Friday, October 16, 2009

Fall Windows

The first of the Fall leaves. The banner was put up.
The view from across the street....the blue chairs didn't last the weekend . People are still inquiring about them, go figure???The days of the open door may be over for this year soon, so be sure to take a drive through the valley and enjoy the colors before they are gone....

Hudson Valley's Best Party

In July we were notified that HiHo was readers pick for BEST GIFT SHOP. This very exciting news was hard to keep as a secret. The publication posting the winners is the Oct. issue of Hudson Valley Magazine and last night was the showcase celebration at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The challenge: represent HiHo in a 8x10 space. We decided to just use Fall as the theme and bring more new gift items than vintage. We also worked on a slide show video with my friend Gia from Ness Learning Center and used the vintage Hoffman television to disguise the flat screen monitor.
This photo of me was taken just after finishing the set up and when my nerves were starting to get the best of me....1500 people on their way.

This is a shot of Susan after a good drink at the bar, as she said "much easier to smile after a drink".

See I'm a lot more relaxed now. We handed out HiHo buttons that say, HiHo HiHo it's off to shop I go and Salt Water Taffy, spoke with hundreds of people and gave them HiHo business cards.

The HiHo men wore their new shirts and drank and ate all evening. They look like HiHo security, but they really did have a good time.

I was interviewed by cable 6 the local station and Everett was asked to assist, by holding the microphone.

To watch our new slide show video that we premiered at the show just click on this link. All in all we had a great time, and look forward to sharing the shop with all the new customers we met at the show.