Sending 2010 Out in Style and Sparkle!

Remember when you were a kid and were always excited for things in the future — summer vacation, your birthday, what you would do when you were “older” — and all the grown-ups would tell you not to wish time away because it goes too fast anyway? Well, at the risk of sounding like a “real” grown-up, I have to ask –just where DOES the time go? How can it be the end of the year already? Well, it is, and we’re going to send it out in style with one last jewelry designer trunk show! We’ll have Anne Sportun‘s entire collection in the store this weekend — and just in time for Christmas shopping! Anne is best known for her gemstone and diamond rings, and is definitely one of our customers’ favorites and, with beauties like these, that’s certainly understandable! The show is Friday, December 17 from 10 – 7, Saturday, December 18 from 10 – 6 and Sunday, December 19 from noon – 5. In addition to the show on Sunday, Santa will be visiting Excelsior & Grand and available for picture taking with all of your little elves! So there’s a lot to do this weekend at E&G for everyone — and did I mention that this was happening right before Christmas?!?


Well, we tried. Really, we did. I hate to admit it, but Mother Nature won this one. We’re closing early due to the snow — safety for all comes first! The good news is that all of this snow will make Santa’s visit to Excelsior & Grand and the free sleigh rides GREAT tomorrow! See you then!

The Awareness Building Continues

A great big thank you to all who came out this weekend to our trunk show with our friend and jewelry designer extraordinaire Vicente Agor! Yes, Mother Nature was in a bad mood this weekend, but we had a great time and, more importantly, raised money AND awareness for organ and tissue donation. Vicente is the recipient of a double-transplant and shared his inspiring personal story during an artist reception on Friday night. Our (Max’s and Vicente’s) original plan was to donate 20% of the proceeds from the sale of his jewelry over the 3-day weekend event to LifeSource, a non-profit organ and tissue donation organization, the University Transplant Assistance Fund at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. It took us about 25 nano-seconds to agree that it would be kind of silly to limit it to sales just from the weekend event, so we will continue to donate the same (20%) proceeds from the sale of his work through the end of 2010!