Celebrating 75 Years of Bering’s

We hope you enjoy reading this article, published in the current issue of Texas Landowners Association magazine.

TLA PRESS BERINGS 75_2In a recent marketing planning session, ideas were shared and discussed about how best to market and celebrate Bering’s upcoming 75th anniversary. It was admittedly a bit of a surprise when Augie IV commented, “It should be progressive.” I suppose it came as a surprise due to Bering’s well known reputation of good old fashion customer service. However, as it turns out, it should not have been the least bit surprising, because businesses do not remain successful unless they are progressive.

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The late Augie Bering, III assisting a Bering’s customer.

Customers always come first at Bering’s, directly resulting in the diverse product mix generations of Houstonians have come to expect and rely on. As a Bering’s employee, customer service expectations are raised as high as your hands can reach. (And if your hands can’t reach, then a foot stool better make up the difference!) Bering’s employees aren’t in the business of selling; they are in the business of explaining and informing customers about their options and the difference between them.

Bering's 75th AnniversaryThe old fashion customer service began in 1940, when August C. Bering, Jr. founded Bering Lumber Co., as a wholesale lumber yard. Upon August C. Bering’s passing, his son, August C. Bering III, decided to relocate the business to the current 6102 Westheimer location. The decision was strategic, as Houston was expanding west of downtown and plans to construct new homes were developing.

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*An ad from the 1970s.

Through years of responding to customer needs, the store morphed into an indescribable business that continues to sell hardware, as well as Baccarat crystal, children’s apparel, Big Green Egg grills, small kitchen appliances, gourmet coffee, top-of-the-line fine paper in stationery and more. Bering’s was recently noted as one of the nation’s top 25 retail stores in author, George Whalin’s book, Retail Superstars. Whalin cited, “Berings is very different!”

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*Bering Lumber Company picture from the 1950s.

Bering’s CEO, Augie IV noted, “Our customers and staff have guided us into lines of business we would never have imagined. Our picture frame shop became our gift shop because an employee saw the need. Another employee suggested we add the world’s best coffees. Merchandise no longer relevant to our changing customer base was edited out and replaced with newer lines.”

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*A previous ad depicting Bering’s vast product mix.

The Bering’s have experienced most everything there is to experience over their seventy five years in business. In 1971, a fire came close to destroying the Westheimer store. While many would have seen the challenge of rebuilding too much to deal with, the Bering’s viewed it as an opportunity to expand their product mix to include housewares and fine china.

seventyfive3“Market conditions and changes have always been, and continue to be, met by adapting to what our customers need and ask for. When the rise of commercial hardware chains pushed us out of the lumber market, we saw it as an opportunity to turn the department into a children’s boutique,” Augie Bering V, Bering’s President.

*Augie Bering V and Augie Bering IV

*Augie Bering V and Augie Bering IV

Listening to the voice of the customer is what has lead to Bering’s almost seventy-five years of business in Houston. Old fashion customer service paired with an ear open to ever-changing customer and employee needs is the progressive mix Bering’s has stood behind for seventy-five years, and as they say, “Some things will never change!”

- Julie Shuford

Bering’s Marketing Manager

 

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A Grandeur Wedding

Wedding Season might be coming to a close, but the memorable images will inspire us until next time. From Weddings in Houston to Houston Brides Modern Luxury, and even our own wedding professionals’ reception, the beautiful wedding displays were dazzling! Still, with all of the wedding opulence the theme remained constant – love is all you need! Please enjoy these gorgeous images from last week’s Houston Brides Modern Luxury Grandeur Wedding Show!

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The event was held at the elegant Astorian and the theme was taken from the building’s industrial architectural vibe. We decided to play-up the building’s raw beauty by infusing a bit of our own. We looked to the Pont des Arts in Paris, at the Locks of Love Bridge. Since we are a hardware store it was a lot of fun pulling from our hardware department to prepare the show backdrop. We literally brought both ends of our store together with the fine china and crystal and locks and wire! The juxtaposition of it all was fun, and even more so to the attendees who were familiar with the famous bridge in Paris! …Regardless of knowing or not knowing about the bridge, it was a fun conversation piece that seemed to make people smile. Mission accomplished!

Love Lock Bridge*Photo by Getty Images

[A quick note about the actual bridge in Paris:

Thousands of lovers from across the world visit the Pont des Arts every year and seal their love by attaching a lock carrying their names to its railing and throwing the key in the Seine. The Pont des Arts crosses the French capital’s river Seine just in front of the Louvre museum and is known the world over for its “locks of love”.]

It tied in nicely to the event venue, the Astorian:

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The view above at night is pretty amazing, but it is worth noting that the view during the day is pretty special too! Featured below is the setting selected by Two Be Wed for an upcoming Houston Brides Modern Luxury Magazine feature. It was picked from our gift shop and we are delighted to be part of the shoot.

IMAG4678*Featured above is Robert Haviland‘s Syracuse Taupe dinner set, Aguirre Horizon
by Jaune de Chrome and Waterford‘s Carine Essence stemware.

If the view above isn’t clear enough, then look at this lovely image taken by Le Zu Photography!

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IMAG4710*The gorgeous table linens were provided by Monrreal & Co.

IMAG4712IMAG4707twobewed111*Our Bering’s Stationery Department prepared the menu featured above. The modern edge was carried over with the straight line detailing used for the menu.

Below is where the fashion show took place featuring talented designers like Houston-based David Peck and beautiful Houston Boutiques such Mia Bridal Couture, Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, Impressions Bridal Boutique, Bella Bridesmaids and more!

houbridesastorian etegiere3Placed on top of each of the chairs was a carefully packaged Bering’s truffle for attendees to enjoy!

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Before making it back to our booth, you have to see the gorgeously sweet spreads by Delicacy Bakery as well as Petite Sweets Houston featured below! Amazing!

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*Delicacy Bakery

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*Petite Sweets Houston

Back at the Bering’s booth, we continued on with the overall color scheme and theme! Here is a close-up taken from our booth. Balushka Paper Floral Artistry continues to be a beautiful option for brides! And we are thrilled to report that Royal Crown Derby and L’Objet fine china are also as in demand as ever before among Bering’s wedding registry selections!

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With so many gorgeous crystal and glassware to choose from, Waterford was selected by Two Be Wed for the photo-shoot for this event. We decided to continue on and display Waterford at our booth too!

beringsweddingshowRoyal Crown Derby at Bering'sbering's bridal registryWith so many lovely pieces featured at our booth we wanted to point out a few pieces that have not yet been mentioned. A new figurine for Herend, as well as Bering’s, is the precious hand painted wedding cake (available in multiple colors)! Brides and wedding guests alike have been loving the newest piece!!

herend wedding cakeAnd a registry staple is Beatriz Ball’s pearl tray! The best part about Beatriz Ball pieces is that you never have to polish them!

beatrice pearl trayLast but not least, did you see our YETI Coolers? We admit that they do not exactly fit the theme, BUT we assure you  that the male attendees were happy to see something suitable for their needs and interests! And to be honest, more and more brides-to-be are adding them to their registries on their own. They are about as good-looking as a cooler gets and as you know, “YETI‘s are wildly stronger to keep cool longer.” Plus, technically speaking it is a couple’s registry, not a groom’s or bride’s, but a couple. …To that end, be on the lookout for more Couples Registry centered marketing by Bering’s!

 

couplesregistry 1Enough about us! Let’s take a look at more images from Houston Brides Modern Luxury’s Grandeur wedding show!

LG Entertainment lit the show up with their amazing lighting and sound. Their very own, D.J. LG kept the crowd alive with his upbeat mix of music!

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Below are the three ladies who made the event one to remember! They are Houston Brides Modern Luxury’s Elizabeth Graham, Molly Johnson and Evan Wetmore. The trio thanked everyone for attending and kicked off the fashion show!

houstonbridesgals…Let the show begin!!

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Throughout the night, guests had the option of bidding on silent auction items benefiting Dress for Success Houston!

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Each guest received a swag bag filled with wonderful items. We were excited about giving each guest one of our Bering’s 75th anniversary coffee mugs with our anniversary blend coffee, as well as a gift card for an Embossed Graphics monogrammed notepad! …And let’s not forget to compliment Two Be Wed for the darling bags everything was packaged up in!!

goodybagstease*We loved this sign on Tease Salon‘s table!

It was a fun night that left everyone wanting even more beautiful wedding inspiration!

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Wedding fun!

Bering’s

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Easter Tabletop Inspiration + Giveaway

Easter Tabletop Inspiration

Easter is such a wonderful time of year and one that brings family together around a shared table. Tabletops are some of our favorite vignettes at Bering’s and we are continuously inspired by customer feedback as well as wedding registry mixing and matching of various patterns. Changing seasons and holidays make decorating our gift shop tabletops so much fun, and add to everyone getting into the spirit of whatever the holiday or season might be at the time. The best part is that we all have a table of our own to decorate and infuse our personal touch with place settings, serving pieces, crystal, décor and more, enhancing treasured time with friends and family.

Jean Couzon Le Perle Five Piece Setting, Herend Queen Victoria, Waterford Crystal, Baccarat Butterfly

When we initially began discussing working with Lauren for a special Easter tabletop blog post, we quickly realized just how terrific a fit it was for so many reasons – chief among them being that she was a Bering’s Bride! Not to mention, Lauren has beautiful taste and specifically requested the pattern featured in these images, Herend’s Queen Victoria pattern, mixed with Herend’s Princess Victoria pattern. It is also fun to note that the Baccarat butterflies were Lauren’s idea and are a symbol of resurrection. The Baccarat butterflies are even more beautiful knowing about the symbolism, as we countdown to Easter!

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Lauren has classic taste in fine china; Herend’s Queen Victoria pattern was introduced in 1851 at the First World Exhibition in London. The name came about upon Queen Victoria purchasing the pattern for herself! And for the artists and art lovers reading this post, did you know that each of these dinner plates takes an average of 12 hours to hand draw and paint?! The pieces are very special and oh-so lovely. We hope you enjoy Lauren’s Easter tabletop and be sure to enter to win a Baccarat butterfly!

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*Baccarat Butterflies and Beatriz Ball Pearl David Long Rectangle Tray

We are excited to give one lucky reader a Baccarat butterfly in their choice of color! Simply complete the Rafflecopter at Sunday Beach Blog by clicking here. And be sure to follow Sunday Beach Blog and Bering’s Hardware on Instagram! Contest runs thru Saturday.

Good luck!

- Bering’s

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• Bering’s Fine Stationery •

Please find the Bering’s Suggested Timeline below to help you plan the perfect wedding. Our Stationery Departments would be delighted to assist you with all your wedding paper needs. Come in anytime . . . no appointment needed!

Our suggested timeline for weddings

8-12 months prior to wedding date

  • Save-the-Dates
  • Personalized Stationery for both the bride and groom
  • Custom Memory Book
  • Engagement party invitations

5-7 months prior to wedding date

  • Wedding Invitation Ensemble
  • Day-After Brunch Invitations

10 weeks prior to wedding date

  • Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
  • Post-Wedding Stationery
  • Shower Invitations

4-5 weeks prior to wedding date

  • Wedding Program
  • Gift Tags
  • Favor Boxes
  • Information/Direction Cards
  • Custom Napkins
  • Bridesmaids’ Luncheon Invitations
  • Bachelorette Party Invitations

3 weeks prior to wedding date

  • Menus
  • Escort Cards
  • Placecards
  • Table Numbers

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And don’t forget about our

20% Bridal Discount

on your Save-the-Dates, Wedding Invitations, Rehearsal Dinner Invitations and Thank You notes!

Bering’s Stationery

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  • Save-the-Dates
  • Wedding Invitation Ensemble
  • Personalized Stationery, for both the bride and groom
  • Custom Memory Book
  • Invitations for:

° Engagement Parties
° Showers
° Rehearsal Dinners
° Bridesmaids’ Luncheons
° Bachelorette Parties
° Day-After Brunches

  • Wedding Programs
  • Menu Cards
  • Escort Cards
  • Placecards
  • Table Numbers
  • Custom Napkins
  • Favor Boxes
  • Gift Tags for Welcome Bags and Favors
  • Information/Directions Cards
  • Hostess Gifts

 

6102 Westheimer                                                     3900 Bissonnet
Houston, Texas 77057                                             Houston, Texas 77005
713.785.6400                                                             713.665.0500
Mon-Sat: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM                                Mon-Sat: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM                                 Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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Houston Brides & Bering’s Wedding Professionals Reception

We have enjoyed assisting brides and grooms with their wedding registry and fine stationery for years and as a way of working with more newly engaged couples, we recently partnered with Houston Brides Modern Luxury Magazine for a wedding professionals reception. It was a Bering’s first, since our focus has always been on the soon-to-be brides and grooms, but it was a lovely event and served as a chance for us to meet the wedding professionals that our brides speak so highly of for their big day.

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Designers’ Fine Press invitation for the event.

Bering’s first wedding professionals’ reception turned out to be a beautiful event and we are pretty sure all who attended had a fun time! The event was made successful thanks to not just Houston Brides Modern Luxury, but all of the vendors that generously sponsored the event. LG Entertainment, Petite Sweets, Balushka Paper Floral Artistry and Lemond Catering all did an amazing job and we think you’ll agree after taking a look at some of the pictures!

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Our Bissonnet store location closed early and rolled out the red carpet for the professionals who were met with a step and repeat wall of beautiful Balushka Paper Floral Artistry flowers!

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Houston Brides Modern Luxury Staff

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Balushka, of Balushka Paper Floral Artistry and Natalie Dawley of Two Be Wed

Once wedding professionals had their picture taken, the walk-way was lit by LG Entertainment and shined right into the gift shop. There, attendees enjoyed sips of champagne and gorgeously decorated tabletops. We even had a special table for Bering’s Bride, Molly Johnson, Houston Brides Magazine’s publisher! It was fun to put the spotlight on her!

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Here are more gift shop pictures from the event!

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Lauren Mills of Sunday Beach Blog

Once planners and wedding professionals had a chance to see the wedding registry items available in our gift shop, LG Entertainment continued to light the way through our furniture department, straight to the lawn & garden department where they were greeted with tasty bites from Lemond Catering and beautiful macaroons hand-crafted by Petite Sweets of Houston!

Here is a shot taken before the guests arrived!

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Petite Sweets Houston

Petite Sweets is famous for their bite size desserts made from scratch, ranging from French macaroons, cake balls, mini cupcakes, assorted marshmallows, cookies, and even gelato and frozen custard ! You should see their gorgeous wedding favors, cake ball towers and custom flavors, colors and designs!

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*Fun to note, Petite Sweets will be working with a calligrapher to do some fun writing on their macaroons. Brides and grooms will be able to order macaroons with lettering, monogramming and names!

The party continued on into our stationery department where attendees experienced all things fine paper ranging from wedding invitations, shower invitations, personal stationery, Balushka Paper Floral Artistry and so much more!

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Bering’s Stationer, Lucia Lupia, made this beautiful dress out of invitations!

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…And adding to the glowing ambiance that LG Entertainment set-up with custom lighting, their very own, DJ LG, kept smiles on everyone’s face thanks to his perfectly selected music!

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As the reception wrapped up, Houston Brides Modern Luxury staff were gracious enough to have attendees fill out forms for their chance to win a Juliska delft blue platter and Waterford Lismore toasting flutes!

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Elizabeth and Angela of Houston Brides

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Attendees left with Bering’s truffles boxed in pretty pink boxes and a 75th anniversary tote filled with event goodies!

Wedding Fun!

Bering’s

 

 

 

 

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Elegantly Artful Paper Accessories

What if you had a memento from a special occasion that you thought of as an artful accessory? The buzz is out and the accessory of choice for a nice night out, gala or formal is Balushka Paper Floral Artistry corsages and necklaces! In fact, we had a lovely customer visit our Westheimer store location last week to order one of Balushka’s handmade paper corsages to wear to a gala with her Valentino gown!

While Valentino gowns are a definite show-stopper, especially when paired with Houston based Balushka Paper Floral Artistry, we wanted to share some of our favorite images featuring the elegantly artful alternative to live flowers that will truly last for forever.

We have to lead with pictures from a recent high school formal. Two mothers made a special trip to place corsage orders at Bering’s. The order was ready in time for Balushka to give it to one of the mothers at an event we recently hosted, so we were thrilled to get a picture of the exchange!!

Mia Bering and Balushka

Mia Bering and Balushka

Historically speaking we were not the place to go for corsages, however, when it comes to fine stationery and paper we more than have you covered! This now extends to fine handmade paper accessories like the lovely corsage featured above. It is pretty special that Mia and her friend did something a little different when it came to corsages for their son’s dates, and judging by the gorgeous smiles it is probably safe to assume they were a hit!

The beautiful young ladies and their handsome dates were set with the added attention to detail, which are sure to be treasured for years to come.

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Such lovely couples!

Winter formals, galas and weddings! Yes, you have to see how great the corsage works as your go-to wedding reception accessory featured on the attendee below on the right.

IMG_3073_1As much as we love Balushka Paper Floral Artistry’s corsages, it goes without saying just how beautiful the mother-of-the-bride (not wearing the corsage) looks! Melinda Byrd’s daughter, Lauren Byrd, was married two weeks ago! Congrats on your daughter’s wedding, Melinda! (A Bering’s Bride!!)

Corsages are classic and so are the equally incredible necklaces Balushka handcrafts. The pieces have a fun energy about them that you almost have to see in person to fully appreciate. Here is a picture of Houston based, Balushka with Sunday Beach Blog founder, Lauren Mills! …And wouldn’t you know it, that gorgeous wall of flowers the two are standing in front of was also made by Balushka!!

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Balushka and Lauren Mills

We will leave you with a few more necklaces currently on our wish list, as well as some pretty home décor and tabletop options – all available at Bering’s!

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These napkin rings are a must-see in our gift shop!

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Visit either Bering’s location for many more Balushka Paper Floral Artistry options, or click here to view our online accessories and collages: http://www.berings.com/Search.aspx?&k=balushka

 

 

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The Publisher & Her Prince

 

Ms. Molly Johnson & Mr. Jebb Stone

Molly and JebbIn the glamorous world of weddings, we meet some truly incredible brides and grooms that come into the store to register and have their save-the-dates, invitations and thank you notes ordered. Part of the glamour and build up in the wedding industry is largely due to the fine press found right here in Houston, TX. Houston Brides Modern Luxury is no exception, and their talented publisher, Molly Johnson, continuously does an excellent job putting Houston brides at ease thanks to her incredibly helpful and inspirational feature stories and images. Please join in the excitement as we celebrate the engagement of the Publisher of Houston Brides Modern Luxury, Ms. Molly Johnson!

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mollyandfianceHaving met Molly multiple times over the years, we can genuinely say that she is a gem of a person and are tickled that she has found her prince! In fact, Molly and her fiancé, Jebb Stone, are set to be married on April 11th, on the beach in Rosemary Beach, Florida. The couple’s reception will be held at the Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach and is sure to be gorgeous decorated in their wedding colors of gold, light pinks, white, black and hints of green!

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We believe good things come to good people, and since Molly set a friend up that ended up getting married to the person she set them up with, it is wonderful to report that her friend returned the favor and introduced Molly to Jebb! Their double date “set up” was at a Houston Rockets game, and after initially becoming friends for a few months the two started dating – and the rest is history!

Their engagement story is pretty fantastic! Jebb’s mother planned a family vacation to Mexico last summer and their flight was to leave out of New Orleans (that is where Jebb’s brother and his mother would be meeting them to fly to meet the rest of the family). After a fun road trip, Jebb wanted to go to a nice dinner at Restaurant August, just he and Molly, to celebrate their upcoming trip. The couple’s private dinner celebration was even more important because they also wanted to toast the closing of their house, which had happened earlier that week. Jebb was so laid back leading up to the dinner that Molly confessed to being completely thrown off when he pulled out a ring and asked her to marry him! Molly added that it was the icing on the cake with all of the other excitement they had going on! Molly, we are pretty sure Jebb was so laid back because he knew he was about to make the smartest decision by asking you to be his wife. :)

…And not to worry about missing the family vacation, Molly and Jebb were able to continue the fiesta with family the next week in Mexico and more at home upon their return!

Waterford Lisemore Toasting Flutes - Copy*From Molly & Jebb’s wedding registry, Waterford Lisemore

As previously mentioned, we are so happy that Molly and Jebb registered at Bering’s and are thrilled to share their selection with you! When we asked Molly why they registered at Bering’s she said, “Bering’s has always been top-of-mind when considering registry due to the incredible lines they carry and the diversity in products! Jebb was able to find things he wanted for the grill, knives, a Yeti Cooler, etc. I was able to fulfill our basic kitchen needs as well as fine china and crystal. They made the process easy and fun!” Did we mention Molly is the Publisher for Houston Brides Modern Luxury?! That quote is print-worthy and means so much to us, thanks Molly!

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We have to confess that it was particularly exciting seeing what Molly and Jebb registered for, given Molly’s deep knowledge of the wedding industry, vendors, etc.! Be prepared to be dazzled by their selection!

houston brides cover*Molly’s current cover of Houston Brides Modern Luxury

The two opted for the oh-so opulent and regal fine china pattern of Philippe Deshoulieres Arcades Grey & Gold. It is truly magnificent and we are certain that it will be used at some very special events hosted by Molly and Jebb for years to come!

deschoullier arcades goldWe also love their classic selection of Juliska’s Berry & Thread pattern for their everyday china! It continues to be a bridal registry favorite in our gift shop, and for good reason! This machine washable and timeless pattern can be dressed up or down and will always be a beauty due to its white finish and delicate berry & thread pattern, which gives it just the right amount of added detail.

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We have to note that Molly was very wise and solicited the assistance of her best friend to help with their registry. Molly said, “We went with what felt like ‘us’ and was ‘timeless’ as well as practical!” She then added, “I brought along my best friend for her advice on what she really uses for day-to-day and special occasions.” Not only does bringing a best friend along help, but it makes for an even more enjoyable experience when you can share the moment with a loved one!

Some additional pieces that Molly & Jebb Registered for include Le Creuset, Simon Pearce, Reed & Barton and Waterford:

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Molly didn’t say if her friend suggested for Jebb to register for a Yeti Cooler, but it is probably safe to assume that it was Jebb’s own doing! Kudos on registering for two different sizes, because they are sure to be used!

YR20T_125 - Copy YT45IB_125 - CopyMolly and Jebb are doing their thank you notes in our Bering’s Fine Stationery Department and we just know their guests will love the added expression of gratitude upon receiving the thoughtful hand-written cards!

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Please click here to view the rest of Molly and Jebb’s amazing wedding registry items: http://www.berings.com/GiftRegistry/3767-1621255-wedding.aspx

Molly and Jebb, we wish you two wedded bliss and a life full of blessings!

Wedding fun!

Bering’s

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Bering’s Bridal Feature, Julia & Charles

Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you… We are familiar with the song, but for one of our Bering’s employees her love at first sight truly was her fairytale come true, and we are so excited for her! Julia Clark is not just an amazing bridal registry consultant at Bering’s; she is also a Bering’s Bride! While we admit to being a bit biased at how much we adore her love story, we are pretty sure you will find that this post couldn’t be timed any better than to post it the week of Valentine’s.

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Julia grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina and met her now fiancé, Charles Cannon, while he was stationed at Parris Island, SC. Julia was out with a friend where a favorite local rock band was playing, and she saw Charles and thought he was the “dreamiest” guy in the room. Julia confessed that, “If I believed in love at first sight then that was definitely it!” While she was sure that Charles saw her too, the night ended without an opportunity to speak to one another.

 

About a month later, on Friday, March 13, 2009, they ran into each other again at the very same place!  She saw him and immediately recognized him, but was too shy to go up and talk to him. Julia was out on the patio with her friend when Charles approached asked if he could have a light.

 

Two short weeks later Charles took Julia out for a romantic dinner for her birthday where they started to get to know one another better. Over the next few months they became much closer. Julia said that Charles was up front with her when they met about the fact he would be getting out of the Marine Corps later that year, and planned to move back to Texas to go to school. (Charles is from Texas.)  When we first met it was very casual and we were just going with the flow, enjoying getting to know one another, but their love was growing. As the day Charles would be leaving steadily approached, he finally popped the question to Julia, “Will you come with me to Texas?” She said she was shocked at first which is probably part of the reason why she initially told Charles she could not move to Texas.

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However, they continued to see each other and Julia thought about the possibility of moving a bit more. The fact that Charles asked her to move with him meant a lot to Julia, and she knew he was genuine. She decided to take the leap, a mere month or so before he was scheduled to move. Charles found an apartment on Law St (right behind the Bering’s Bissonnet location) which was dog friendly, since Julia was moving out with Maverick (her Great Dane) three weeks after him.

Charles started school at The University of Houston in 2009 and decided to major in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Hilton College, with a minor in Wine and Spirits. Charles’ dream is to own and manage his own brewpub someday.  He graduated in 2013 with his Bachelor’s degree.  In January this year 2014 he started interning at 8th Wonder Brewery, offered to him by one of his professors at UH.  He was hired full time at 8th Wonder in June. Julia added that, “He is very driven and passionate about what he wants to do!”

On the eve of their five year anniversary Charles was working, so Julia assumed they would enjoy lunch or something casual to celebrate. Julia arrived home from work on March 12th and Charles told her to get ready to go out to dinner. (Charles knows that Julia loves surprises!)  On their way to dinner, it briefly crossed her mind that this was a big milestone for them and perhaps maybe he had something up his sleeve…..but she quickly let it go and decided to relax and have a good time! They enjoyed dinner at Prego, where Charles ordered a bottle of a 2009 Italian vintage, to honor the year they met! After dinner they went to Hans’ Bier Haus, one of their favorite spots to grab a craft beer.

Charles had planned to hang out and play some music on the jukebox (some songs to reminisce of when they met) and wait till midnight so it would officially be their anniversary when he popped the big question.  But upon arriving at Hans’ they discovered it was comedy open mic night!  Oops.  Charles decided to go ahead and ask the question sooner rather than later.  They were hanging out on their patio in the Bier garden, and he looked at Julia and asked her for a light. (Like when they first met.) She reached into her purse pocket and fumbled to find her small lighter. As she brought her lighter out he was already on one knee with an odd expression of frustration on his face. He reached back into her purse pocket and pulled out the ring and asked Julia to marry him!  She said that while she was once again in shock she managed to give him an emphatic yes!  …Turns out Charles had tied the ring to her lighter earlier in the evening and then put it back in when she was distracted.  However, when she fumbled around trying to find the lighter she knocked the ring off!

Don’t you love their fairytale story?! Not everyone can say they experienced love at first sight, but Julia can! When we asked her about why she and Charles decided to register at Bering’s, she simply said, “I know Bering’s has everything I need! …Thanks, Julia and Charles!

It is even more exciting seeing what a Bering’s Bridal Consultant registers for! Since Charles is so passionate about beer and wine you will probably notice some bar items on their registry! And since they love tasting new wines, they opted to go with Riedel crystal instead of a cut crystal since you really get the most out of wine tasting if you have the right glass!

The couple’s china selections do not have any family significance. Since Julia started working at Bering’s she said that she has always loved the Herend china, and has already started to acquire some pieces of their pattern, Princess Victoria. Julia added that she has always loved green (She wrote a color theory paper on green while taking art classes.) because it is the color of nature and life. Don’t you love their formal china?!

 

Julia Clark at Herend Artist Event

Their everyday china is equally classic and gorgeous. Julia said that she loves the simplicity and old world feel of the Quotidien pattern by Juliska.

 

Juliajulias juliskaAnd if you aren’t already completely blown away by their romantic story and gorgeous china then you will be once you take a look at their custom invitations that were created at Bering’s!

JuliaWeddingInvitationJulia actually drew the art for their invitation and every detail is symbolic down to the roots! The lone star, blue bonnets and yellow roses are symbolic of Charles’ home state, as well as the first flowers he gave her. She also included Hops because he loves beer! Her side of the invitation is inspired by state she grew up in, South Carolina, with the Jessamine and palmetto flowers, passion flowers, the crescent moon and more! The roots are to symbolic for their future and the path they are about to set out on together.

Since their wedding and reception will be at Magnolia Gardens Park, Julia’s mother painted their extremely special enclosure card. Just gorgeous!

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Julia and Charles’ wedding date is Friday, March 13, 2015.  Six years from the official day they met! Charles had the idea to get married on their anniversary of meeting, and Julia loves the idea too! She joked that it’s so he won’t have to remember a new anniversary date! …Funny!

As briefly mentioned above, their wedding ceremony and reception will be at Magnolia Gardens Park, right along the banks of the San Jacinto River. So romantic! And since they love camping, they are actually having the option for their guests to stay the night and camp with them and continue the celebration the next day!  Their wedding colors are lavender, yellow, and spring green – lovely! Julia said that she has always loved lavender, and yellow for yellow roses, which were the first flowers Charles surprised her with when they started dating!

Please click here to view even more of their beautiful wedding registry items: http://www.berings.com/GiftRegistry/2526-1148792-wedding.aspx

JuliaRegistryCongratulations and wedding blessings from everyone at Bering’s, Julia and Charles!!

-          Bering’s

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Hello and welcome to the world of Balushka Paper Floral Artistry! We are smitten with Balushka’s handmade creations and are sure you will love them even more when you see the artful creations in person. She made her first flower and has continued to excel in the art every since and is now the premier paper floral artist for elite wedding planners such as David Tutera and many more!

Here are some of our favorite Balushka Paper Floral Artistry pieces now available at Bering’s!

balushka8888closeup3 closeup  balushkacharlotte balushka99 Balushka Westheimer balushka corsage balushka88 balushka77 balushka23 balushkabissonnet balushka18 balushka17 balushka16 balushka15 balushka14 balushkagiftshop balushka13 balushka12We are thrilled to collaborate with Balushka on five exclusive collages in our fine stationery department as well as center pieces, napkin rings and other decorative pieces also available in our gift shop! Wall flowers seen in our collages are ideal for special occasions or for that perfect wall in your home or office, and her jewelry is a truly unique and special addition to your everyday lifestyle.

Here are the five exclusive collages now available at Bering’s!

collage3 collage2 collage3a Collage4 collage5We hope to see you at tomorrow’s Balushka Paper Floral Artist Trunk Show just in time for you to pick a handmade flower for Valentine’s Day!

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The art of entertaining is, and always has been, the host’s prerogative. The host or hostess sets the stage from the invitation being sent and is the artist and creator throughout the event. Often times we have grand and beautifully wonderful ideas of what we would like our child’s party to be like, or our husband’s birthday, or even a cozy tea with friends, but find that there is not enough time with so much going on. While it does seem that the world only continues to spin faster, the need to surround ourselves with friends and family is very important. Do take a few minutes to plan a date for that important milestone, holiday or birthday. You will most likely be glad you did!

mixandmatchtable1*This is and example of a mix-and-match table setting set to ensure you that you do not need to have an entire set of your favorite crystal and china to be an amazing host or hostess! Work with what you have and you will be surprised at what you can create. We simply pulled patterns that compliment one another. Try it at your own home!

settings to mix2 setting to mixAnd while we are on the topic of entertaining, we couldn’t be more excited to kick off the first installment of several posts to come on tangible advice to save and use in your everyday life, especially when it comes to sticking with your vision of friends and family laughing and enjoying themselves at a get together hosted by you, in your own home! This blog series has numerous contributors, which further illustrates the point that surrounding yourself with individuals who build you up and who are there for you is always worthy of a “party” – even if that party is a party of two.

1I4A6388small closeup3*Here is a close-up for you to see the various patterns in our example table. Included above is Royal Crown Derby, Annieglass, Herend and many more beautiful pieces.

For a party of two or an elegant wedding of 200+, we will cover various events and fill you in on details that you might expect upon receiving that particular event invitation or if you are hosting the party yourself! From the attire, place setting, menu and more, let’s get this blog series started!

If you happened to attend our recent At Home: Entertaining with Ease Event at Bering’s on Bissonnet, we thank you for stopping by and hope that you were as inspired by our featured guests as we were and that you left with an added zip of motivation to carry out what you learned in your own home. Our featured guests were definitely the value add and the true call to action to attend the event. However, we were told by some valued customers that Saturdays prove to be difficult to attend our events due to more important family demands. We understand and appreciate the feedback, so are hoping to keep everyone in the loop with this blog series on entertaining with ease!

Our first blog post is the Bridal Luncheon. Please enjoy some information about what you might expect should you decide to host, or are invited to one!

WHAT A LOVELY
Bridal Luncheon

THE BRIDAL LUNCHEON IS A WONDERFUL WAY FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO GET TOGETHER AND HONOR A BRIDE-TO-BE. IT CAN BE HELD IN A PRIVATE HOME OR AT A RESTAURANT OR SOCIAL CLUB AND LASTS, TYPICALLY, NO MORE THAN TWO HOURS. THE DÉCOR SHOULD BE BRIDAL IN NATURE – FRESH FLOWERS OR FRUIT, BRIGHT COLORS AND SOFT FABRICS.

THE EVENT CONSISTS OF A FULL MEAL, SERVED EITHER BUFFET OR PLATED.

FOR THE BUFFET, A GOOD SELECTION OF SALADS, PASTAS AND LIGHT BITES SHOULD BE SERVED. DRINK STATIONS CAN BE ADDED TO THE BUFFET LINE TO AVOID TAKING TIME AWAY FROM YOUR GUESTS TO REFILL BEVERAGES.

FOR THE SEATED LUNCHEON, THE FOOD SHOULD BE LIGHT AND LADY-LIKE AND INCLUDE A SALAD, AN ENTRÉE SUCH AS CHICKEN OR FISH AND A SELECTION OF DELICATE DESSERTS. AS THESE EVENTS ARE OFTEN HELD IN A VENUE WITH A FULL STAFF, LUNCH AND DRINKS WILL BE SERVED BY WAIT-STAFF.

Sample Menu
APPETIZERS OR FINGER SANDWICHES
CHEESE AND CRACKERS
CRUDITÉ OR FRUIT SALAD
COLD SALAD – EGG, POTATO OR PASTA
MIXED GREEN SALAD – WITH CHOICE OF DRESSINGS
ENTRÉE – FISH OR CHICKEN
SELECTION OF DESSERTS, SUCH AS MACAROONS, CUPCAKES OR SMALL PASTRIES

BEVERAGES CAN INCLUDE LEMONADE, ICED TEA OR PUNCH. ALCOHOL IS TYPICALLY NOT SERVED AT LUNCHEON, THOUGH YOU MAY CHOOSE TO ADD CHAMPAGNE TO THE PUNCH.

Invitation Wording
JOIN US FOR A
Bridal Luncheon
HONORING
Jillian Masterson
AND HER BRIDESMAIDS
SATURDAY, APRIL ELEVENTH AT TWELVE O’CLOCK
Small Blessings Café
9458 TURTLEDOVE TREE LANE • HOUSTON, TEXAS

A final thanks to the featured guests included below for making this blog series possible. From left to right on the front row: Lady Virginia, Helen Perry, and last but not least, Bering’s Stationery Founder, Ben Whitley!

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