Tell Us What You Want!

smallOpalandRubyLogoAttention Opal and Ruby blog followers and future Opal And Ruby Gift Emporium shoppers! Plans to open our store front in Fort Wayne, IN are coming right along! Kristin leaves for the AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta on Saturday, and we need YOUR input! We have a long list of products and lines that we’ll carry, but we’d love to know if there are any items you’d like to see us carry!

We will have gifts for men, women, and children, as well as some home decor and accessories. We are not concentrating on apparel.

Our goal is to provide clever and thoughtful gifts, as well as exceptional customer service! No better way to get a pulse on the wishes and desires of our shoppers than to go straight to the source! We’d love to hear from you! We invite you to e-mail us your thoughts and ideas at: opalandruby@gmail.com

Stay warm!

Opal and Ruby

The Art of a “Thank You”

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This past weekend, we sat down to write thank you notes for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts we received. Some ettiquitte sites may say we are late with our correspondence, and we tend to agree with them, but we shall fall back on the old cliche, better ‘late’ than never!

Princess Diana wrote thank you notes every evening. Talk about being on top of things! And our grandmother is as equally as punctual with her eloquent and personal notes of gratitude. The art of the thank you note may be lost due to technology, among other conveniences or inconveniences. But, we will say, when we open our mailboxes and find a handwritten ‘thank you’, it brings a smile to our faces. So in this brand new year, we will strive to better show our gratitude in the same fashion as Princess Di and Granny.

If you are inspired as well, here a few tips to help you start writing:

Cathy Leibow, contributor for Huff Post Business, suggests thank you notes should be: Timely, Personal, Specific, Meaningful, and Frequent (when applicable). Dempsey & Carroll, a stationary engraving company, provides a Thank-You Note Guide on their website.The guide provides great insight for content and timing.

Get the kids involved! Teach kids to write thank you letters, and let them enjoy creating a masterpiece that is sure to become a keepsake! This thank you note is from our little buddy, Joe, after he received a birthday bouquet of Coke and balloons! Wouldn’t you feel loved and appreciated if you received this?!

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If all else fails, follow the styles of the great William Shakespeare (illustration by Lisa Congdon):

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Thank you for reading and following our blog! We appreciate you support!

Kristin and Kelli/Opal and Ruby

Opal and Ruby Gift Emporium…The Dream is Becoming a Reality

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Last week, Opal and Ruby Gift Emporium participated in Fort Wayne’s HollyPop! The event, presented by our Downtown Improvement District, showcased 23 small businesses in a pop-up market! We stocked our 10’x10′ space some of our favorite gift ideas, including some picks from a few local businesses that we love.

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Not only was it fun to be a part of the three day shopping experience, it was also a great realization that our small business is becoming a reality! We met lots of new people, and received priceless feedback from our shoppers. Our store’s vision is to simply offer Fort Wayne, and our surrounding communities, savvy gift options and exceptional customer service. We want to assist our shoppers in any way we can.

Soon, we will be able to announce the location of our Fort Wayne store front! And then the real party begins! But, in the meantime, if you have any holiday gift, recipe, or party planning questions, don’t hesitate to contact us: opalandruby@gmail.com

We can not thank our friends, new and old, who came by Opal and Ruby and supported us! Thank you for helping make this dream a reality! We look forward to serving you in the very near future!

– Kristin and Kelli

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Thoughtful Hostess Gift

 

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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, Hanukkah is right around the corner, and holiday parties are circled on your calendar! ‘Tis the season! In preparation of being a good guest at all these holiday gatherings, my eye has been open for great hostess gifts.

I love these beverage tags at Ballard Designs (www.ballarddesigns.com) – 6 for $15!

Click here to view this  Thoughtful Hostess Gift

You have a holiday beverage tag option, as well as an everyday tag collection. These tags not only help guests identify the contents of pitchers, they also add a charming extra touch! Surely your hostess would love something like this to make their next party even better!

Cheers!

Kristin

Boss’s Day

October 16th is Boss’s Day. Oh, you didn’t know either? Whether you’re prepared or not, or even choose participate in such a celebration, there is some buzz around the office water coolers.
Today, my friend asked for advice on a gift idea for her boss. I took a deep breath and put my thinking cap on. I drew from my own personal experiences with my fearless leaders, and also as a daughter of a CEO, who is a gift recipient each and every Boss’s Day.
I do think gifts for those in management are tricky. But, I also think those in management appreciate being appreciated. Not everyone can take their boss to lunch, but it would be a nice treat. Not everyone can afford to add a golf club to the boss’s bag, or send the boss lady to the spa. So, here are three thoughtful gift ideas that everyone can participate in:
1. A note of gratitude. Break out the stationary or pick up a greeting card, and handwrite a note that expresses your appreciation. Sometimes a thank you and an ‘atta boy or atta girl’ is just what people need.
2. A donation to their preferred charity or their alma matter. It does not have to be a large amount of money. The acknowledgement of what is important to your boss will be priceless to them.
3. Something that can be shared. Allow others in the office to celebrate the head honcho with donuts or a cake, or anything that can create fellowship and recognition within the office. Just make sure everyone knows why there are treats.
If all else fails, make sure you are on time to work! And maybe don’t check Facebook too often. Every boss likes productivity!

-Kristin

Supporting the Fight Against Breast Cancer

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With the turn of the calendar to October, the world has gone pink once again! We know that the color pink is not magical, but rather powerful. Every pink ribbon represents a willingness to create awareness for breast cancer, especially early detection. Pink is the rally color that unites supporters and survivors that team up to beat breast cancer, and it is the color that honors the fight of breast cancer warriors, whether the battles were won or lost. 

Our mother, whom we now lovingly refer to as Mother Sapphire with the creation of the Opal and Ruby blog, is a breast cancer survivor. She received her diagnosis in February of 2012. After a mastectomy and aggressive doses of chemotherapy, she is now cancer free! We are not naive to think that fundraising efforts of private donors and major corporations to breast cancer research did not effect Mother Sapphire’s breast cancer journey. Each year…each month…each day…each hour…there are new developments in the fight against breast cancer. And for that we are grateful! 

There are so many companies that have joined the fight against breast cancer, and give to organizations that are fighting the good fight. Their willingness to create awareness with their products helps spread the message of early detection, education, research, and fundraising. These products go beyond the pink ribbon, but still make a big statement.

We support and salute all breast cancer survivors and pioneers, and those we’ve lost who create a greater fight in us all. This is a cause near and dear to our hearts, and if it is for you as well, here are a few ways that we can give to keep the research going!

LOFT is currently offering a jewelry collection, Live in Pink, by Suzzana Dai inspired by Giuliana Rancic, a breast cancer survivor. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will receive sixty percent of the purchase price on each item. http://www.loft.com/jewelry/catl000023?loc=hpa1&icid=hpa1_bcrfjewelery_100113

 

TARGET has again teamed up with the make up line by Sonia Kashuk, and created The Proudly Pink make up brush set that will give fifteen percent of the purchase price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. http://www.target.com/p/sonia-kashuk-proudly-pink-5-pc-brush-set/-/A-13555445#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=proudly+pink

STELLA & DOT is promoting breast cancer awareness and research with their Breast Cancer Awareness Boutique. In October all net proceeds will go to the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for women’s cancer research. http://www.stelladot.com/shop/en_us/featured-shops/breast-cancer-awareness-noreen-fraser-foundation

NEW BALANCE has joined with Susan G. Komen for the Cure with the VIA Slim Komen pedometer. Not only is five percent of the suggested retail price going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, New Balance is also donating a minimum $500,00 to the cause. http://nbmonitors.com/pedometers/via-slim-komen/