A lot’s been going on here at the shop during the past few months….
On July 1st, Kim Hooks, who has been a student, customer, friend and fellow glass addict for many years, came on board as a partner at Heirlooms and Gretchen’s. Kim is no stranger to our customers, having helped out in the shop on Sundays and during the Festival of the Horse for several years. She is an Illinois native but has lived in Lexington for more than half her life, loves gardening, animals, all things glass and is enjoying not being behind a computer day after day. If you haven’t already, come, meet Kim, and welcome her!
Heirlooms & Gretchen’s will remain much the same as ever, providing stained glass supplies, offering classes and workshops, creating custom stained glass and repairing or renovating older pieces. We will also still repair lamps and stock lamp parts, and are enlarging our doll house miniatures section.
Those of you who have been following us on Facebook (https:// www.facebook.com/heirloomsandgretchens) probably saw our “Suggest a Workshop” contest in August. Kelley Mellema won a waived registration fee with her workshop suggestion. That workshop was held October 12th with students making a Christmas Stained Glass Candle Cozies.
Gretchen and Kim have been looking at other student-suggested ideas for additional workshops this year. Our plan is to have a workshop each month that time permits. So, let us know your ideas. If we wind up using one, you can also have your registration fee for the workshop waived.
In fact, our next workshop is already on the schedule!! On November 16th (1 to 5PM), we will be creating Stained Glass Snowflakes. This workshop has a $25 registration fee. We will provide tools but the purchase of materials will be extra. Email or call us to register. These snowflakes make great Winter Decorations and also would be ideal gifts for that “hard to buy for” person on your gift list.
Remember, if you are new to Stained Glass or need help with a project, we also have general classes every Thursday and Saturday from 10 am to noon. The cost is $40 for four classes. Several new students have recently completed their first projects while some more advanced students have both designed and completed larger projects. It’s a lot of fun to see the projects come together, and it also helps to realize that we all run into the same types of problems in working with glass.
Lights added to Old Antiques:
The past couple of months have seen many custom and repair stained glass projects come through the shop. While Kim and Gretchen have been working on these, Roy has been busy rewiring lamps of all sorts. One of the more unusual requests we’ve had recently has been to electrify some antique lanterns . In each case,, we were able to keep the integrity of the lantern so that it could be converted back to the original state if wanted in the future. The end results were unique lamps that will light as well as serve as a conversation piece in their new homes.
Other Odds and Ends:
As you might have noticed, our shop hours have changed and, we hope, will better fit your schedule. We are once again open seven days a week! Monday through Saturday, our hours are 10am to 5pm. On Sunday we will be open from 1 to 5pm. Yes, we are now OPEN on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
And, if you can’t visit us in person, make sure to take a virtual tour of our shop (and other shops in Georgetown) online at www.shopmainstreets.com/kentucky/georgetown. It’s pretty interesting tour the WHOLE shop using your computer mouse as a guide. Follow the arrows or circle around – stop and hone in on one item, or back up to see something you missed. FUN!
As always, we are glad to provide free copies of the latest Stained Glass News and Score to our customers. They each have lots of tips and ideas and the Score in particular has two full-sized patterns in each issue. We also have extra copies of previous editions if you’ve missed one or two along the way.