Monthly Archives: October 2011

Our brown paper bags are Green. And Made in the USA.

Circare has switched over to brown paper shopping bags. Why? Because these new bags are made in the US from 100% recycled materials.

Our plastic bags are also made in the US and sourced from either domestic natural gas and/or recycled plastics collected in the US.

Paper or Plastic?

Our customers frequently ask us which is better for the environment. The environmental impact of either is small and can be reduced even further if they are later reused or recycled. The thing to watch for is where and how they are made.
Paper bags, of course, are made from trees. In North America, companies grow trees specifically for paper and construction products. These companies do not “slash and burn” as they often do elsewhere in the world, but instead practice sustainable forestry; not only because of the environment, but because it is a sustainable economic model. Pine trees grow quickly and are harvested from managed forests.
Plastic bags which are produced in the US are made from domestic natural gas, not foreign oil. Before natural gas can be used as a fuel, waste products must be removed. One key by-product is known as “Ethane”. The “Ethane” is converted into polyethylene which is then made into many products including plastic bags.
US plastic bags are made from a by-product of processing natural gas. Most foreign resins are still made from Middle-Eastern oil, including those “eco-friendly” reusable bags.
Remember seeing pictures of oil wells in Iraq and Saudi Arabia with those plumes of flame on top? That is the gas they have been burning off for years. Ever see one of those plumes on a US well?
Our infrastructure allows for the collection and processing of natural gas into plastic resin and other products such as fertilizers, while the infrastructure in Asia and the Middle East doesn’t (although they are working on it in Saudi Arabia). Even when the Saudis do make polyethylene available, it comes back to a dependence on foreign trade and not on domestic production.
Bottom line…Buy paper and plastics made in North America.
Why does all this matter?
We live here, too.

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“Vintage” Cookies???

I knew all about vintage clothing and jewelry and heard people describe certain wines as being “an especially fine vintage”, but cookies?

Yet that’s how Salem Baking Company describes its wonderful products. They began as a local retail bakery (Dewey’s Bakery) in Winston-Salem, NC way back in 1930, then began selling their cookies (as Salem Baking Co.) nationally in 1992. But the recipes for their premier cookies are much older— actually originating from the Moravian settlement of Salem that was established in 1766!

Of course, though the recipes are practically ancient, you’ll love the wonderful freshness of Salem Baking Co.’s Moravian Cookies—I sure do. They’re thin and light and crisp with just sparkling flavors like Ginger Spice, Cranberry Orange, Key Lime and Meyer Lemon.

They’re still made in Winston-Salem, NC in the best homemade traditions, using the finest all natural ingredients. That’s important. More important, however, is how great they taste—a perfect treat when you’re just curled up with a good book and a cup of tea or arranged elegantly on a ‘vintage’ plate when your ‘lady friends’ come for tea (somehow they just make me think of tea, though I’m sure they’d be equally tasty with coffee, or with anything at all). They even come packaged in these cute tubes that make great gifts.

Anyway, Moravian Cookies are now available @ Circare and you really need to give them a try—your mouth will thank you, I promise!

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Vote for Circare in Vote4the Best

Channel 4’s is having their annual Vote4the Best contest, and Circare has been nominated. In fact, we are currently in 1st place! To hold on to that would be awesome! So please, if you would be so kind, click on the link below and Vote! And this year you can vote once every week until it ends in November. Will you help us out? Here is the link:
Thanks ever so much!

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Greatest finds ever

It’s like an art gallery with 100’s of artists, all under one roof! One of the greatest finds ever!

Sep 29th, 2011

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Thank you, Circare

I was introduced to Circare by my step-mother about 15 years ago and whenever I need a unique gift with a statement (house warming, thank you, etc.), I always go to Circare. They offer beautiful complimentary gift wrapping and their customer service is outstanding. Thank you, Circare

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Powerful peaceful place

What a powerful peaceful place! I get gifts there that make a great hit with people who are impossible to buy for… for these people you have to catch their interest and that’s just what Circare does. Gloria always has a great idea for every occasion.


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Gift wrapping is extraordinary

If you are not sure what to get someone, visit Circare – you’ll find something unusual and unique. The friendly staff can’t be beat, and the gift wrapping is extraordinary.


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Best Customer Service Ever!

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER! A place of pleasant discovery!


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Beautiful selection of unusual gifts

They have a beautiful selection of unusual gifts. Staff is friendly, outgoing and very helpful and the free gift wrapping is a real treat!

Joshua K.

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Charm, beauty, and whimsicality

I love the store. I can always find the perfect gift, and every time I walk in there there’s something new. There’s something whimsical about the store that when I’m in there, I feel like I’m five again. It’s fantastic, and my favorite store. I hope more people can see the charm, beauty, and whimsicality of this unique boutique.

Rita M.

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