Easter is April 1st

Easter is April 1st

Easter always seems like one of those holidays that should be in late spring -- it conjures images of daffodils and bunnies and eggs hunts outside in the grass -- but this year, Easter is April 1st. Since this is New Hampshire, the likelihood that we will have snow on Easter is ... well, it's not a LOW chance. 

However! That should not stop you from getting a head start on your Easter goodies, and we have some great items this year to help you to get your Easter on and maybe also put a little Spring in your step. (See what I did there?)

Let's talk products!

JELLYCAT

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This delightful little critter is Lily Bunny. She would like you to know that she would look AMAZING in an Easter basket. (She actually looks great everywhere, but she's too humble to say so.) Lily has several Jellycat bunny friends in the store, as well as chicks, lambs, unicorns, and more ... if you have a little one (or just a Jellycat fan) in your life, we have the perfect new fuzzy friend for them. 

GREENWICH BAY TRADING COMPANY

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Yes, this is soap -- which might not be traditional for an Easter basket but, check it out -- it's EGG shaped! We cannot say enough about our love for Greenwich Bay Trading Company's products because they are EGG-CELENT. For younger folk, we have bunny shaped soaps that smell amazing and are as cute as can be, and -- perfect for tweens and teens -- we have lotions, lip balms, and all kinds of soaps in a wide variety of scents, all with bright and beautiful packaging that would be perfectly festive when nestled down in green plastic grass.

FOR THE FELLAS

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We just received a brand new shipment of men's grooming products (which are all AMAZING, but don't take my word for it -- see for yourself!) and yes, it included this amazing little comb. I moustache you, have you seen anything cuter? I submit you have not. This -- along with the Thistle and Black Pepper line from Scottish Fine Soaps -- would be a hopping fine addition to any fella's grooming kit AND an Easter basket. 

AND SO MUCH MORE...

In case none of these tickled your Easter fancy -- don't worry! We have many other lovely things to choose from, including but not limited to: chevron infinity scarves in yummy spring colors; beautiful handcrafted jewelry that would add some sparkle and shine to an Easter morning; hair clips and ties that make hair look special every day; amazing notebooks, journals, pens and planners; and adorable and fun items from Natural Life that will let you round out your basket shopping with both style AND positive vibes.

So hop on in here! We'll help you finish up your shopping in a jiffy! 

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AuthorDanielle Hayes
  "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." -- Oprah Winfrey

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." -- Oprah Winfrey

Next Thursday, March 15, Pear Tree is celebrating a milestone. That's right, y'all, we're turning FOUR. 

We know this might not be a big deal to some. I mean, four is not normally an attention-getting birthday. For businesses, those are usually numbers like ten or twenty or twenty-five. That's all well and good, but we are VERY excited about our little fourth birthday.

You see, last year was really hard. We didn't know if our beloved store was going to be around for any more birthdays. Construction and slowed foot traffic drove sales so far down that it looked pretty bleak, and the possibility of closing became a reality that we had to face. 

However. If you think we were going down without a fight? You CLEARLY have not met us. We decided that if our community wanted us here as much as we want to be here, then we had to tell them what was going on. And let me tell you: YOU GUYS ROCKED. Oh my goodness. So many people came in to support us, to buy "a little something" to add to our coffers, and made it a point to come in again and again to see how we were doing. 

There are not words to express the kindness and generosity we experienced during that time, and there was something really beautiful about the realization that our community DOES love our little store just as much as we do, and appreciates what we are trying to do here. 

So yes. YES. We are celebrating the HECK out of our fourth birthday. Because while it might not be one of those "big" birthdays? It's major for us. And besides, life is always worth celebrating. Every darn minute of it. 

Happy Birthday to Pear Tree.

And to you, dear reader -- thank you. For your support, your kindness, and your big hearts. We wouldn't be here without you.

See you at the party!

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AuthorDanielle Hayes
  "In case you ever foolishly forgot: I am never not thinking of you." -- Virginia Woolf

"In case you ever foolishly forgot: I am never not thinking of you." -- Virginia Woolf

As Valentine's Day approaches, we are here to issue you a challenge.

Are you ready?

Write your Valentine a LETTER. On pretty paper. With a nice pen. 

We understand that you might just have rolled your eyes. You might be thinking, "But I HATE writing!"

Or: "My handwriting is TERRIBLE! NO ONE wants to get a letter from me, ever, because they won't be able to read it."

Or: "I tell my beloved all the time that I adore them! Out loud! Isn't that enough?"

Or: "How am I supposed to find the words to say what I am feeling in a letter?"

You ask the outstanding questions and make most excellent points . Let's start with those.

First: Lots of people say they hate writing. But this is not a high school essay that is going to be graded by word count! It does not have requirements about font size, or margins! It is an opportunity to do something beautiful for someone you love ... so don't focus on the "ugh, writing" part. Focus on the "Oh, my love will really enjoy receiving this" part.

Second:  Don't fret about your writing. Just be as neat as possible. If you're better at printing than you are cursive? Print away. If you find that you write more legibly in marker? Find a color you like and go for it. Pencils work better for you? There's nothing wrong with that! 

HOWEVER. It should be handwritten if possible.  There's nothing super romantic about a stack of computer printouts. (There are exceptions to this rule -- if you are differently abled and HAVE to use a printer, know that your letters are just as treasured and amazing as a handwritten one.)

And, y'all, we feel like we shouldn't even have to say this but ... it SHOULD NOT be an email. You can send all the romantic emails you want to but for this ONE occasion? Try to write it out. Maybe on some pretty paper or in a nice card. Why? Because emails and texts are immediate and off-the-cuff, whereas a letter indicates thought and time spent. There are a million and twelve reasons why a letter that shows that you've been thinking about your love and considering their awesomeness is much better than an email that says, "Hey, can you pick up some pork chops? Love you! XXOO"

Which brings us to the third point, which is that yes, you should use your voice to tell your love that you love them. That is nice. Do that a lot. But there is also something incredibly beautiful and intimate about seeing those things written down. A letter is lasting. A letter is something your love can take out and read again and again as a reminder that you are delightful. Letters are physical, they are tangible, they can be held onto and possibly even be seen by later generations. We've all heard stories about people who found a box of love letters between their grandparents in the attic ... and how dreamy and lovely it was to read them. (SWOON)

So. You've got some paper, you have decided if you're going to write in print or cursive, and now you just need to know: "How do I begin?"

How about just like that?

"How do I begin to describe how much I love you" is one of the best beginnings to a love letter EVER. You could continue by listing the things you love about them. "I love the way you laugh when you hear a really good joke. I love the little frown you get between your eyebrows when you're concentrating really hard. I love how hard you work to help our children grow into fabulous human beings."

Once you get started? We're pretty sure that you'll find that the letter writes itself. If it DOESN'T, feel free to quote the masters. That's right: go on ahead and google some quotes about love and use them in your letter (only if they speak to you! Don't just quote for filler! This is not homework!)

And finally, don't forget: we're here to help! We've got the cards and stationary (not to mention the pens) to help you to craft a love letter they'll keep tucked away forever.

Do you accept the challenge?

#embracetheartofgiftgiving

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AuthorDanielle Hayes