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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bering’s and we couldn’t be more excited to share some pictures of our store with you to help spread the holiday cheer! From our gift shop where you’ll find beautiful décor by manufacturers such as VIETRI, Juliska, Herend, Waterford, Wedgwood and more, to our baby and children’s department, stationery, and well, our entire store – you are sure to get a holiday high! These images only scratch the surface of the festive décor we have to offer. Here are some of our favorite pictures! (…And our apologies for not writing as much as we usually do in our blog posts. However, we are pretty sure that you’ll agree that these pictures speak for themselves!)
From everyone at Bering’s, have a very merry Christmas!!
“Best in Chow” is how the Wall Street Journal recently described one of our favorite lines at Bering’s, Harry Barker! Long gone are the days when having pets meant dealing with not-so-pretty bowls, beds and gear! Harry Barker makes beautiful well made pet products that actually compliment your home décor, as well as your furry friend’s desire for the luxurious life!
Harry Barker designs, manufactures and distributes innovative and cheerful products for dogs and cats. Products include collars, leashes, beds, toys, treats, food storage canisters, bowls, treat tins, and dog spa products. Not only does the line offer truly spectacular pieces for your furry friends, it is also easy to care for and sustainable!
Today, Harry Barker uses earth friendly fabrics and azo-free dyes, eco-fleece and “green” bed inserts made from 100% post consumer recycled plastics. Harry Barker features all natural ingredients for treats and biodegradable shampoos. Whether it’s a collar made from 100% certified recycled plastics, a hemp striped dog bed filled with eco-fiberfill, or biodegradable pet waste bags made from recycled plastics, Harry Barker aims to improve the lives of pets and their people.
While the design is a win for the pet lover and the product is a win for the pet, here are a couple of additional reasons why we like Harry Barker.
1) Harry Barker’s commitment to sustainable practices and materials has been recognized with numerous awards, including NY NOW’s prestigious SustainAbility Award.
2) Harry Barker gives back to Canines for Veterans.
Yes, even Oprah loves Harry Barker and has included the line on her 2013 Favorite Things List!
We are pet lovers ourselves and know you want the best for your children, even the ones with 4 legs! Treat them to something special this Christmas, Harry Barker!
They said it and we agree, “It’s Harry Barker for pet perfect holidays!”
For generations, Bering’s has represented one of the most unique retail concepts anywhere. We’ve stayed true to our small business roots and while we are one of the many, we wanted to do a blog post to reiterate what so many fellow small businesses are trying to communicate – Small Business Saturday is November 30th! Shop small!
Shopping Small isn’t just good for small business owners; it is good for you too! You can receive a $10 American Express credit on your statement if you are an AMEX cardholder, and you register for the Small Business Saturday promotion at: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/. By shopping at a participating small business and spending $10 or more on November 30th you can receive a $10 credit on your AMEX statement. …Just remember to shop at Bering’s November 30th! (*Please note that quantities are limited and registration begins on November 24th.)
In addition to a potential $10 AMEX credit, we are excited to share an OXO promotion that will also be going on November 30th. To help celebrate Small Business Saturday, OXO is offering 36 units of their Bag Cinch 3 Park to use as giveaways to those consumers who purchase $25 or more in OXO product.
If you still aren’t convinced to shop Bering’s on Small Business Saturday, then might we remind you that our Winter Sale is going on and the more you spend the more you save! Here is a reminder of the current promotion:
The holiday season is here and while the true reason for the season is not about presents for one another, thoughtful gifts are one way to serve as a reminder! With so many little babies making their debut in all our families, we thought we’d explore some gift ideas to start their first Christmas off with an added loving sussy! (Sussy, aka keepsake)
What do you buy a baby under 1, 2, 3 and so on?! While many toy manufacturers are clever enough to prominently place the age appropriateness on the packaging, you might feel compelled to give a toy alternative. Starting traditions are extremely meaningful, so here are some options to consider in lieu or in addition to a doll, army action figure, etc.:
If you aren’t familiar with these little hand painted lovelies, then we are glad you are reading this post! Herend is widely known for their amazing fine china, as well as their popular figurines. From cats to birds and so many more options, the little boy or girl in your life will love the figurines for years and years! The best part is that they are truly heirloom pieces that can be passed down for generations. If you are unsure about these being suitable for either gender, then we want to be sure and point out that there are several color options from pink, blue, yellow, green, black, brown and more! Pairing them in a little cluster is a great way to decorate too.
These sweet little boxes are also hand painted and beyond beautiful (and masculine depending on the piece)! Yes, these two are great for both little boys and girls. We suggest making your list and adding these! Not only are there Limoges boxes for all occasions from hunting, baby, and more – they are timeless! These too are adorable in groupings. Giving one for Christmas or a birthday gift every year is a great way to start a collection or grouping. Should you decide to give these as a gift to that special little one; the hardest part will be deciding which one to purchase!
A piece of silver:
Admittedly, this wouldn’t have been on our radar to “serve” up as an option, but a loyal customer alerted us to a tradition she has started for her daughter, and well – we think it could be good for sons too! A piece of silver, as in a spoon, fork, knife, etc. is exactly what we have in mind here. Silver place settings are not so pocket-friendly which is exactly why giving a piece or one 5 piece setting every year makes sense and it will also save you some cents long term! Yes, these gorgeous utensils go up in price every year which is great for holding their value, but makes it increasingly harder to justify making the purchase – especially all at once! A note to consider, just like the first two Herend and Limoges options, these too make excellent heirloom gifts that will be treasured from generation-to-generation!
So many of us are familiar with this option, and for good reason! What better way to commemorate each Christmas than with an ornament?! The added beauty of this option is that even if you haven’t already started this tradition, or are unfamiliar with Radko, this holiday season is a great time to kick-off the tradition. While any ornament works, not just any ornament is hand crafted with precision and care. We love Radko and are sure you will too. And wouldn’t you know it; we have a Radko Artist Event coming up! Here is some information about it:
You might be asking yourself how this gift, or tradition, makes since to start for a baby? It makes so much sense and here is why! Odds are your little one(s) receive gifts for their birthday, the holidays, baptism, etc. While proper etiquette states that until the child is old enough to write their own thank you card, the personal stationery should be the person’s writing the note; more and more parents prefer writing the note on their little one’s behalf on personal stationery with their children’s name or monogram. The decision is as personal as personal stationery! As our very own Bering’s Stationer, Ben Whitley, says, “Say it on paper!” An added touch to this gift option is that it requires a bit more planning to place your order and receive it back in time. The added personalization will not go unnoticed!
From hand painted figurines to personalized stationery and more, toys might be a “safe” bet, but a keepsake or personalized gift is something that will be special long after they outgrow the toy of the month!
We’ve spent a little more time than usual lately blogging about all things stationery. While we could literally write a book on how important various elements are that can only be gained from ordering your stationery in person, we will bite our tongues just a bit and say the following…
You can play Russian Roulette on the Internet and order your all-important wedding invitations one —
Or you can come to Bering’s Stationery & Invitation Department for personal, professional assistance.
Being able to see, touch & feel the paper opens up a whole new world of possibilities. It also assures you get the look you want. We offer a wide array of styles – from contemporary to the most traditional.
Bering’s features Crane’s Fine Papers, William Arthur (now a division of Crane), Checkerboard, Designer’s Fine Press, Vera Wang, Natural Impressions, Embossed Graphics, Carlson Craft, Birchcraft, Tatex and many more.
We look forward to assisting you with your next stationery order. For stationery as expressive and composed as the message you write on it, don’t play Russian Roulette!
Say it on paper,
Personalized Styrofoam cups and napkins are one of the hottest trends on the market. They come in a variety of sizes and add a special touch to almost any festive celebration.
Also available are coasters, match books, playing cards, ribbon, labels, stir-sticks, stadium cups, koozies, etc.
The price includes personal imprint and custom artwork or logos can be printed for an additional fee. Much of what we are doing in this category pertains to weddings – including bridal showers and rehearsal dinners – but more and more they are being used for birthday parties, corporate events and every day at-home use.
Personalized guest towels make the perfect hostess gift – they are just the right touch in the powder room.
Production time generally runs about 2 weeks. Proofs are highly recommended to achieve that just-right look. And if all else fails, rushes are available from the manufacturer for a fee.
So lift a glass of cheer for personalized party ware!
R.S.V.P is a very traditional way to elicit a reply from people to whom you have sent an invitation to an event. The French phrase, upper/lower case letters are most commonly used, though there are other schools of thought. Some people insist on R.S.V.P. or RSVP. All forms are accepted usage. (R.S.V.P. is the French acronym for repondez s’il vous plait – “please reply”.)
…I myself prefer the upper/lower case R.s.v.p. after 33 years in the stationery/invitation business. (Some habits are hard to break!)
Consistently through the years I have listened to customers ruminate about the lack of courtesy with regard to responses. One would like to think that many of the recipients would themselves have had the same unwelcome experience. …Since we are in reality talking about money here, this is a critical issue. Responding to “Are you or are you not coming?” is more than a courtesy – it is vital information!
Although R.s.v.p is used on formal invitations such as weddings or formal dinners, on less formal invitations such phrases as “Please reply” or “Please respond” are often used. Some people seem to find R.s.v.p. intimidating.
In addition, today we most often put a cut-off date on the reply line (Please reply by October 20.). This gives license to call or email non-responders and ask if they are coming or not. It’s sad that we have come to this, but at least it gives you a last resort.
Bottom line – when a response is required, respond promptly. It will make everyone’s life better and eliminate unnecessary stress. Do unto others what you expect from them.
Say it on paper,
We all have a “to-do” list and no matter how many tasks we accomplish, it somehow seems to just increase with even more items! You might not think of Bering’s as a place to get service related items taken care of, but we actually provide some services you might or might not know about.
For starters, who doesn’t need another key made? Yes, we cut keys! Not only do we cut keys, but we also offer lock re-keying. The best part is that you don’t have to deal with a huge store to get to the key counter. We are quick and will get you in and out, so you can take care of all of your other “to-do’s!”
With the holidays upon us, you might want to examine your knives. Come in anytime and drop your knives off for us to send to have sharpened. Both Bering’s locations offer this service!
While most Bering’s customers know about our personalized stationery service, we would be remised not to include it in this post! Sure you can jump online and order stationery, BUT is it grammatically correct, timely and well thought out? You aren’t only receiving the best customer service from our talented stationers, but you will leave upon placing your stationery order knowing you are in good hands with the highest quality of stationery. From birth announcements, Christmas cards, weddings invitations and more – please pay us a visit and see why in person is so much better than ordering online.
Our next service is for many, the biggest and most exciting one we offer! …You guessed it – bridal and baby registries are equally exciting for us to help with! With the most beautiful selection of bridal registry from tabletop to cookware, even your guests will be excited about your registry. And who doesn’t love heirloom quality baby gifts and attire?! Our baby department’s selection is beyond precious!! Click here to create your registry or locate a friend’s! http://www.berings.com/Registry.aspx
Here is a service we LOVE! Our luggage department offers two lines with personalization – White Wing and Jon Hart. Both are made in Texas and are very good looking! …Come visit us for more options, or shop us online: http://www.berings.com/Category/5007-outdoor-living.aspx
*A little tid-bit in services we provide is minor lamp repair. Yep, we are happy to help with your beloved lamps!
To round out this blog post on services we provide, let’s put a bow on it (Pun intended!)! Our gift wrappers wrap each and every gift with special attention to detail and place a Bering’s sticker on the corner of each! That little sticker is a little extra that is sure to let the person receiving your gift know that you care. If a pretty bow and a Bering’s sticker doesn’t seal the deal – then having one of our Bering’s Hardware vans pull up at your house to be greeted by one of our friendly delivery drivers is sure to put a smile on just about anyone’s face!
We hope to see you soon!
Bering’s Hardware graciously invites you to join the celebration! VIETRI Founder, Mrs. Susan Gravely will recount the story of VIETRI’s beginnings and share Italian style decorating ideas. Mrs. Gravely will sign VIETRI pieces during the event with special Italian phrases.
Bering’s Hardware, located at 6102 Westheimer is excited to announce, Susan Gravely, Founder and CEO of VIETRI, Inc., a wholesale distribution company of Italian handcrafted dinnerware, drinkware, flatware, linens and decorative accessories, will be present at a special VIETRI Founder Event on October 4th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A connoisseur of Italian culture and tabletop style, Gravely, with her sister Frances and mother Lee, founded VIETRI in 1983 after a family trip to Italy where they fell in love with the colorful hand painted dinnerware on the Amalfi Coast. VIETRI has grown from a small company representing one Italian factory to the largest Italian importing company in the American tabletop industry. With approximately 40 employees, VIETRI now serves a customer base of over 2,000 top specialty stores in all 50 states, plus Canada, England, Mexico, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.
A symbol of superior design and artistry, VIETRI’s handcrafted Italian products are regularly seen in most major home, gourmet, fashion and style magazines in America as the pick of editors for style, color, pattern and craftsmanship. VIETRI is regularly featured in countless American magazines including Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, Bon Appetit, Cooking with Paula Dean, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Romantic Homes, MORE, Oprah, Victoria and Coastal Living.
VIETRI won the very first international ARTS Award in the Tabletop category in 2006 for excellence in design and received the award again in 2007 and 2009. In addition, VIETRI has been named one of the top 40 Family Friendly companies several years in a row for its commitment to creating a family friendly environment for all employees.
We hope you will join us for prosecco, Italian cookies from Michael’s Cookie Jar and good cheer in welcoming Mrs. Susan Gravely! There will also be a door prize as well as a gift with purchase.
The first Bering’s Hardware opened in Houston, Texas in 1940 as a traditional hardware and lumber company. A second location was developed in 1987. Through the years, Bering’s has grown its offerings into 16 separate departments and has been cited in several national articles and books as being one of the best places to shop in America.
Bering’s continues to operate as a family owned, one-of-a-kind store providing an unparalleled shopping experience. Renowned for their bridal and baby registry services, offering an incredible array of upscale gifts including china, crystal, stationery, coffees and teas, quality hardware items for the home, as well as everything for the kitchen and yard.