Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet & Giveaway!

Believe it or not, Mother's Day is just around the corner. May 10, to be exact! Do you have plans for the special mothers in your life? How about plans for celebrating YOU? If not, Gardner Village is here to take the pressure off of creating a memorable and special day.

You're Invited

What: Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
When: Sunday, May 10
Where: The Gathering Place at Gardner Village
Time: 9:00 AM—3:00 PM

Whether you're a mama looking for a much needed day off or you want to show someone special in you life that you care, this is just the ticket! Come enjoy a professionally catered meal with the entire family. With everything from a complete breakfast menu to delicious lunch options, this brunch buffet aims to please.

And wait until you lay your eyes on the awesome dessert table!

I have two words for you: Chocolate Fountain!

With room for small gatherings and large groups, any and all are welcome. And with a price point of only $25.95 for adults and $15.95 for children (ages 3-11), this is well worth the money.

My family had the absolute pleasure of joining the Easter Brunch, which is very similar to what you'll find at the Mother's Day Brunch Buffet, and we had such fun.

It was so nice to dress up a bit (optional) and gather together to enjoy a beautiful Sunday morning out. Having time together where all we had to do was show up, get seated and then indulge was so nice. I can't imagine any mother wouldn't love such an outing.

Win Brunch for Two!
Want to join us for this impressive feast? You're in luck. We're giving away two seats to the party. Simply leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, May 4 for your chance to win. Tell your friends and family to enter, too, for increased odds (must be 18+ to enter). We'll announce our guests of honor on our Wednesday, May 6. Good luck!

Sorry, but we do not take reservations. But with a beautiful set-up inside and adorable outdoor seating, we have room for many at this first-come-first-serve buffet. So bring your family and come to enjoy!

Winner, Winner...
Speaking of announcing winners, we have another lucky name to share with you today. This time, it's the winner of our $25 Classical Ballet Conservatory Giveaway. Thanks to all who entered! Our congratulations go to...

"I love to see these beautiful pictures! Kids can be the cutest ever when they dance. My daughter and I would love to win!!!" --The McKnights

Please email for details on claiming your prize.

We've Got Gifts
And if you're still looking for that perfect gift for your dear mother, make sure to check out the shops at Gardner Village for a unique and impressive assortment of options for every style and personality. Make sure you do your shopping early, as the shops will not be open on Brunch Sunday, and our Spring Sale is going on through April 25, so you still have time to take advantage of the savings!

Thanks, Mamas!
Every day at Gardner Village, we are treated with a spectacular view—darling mothers enjoying The Village with their children. Mothers of all ages and generations of families visiting together. It warms our hearts to see this time together. We want to sincerely thank each of you not only for visiting but for making such unique memories with your own families. The fact that we can play a small part in the lives you lead means the world to us.

Happy Mother's Day!
Megan Hoeppner and all of your friends at Gardner Village

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bitty Ballerinas & Dance Classes at Gardner Village (+ a $25 giveaway!)

Are you ready for cuteness overload? I must warn you that what you're about to see in this post tops the Cute charts.

I had the extreme pleasure of visiting the Classical Ballet Conservatory at Gardner Village, where I witnessed the sweetest bunch of dancers around!

The Classical what, now? Yes, it's true; Gardner Village is more than just shopping and dining. It also has its own ballet studio. And a beautiful studio, at that!

Mom & Me Class (18 months-3 years)
On Tuesday mornings, The Village dance studio comes to life with the youngest dancers on the block, who are there for the Mom & Me class (9:10-9:50).

The pretty moms and their sweet ballerinas were so much fun to watch in this class. In fact, I enjoyed seeing them in action so much that I'm working to register myself and my own little girl for this fun! At only $10 a class ($40/month), it's a very affordable way for us to do something special together.

With everything from dancing with ribbons to reaching for bubbles, the tiny tots in this class loved the activities and the music and moves to go along with them. It's such a wonderful way for young children to both connect with their mamas and enjoy physical activity.

Then there was the floor routine, where the kiddos hopped across dots on the floor, walked a balance beam, and climbed through a tunnel—great fun for all ages in the class.

The kids were literally jumping for joy. They had such a good time. I'd love to see my own baby girl having such fun on a Tuesday morning.

Meet Ms. Elisse
Elisse Shell, known as Ms. Elisse to her young students, is clearly the magic behind the joy. From tying shoes and pinning up hair to monkeying around on the bars with her young students, it's clear she loves what she does and the children love her.

But it's more than just fun and games. Elisse is a professionally-trained ballerina and choreographer with a MFA in Ballet. She's trained with some of the best dancers in the world, learning tactics along the way for teaching that she loves applying to her classes to make them educational and exciting.

Pre Ballet Classes (ages 3-4)
Just as the wee ones and their mothers were evacuating the dance floor, in walked a bunch of bitty ballerinas, ready for their pre ballet class, which included both tap and ballet training. While these young dancers are only three and four years old, they were so well trained and were even practicing a choreographed routine. All while smiling and enjoying the active time together.

As I said, off-the-charts cute!

Other Class Options
In addition to classes for the tiny dancers, there are classes for all ages, including adults. To see the complete list of classes and pricing, click here.

Birthday Parties
Even if you aren't able to commit to a complete ballet class, you can still bring the dance celebration into your birthday-party planning. The Classical Ballet Conservatory offers brilliant birthday packages that any young one would enjoy. For details on birthday party options, click here.

Your Chance to Dance
Whether you want to enroll in a class for yourself, one for your child, or one you and your child can take together, there's an option waiting for you at Classical Ballet Conservatory. And the professionally-trained staff will ensure you have a lovely time learning the dancing techniques of the trade. Stop into the studio the next time you're at The Village and see for yourself what a bright and happy atmosphere it is. You'll be putting those dancing shoes on in no time!

Win a $25 Gift Certificate
Want to give the Classical Ballet Conservatory a test drive? We have just the ticket—a $25 gift certificate that you can use towards any of the services/classes offered. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, April 20. We'll announce our lucky dancer's name on next week's post.

And now, take your bow. This party is over.

Megan Hoeppner

P.S. We'd like to congratulate last week's Raggedy Ann 100th Anniversary doll winner.

"I still have my raggedy ann blanket made for me by my mother and grandmother. I can't wait to pass it down to my daughter! A raggedy ann doll to match would make me so happy!"--Kristal Timmerman

Hooray! Please email to claim your prize. Thanks to all who entered! Don't forget to visit the larger-than-life, handmade Raggedy on display in Georgell's between now and Mother's Day!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy 100th Birthday Raggedy Ann!

I know, she doesn't look a day over six, but this sweet girl is actually a century old this year. What IS her secret? Well... she has many secrets to her magic, actually. First, did you know Raggedy Ann was created by Johnny Gruelle as a gift for his young daughter? What a wonderful act of love!

This adorable birthday cake was made by Holly Offret, the sweet shop owner and granddaughter of Lucile Georgell, the one who inspired the opening of this darling shop. 
Like the original Raggedy Ann, the giant Raggedy Ann on display in Georgell Doll Shop at Gardner Village is also handmade. Diane Peterson, the shop's owner, and Lucille Georgell, Diane's, made this impressive doll in 1988.

This floor-to-ceiling doll is on display for all to see right now (through Mother's Day) at Georgell's. Isn't she something?

I still have the Raggedy Ann doll (and her brother Andy) that my aunt made me as a young child, so I decided to take them and my own daughter for a visit to The Doll Shop to see this magical setting. I can assure you it doesn't disappoint. My daughter was delighted!

Wanting to carry on this special tradition, we even picked up a Raggedy Ann for my girl to take home and enjoy. Georgell's makes this option a nice one with a sale on the dolls and several adorable options to choose from!

Plus, everyone who comes in to Georgell Doll Shop to visit this Raggedy party gets to pick out a heart to take home--a special token that represents an old tradition. When the dolls were first introduced, they actually sewed candy hearts inside. This treat of a tradition no longer stands, but this bucket of happiness is a fun reminder of the way things once were. However, one thing that stands to this day is the fact that all Raggedy Ann dolls have an embroidered heart on their chest. <3

Win a 100th Anniversary Raggedy Ann!
Want to take home your own birthday girl? Now's your chance. Our friends at Georgell's are giving away a 100th Anniversary Raggedy Ann doll to one lucky blog winner. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, April 13th for your chance to win.
Note: Must be 18 to enter.
Note: Raggedy Ann is the item being given away with this post. The rest of the items shown below are not included. Thanks!

Kids More Than Welcome!
My daughter just loves this shop. She runs right to it whenever we visit The Village. Of course, she was tickled with the 100-year celebration going on, but she also can't get enough of the Calico Critters toy display that the shop attendees so kindly let kiddos play with and enjoy.

She spent much time showing Grandma and Grandad her favorite toys!

So Many Options
Maybe your kiddos are more into the traditional, ahem... all-American dolls on the scene. While the brand name may not be for sale in this shop, there are MANY accessories for such dolls that will make her fans' hearts race with excitement!

And, of course, there are numerous beautiful 18" dolls to choose from in the store if you know someone wanting to get the complete package.

For the children less interested in dolls, you'll definitely want to check out the display just as you come in the door of Georgell's. With everything from space ships and rockets to robots and jumbo parachuters, there are excellent vintage-inspired toy choices for all!

Yes, from dear Raggedy Ann and cute Calico Critters to gorgeous 18" dolls (with ALL the accessories) and a wide assortment of vintage-inspired metal and wood toys (and SO much more!), Georgell's has something for everybody. And Raggedy Ann's super-sized birthday party is the perfect excuse for you to come in and see for yourself. This Village stop is welcome and warm, and you'll be happy you spent a little of your springtime inside enjoying all it has to offer.

And Our Winner Is...
Before we go, we have another lucky winner to announce. This time, we're awarding our Enchanted Fairy House Tour Giveaway at Georgell's. This tour for four is going home with...

"My two young cousins would love the Fairy House tour and so would their not so youngish cousin! Gardner Village is one of my favorite places to go, and now this fairy display gives me another reason to go there."--Elise Fader

Congratulations! You'll love this enchanting activity. Simply e-mail for details on claiming your prize.

Happy Birthday! 

Happy 100th anniversary, sweet Raggedy Ann! Here's to 100 more!

Megan Hoeppner