Saturday, July 26, 2014

Welcome to Las Vegas

We are off to Las Vegas next week, destination - the World Market Center and the Venetian. The goal - finding time to relax and finding something new.

Venetian Hotel

The five-million-square-foot World Market Center in Las Vegas is located on Grand Central Parkway between the Las Vegas Strip and the historic downtown. The Venetian is on the Las Vegas Strip on the old location of the Sands Hotel where the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin would get together for fun in the sun.

World Market Center, Las Vegas

To paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, it is Las Vegas, where the lights never go out.  People wandering the streets, some looking for action and some just looking. And in the casinos, at the tables and slots, gamblers test their luck. At any time of day or night, there is madness in any direction.

There is a universal sense that you can’t lose. No matter what one is doing, tonight you are going home a winner. 

Stressless Vegas recliner

The Stressless Vegas recliner is designed for comfort. You don’t need to gamble here. With soft contours and plush cushioning, the Vegas recliner is a winner any way you sit. Using the Stressless patented Glide® and Plus® systems, the Vegas responds to the slightest movement of your back, neck or legs. With a full 360° swivel feature and adjustable headrest, the Vegas Stressless recliner delivers unparalleled comfort.

Stressless Vegas recliner


Thursday, July 17, 2014

From Benjamin Brester to John D. Rockefeller to Gustav Stickley

It might be a stretch, you say, but let us reach out and connect Gustav Stickley with Benjamin Brewster, who made his mark in life as a trustee of Standard Oil Company, the brain child of John D. Rockefeller.

Brewster Inn, Lake Cazenovia

Benjamin Brewster was one of the original trustees of Standard Oil. He was born in 1828 in Norwich, Connecticut to Patrick Brewster (fourth great-grandson of Mayflower Pilgrim William Brewster) and Catharine Fanny Roath. In 1849 he went west with the California Gold Rush, establishing a general mercantile store in San Francisco. His partner was Oliver Burr Jennings. They were wildly successful. Jennings would later married the sister of William Rockefeller’s wife and as we all know, it is not what you know but who you know. William was younger brother and partner to John D. Rockefeller who began Standard Oil. Money begets money. Brewster, now rich became richer. 

In 1890 Brewster built a summer home in Cazenovia, New York, which he named "Scrooby" after the English manor house in Nottinghamshire, England where his ancestor William Brewster lived before departing on the Mayflower. 

Lake Cazenovia

Brewster's home on the shores of Lake Cazenovia now houses the Brewster Inn. 

Brewster Inn Restaurant

Benjamin Brewster died at his home in Cazenovia in 1897 at the age of 69. His pallbearers included John D. Rockefeller. Benjamin and his wife Fanny had six children, one of whom, Mary Dows Brewster Jennings, lived until 1964.

What does this have to do with Gustav Stickley? 

Little, for Gustav Stickley was just then, in 1897, returning from a trip to Europe where he became acquainted with English humanist, designer, and social critic and founder of the British Arts and Crafts Movement. William Morris. Stickley would go on to found American Arts and Crafts Movement and develop designs that would later be known as Mission Furniture. Gustav would go on to build a furniture factory in nearby Syracuse which today continues to make the hallmark Mission furniture in Manlius, New York, a short drive from the Brewster Inn. 

Lake Cazenovia, New York

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

Only "Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun." wrote Noel Coward. "Because," Noel continued, "the sun is far too sultry and one must avoid its ultry-violet rays." Don't fret, instead, come to Traditions' air-conditioned Annual Art & Accessory Sale and save 20% off all art and accessories (sorry, Sid Dickens memory tiles and a few other items excluded.)

There is a hug selection of artwork, including man's favorite friend.

You don't need to dress up. But wear a straw hat and long sleeves to protect yourself from the sun's rays.

Everyone who is anybody comes to the Art Sale. It is a chance to find that inspiring piece of art.

It is not hard to find us.

In Overland Park, we are located in the historic  Strang Carbarn, just 2 blocks wet of Metcalf on 79th street.

In Wichita, at Douglas and Hillside in College Hill.

We will be waiting for you.

Summertime in Skaneateles

Welcome to Skaneateles, upstate New York, and part of the Finger Lakes. The winter snows are gone. Spring has brought forth an abundance of flowers and colors. Summer has arrived! 

If you are coming from nearby Manlius, home of Stickley Furniture, be sure to visit Skaneateles (pronounced "skiny-at-a-lis"), book a room at one of the many cozy inns or just visit for the day and dine on the lake. 

Experience the beauty of Skaneateles from a park bench. Or be brave like the locals and dip your toes in the cool clear blue water.

Averaging less than a mile wide and stretching 16 miles in length, Skaneateles (from the Iroquois for "long lake") reaches across three counties: Onandaga, Cayuga and Cortland.

At home on lake Skaneateles with the Marina sofa by Stickley.

Marina sofa by Stickley