Diva Days this Weekend

The local social atmosphere is heating up this weekend as Divas from all over gather in Clarksville this Saturday. The local shops are offering a Diva gift bag to their first 100 customers! Pick up your bag at the Clarksville Glassworks starting at 10 AM so be sure to get here early.

There are other parties happening around town as well. I’m hosting a morning party at the Elgin / Cottrell house from 8AM – 10AM for $10 / person. The Clarksville Artist Guild is hosting a party in the home of local artist Mary O. It’s an opportunity to get an inside look at the recent renovations Mary has made to her new home, the old Grace Episcopal Church.

The Clarksville Mayor, Mrs. Joanne Smiley, will also present her town cottage in an 3 house tour along with the Methodist Church and Mary O’s house.

A downtown full of sales, chocolate, champagne, wine and historical house tours! Sounds like a Diva Day to me!

50 Miles of Art Starts in Clarksville this Weeeknd

The Clarksville Artist Guild Presents: 50 Miles of Art this Saturday, March 24 & Sunday, March 25.

Start your tour in Clarksville. Clarksville is the home of the largest concentration of working artisans in the region.

Cool Beans Cafe in downtown Clarksville is a good place to start with a cup of coffee, and a stroll around the Dawn of Creation boutique, conveniently located next to the cafe. Dawn of Creation has some great items on sale too:

  • 50% off all purses & wallets
  • 50% off all earrings
  • 50% off all glass art
  • 30% off prom and all other jewelry
  • Buy One Get One Free Scarve

Clarksville Glassworks and Massiglia Fine Art Studio are right up the street. Stop into the Clarksville Glassworks to watch live glass blowing. Browse their functional glass art, and jewelry. Be sure to take note of Mary Ostertag’s newly installed large format art.

The Bent Tree Gallery is right on the corner. They are celebrating their 30th year of creating rustic furnishings. Stop in to see the evolution in their work. They will be giving out origami packets of flower seeds to customers. The Bent Tree also shares space with Stacy Leigh, a local fashion designer. Be sure to check out her popular leather work.

Continue around the corner to visit the Pirate’s Cove for some unique styles at low prices; M & M Greenwell for exceptional woodworking; and the Biker Bayou for your motorbike goods.

Mike and Margie Greenwell‘s custom woodwork is amazing. A lot of their work is installed in a lot of local residences. They also have a variety of their woodworking on display in their shop. Stop in and take home a new hardwood cutting board or a turned Christmas ornament.

First Street is closer to the Mississippi River and has a number of interesting shops.

A trio of shops on First Street start with the Great River Road Pottery. Stop for some freshly wheeled kitchen and garden ware. Next door, Simpatico, the Artist Co-Op has a variety of handmade art from regional artists. Finally, stop in and say hello to DiAnne at Earth’s Heartbeat and see her hand painted Native American inspired pottery, drums, skulls, and gourds.

But wait, there’s more! Cross Howard Street on First to get to Bee Naturals for new fragrances, lotions, and potions to naturally care for your body. And just a little further down first The Windsor Chair Shop will be demonstrating steam bending techniques critical to their chair building. It’s always worth dropping in to see their handcrafted, heirloom quality colonial chairs and furnishings.

Finally head back toward Howard Street to visit Richard’s Great Stuff and BT Dove Antiques. Two amazingly unique shops that you shouldn’t leave Clarksville without visiting.

Save some time for the south side of town where you will find the Clarksville Station variety shop and critically acclaimed restaurant. The newly remodeled Clarksville Antique Center at the south end of town has 40,000 sq feet of antiques! The Eagles’ Bluff Golf Course might be a great place to let the golfers play while the more artistic explore the town.

After you’ve worked up an appetite. Have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner at any of the great eateries around town:

Valentine, Be Mine…

If you have someone special in your life, show them you care with a distinctively unique gift from the heart. First take note in what they like or do often. Pay attention to what makes them smile or laugh. Then start looking early. Get some ideas by searching around online, then head to your town’s local stores. Walk around, meet the shop keepers, artists, designers, and craftsmen. Let them know what you’re looking for. If it’s not quite right, ask them to customize it just to make it perfect. If you have no idea at all, give them a budget and a few things to go with, like favorite color, wood, finish, gemstone or metal. Step back and see what they come up with. You might be surprised!

Oh yea, take a neighbor, relative, or friend for a second opinion and company over that cup of coffee and slice of pie.

Here are a few Valentine gift ideas available in Clarksville this season.

Distinctive Gifts from Clarksville (Part 1)

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  • Frontier End Table: $210
  • Cut Log Bookends: $45 –$75

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  • Orange & White Bulb Force Vase: $36
  • Glass Disk, Earthtone & Cane Glass Beads, Sterling Silver Wrap and Clasp, One of a Kind: $200
  • Swirled Cobalt Blue & Clear Glass Cruet: $36

Cool Beans

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  • Assorted Novelty Flasks: $20 / each
  • Assorted Coffee Mugs: $13 / each
  • 1 LB Local Roasted Coffee: $10.66 / pound

Richard’s Great Stuff

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  • Cocktail Shaker: Mariposa Aluminum with Zebra Etched in Amber Glass: $20
  • Cocktail Shaker: Mariposa Aluminum Penguin Shaped: $20
  • Serving Spoons: Mariposa Aluminum with Glass End-of-the-Day Inserts: $15 / pair
  • Other unique gifts under $25

B.T. Dove’s Antiques

  • Vintage American Porcelain and Composite Doll, Period Dress and Wig; cerca 1910: visit for price.

The Windsor Chair Shop

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  • Continuous arm windsor chair. Historically, made in New York, the ‘C’ arm is one of the most difficult windsor chairs to create. The ‘c’ or ‘bow’ arm is a single, continuous piece of Red Oak. Painted in soldier blue, milk paint is safe for kids and pets: $600

Bee Naturals

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  • Glycerin Soaps (50+ Fragrances): $4.95
  • Natural Bath Luffa: $3
  • Ultimate Foot Crème: $7.95
  • Natural Wood & Bristle Nail Brush: $3.95
  • Aromatherapy Foot Soak: $7.95

CBC Bank

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  • U.S.A. Paper Savings Bonds: $25 – $??
  • $1 Presidential Coins

Yes, really!  Paper Savings Bonds will be discontinued January 1, 2012. Own a piece of history while you can, and save for a love one’s future.