUGE selection of Melissa & Doug merchandise!


 Don't forget - click on any photo for a larger look!

 Above - these silicone lids are the bomb!  Check 'em out!

See what I mean?   And this is just a small sampling of what the 100+ vendors offer at this unique shop.  Check it out soon.  Located right off  Exit 8  at 1536 Crescent Road (in the shopping plaza), Clifton Park, and on the first floor of Colonie Center.  Please use the link below to check store hours.
So that's about it....the end of my series.  I hope you've enjoyed it and will stick around to see some of the other local treasures John and I stumble upon.  The weather is improving and soon we'll be venturing outdoors and I promise to have some fun destinations for you to explore without leaving the state.  In the meantime - check out my Directory for earlier posts.  It's almost gardening season and I have a whole lotta posts under the "garden" category.  Just click on "Gardens" and keep reading and hitting "Previous Post" to check out all of them.  Or....use the Directory to see a listing of Garden posts and click on the month listed next to it.  If you're new to my Blog, check out this post, http://gwfirecracker.blogspot.com/2014/11/someone-got-facelift.html for a little tutorial on navigating my blog!  So....thanks for sticking with this series and come back soon to Life As I See It!

1 comment

  1. What a wonderful collection of items for any occasion! Thanks for showcasing this great store!!


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