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Did I Tell You?

“On a warm summer evening, a group of friends spoke of their children who were about to leave home for college. The friends, all mothers, wondered aloud…what did we teach them, what did we tell them, did we tell them the things they will need to know?

And so were planted the seeds that would become Did I Tell You?”

Did I tell you? by Elizabeth Knapp

Several years ago a customer told me about a touching, meaning-filled set of books that belonged at Circare.  On the strength of her recommendation, I ordered a dozen each for sons and daughters, sight unseen.  When they arrived, I sat down at my desk and read through one.  Before I stood up, I had called and ordered more– I knew that these were books to bring tears and smiles, that would charm and become cherished remembrances.   Yes, they speak of things that we hope we have told and taught our young people, but to have them all in one small booklet, so simply and eloquently expressed– is priceless.

Especially at this time of year, I call your attention to them.  If you have a child graduating, you owe yourself the chance to discover Elizabeth Knapps words of wisdom.  Just be prepared to shed a few tears over them– it happens.

PS:  Ms Knapp also wrote “Did I Thank You?” which goes the other way, from child to parent, ackowledging and expressing appreciation for life lessons taught and their inestimable value.  And Father’s Day is only days away. Read More »

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25 Years of Memories

It’s not possible.  Except it is.  Circare turns 25 years old later this year.

Flashback to 1987–  I remember weeks driving all over metro Detroit looking at locations.  And terror as I left my new landlord’s office having signed a 3 year lease (“What have I gotten myself into?!).   I remember tearing off wall coverings and climbing ladders with paint cans and my Dad building homemade display fixtures– I still have some of them (though not my original wrap counter that was actually an old door from the basement, complete with the hole for the doorknob).  Very vividly I remember my first buying trip– to the New York International Gift Fair (was I green!)– and how my feet throbbed and my heard spun.

Looking back today, at all that and more, my overwhelming emotion is…   thankfulness.

I am thankful for all the customers who came in,  come back and have become friends.

For the ladies of Circare, past and present, who give of themselves and, by doing so, give shape and life to this place we all share.

For all my friends and family–Mom & Dad, are you listening?– who held my hand then and put up with my Circare stories today.

And for all the artists, craftsmen and designers who share their talents and imaginations with us all, enriching our lives.

For days of exhaustion, moments of laughter and years of success…



Do you have a Circare story?  Funny or touching, I’m greedy and want them all!  Could you take a photo of a favorite Circare treasure?  PLEASE SHARE THEM!

Over the coming months I will be creating a “memory wall” in the back hallway and it won’t be complete without your help.  So I am asking this as a favor (a birthday gift to Circare if you will).  Please, write them down and bring them in, post them on Circare’s Facebook page or e-mail them to me.  Just remember to include your name and phone number because…

To make it fun, every story and photo you give me will get you a chance to WIN Circare Gift Certificates!  And, Yes, each new story or photo will get you another chance (we really want to fill that wall, can you tell?).  We will give away one $25 gift certificate each month from May through September and a Grand Prize of a $100 Gift Certificate at our Blow-Out Birthday Bash in October!



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Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2011

Come celebrate with us

The 2nd Annual

Small Business Saturday

(If you are not yet familiar with SBS, it is a day that invites people to show their support for small local businesses)

So this is our invitation to you…
Please, come discover what we have to offer,
15% off*
any purchase of $50 or more

No coupon necessary, just come in Saturday, November 26th,
Spend $50 or more & you Save.

*15% discount effective 11/26/11 only.  
Cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount,
including Circle of Friends


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