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Stepping out in Style with Two Stylish Sisters

“Jewelry is like the perfect spice, it always compliments whats already there.” – Diane Von Furstenberg In a recent sit down with Aubrey & Nicole from Two Stylish Sisters I had the opportunity to revel in gorgeous, handmade jewelry and get to know them a bit more. Based in Massachusetts they have recently opened up a shop in Western Ave Studios a local spot for artists to come together and showcase their wares. It was a Sunday afternoon filled with laughter, good conversation and a glass of wine (or two) 🙂 They have set up their shop beautifully, with care to details such as vintage jewelry boxes that came from their grandmother or wooden pieces that were handmade by Aubrey’s husband that compliment the displayed pieces perfectly. From making sure their customers who come in are always made to feel welcome, to crafting their jewelry these two boss ladies have taken the meaning of “small business” to a new level, keep reading to hear what they had to say… Question: What inspires each of you? …

Lowell Fall Dining Guide 2017

It seems that the second Fall hits we all want soup, a nice warm drink and comforting food. Throughout the fall and winter in New England the flavors go between pumpkin to maple to peppermint to sage and any other myriad of seasonal combinations you want to make. In dining out, many restaurants come up with a fall/winter menu that complement the flavors of the season and this makes it super exciting for me as a food writer/blogger because I love trying new ways the flavors can be incorporated into new dishes. What makes the Canalway Cultural District a dining destination? The history in Lowell is rich and along with eating a great meal you can take in some of the surrounding sites such as the Whistler House Museum of Art, The New England Quilt Museum or the National Streetcar Museum. Because Lowell is a walkable city the restaurants and things to do around them make for a great day outing or a full weekend trip. Some great new restaurants have opened up recently and …

Wine & Connections

Last month’s mixer hosted by The Foundation Mixer and Tutto Bene Wine & Cheese Cellars was inspiring. Conversation accompanied by good wine is always a good mix and I saw many new faces this time. Over the course of the last few months, I can personally say that the mixers have been collaborative and I have been able to meet many new people. The very premise of mixers is to connect with people outside of your realm of comfort, it allows you to step outside your box and find new venues for your personal entrepreneurial goals or just to meet new people. These mixers also promote local business and one thing I truly appreciate is the ability talk about what I do and hear what others do in these local settings. Tutto Bene was no exception; with a Sommelier on site talking to us about the different wines we were tasting and an incredible assortment of wines from all over the world it was the perfect spot for a mixer. We had Presceia Cooper, Director …

Lowell Folk Festival 2017

“Whatever is good for your soul, do that.” The festival vibes this year were incredible. The community, the small businesses, the performers and even the weather- everything just meshed together and created a beautiful atmosphere all weekend long. I have to say it was the best year yet and no I’m not just saying that because I finally got to try the Filipino food booth 🙂 My weekend started with Friday night- first day of the festival. While its a short night, the streets were closed downtown, food booths were set up and the festival hum had started. People were milling the streets checking everything out. My friends and I checked out the opening of Warp & Weft a new restaurant on Market street that will officially open later this fall, we went over to Boardinghouse Park to catch the sunset and had some yummy food and drinks. It was a beautiful evening filled with good times and almost every single downtown restaurant had something going on. It was great to see so many people …

Creativity Meets Connection

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable” – William Pollard The Foundation Mixer brought us all together once again last week for the second part of their art series connection events. This time the focus was on GiveWave Studios owned by a friend and colleague of ours . With a small business focused on creativity and design it has thrived over the last year and half into the costume and accessories go to for all your creative needs. GiveWave Studios is based out of Lowell Makes, a Makerspace based in Lowell, MA. This is an environment where creativity takes free reign and individuals who have a membership can do everything from woodworking to 3D printing. This is the perfect place to start a business based on creative design and has been the spot for people to come out and experience on their own. During this particular mixer, we were given a tour of Lowell Makes …

Craft Vines Festival at Mill No 5

I am super excited to share this event with all of you. As most of you know I worked with Noel over at Aaronap Cellars when I covered his micro winery on my blog. This festival is organized by him and held at Mill No 5, a wonderful, historic mill that holds several shops and a farm market every Sunday. As we head into the fall season and it gets chillier it is the perfect setting for an event like this and I am thrilled to share some details about the event with you. So what can you do at the Craft Vines Festival? Well you can sample wine, mead, cider from all locally owned businesses. Aaronap Cellars La Cantina Winery Pony Shack Cider Harvard Cider Company 1634 Meadery of Ipswich That isn’t all either, not only can you taste and sample these awesome beverages but you will also have the opportunity to taste local, gourmet treats and goodies… and get this there is even an option for gourmet doggie treats so you can bring …

Wham’s Cafe – Lowell, MA

I passed by this gem many times and finally dropped by this past Saturday afternoon. Nestled on a corner of Lakeview and Aiken Wham’s Cafe has an upbeat but homey vibe. The way the menu works is that they have different specials every day but also have staples they sell every day.  Lucky us that when we went the special of the day was Beef Stew with either Chapati, a type of flatbread or Coconut Rice. I got the Chapati and Roose got the Coconut rice, both were outstanding. The Chapati was thick, but not overly heavy, and full of flavor with just a hint of sweetness. The coconut rice was perfectly cooked with an abundance of coconut flavor. I put some of the rice in the stew and it was heavenly. We also ordered some samosas that were just a bit spicy and full of flavor. Each bite hit my palate in different ways and made me want more. Afterwards to finish off my Chapati I ordered some lattes, these were incredibly good, some …

3rd Annual Evening of Fashion Fundraiser – CMAA Lowell

I am so happy to be apart of this great event this year. Organizations such as the CMAA(Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association)  who empower and help their communities are to be admired. With tireless efforts going into every detail, they throw this fundraiser to raise money for the various programs they offer throughout the community. One of two fundraisers held per year, the funds raised go towards programs such as English as a second language, citizenship classes, first time home buyers classes and many more. The CMAA also serves as a walk in center for individuals who need assistance with anything that could possibly improve their quality of life and the life of their families. Organizations centered on family and helping families is such an important part of any community as a whole. Lowell as a community is full of people from all different walks of life and it is an honor for me to work alongside with an organization who believes in this community. This event also incorporates the use of local boutiques that showcase …

Summer Kick Off Weekend- Made in Lowell – Lowell, MA

This event hosted by Made in Lowell was so much fun; over the course of Friday and Saturday I had the opportunity to roam around Downtown Lowell to take part in the Summer Kickoff 2016! First stop was Lucy Larcom Park in Downtown Lowell, where there was a DJ, food trucks, vendors,  fun sidewalk chalk art, beer garden, life size checkers board  and more. The weather was perfect and this was the best place to start the summer off. As people milled through and stopped at the different vendors and food trucks there was a real sense of community of people coming together. The kids were dancing in the middle of the walkway and tossing around a soccer ball, families were sitting together eating at the tables set up right next to the canal and the life-size checker board and Jenga at the end of the walkway were such a blast. I enjoyed myself immensely! 🙂 Of course, it helped I had Truffle Mac & Cheese from The Roving Lunchbox food truck… 🙂 Chalk art …

Flag Day – Lowell Flag – Lowell, MA

Today, Tuesday June 14th is Flag Day. What is Flag Day you may ask? Simply put it is the observance of the star-bangled banner that is the representation of our country. President Woodrow Wilson established this day as as way to rededicate ourselves to our nation. Because of this I wanted to write about some local happenings with flags. City flags as a whole cannot usually be distinguished with which city they belong to, nor are they usually representative of the many cultures and people any given city may have. Because of this Lowell Flag was created as a fun way to get the citizens involved in coming up with different flag designs that were representative of the city and showcased what our city has to offer. The rules were short and to the point: Keep it simple Use meaningful symbolism Use two to three basic colors No lettering or seals of any kind Be distinctive This idea came from wanting to incorporate Lowell’s current flag into a more distinct, colorful and inventive way to highlight …