Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bramhall and Dunn Celebration 11/11/11

November 8, 2011

Dear Friends -

It is with a mixture of anticipation, excitement and gratitude that I am writing to inform you of the conclusion of Bramhall & Dunn at the end of 2011. I have been happily leading this enterprise for the past 28 years, since 1983 when I was 25 years old. I am now eagerly looking forward to the next phases and adventures in my life, whatever they may be.

I have had a great time with Bramhall & Dunn over the years. What started with a focus on all manner of textiles grew to include whatever caught my fancy that reflected my idea of a lifestyle suited to island living. I feel very proud of the beautiful collection of quality merchandise that we assembled and presented in a homelike environment, graced by Wendy Whippleʼs displays, the most beautiful anywhere, on island or off. Iʼve worked with the most steadfast, loyal and delightful colleagues, some for many years, including Wendy for 23! I have met many wonderful, imaginative artists and designers from whom I've purchased creative work. I am especially proud of what I hope you will agree was a warm and welcoming presence on Main Street. More than anything, itʼs been the personal relationships that we all have shared with all of you that has been so rewarding. We all are honored to have been a part of peopleʼs lives for many generations.

None of this would have been possible without you, my incredibly supportive and loyal customers. You have made it fun, rewarding, gratifying. You have become my friends, the storeʼs raison d'être. Your support has meant so much to me. Those of you who make B&D your first stop when you get off the ferry and the last before you board, can't imagine how gratifying that feels. We had customers last weekend, who after driving up from Brooklyn, came to the VH store off the boat, then on to the Edgartown store before heading home to Aquinnah - and all before their poor dog had been let out for a walk!

Some may ask if the difficult economy factored into my decision and I can honestly say that it did not. In fact when times started getting tough in 2008, I saw it as a challenge and we successfully adapted to meet it. Others may wonder if the huge growth in Internet shopping was a factor. Again, it was not. We are proud of the personal attention and lovely environment that we provide our customers and know that they appreciated it as well. This kind of service cannot be duplicated on the Internet. I will make a plea however to all those who value the experience of shopping in a physical store and value vibrant towns to make every effort to support their local merchants. They cannot exist without your business. In my case, I am just ready to move on and pursue the many, many other options and adventures yet to be discovered.

We are having a celebration party and sale starting on 11/11/11 and I hope to see you.

I thank you. Itʼs been a great time.

All the best to you -

With Gratitude -


Friday, June 4, 2010

Baby it's warm outside!

Welcome to summer everyone! Boy what a difference a year makes :). New this year: 3 Dots tees; Gretchen Scott tunics and dresses; Creme Fraiche shirts; Condition's Apply and yoga/active wear by Inner Waves and Brasil Bazar. Also this year we have expanded our St. James and Hartford lines. Open daily 10am to 6pm

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The calm before the storm (we hope!)

This is the last weekend before Memorial Day weekend. The sun is shining and the temperature is warm, what a difference from last year. The store in Edgartown has opened and we have been receiving our spring/summer inventory at breakneck speed. Stop in to say "hello" and enhance your summer wardrobe.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Almost summer!

Almost summer!!
Well here we are at the beginning of May and it is feeling very summerlike. We have a lot of new summer clothes, scarves and new things for the home. We will be opening the Edgartown store on or about May 15th so stop in at 9 Winter St. to say hello!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Is it spring yet?

Weather can be fickle on the island of Martha's Vineyard. It has been unseasonably warm since the end of February. Everyone is saying that the gardens are a good two weeks ahead of schedule and the pollen, well it is highly elevated. We are continuing our winter clothes sale until the end of the month. Spring arrivals have begun to ship with more by the beginning of May. So stop in and say hello. We have been sprucing up just for you!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Easter

Well here we are on the first of April and celebrating Easter. We are so fortunate to be enjoying some spectacular weater, sunny and warm. It seems the long winter is coming to an end and you can just hear everyone smiling!! To celebrate we are putting out our spring clothing. Come in to see this years Hartford, Victorinox and Eileen Fisher. We also have a huge selection of linen, silk and cotton scarves and shawls. And for the kid in you, our PF Flyers have arrived. So stop in, we are open daily 11 to 5 except on Sunday (we are closed).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Meteorological Spring???

So here we are in March, inventory is finished and it is snowing to beat the band. I heard on some Boston TV news the other morning that the months of March, April and May constitute the meteorological spring. Interesting thought for the hopeful though we on the island know not to expect spring until May. Our sale continues and is enriched to include a 75% off section. Spring arrivals begin to appear by the end of the month and we need to make room. Come in for a visit and check out the savings!