On my way to the Handmade Galleries artist benefit last week, I stopped in a mini mart to get gas and saw the most blingiest dollar sign necklace on a display above Blow Pops and next to the trucker caps. Handmade owner Andy Spyros is a longtime client and good friend. I knew she'd love the necklace so I plunked down my cold hard cash and paid the five ninety nine. (Now is that $5.99 or $599? You decide.)
Andy, awesome person that she is, LOVED the necklace, got a good laugh and promptly put it on. It looked really good with her outfit and she and I both agreed that she needed more accessories.
That day not only had a great party at the store, but Citysearch was there doing a 1 minute clip with Andy as the star of the show. With bling, she dazzled.
I got to play the role of The Enthusiastic Handmade shopper. After preparing hours and hours for my Citysearch debut, powdering my nose, finding my motivation and all, I stood in front of the camera and gushed on why I love Handmade.
"The customer service can't be beat. And there's always a surprise here to delight you when you walk in. I love Handmade! It's Melrose without the attitude."
"Ooooooooooh, good line" exclaimed Joe the cameraman/interviewer.
I pushed a stray hair aside and returned to my trailer. :-)
So after that we took our kids, plus my sister Zan and soon to be 21 year old niece Kati to the Amazon restaurant on Ventura Blvd.
We went there a few months ago when Kathy Murillo came to town. I had the same thing (Night Shrimp) and our children (fueled by lemonade and a pre-dining stop at Coldstone where my other niece works) promptly began to tear the place up and run wild. This photo was taken mid-kid-insanity. I sincerely believe the staff and patrons were delighted to see us go. (Fortunately we got there early before the rush)
Handmade Galleries got about 30 people to sign up as bone marrow donors, they raised close to $3000 for Jack, the kids were happy, and we did an awesome job on Citysearch!