Unique Boutique: Kritta Company, B.I.B.S. and Simply Whimsical
In anticipation of the 12th annual Unique Boutique, Patch is featuring a few of the businesses leading up to Saturday's event.
They range from adult and children's clothing to gourmet food, home décor and jewelry. They feature nationally-known products or specially crafted items.
Each vendor has a unique business story in how they began. Today, we feature three of the vendors, including a hometown seller, that will be at the 12th annual Unique Boutique.
Kritta Company is a young company that was formed by Sewickley resident Kristen Finamore with the desire to create elegant, yet affordable, artisan jewelry for women from all walks of life.
Finamore has lived in the Sewickley area her whole life. She and her husband are raising their three boys here as well. It brings great joy to Finamore to not only hand-craft each piece, but to see the joy and excitement in women’s eyes when they can purchase a “little luxury” and feel special. Finamore loves making and creating jewelry. She feels it is an honor to be able to share it with everyone.
B.I.B.S. (Baby Items By Sarah) was created by Sarah Allman after her daughter, who was born nearly two months early in May of 2009, spent three weeks in the NICU. During those three weeks, Allman was extremely touched by the preemie beanies that people would donate for those in the hospital to wear. In an effort to give back, Allman spent the next months crocheting tiny beanies and by Easter of 2010 was able to donate nearly a beanie for every day her daughter was in the hospital. Her love for crocheting and children has since developed into B.I.B.S.
B.I.B.S offers a range of hand-made, crocheted items to include beanies for all occasions, gift sets, blankets, toddler purses, seasonal and specialty items, headbands, and of course, bibs. Photography props are also available such as cocoons and diaper covers with matching beanies.
Allman has also recently introduced a new product line called florets, which are small origami-type flowers to be used as hair clips. Custom orders are always welcome.
Simply Whimsical is an apron shop created by Kathy Williams.
Williams makes stylish aprons from designer fabrics for the everyday hostess. Other items include glamour gloves, dish towels pot pinchers and Little Lady Kitchen Kits -- child’s apron, chef’s hat, mitt, cookie cutter, recipe, wooden spoon and a hair clip. Williams wants today’s woman to have a beautiful and practical apron for everyday management.
The Unique Boutique is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Edgeworth Club, 511 East Drive.
Admission for shopping is $10 each or $35 each for admission and lunch. The buffet lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and reservations are required.
For questions or reservations, contact Irene Dailey, director of volunteer and community services at 412-749-7052.