Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hello to all of our wonderful beaders from the Beadiak, in Agoura Hills! This will be the first time I've written to you, and there's much great news to share! First, I want to tell you how excited we are, planning for our upcoming events. The shop is abuzz with preparations for our chosen destination theme for the Shop Hop in September. We're busy re-arranging the shop, putting in new merchandise and planning our decorations. All of the shop destinations are still a secret, so we feel like we're part of a delicious conspiracy! But first, I'd like to tell you about the upcoming SCLBSA event called BEADERS GIVE BACK WEEK!

For one week, every participating store in the SCLBSA has chosen a way to give back to our surrounding communities by choosing a cause or an organization to support. Some stores will be collecting food to give to local food banks. Others will be collecting for organizations that fight cancer and other diseases. We will ask our loyal customers to help us in our efforts and then we will reward you in many different ways to show how much we appreciate you.

It's somehow so easy to fall into the habit of worrying or complaining about all that troubles us; all that is not quite right with us, our loved ones or with what is happening to the environment or in other parts of the country and the world. There's lots of temptation to feel sad. It's no accident that, when beaders meet at the table in the shop, everyone leaves feeling a little better, a little lighter, and a little happier. We listen and support one another. We know how to nurture each other. Now, it's time to share even more.

One of the best ways to feel better is to think about those whose need is greater than ours. The trials and tribulations of daily life are inclined to make us forget to be thankful for all the wonderful blessings we have in our lives! Giving freely from what we have, whether it be a little or a lot, does something magical to our hearts and our minds. Giving feeds our souls. It creates a domino effect by putting a smile on our faces that changes the chemistry in our brains that changes our hormones, lifts our moods, fills our hearts and enriches our lives! What could be better! Our participation in the Beaders Give Back Week lets us give something back to the wonderful customers who support us, while helping those in need in our surrounding communities. 

This year, the Beadiak has chosen to support the MEALS ON WHEELS WEST program. Meals on Wheels West works tirelessly to provide both hot and cold meals to homebound people of any age who are unable to shop or cook for themselves. Many of these meals are given free of charge. Often, when someone is aged, alone or possibly disabled, cooking and eating nutritious meals becomes difficult or impossible. The Meals on Wheels program provides not only meals, fresh fruit and a newspaper, but also companionship. Sometimes, the only human contact is from the Meals on Wheels volunteer that brings life affirming essentials. Every MOW recipient is given a 3 day Emergency Survival Kit, and MOW also supplies flea medicine and pet food when needed, so that people don't have to share their own food with their pets. Meals on Wheels West serves homebound people in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Topanga Canyon, Venice and parts of Marina Del Rey.

Now, for the details! For 8 days, from July 15th through the 21st, we are asking our customers to make a donation for Meals on Wheels West. With each donation, customers will receive an equal percentage off a one time purchase. Sooo.... if you donate $10, you will receive 10% discount on a purchase. If you donate $20, you will receive a 20% discount. A $30 donation gets a 30% discount, and a $40 donation gets a 40% discount! All monies collected will be given to Meals on Wheels West, with our thanks for all the good work they do.

If you're close to Agoura Hills, please come visit us in Whizin Market Square. Westways Magazine selected Whizins as a day-trip destination point in Southern California. Plan a trip to come and enjoy the wonderful antique stores and restaurants that Market Square has to offer. Whether you've got a hankering for a wonderful panini, the best gelato in So Cal, an outrageous Italian pastry, or a vegan salad, we've got it. (Just don't tell our husbands why we're so happy to go to work!) And of course, check us out for our wonderful selection of beads from all over the world, focal pieces, beading supplies, finished jewelry and all kinds of other gifts and treasures!

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Thanks for reading,

Anne Karam

Whizin Market Square
28853 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Open 10 - 6 Mon thru Sat
Open 12 - 4 Sundays

Check the SCLBSA website for further information on participating stores in BEADERS GIVE BACK WEEK.

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