Cringle All the Way

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The street was decked and we made merry at the first annual Ardmore Cricket Cringle! The crisp air didn’t keep carolers and shoppers away from this awesome event. We ducked into 43 Cricket after the fun with bizzy mamas Carrie of Carrie’s Essential Services and Jody of The Sweet Trading Company for a warm meal and great conversation. Our picks were the grilled cheese with tomato soup, fried pickles, wings and cheese steak egg rolls. The service was friendly, the atmosphere welcoming and we were allowed to stay on as long as we liked.

Here’s what is on our mama’s favorite’s list from the night: The wonderland of pucciManuli is as much for adults as it is for kids. This truly unique shop makes you feel like its Christmas all year long when you step inside. Our favorite find was this sweet giraffe who fainted and got back up. Abbie of The M List and Alison of Prepped to Organize brought their little elves out to shop too! pucci

Chris at Philadelphia Salvage was on the scene with great home accents and libations! He was in the spirit and we got to meet the newest addition to the PSCo family, sweet Mabel Mae, his adorable black lab. We loved the candles and cutting boards he had as quick hostess gifts to keep on hand for all your holiday parties.  We have acquired quite a few items over the years from here. Stop by the shop for fabulous finds and ask about how they can help on your next project.

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Smak Parlour was the hottest thing on wheels we’ve seen this year. This pop up boutique, that rests its fashion engine in Old City at a store front on Market Street, has got the goods. We’ve seen it from a far in Manayunk and Fairmount, but got up close and personal this time. Our standout find was, of course, the yellow bib necklace. We could have stayed there all night!

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Emma, a bizzy mama, from Minnie and Moon was looking very UK and representing her brand on this chilly night. Every gift occasion is now stress free if you have a garden lover in your circle. Emma has the need, want, covet categories covered with her line of carefully cultivated garden and home products. Our favorite from the winter collection were the beeswax candles of course! They are made from 100% beeswax, have no chemicals, are not tested on animals and the wicks are organic cotton. What more can you want in a candle? Ok, ok, they come with the cutest bee wrapper too!
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Laura, a fellow bizzy mama, was representing her business Name On Your Wall. She photographs then creates custom artwork to make your house a home. These are perfect gift ideas for family gifts or seasonal decorations!

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The ladies representing The Christmas Pickle Tradition were out with the traditional 100+ year old ornament and sweet book which make a great gift for kids! This  set available online and locally. Who wouldn’t love a unique ornament on their tree? We made sure to get ours!

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Carlino’s had their signature holiday baskets on hand ready for giving. If you are still in need of a hostess gift stop by their Ardmore store and pick up a gift sure to please the foodie in your life.

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We stopped mid fa, la, la, la, la to enjoy a hot beverage from Viking and a bite of an apple crumb cake that need to go on the Best Thing I Ever Ate list. Run, don’t walk, ladies! It’s that good.
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Nicole from Nic and Vic had the most adorable head scarves on display. The NY native who now gladly calls Philly home, shared her story behind the product she creates. The line is sweetly named after her children and is so fun! Our favorite was the new line of reversible head scarves. Adorable!

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Who loves pillows! We do! Eric and Christopher have the bees knees of hip pillows.  Added bonus–you can buy them at pucciManuli when pigs fly!

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Renee with Savons de Luxe featured lemongrass butter that was heaven on your hands. The formula lasted all night and left us feeling like winter may be a  little kinder this year. It is perfect for the “She Has It All” Pollyanna or a final touch stocking stuffer. The cute soap in the same fragrance made the list too! 

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Whim. owners, Jamie and Becky, brought seriously stunning jewelry with them that would make any Mrs. Claus smile on Christmas morning. The collection was equal parts feminine, fierce, dainty and statement making–just how we like our accessories!

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Barb, from BZ Design Stuff was showcasing her talents as a graphic designer. You’ve seen her work on the Main Line Parent site, Clover Market’s ads and bizzy mamas Katy O’Gara’s Table Tours‘ logo. When she isn’t branding, she is creating gifts and prints for the home. Katy’s favorite print was this reminder to GROW!

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Bizzy mama, Jennifer, of Purposeful Networking showed off her pick from The Cynwyd Station Cafe, a greeting card sure to brighten any dog lovers day!

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Hights Hair Salon owner, Mary, weclomed us like we were family. We cozied up on her window bench with Pauline from Twelve Baskets for a cup if hot cider and great company. Mary made us all feel at home in her salon, which has been on Cricket Avenue for 30+ years. Her dedication to her customers shows. Thanks, Mary!

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Don’t mind the reindeer and Frosty. They tend to get a little too jolly with all the great artisans around here! Who doesn’t love a bizzy mama group shot! Annie, Melissa, Jennifer, Carrie and Beth were all in the spirit of the night. Thanks to Carrie for hosting us. Be merry!

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Photos by Tina of chase and ella and content by Stephanie of Seal Events.

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