Clothing springs to life at Parke Place Boutique!

Parke Place Boutique, Amesbury, MA

Parke Place Boutique, Amesbury, MA

As winter finally makes its way out of New England, it’s time to freshen up the wardrobe and bring in new spring colors, patterns and materials. Parke Place Boutique on 42 Main Street, Amesbury, MA is just the place to do that! With new items arriving almost daily, this lovely shop has everything you’re looking for to prepare for warmer weather. Shorter sleeves, skirts and lighter weight pants are exactly what’s needed to prepare you for the spring renewal we’ve all been waiting for!

Beautiful bright spring colors on the racks!

Beautiful bright spring colors on the racks!

Parke Place Boutique offers a shopping experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Their selection of fine women’s clothing is expertly arranged so you can find exactly what you’re looking for and more. From pants to skirts, sleeveless tanks to long sleeve tunics, you can update your wardrobe to layer for early spring’s unpredictable temperatures. When the weather truly turns warm, it’s time to revel in bare arms with tanks, camisoles and short-sleeve shirts and blouses. Everything in the store is soft, touchable and presented in a way to help you coordinate each piece into numerous fashionable outfits.

One of the best features of Parke Place Boutique is the large selection of clothing Made in the U.S.A. Seeing that tag on high-quality clothing is a welcome sight and a luxury in today’s society. People have grown far too accustomed to mass-produced, low quality big box department store clothing and there’s no reason to settle for inferior merchandise. Investing in quality clothing and modern fashions from Parke Place Boutique increases the versatility and longevity of everything in your closet.

An entire rack of clothing Made in the U.S.A.

An entire rack of clothing Made in the U.S.A.

Whether you’re in Amesbury, MA for a local event, to sample cuisine at one of the fine restaurants, or just out for a stroll, stop into Parke Place Boutique and enjoy a shopping experience that’s sophisticated, comfortable and on the pulse of both the latest clothing trends and the most timeless of fashions.

Attention to details at Attentif’ Design!

Attentif' Design front window

Image courtesy of Attentif’ Design Facebook page.

If you can walk by the window of Attentif’ Design and not notice it, you’re missing a unique shopping experience. The thoughtfully designed front window displays of this shop at 44 Main Street in Amesbury, Massachusetts are designed to grab attention and invite shoppers inside. The latest photo on Facebook of their front window display is proof of how eye-catching their designs are and why you need to step inside, have a look around and acquire whatever strikes your fancy.

There are always so many beautiful things to see in Attentif’ Design that it’s hard to decide where to look first. The store displays are creatively arranged to guide you through the store as your eyes drift across the lovely wares. Owner and interior designer, Kathi Gannett displays items in such a way that it helps you envision them set out neatly in your home. Displays are done by theme, object, color and even purpose and grouped so well that it feels as though you’re touring someone’s well-designed home instead of a shop.

I adored this romance-themed display during my last visit.

Romance-themed display.

Everyone’s interior decorating tastes are different and Attentif’ Design acknowledges that by having a bit of everything for everyone. Throw pillows are an easy, affordable and quick way to change the look of a couch, chair or window seat and there’s a nice variety inside the store. A pillow featuring a key design adds an antique touch and a brightly colored flower patterned pillow freshens up the living room couch with spring blooms.

Coveted key pillow.

Attentif’ Design features items made by local residents, including cutting boards quite capable of standing up to the abuse kitchen tools endure. The cutting boards are durable, sturdy, well-made and crafted with attention to detail and quality of work.

Blockhead Cutting Boards

Blockhead Cutting Boards

There are items in Attentif’ Design for homes of any square footage, from small detailed touches like jars, candles and figurines to larger pieces such as lamps, end tables and ottomans. When space is at a premium in a home, black and gold folding tray tables are a creative solution. The high rim of the tabletop prevents items from falling off. The table can remain set up as decoration or unfolded for extra surface area when needed. Truly a stunning addition to any interior design!

The folding black and gold tray tables.

Folding black and gold tray tables.

Attentif’ Design does custom orders of items and owner Kathi Gannett is happy to work with customer’s ideas and requests. She offers interior design services and judging by her store, there’s no denying the quality of her work. Attentif’ Design is open later hours on the third Thursday of every month, which allows people more time to shop and view the seemingly endless decorative, beautiful and functional items for sale inside this unique store.

Perks of Positivity

My farmer neighbor and his tractor saving the day!

My farmer neighbor and his tractor saving the day!

I’ve lost track of the number of times the universe has shown me that when you put positive energy out, it returns magnified in ways you couldn’t imagine. Positive energy, actions and thoughts beget positive results. Negativity begets more negativity and gets you nowhere but down.

The kindness of my farmer neighbor clearing out my driveway with his tractor this morning was a positive payback for something I’m doing right. I’ve never met the farmer, only waved to him when he drives by Jazz and I when we’re out walking, and I’ve never asked him to plow my driveway. He just helps this single mom and her two daughters out of the kindness of his heart. I tried to go out and give him some money for gas this morning but by the time I got outside, he was gone. I will definitely be sending him a thank you note though to make sure he knows how much I appreciate his help!

I won’t lie, it’s been hard to stay positive this winter with all the snow and cold. Being positive takes effort some days but it’s always worth the effort! Was I happily out singing while I shoveled my deck and steps repeatedly yesterday? Heck no, I’m an optimist, not a lunatic. But I do know that winter doesn’t last forever and that eventually warmer weather will win out and this mountain of snow will just be a distant memory/nightmare for the next several months.

Now that I’m feeling better, I can refocus my positivity and resume writing about my adventures in Amesbury, MA and why I think everyone needs to visit, enjoy and shop in that town!

Picture from my February  2014 trip to Amesbury, MA

Picture from my February 2014 trip to Amesbury, MA

There have been some great articles recently about Amesbury in The Daily News of Newburyport and I’m so happy to see my favorite trip destination finally receive the attention it deserves! I’ve linked to some of the articles here and I encourage you to read them!

New campaign keeps downtown shops open late

The final chapter

Show Me a Sign

Planting the seed for sustainable growth

The top of Amesbury

Amesbury downtown looks optimistically toward spring

Just one more reason why I love this town

Were I a less positive person, I’d think that writing about the town is better left to publications like The Daily News and local residents and that there’s nothing I can really offer as just a girl from Upstate NY. I happen to be a positively perky and persistent woman though and I know that the more that is written about Amesbury, the better! I’ve only ever received positive feedback when I write about Amesbury and I am honored by such encouragement. Every perspective has its own advantages, insights and power and every voice matters. Even a rambling voice like mine.