Sing-A-Long Grease at the St George Theater
I had so much fun at "Sing-A-Long Grease"
at the St George Theater
in Staten Island last weekend. I met with lots of "Grease" fans and had a ball singing my heart out with Sandy and Danny and all the gang!
|Sing - a - Long Grease|
|Props are ready for the big race scene|
|Met so many nice people who really know how to dress!|
|The Pink Ladies !|
Hey Viv is getting a makeover ! Photo Shoot with Kristopher Johnson
|The Cutest Bobby Soxers !|
We're in the studio with Kristopher Johnson
getting a web site makeover with new pictures for our "Sock Hop Shop" and "Love that Retro Boutique" at HeyViv.com.
|Let's check out how the shots are going....|
|And here's our new sexy yet sweet retro look at Hey Viv ! |
We're adding new lines to our store too with dresses from Sourpuss
, purses by Folter
and cropped shrugs by Broadminded
along with our own line under the Hey Viv ! label. Watch for changes at HeyViv.com
Spring Fling "Happy Kamper" Dress at Hey Viv !
Hey Viv ! "Happy Kamper" Dress
A Celebration of 50’s Fashion Inspiration
Kitsch a ride! This adorable retro-inspired dress is trailer made for a good time. Made by Sourpuss Clothing, this fun frock features a print full of classic 50's kitsch: pink flamingoes, Airstream trailers, martinis, and more.
|Pink and Turquoise print - so 50's ! |
How are today's fashions influenced by the 1950's silhouettes and trends
? Rockabilly style celebrates the vintage pin up look with shapely curvy dresses or fit and flare dresses. Combining Fascinators and decorated headbands for an updated 50's look. I was in Manhattan the other day and counted five women wearing a big side bow or embellished headband with a "hat" look.
Hollywood is also on the bandwagon with red carpet dresses from designer's vaults to give a fresh look and inspiration. Jennifer Aniston wears vintage Valentino, Drew Barrymore has been seen in body con dresses from the 80's and Heidi Klum loves vintage Galliano. These one of a kind dresses set new fashion trends and influence how we all want to look.
Heid Klum in Galliano vintage cocktail dress - love the bold red rose !
Street fashion often use vintage fashions in new and creative ways by mixing and matching individual style. Layer new thin cardigans over a vintage fit and flare dress. Sheer vintage dress? wear it over another dress and add leggings. Mix a 50's pencil skirt with a bold new Tshirt and flats. Or add a bright pop of color to update a vintage look.
Look on Polyvore
for vintage inspiration and new ways to create updated outfits. It's an ever changing fashion show. Have any thoughts on how vintage gets reworked and reused and renewed ? - please post. I'd love to hear it.
Putting on a Show ? Get the Word Out !
Ok, so you're busy putting your show together, casting, rehearsing, staging, selling tickets and more. You have to wear a hundred hats! You also have to get the word out so you can fill those seats.
At Hey Viv we came up with an idea. We sell to schools and local theaters and talk to people all the time about their shows. We also do a lot of social networking - why not put the two together? We've come up with several ideas. Once we hear about a show we put it out on our Twitter
and post it on our Facebook page called Theater Community - Post Your Shows . We're also wo
rking on other places to post and make other connections so stay tuned as we sort this out (suggestions are welcome :) We hope that people will see our posts and repost and retweet to their followers to keep this going.You may be wondering - Viv, why should I do this ? This gets your show and links into different channels which helps with search engines. Hopefully when people search for you or your show they will see and comment and retweet these posts which helps bring you more traffic. It's the circle of life (or at least the circle of the internet :)
Here's how it works. Email me
with show information and links and I'll do the post or go to our Facebook page Theater Community - Post Your Shows . "like" the page and put it in yourself. And when you see our posts and tweets for other shows share the love - retweet, comment and like. And we'll all benefit. Thanks !
Costuming for Grease, Bye Bye Birdie or any 50's Show
Are you a putting on a production of Grease or Bye Bye Birdie ?
50's shows are lively, fun and everyone gets a kick out of the toe tapping songs. Audiences know so many of the songs from seeing the movies - I'm sure they're tempted to sing a along.
These shows also have large casts with lots of costuming needs. So, if your middle school, high school or theater group is performing Grease or Bye Bye Birdie have no fear, Hey Viv is Here!
Hey Viv has circle skirts and pencil skirts, poodle skirts , peter pan blouses and tops, and accessories galore.
Our top quality circle skirts, poodle skirts, crinolines and tops come in a variety of sizes that are in stock and ready to ship. Our prices fit any budget. Purchase orders are no problem.
We've got help pages and experienced staff who can help you decide sizes, styles and how to put it all together.
We're available to help get it right and ready for you for dress rehearsal. We have lots of experience in working with individuals or groups. Check our Costume Help page
Our Discount Program is available to any school event, party or play. And we have two kinds of discounts. If your cast members buy their own costume we issue a coupon using your group name for each person to use. If you're placing a $200 or more order we offer 10% off your order total.
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Pin Up Dresses - Flirty Looks and Styling Ideas How about some Free Publicity !
and post about your show and add you to our Facebook Post Your Show
page. Let's spread the love and let everyone know about local theater.
We look forward to hearing from you - Keep rockin' the 50's !
- Website: www.heyviv.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (866)-543-9848
Let's Put on a Holiday Show I'm starting to get orders for skirts and scarves - it's that happy time of the year when holiday shows and musicals are being planned. Let's get the lights, costumes and rehearsals going! If you're putting on a show here's a list of resources that I hope you'll find helpful.
Dresses are back in style and selling like hotcakes. This month we're highlighting fit and flare and curve hugging pencil dresses and some ways to do hair and makeup to complete the look. Hope you have fun with the styles and enjoy every glamorous moment !
"I advocate glamour. Every day. Every minute." Dita Von Teese
Creating the Pin Up Look - a list of video resources
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Dresses that are ready for a party !
In doing research for this blog I came upon an online newsletter for anyone working in community, local and school theater. Pioneer Drama Service has a newsletter with lots of links and resources. "We invite you to visit them (the links) so that you can get to know numerous theaters, read intriguing articles about drama and, perhaps, connect with other individuals in your field." Here's a link to their latest newsletter Christmas Plays and Christmas Musicals For the Holiday Season For Churches, Schools and Theatres . You can also check out their other newsletters on different theater topics.
Musicals101.com "The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV and Film Created by John Kenrick" has a broad range of information, history, sample songs and lyrics, almost anything you'd want to know about putting on musicals including this basic step by step guide "How to Put on a Musical." This site has lots of links that cover everything from how to choose a show, put on effective rehearsals and realistic planning and budgeting. He gives encouraging and common sense advice. I grew up putting on plays and puppet shows at home and so I really enjoyed Kidspot.com.au with their piece on how to put on a show at home. They break it down for young kids and make it all very doable with a step by step guide. I feel inspired to make a sock puppet and reenact my biggest hit (at age 7) "Good King Wenceslas Gets Lost in the Snow."
And if you feel like reaching out there's lots of active forums for anyone involved in the theater Community Theater Green Room and Control Booth are two that I found. Post a question, browse the topics, there's always new things to learn. I see recent posts so it looks like they are well tended.
Need some costume help or advice for your holiday show? Hey Viv Costume Help page has links and information. We carry 50's style clothing, dresses, fabric and felt circle skirts in solid colors, solid color scarves and white shirts. Plus - if you're doing a show, let me know. We love to tweet and promote shows for schools, churches and local theaters.
|Happy Holiday Shows Everyone ! |
Shake Rattle & Roll - East Texas Style
"Shake Rattle & Roll" ! The magical music of the ’50s and ’60s is reborn through this unique all female East Texas show group. Known as “the pride of East Texas”, they are one of the hottest groups in the South today.
These gals will make you stop, drop and roll with laughter as they take you back to a time of innocence with their beautiful harmony, choreographed moves, comedy and hula hooping skills. (I am so jealous - I can't hula hoop to save my life ! ) Shake, Rattle & Roll at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre
from Shake, Rattle & Roll
I've checked out the "Shake, Rattle & Roll" videos and I love their matching costumes and choreographed moves. Makes me want to get up and dance !
Recently I heard from LeAnn Bemis from the group and she says, "We love entertaining- we are all between the ages of 55 and 62 ( me being the oldest LOL). We have been doing this almost 6.5 years and have 2 cd's out. You do not see many people our age doing this and that we are all women makes it awesome. You see lots of country, gospel, blues and other groups but not all female 50's & 60's show groups ( our show is a Branson style show) Our show is called Music, Comedy, Memories and More. We are always so surprised how many kids from 5-12 that know all the words to the songs we sing. Grandparents are always being the grandkids to our show- they are the song that you understand the words to-lol."
Ms Bermis also says, "We started out entertaining in senior centers and churches and now we entertain in large civic centers and theaters. We open shows for The Coasters, The Country Comedy Tour and Elvis Tribute Artist Donny Edwards and others as well."
The group has shows coming up so check out www.shakerattleroll4.com
for the latest line up. And keep your dancing shoes handy cause "Shake Rattle & Roll" are rockin' the 50's !
Upcoming Shows for 2013
Celebrate a Special Day or Birthday with a “50s” Party
Know someone turning the big 5-O? Or looking for a fun way to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary - Try throwing a 50s style party. The outfits are fun, the music is swinging and you can even play party games. Your guests will enjoy the nostalgic feeling of the 50’s as they swing down memory lane. I’ve compiled a list of resource sites to make your “Back to the 50s” party lively fun.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with special treats. You can set up a soda fountain theme make your own Sundae Bar with a variety of ice cream and toppings or stock up on 50's era favorites like Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, Candy Necklaces, Chuckles, Zagnut Bars, Pay Day or Charleston Chews from Oldtimecandy.com
Here’s a video with inspiration for making a custom 50s theme cake.
Let’s have fun with party games! Dance contests are a lively way to get things started. See who can do the best Hand Jive
or play “Freeze! “ Everyone starts dancing and when the music stops – you freeze in place. You move and you’re out. Trivia games
are fun and can be about popular movies, TV or fads of the 50’s and played in teams or as singles. There’s always karaoke or try playing a popular song then stopping it in the middle to see who can finish it. If you want to have some silly fun set up a Pin the Tail on the Donkey game or organize relay races with an egg and spoon or balloons held between the knees. Here’s an eHow site that has more 50s game ideas and instructions on how to play
Hope this gives you inspiration and if you have any ideas or sites that you like – please let me know. 50s parties are fun and I enjoy hearing about your experiences.
“Have fun and keep rockin’ the 50’s ! “ Viv at Hey Viv !
Celebrating at the World’s Biggest 50’s Party at Lead East
This Labor Day Fred and I took a trip to Lead East
to find out what the “World’s Biggest 50’s Party” is all about. It was my first time at this famous 50s party and I was looking forward to a fun day. When we arrived at the Parsippany Hilton, we were impressed by all the super custom cars lined up for show in all the parking lots. It seemed that everywhere we looked we saw classic cars
that had us drooling and sighing. It was cool to see them close up and cruising throughout the grounds. We saw custom cars polished and finished to a high gloss, a few in the “working on it” stage and some fun theme cars that had us doing a double take.
|Fred (Hey Viv Inventory Department Supervisor) |
makes a new friend at Lead East
|Dreaming that this Custom Belair is mine !|
A lot of car owners hung out by their cars happy to answer questions and show off their hot rods. One nice guy indulged me by letting me sit in his car. Oh Baby! Thank you to Richard Melnik from Yesterday’s Memories Auto Club Staten Island. His 1955 Chevy Custom Belair is sweet!
A trip down Memory Lane isn’t complete (for me at least) without shopping. Lead East has several areas with booths selling vintage themed car collectibles, decorations, T shirts, costume and vintage clothing. I liked that the vendors were inside, outside and mixed in next to the cars so there was always something new to look while Fred and I strolled through the hotel and the grounds. We saw the cutest 50’s style kids clothes, Hawaiian shirts and frilly skirts at Cruise Kids
and met Mike from Pinup Parlor and Bombshell Pinups
. I picked up a shiny black patent leather clutch at his booth along with some information about his Pin Up Portrait Services
. Oo la la !
Of course Lead East is also about the music. The DJ in the parking lot set the mood wise cracking, playing classic oldies and giving shout outs to all the attendees. We heard an A Capella group in the hotel bar and enjoyed the 50s Karaoke in the hotel atrium – lots of talent out there. I’m sorry that we couldn’t stay for the Sock Hop in the evening – definitely next year. I'm already planning my outfit :)
|Best dress at Lead East - Lookin' Good!|
Join Me at Lead East - World's Biggest 50s Party
You can tell a lot of heart and soul goes into running Lead East and it attracts a fun and friendly bunch of people. Fred and I had a great time - Lead East keep on rockin another 30 years!
Can't wait for the end of August as I get ready for my first visit to Lead East -
the world's biggest 50s party. It's happening Wednesday August 29th thru Sunday September 2nd, 2012. That's 5 days of rock and roll, hot cars and sock hops. I'm checking through the event schedule and checking through my wardrobe - where to go and what to wear - what's a girl to do!
34 Oldies Bands & Doo Wop Groups!
1,800 Vintage Cars from 22 States!
I'll be decked out in my best circle skirt and dancing shoes for some swinging good time. If you like the music of the 50's like I do here's some general information about the music from the Lead East web site.
Accessorizing Vintage in a New Way "THE MUSIC: In addition to playing recorded oldies and live Doo Wop over the P.A. system in the hotel parking lot, we have an outdoor stage for bands Friday night through Sunday, an indoor stage in the Hotel Ballroom providing live entertainment from Wednesday night though Sunday night, and a third stage in the Hotel Lobby Atrium area for Open Mike opportunities, plus 50’s-60’s Karaoke from Noon Friday to 4:30 PM Sunday. We also have a live band on that indoor stage Friday night, as well as another band on our outdoor stage. Tune your radio to 87.9 FM for our low-power broadcast of our outdoor P.A. system. You can listen to it on your car radio! "
Check the Lead East Schedule of Events for the whole line up and the low down skinny on what to expect. In addition to cruisin' and checking out classic cars there will be drive in movies, karaoke, dance contests, collectibles show and much much more. I hear it's the friendly people that really make Lead East fun. If you're going, watch out for me and say "Hey Viv ! "
Hey Viv Vintage meets DAGbags......
Combining new accessories with vintage clothes is one way to develop your own unique style. Consider building a wardrobe with classic silhouettes in neutral colors and then adding colorful accents each season. For example, this little black dress from the 80’s takes on a whole new life when it is paired with an orange fabric handbag, this summers “hot” color trend.
If bright hues are not for you, then color blocking is another way to update this dress. A black and white clutch is just the right accent to add new life to this timeless design. This bag is and made in NYC with upholstery weight designer fabrics, all of the fabrics have a soil and water resistant finish. And the bags are padded to protect your phone, tablets and other valuables. One of the things I enjoy most about wearing vintage clothing is how unlikely it is to find someone else wearing the same outfit. That is especially true when you accessorize with one of a kind items like these handbags from DAGbags. (www.DAGbags.com)
So if you are looking for ways to stand out from the crowd and look great, consider revitalizing your vintage wardrobe by adding some of these fresh new accessories. And check out DAGbags.com and HeyViv.com for new ideas.
Pop Beads - Rainbow Fun
Remember Pop Beads
? They were also called Pop It Beads or Snap Beads. You "pop" the beads together to make a necklace & matching bracelet, then you pull it all apart and start all over again. I had them as a kid and had such fun with them, especially making them together with my girlfriends. Pop beads
were popular in the 50's, often in pearl or pastel colors. They were introduced as a novelty but quickly caught on as a fashion trend. "Pop beads were made from polyethene and other soft plastics, and by 1956, 40,000 pounds of resin was used every month to produce them."
from 1950s Pop-It Beads
People are surprised that we carry Pop Beads. (Yes, manufacturers still make them :) They're fun to play with and wear. People have told us they not only wear the Pop Beads but also use them as decoration, as cat collars, as party favors and for science fair exhibits. Please post a comment if you have another use for them - I'd love to hear it.
These beads are a colorful accessory to add to any vintage or fashion look. Go ahead - pop some together and have a little fun with your jewelry!Hey Viv !
Rockin' 50's Retro Clothing --- from Sock Hop to Swing !
Summer Camp Memories
Here it is the middle of the summer and camp is in full swing. I've been doing research lately on theater and performance camps for my marketing campaigns - looking to see who might be doing Grease or Birdie and who might need help with 50 costumes. I was amazed to find there are so many camps to choose from all over the country.
It really made me feel nostalgic. I have such good memories of going to Girl Scout Camp. I still remember how to lash a table and I remember the songs and the campfires (and the s'mores of course.) So I'm wondering ....
What's your fondest summer camp memory? Please post below and share.
|Hope everyone's having a fun summer !|
And check out this directory to get a heads up on summer theater camps:
Summer Sock Hops are Here!
Grab Yours Today
Dance the Night Away!
Hey Viv Loves Retro Desserts & Sundaes at Cold Stone CreameryCold Stone Creamery has a new Retro Ice Cream Promotion so I decided to go to my local Cold Stone ice cream parlor for a taste. Would these new/old ice cream creations bring back memories ? Of course, I dressed up in style and took some pictures - retro style Viv with retro style ice cream - can't resist that combo :)
Now - here's the scoop for all you ice cream lovers out there who remember the Malt Shop classics. Cold Stone Creamery® will offer a limited time promotion of retro inspired treats that are reminiscent of the 1950’s ice cream parlors from May 16 through Aug. 31. Go back in time with one of the memory inducing Cold Stone Retro Classics, like the decadent Hot Fudge Sundae or creamy Root Beer Float. You can take a trip down memory lane like I did. Now, the big decision is will I have the Classic Turtle Sundae or the Classic Hot Fudge Sundae? Ok, I have to confess, the Hot Fudge won out :)
So, enjoy some sweet nostalgia at Cold Stone Creamery this summer. Wear a poodle skirt and crinoline to get in the mood:) Tell'em Hey Viv ! sent ya.
Ready for "Back to the 50's Weekend" at Cascade Park, PA
Get ready to rock and celebrate the 26th
annual Back to the 50’s Weekend
at Cascade Park this July 5th
, 6th, 7th, & 8th
, 2012 in beautiful New Castle, Pennsylvania.
Cascade Park is a beautiful area that’s safe, clean, & a desirable place for recreation. It is a spacious landscape surrounded by breathtaking waterfalls.
The Back to the 50’s Weekend at Cascade Park is the most innovative, successful, family fun auto event in the area. Expect at least 38, 000 spectators throughout the 4-day event, complete with musical entertainment, food and commercial vendors, and over 1000 cars and trucks!
Back to the 50’s Weekend at Cascade Park is food and inflatable fun for the entire family. Become a part of this successful event and tell'em Hey Viv sent you !
Minnesota Street Rod Association 39th Annual “Back to the 50’s”
Weekend Minnesota's Best Kept Secret is right around the corner!
Minnesota Street Rod Association is in its 45th year of Friends + Food + Fellowship.
Cruise on in & join the fun this June 22, 23, & 24 2012!
Live Music, Street Dancing, and Vintage Cars going “Back to the 50’s” can be fun for the entire family!
MSRA’s “Back to the 50’s” will have 350 commercial vendors, over 300 Arts and crafts, and up to 350 swappers! Plus Hot Rods, custom & classic cars with 125,000 spectators! MSRA’s “Back to the 50’s” will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds 1265 Snelling Ave. North St. Paul, MN 55108-3009
You can rock 50's Retro Vintage for the 50’s Dances on Friday & Saturday Night! Poodle skirts
are great for dancing to the jukebox and Doo Wop grooves!
Hey Viv ! has a special offer for anyone going "Back to the 50's" hosted by the Minnesota Street Rod Association. Find out how to get your Hey Viv “Back to the 50’s” coupon at bit.ly/BackToThe50s
Get ready for another year of great doo wop music & hot rods that promises to be a weekend full of fun!
Hey Viv say’s “Keep On Rockin’ the 50’s!”
Monkey Girlz - Staten Island Vintage Clothing Boutique
|AngeLee and Viv at Monkey Girlz Treasures in Staten Island| I recently paid a visit to "Monkey Girlz Treasures " a wonderful vintage and unique apparel store located on Staten Island. From the moment I walked in I felt that delicious tingle - I was surrounded by shoes, racks of clothing and yes, oh yes ! beautiful hats ! I couldn't wait to start shopping. AngeLee, the owner of Monkey Girlz, has a passion for fashion and shopping. She keeps an eclectic and ever changing selection of vintage and designer clothing through buying and taking consignment. "We get different things all the time. I believe in letting someone else getting use out of your pre-loved item, Recycle, Re-Use, Re-Purpose" The store has a wonderful array of stuff that make you want to dive in yet it's neat and well arranged. Shoppers chat, the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and there's a large dressing room.
Angel also hosts occasional art show events. You can check out the Facebook page for their artist feature. "We host a local artist, photographer or poets once every two months. The artist gets to exhibit or share some of his/her works with the community. Please stop by one of our events or if you are interested in sharing your work please contact Monkey Girlz."
Monkey Girlz was established 5 years ago when Angel started hosting private jewelry/accessories parties for bridal showers, birthday’s, private fund raiser’s mother’s day, and other special holidays. She opened the location on Manor Road about 1 year ago. The store’s unique name comes from the name she used to call her daughter as an infant.
Monkey Girlz carries an assortment of jewelry, selection of apparel, women’s accessories, men's clothing, men's hat's, limited selection of small furniture, vintage hats, clothing, gloves, cigarette cases, purses, furs, and glassware. They have a wide range of affordable items for sale as well. They seem to have considered every person’s taste and style: modern, classic, funky, hipster and of course vintage.
AngeLee says she loves to sell vintage hats, hand bags and vintage jewelry. She loves everything vintage! "Everything old was made so perfectly and they paid attention to detail." She has been collecting and wearing vintage clothing since she was 12 years old and has always been into fashion. She says, "I wanted to share my finds with other people, I always have people in the street asking where did i get something I was wearing. So Monkey Girlz began in my home with custom made jewelry and just grew from there."
"Monkey Girlz is THE accessible vintage haven if you like retro stuff, bargains and totally unique items." Jen M (on yelp)
Monkey Girlz: "Live Love Laugh & Shop"
Monkey Girlz Treasure, 565 Manor Rd, Staten Island , NY 10314
Hours: mon-thurs. 10:30am-6:30pm, fri. & sat 10:30am-7pm
Happy Customers at Hey Viv !
Lost in the 50's in Sandpoint Idaho - Rock til You Drop!
Sandpoint’s 27th annual “Lost in the 50’s” Celebration - Legendary Party of the Year is right around the corner!
May 17th, 18th, 19th, & 20th 2012 come to Sandpoint Idaho for a real 1950’s party with Rocky and the Rollers, the Tokens, the Reflections and a little bit of Elvis.
With Live Music, Street Dancing, and Vintage Cars, Being “Lost in the 50’s” is fun for the whole family! "Come to Sandpoint’s “Lost in the 50’s” Celebration and share the weekend with Friends and Family... We’ll crank up the Music and Put out the Red Carpet and leave a little room on the dance floor…."
If you plan on going to “Lost in the 50’s” this year get something fun to wear at Hey Viv! Rockin' 50's Retro Vintage and Costume. Hey Viv ! has a special offer for anyone going to "Lost in the 50's" at Sandpoint. Find out how to get your Hey Viv “Lost in the 50’s” coupon at bit.ly/BackToThe50s
Get ready for Another Year of Great Doo Wop Music that promises to be a Weekend full of fun!
Hey Viv say’s “Keep On Rockin’ the 50’s!”
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On a recent snowy January day, I dressed in one of my favorite capes and visited the Staten Island Museum to attend the opening of' Staten Island, Remember When? with paintings by Fred Sklenar. The exhibition is located in Snug Harbor, Staten Island in Building H. I recognized a picture of a local store on the post card invitation for the opening, and decided I better check it out.
"Step back in time with stunning Staten Island scenes by watercolor painter, Fred Sklenar."
I went to the opening and met Mr Sklenar, a native New Yorker and son of a renowned painter and art teacher. Mr Sklenar received his formal art training at New York’s famed Pratt Institute. He also studied for several years with Edgar Whitney, AWS, one of the 20th Century’s most renowned watercolorists.
Using his acumen and experience gained as a student and intern with several professionals, Mr Sklenar began his career as a designer for a publisher and newspaper syndicate drawing and inking four nationally syndicated newspaper features.
His paintings at the History Center show scenes of Historic Staten Island, including the downtown storefronts of Port Richmond where the original Hey Viv store was located.
In this photograph Fred and I are both pointing at a postcard from the 30's, and I’m showing Mr. Sklenar the Kroll Building which housed Madame Kroll's Millinery from the 20's to the 30's and my store in the 80's to the 90's.
It was entertaining to navigate through the gallery and rediscover the buildings and stores that I recognized. One of the paintings showed Nat's Men's Store which has been in business for over 75 years. Mr. Sklenar’s paintings show detailed scenes with a slightly softened nostalgic feel (or that may just be my misty eyed perspective, as I gaze upon the lost scenes of Staten Island's past).
Mr. Sklenar was both very charming and informative as we enjoyed the tour. As the group walked around the gallery he talked about local stores and restaurants, and pointed out a painting with his father's studio sign - his father was a painter as well. Mr. Sklenar also mentioned the history of all the places he painted, and their influence on his art.
Hand Picked Creations - Designer Resale & Vintage Clothing in Staten Island
I mingled with a fellow local islanders at the show - I think they were just as curious as I to take a nostalgic step back in time and enjoy Mr Sklenar's Staten Island scenes.
"Hand Picked Creations" is the newest addition to Staten Island’s selection of second hand and consignment stores. It's a find for anyone who likes to shop for clothes and who wants something different plus a friendly shopping atmosphere. Clair Guadagno, the owner says "The mission of this store is to offer high-quality merchandise at amazing prices" She feels that sharing beautiful clothing and accessories with others, especially in these continuing tough economic times, should be viewed as something positive for both consignees and purchasers.
|Hand Picked Creations display window are full of bright and colorful items to entice you in|I'm always in the mood for shopping fun so I recently attended an open house at the store sponsored by the West Brighton LDC where I was warmly welcomed by Claire Guadagno, the bubbly owner of Hand Picked Creations. The store was full of people in a party mood, enjoying refreshments and shopping. Not only did I find this lovely mink hat but I also snagged a beaded handbag to add to my collection.
|Claire Guadagno helped me pick out this 1950's frame mink hat|
with cafe au lait net veil.
The store is nicely laid out in a large space with quite a selection of clothing. I saw everything from classic black jackets to fabulous 80's disco wear. Everyone should check out the back room; which is full of sale items! I had my eye on a pair of turquoise harem pants I found in the sale section and may just have to go back and try them on. Hand Picked Creations is open 5 days a week Tuesday through Friday 10-6pm and Saturday 10-4pm.
They are located at 59 New Dorp Plaza North Staten Island, New York 10306.
Vintage shoppers it's worth checking out and seeing what's “New” at Hand Picked Creations!