Monday, August 25, 2008
I received a letter from ASCAP, one of three companies that represent the music industry. It appears that they are going after the smallest of venues: coffee shops, markets, private businesses including camps (for singing around the campfire), and more. You should Google ASCAP and see all the complaints. They tried to go after the Girl Scouts but that backfired as the artists complained (I guess they stated to look like money grubbing performers out to make a buck on a bunch of girl scouts singing around the campfire). That's a sign of the times since CD sales are down and top performers are looking for any revenue they can get (not to mention ASCAP which gets about 10-15% if the over 1 billion they take in). What they are legally entitled to is royalties. They get a minimum of $10.00 per live performance for a venue our size. Once ASCAP gets there's, then BMI and other one will come for their share. The fines imposed by the courts are out of proportion to the offense with fines in the thousands per song. Many a small door have eliminated live music because of this. We see no alternative other than ending the live music. I'll be informing the
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Blue Bird Books is At The Warehouse's own children's book store. Blue Bird offers affordable, gently read, used children's books in a child and pet friendly environment. Its not too late to take advantage of Bluebird's summer free book offer. Laura says bring in your summer reading list to get a free book (up to $2.50 value). Offer ends August 31st.
Blue bird Books also has locally handcrafted gifts for children including totes, craft aprons and hats.
Shop for back to school At The Warehouse Albany's year round multifunctional Marketplace. Consider us the "Mallternative" that will help you get ready in style.
Carol Dratch-Kovler offers handcrafted notebooks and papers as well as macrame jewelry.
Stop by The FamiLee Jewels to find a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings to match your new school clothes. Fred's turned wooden pens are back in a variety of hardwood designs.
Apothecary Rose Shed now carries a wide variety of dried fruits. They include cherries apricots, dark and green raisins, pineapple, cranberries, crystallized ginger, blueberries, strawberries, mangoes and Richard's latest addition sun-dried Fuji apples a treat both tart and sweet that would be perfect for lunchbox or afternoon snack.
Stock up on teas at The Good Leaf tea shop. Michelle and Joe tell us that tea is a healthy alternative to soda and coffee. When you drink tea you are offering yourself a pleasant indulgence that promotes health, vitality and well-being. They offer 70 varieties to choose from.
To sweeten your tea Bees on Earth has both summer and autumn honey ready for your use. Cindy and Julie can tell you all about the bees, the hives and the health benefits of eating local honey.
In other news:
Cindy Barclay and Bees on Earth and Center Square Honey are in the news again. The August edition of Life@home a Times Union publication features the bees the business and the Barclay's, in an article called Let There be Bees on Earth.
Ethan and Lars Turin have entered their piece called Impact in a juried show in Burlington Vermont. The show is part of Art Hop September 5-6. You can view this stunning work of art at http://www.larsturin.net/ under installations.
At The Warehouse is collecting school supplies for Shepherds Purse and organization that helps children to succeed in school. You can leave your donations in the basket at the center kiosk.
Summer Holiday At The Warehouse will be closed the weekends of August 23-24 and August 30-31. Our vendors will return the weekend of September 6-7.
This weekends entertainment will be provided by Tom Keller on Saturday and Mike Thomas on Sunday.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Silver Fox Architectural Salvage and Home Decor is becoming THE place to shop for your remodeling and decorating needs. Silver Fox is a consistent presence in Google searches for architectural salvage products as people from all over the country discover it's offerings.
Silver Fox finds it's impressive salvage items in old homes, churches and schools, rescuing these pieces of the past from demolition.
At The Warehouse is a fabulous backdrop for a constantly changing array of stained glass windows, fireplace mantels, unusual doors and windows, lighting fixtures, columns, posts and corbels.
In a recent walk around the Warehouse I saw wrought iron gates, carousel horses, seats from the Heywood Wakefield Movie Theater, a huge bellows, an impressively ornate pot belly stove and huge verdigrised copper dormer pieces from the Carnegie Mansion.
Silver Fox also carries antique furniture and their own line of home decor items that have been made of pieces of salvage.
Custom farm tables made of salvaged wood with porch post legs and antique trim stand next to doors and columns painted by staff artist Amy Pollicino. Antique surgical tools sit beside boxes of old vinyl records, doornobs and vintage jewelry. Oriental rugs hang from the ceiling and over banisters. A 1970's John Wayne doll sits on a pressed back oak chair from the 1920's.
Throughout the Warehouse hang Photography & Paintings for Sale by Artists: Ethan Turin, Jackie Conkling, Vincent Popolizio, Susan Ruscitto, Sara Griffith, and Amy Pollicino.
Weekends At The Warehouse you will find artists and specialty food vendors in kiosks throughout the building and a friendly atmosphere seasoned with live music from 11-2.
The FamiLee Jewels represents 3 generations of artisans crafting beaded and wire sculpted jewelry.
Sistahs offers vintage styled and custom made aprons.
Macrame & Fiber work by Carol Kovler sells macrame', handmade Paper, decoupàge, and pressed Flower Frames.
“One of a Kind Art” by Lars Turin features Fine Art Pottery,Ceramic Sculpture, & Functional Pieces.
KG Concepts offers Handcrafted Wooden Décor & Home Accessories.
Browse Bluebird Books for Gently-Used Children's Books at Great Pricesand Contemporary, Hand-Knitted Wearable Items.
Watch stained glass demonstrations by Terri Faul.
Unique Expressions by Mary Beth Gardner sells Braided Wire &Semi-Precious Jewelry and Hand-Painted Glassware.
Dreaming Lion Tarot has used and cleansed tarot decks, hand-made bags and pouches, personally crafted dream catchers and other metaphysical tools and items.
Specialty food vendors include The Good Leaf Tea, Sophisti-catering, Spacy Tracy's Pickles, Cascade Mountain Wineries, Four brothers Goat Dairy, Bees on Earth, Apothecary Rose Shed, and Sundaes Best.
This weekends entertainment will be provided by Marty Mcdermott on Saturday and Matt Durfee on Sunday.
At The Warehouse will be closed the weekends of August 23/24 and August30/September 1.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Through sheer interest, Silver Fox Architectural Salvage has managed to move to page 1 and page 2 (bouncing back and forth) when you search "architectural salvage" on Google. Considering there was never any Search Engine Optimization, it's quite a feat. It appears more and more people are hearing about them and searching their webiste and inventory. Calls and emails are coming in from South Carolina to the mid west. Let's hope they stay on page 1 and bring more visitors to At The Warehouse.