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Monthly lecture series to promote entrepreneurship

An initiative to celebrate the talents and accomplishments of artisan craft entrepreneurs in the region is coming to the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

Craft Business Thursday @ Creator Square will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The event will be a series of monthly lectures featuring a guest speaker.

The goal of the series will be to update the community on Creator Square’s progress in anticipation of the building’s renovation and program rollout in 2018-19; discuss concepts such as craft business, makers movement and entrepreneurship; and feature a talented and accomplished craft businessperson or maker during each evening of lectures and workshops.

Myles Geyman of Stak Ceramics in Homewood, Beaver County, will be the first speaker in the series.

Paul Rosenblatt, executive director of Creator Square, said the series of interactive discussions and presentations will focus on how local craft businesses were launched and how they are sustained.

Topics for discussion include what are the greatest opportunities and challenges of starting a craft business here, what are the most important lessons learned and how can the arts be drivers of the local economic rebirth.

“These are some of the questions that we will look forward to exploring with the creative individuals who will be part of Craft Business Thursdays @ Creator Square,” Rosenblatt said.

Stak Ceramics was started in 2013 by Myles and Heather Geyman.

It began in the basement of their home and quickly expanded. After a year of cramped work conditions, they found a studio space near home.

It was during this time that they began learning how to manage their small business.

The couple design and produce everything from traditional dinnerware to lamps.

Angela R. Godin, executive director of the arts center, said they are excited to be a small part of the continued advancement in the Cambria County area through Creator Square.

“A recurring series, such as this, will keep the community engaged and eager about the continued progress of Creator Square, especially with its growth and development over the next two years,” she said. “Seeing this vision steadily become a reality aids in the continuations to make Johnstown a thriving hub for arts and culture.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 255-6515 or www.caccc.org.

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Tabletop Market Focuses On Mixed Materials, New Marketing Initiatives

On the second day of the New York Tabletop Market, October 18, vendors focused on new ways to add interest to tabletop segments, incorporating mixed materials, new finishes and new ways to add an entertaining lifestyle element to familiar SKUs, particularly those that might be multi-functional.

Fiskars Corporation’s Waterford brand debuted Short Stories, a mixed material line incorporating black marble into crystal barware and lighting. Nambé also showcased marble, adding its first SKUs in the material, in cheese boards for its Braid and Cabo designs.

Designed to add interest to bridal registry, Fiskars featured a program allowing the consumer to mix and match dinnerware, glassware and flatware to match his or her personal style, a concept that is set to roll out at Dillard’s, and eyed by other potential retail partners at the tabletop market.

From a business perspective, vendors at the market were focused on making the e-commerce channel more relevant, with glassware suppliers in particular such as Libbey, Arc International and Luigi Bormioli focused on developing web-specific experience-based marketing video content and and drop ship programs. Many were zeroed in on creating private label and exclusive programs, such as Arc and Qualia Glass, which opened a new showroom at Forty One Madison in part to take advantage of the opportunity to get its concepts in front of retail buyers.

TTU expanded on its best-selling Mason branded franchise, including storage items in frosted white and gray, as well as bringing the brand into various segments, such as dinnerware, textiles, cutlery, and wire organization. The farmhouse look continues to trend, and TTU focused on countertop storage canisters in the style as well. The farmhouse look was also part of Meyer Corporation’s introductions under its Paula Deen license, and it debuted Speckle, a white and blue speckled stoneware pattern with an enamel look with cobalt blue interiors.

Canvas Home opened a new showroom this market as part of a company redirect to dining and the table, debuting tableware with a handcrafted element. The company’s newest collection, Pinch, was developed with UK designer Linda Bloomfield, and it is both hand formed and hand glazed.

The home bar also continued to be key at the market, and Artland debuted bar carts and trays as a way for retailers to incorporate a bar-related furniture element to complement their glassware assortments. On the glassware front, Luigi Bormioli expanded its Mixology assortment to include textured barware looks.

In flatware, styles with a black matte finish have been top of mind with bridal consumers and of interest to retailers at the show, said vendors such as Hampton Forge and Gourmet Settings.

For more on the New York Tabletop Market, see NOUVEAU in the October 9, 2017, issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®.

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Partial tea set should be cherished as family heirloom

Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson have written a number of books on antiques. Do you have an item you’d like to know more about? Contact them at Joe Rosson, 2504 Seymour Ave., Knoxville TN 37917, or email them at treasures@knology.net. If you’d like your question to be considered for their column, include a high-resolution photo of the subject, which must be in focus, with your inquiry.

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Celebrate fall at annual Harvest Festival in Laguna Beach – Orange …

Meet neighbors, enjoy family fun and bring a dish and drinks to share.

The annual Harvest Festival will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the South Laguna Community Garden on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The event includes face painting, pumpkin decorating, prizes and live music. Reusable dinnerware will be provided for this zero-waste event.

The South Laguna Community Garden Park is a public treasure enjoyed by Laguna Beach residents and visitors. There are individual or group garden plots, vertical gardens,children’s’ learning gardens and a healing garden.

The garden park is sponsored by the South Laguna Civic Association and further sustained by volunteers and donors.

IF YOU GO

What: Harvest Festival

Where: South Laguna Community Garden Park, Eagle Rock and Coast Highway

When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

Admission: Free

 

 

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Inside the retro 1960s TWA Lounge open at One World Trade Center

As construction of the TWA Hotel is taking off at New York City’s JFK Airport, the brand recently unveiled the new TWA Lounge, perched on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center.


The TWA lounge on the 86th floor. Image by Jesse David Harris

The TWA Lounge at 1WTC in Lower Manhattan is meant to be a sales center for the TWA Hotel, but it’s also a retro museum. The sleek space channels the same aesthetic as Eero Saarinen’s iconic 1962 terminal, with rounded walls to mirror the curved design of the world-renowned architect’s flight center. Taking inspiration from the Jet Age era, there’s TWA Memorabilia like branded cigarettes and carry-on bags, a collection of original David Klein prints, and vintage flight attendant uniforms exhibited.


The collection includes a library of historic design and branding books, iconic TWA flight hostess uniforms. Image by Emily Gilbert

A reception desk and analog departures display were also specially constructed to recall the distinct mid-century design aesthetic. Beverage carts are stocked with Tab (the diet soda popular in the 1960s) and Champagne, and bold red banquettes face floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, while a telescope points directly at the TWA Hotel at JFK in Queens.


Ambassador service dinnerware was used in First Class on TWA flights in the 1960s. Image by Jesse David Harris

Meanwhile, the TWA Flight Center Hotel construction at JFK is underway, with a promise to maintain the mid-century glory of the original Saarinen terminal which it will inhabit. The hotel will have 505 guest rooms (including 483 rooms and 22 suites), 8 restaurants, 6 bars, and a 10,000 square foot public observation deck. A museum highlighting New York as the birthplace of the Jet Age, TWA, and the Mid-century Modern design movement will also be on premises.


The new hotel was previously a terminal that closed in 2001. Image by Max Touhey

After opening in 1962, the TWA Flight Center, designated a NYC Landmark in 1994 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, closed its doors in 2001. The redesign is helmed by MCR Development, one of the country’s largest hotel owners, in partnership with JetBlue, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and is expected to be completed in 18 months. Until then, the TWA Lounge will be open by appointment.

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Celebrate fall at annual Harvest Festival in Laguna Beach

Meet neighbors, enjoy family fun and bring a dish and drinks to share.

The annual Harvest Festival will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the South Laguna Community Garden on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The event includes face painting, pumpkin decorating, prizes and live music. Reusable dinnerware will be provided for this zero-waste event.

The South Laguna Community Garden Park is a public treasure enjoyed by Laguna Beach residents and visitors. There are individual or group garden plots, vertical gardens,children’s’ learning gardens and a healing garden.

The garden park is sponsored by the South Laguna Civic Association and further sustained by volunteers and donors.

IF YOU GO

What: Harvest Festival

Where: South Laguna Community Garden Park, Eagle Rock and Coast Highway

When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

Admission: Free

 

 

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Inside the retro 1960s TWA Lounge now open at One World Trade Center

As construction of the TWA Hotel is taking off at New York City’s JFK Airport, the brand recently unveiled the new TWA Lounge, perched on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center.


The TWA lounge on the 86th floor. Image by Jesse David Harris

The TWA Lounge at 1WTC in Lower Manhattan is meant to be a sales center for the TWA Hotel, but it’s also a retro museum. The sleek space channels the same aesthetic as Eero Saarinen’s iconic 1962 terminal, with rounded walls to mirror the curved design of the world-renowned architect’s flight center. Taking inspiration from the Jet Age era, there’s TWA Memorabilia like branded cigarettes and carry-on bags, a collection of original David Klein prints, and vintage flight attendant uniforms exhibited.


The collection includes a library of historic design and branding books, iconic TWA flight hostess uniforms. Image by Emily Gilbert

A reception desk and analog departures display were also specially constructed to recall the distinct mid-century design aesthetic. Beverage carts are stocked with Tab (the diet soda popular in the 1960s) and Champagne, and bold red banquettes face floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, while a telescope points directly at the TWA Hotel at JFK in Queens.


Ambassador service dinnerware was used in First Class on TWA flights in the 1960s. Image by Jesse David Harris

Meanwhile, the TWA Flight Center Hotel construction at JFK is underway, with a promise to maintain the mid-century glory of the original Saarinen terminal which it will inhabit. The hotel will have 505 guest rooms (including 483 rooms and 22 suites), 8 restaurants, 6 bars, and a 10,000 square foot public observation deck. A museum highlighting New York as the birthplace of the Jet Age, TWA, and the Mid-century Modern design movement will also be on premises.


The new hotel was previously a terminal that closed in 2001. Image by Max Touhey

After opening in 1962, the TWA Flight Center, designated a NYC Landmark in 1994 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, closed its doors in 2001. The redesign is helmed by MCR Development, one of the country’s largest hotel owners, in partnership with JetBlue, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and is expected to be completed in 18 months. Until then, the TWA Lounge will be open by appointment.

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