I know…I know…It’s only September. But that holiday season is screaming towards us like a freight train and we want to make sure you’re ready for the annual Handmade Holiday Gift Swap! Woo hoo!!

If you haven’t joined us for one before, the rules are simple….Bring a wrapped handcrafted gift (it can be made by you or someone else, but it must be handmade) worth approximately $50. Now, we know it’s hard to gauge the value of a handmade item…so use your best guestimating skills. We want this to be as fair as possible so please keep in mind that many people will spend hours and hours on their gifts – a dozen cookies won’t add up and we don’t want anyone to feel like they lost out. (If baking is your thing, make it a basket! Cookies, jams, breads…).

The date is to be determined, so this is just a heads up. But get started or get thinking…It’s always a ton of fun with snacks and bubbly.

** Not in town? No worries!!! You can always mail your gift and we will mail your swap item back to you!! **

No kiddos please.

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Want to win this goodie bag packed full of over $250 (and growing!) of awesome Bella merch?

  
Help us reach 1000 Instagram followers and it could be you!! And yes. We will totally ship this if you win out of state! 

The fire season definitely started with a bang this year. 2 major fires hit close to residential areas, and even what some people call the ‘mushing capital of the world.’ The fires may not be in the news as much this week or last, but the people who were effected by these blazes are far from back to normal. Bella will match your American Red Cross donation in the canister on our counter through July (up to $500) to help those who need it most. Will you help us help them?

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Want to win a Spenard Shopping Spree?! Participate in the Spenard Treasure Hunt, Saturday May 30th! Stop by one of your favorite local retailers on this flier, to pickup your treasure map (or print yours at home), and start collecting stamps! Get stamped by at least 7 of the listed businesses, and drop off your map to Boscos, or Blaine’s Art, for your chance to win $25 gift cards from each of the participating merchants! Over $500 worth of Spenard swag!!!

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It is no secret that we love to read around here. Loads of literary themed items, and every once in awhile we get caught at work with our faces stuck in a book. So of course we are super excited to finally have our very own Little Free Library up and running! It was literally 7 months in the making, but our LFL is here and made from wood reclaimed from our fearless leader’s grandmother’s fallen 100+ year old barn in Western New York state. Loads of history and memories packed into this little book box and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday April 11th at 3pm. Stick around for some sweet treats and a community book swap at 3:30. Unclaimed books at the end of the day will either be retained to stock the LFL in the future or will be donated to the Anchorage Library System. Hooray!

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We love growing herbs in the shop in cute recycled containers. Why? Well, recycling is cool, and the containers look great on your kitchen counter within easy reach while you cook! Stop by for basil, dill, mint, cilantro and more! Constantly starting new pots all season. 

  

As you may or may not recall, each year our regular hours get a little funky in January. This year is no exception. After a crazy holiday season (Thank YOU!), we close our doors during the week and the Bella crew runs off for a little r&r (not the booze). This year we are trekking down to Peru and we are so excited! Our amazing shop girl Becky will be taking the weekend reigns (we don’t want to cut you off from all of this handmade fabulousness totally!). Our hours will be as follows:

January 2-11, open 11-6
January 12-February 6th we will be open ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6 both days.

We will resume normal business hours where we are closed Sunday and Monday after that.

Hope to see you soon!