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It's Springtime at the Train Station and time to begin our outdoor art shows and trunk shows featuring local artists and artisans. This Saturday, April 20th, we are featuring fine artist Bryan Collins who grew up here in Oradell. Here is Bryan a few weeks ago painting right here at the station.
Born in Englewood, NJ, Bryan was raised in a creative environment. His parents (who still live here in Oradell) encouraged his artistic endeavors since early childhood. Collins graduated from Pratt Institute where he studied Art and Design. He assimilated a wide variety of visual disciplines such as painting, drawing, graphic design, typography, and photography.
Although his work is precise, intelligent, and formally arranged in a contemporary realist style, he does not claim to have found a new way of seeing, rather his eye is "democratic". He integrates the visually democratic eye of a young American with a penchant for magnifying tiny details. Thus, what he paints are little comedies rather than life on a grand scale; he ingeniously delights in the wonders of the commonplace. His aesthetic intentions, however, are sophisticated and deliberate. His images appear as if they have been awaiting a spectator to awaken their magic.
So come join us this Saturday for coffee and cookies in the morning or wine and cheese in the late afternoon. Bryan will be here from 10am to 6pm to greet you and talk about his work.
See you at the station,
Thank you to everyone who voted for Eco Galleria in the 2013 Best of Bergen Poll. Ecp Galleria was runner up in the Best Gift Shop category only outvoted by two stores that have been in Bergen County for a long time. Next Year I am sure we will be voted #1 in Best of Bergen when more people are aware of us here at the train station. But what differentiates us from the other stores is our focus on Made in the USA and eco-conscious gifts. So please tell your friends about us - although we do advertise, nothing is better than word-of-mouth recommendations.
Spring is here although the temperature is not very Spring-like! There are so many celebrations in Spring - Easter, Passover, Earth Day, Secretary/Professional Administrator's Day, Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Year End, communions, confirmations, weddings, births, graduations, Father's Day, hostess gifts, and more I am sure.
Let us make your custom Easter Basket filled with items that we have here at the store and if you bring us your chocolate bunnies and Peeps, we will include them in our basket. If you are short on time, you can choose from an array of pre-made gift baskets here at the store.
I have always loved to give (and receive) gifts but specifically to give gifts that are reflective of the recipient and their interests. For many years, in my prior career, I did quite a bit of business traveling. When visiting other cities, I was under-whelmed by the sameness in malls from city to city. There were the same chain stores with the same merchandise and nothing different. Most of the merchandise was imported with less and less being made in the USA.
So, I always sought out the small independent boutique that had the rare find and supported US artists. I usually had my holiday shopping done way before the holidays because I would find the perfect gifts for friends in my travels – gifts that were thoughtful and reflective of each friend’s personality. As gifts were presented and opened, it was gratifying to see the enjoyment that they brought because of the thought put into them.
When, I decided to transition into a new career, I realized that I loved to give gifts and I loved things that were creative and unique. So, I opened an eco-conscious specialty boutique that features gifts, jewelry and wearable art that are Made in the USA and functional art made from recycled and repurposed materials. Each gift is artfully wrapped to make a great presentation.
In our fast paced, computer driven world, where people have little time to shop, I can work with you to find the perfect gift for friends, family or business associates. I will help you put some thought into each gift. Believe me, the recipient can tell when someone just thoughtlessly bought a gift because they had to. Make everyone feel special – give the gift that shows you cared.
In the words of Robert De Niro, I gotta' gift! My gift is knowing how to choose just the right gift for everyone on your list and we have so many unique choices here at Eco Galleria. Give me a call, or stop by to see everything here at the Oradell Train Station. I will help you to find just the right gift every time!
Don’t have time to shop? Don’t like to shop? Tired of running gift errands for your spouse or your boss? Let me help you. I have been doing personal shopping for customers for years and maintain records of their gift giving on our computer so that they don't repeat anything. We are known for our great personal service and can save you time and effort to keep your time free for the necessary things in life.
I want to thank everyone for voting for Eco Galleria in the 2012 Bergen Health and Life Readers' Poll. We won for Best Hostess Gifts in Bergen County and named runner up as Best Gift Shop. We are in full gear for all of you early holiday shoppers and ready to beautifully wrap all your holiday gifts! Hope to see you soon!
Kathryn (and Yoda!)
For those of you who do not receive Bergen Health & Life Magazine, they wrote a great article on Eco Galleria. Here is the link to the article:
And while you are on their website, please vote for Eco Galleria as Best Gift Shop in Bergen County in their 2012 Reader's Poll.
It has been great having the store in this charming 112 year old train station. With the trains going by, it has a European flavor. But Spring at the Train Station has been particularly pleasant. Instead of remaining indoors all day, I can sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun, watch the robin red breasts which abound and observe the geese as they pair off to get ready to mate. I can't wait to see those cute fluffy goslings that should appear in about a month or so. I have already placed my folding chair outside the front door where I can greet the arriving commuters and invite them ti experience Eco. Well, here comes another train and more customers to greet!
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