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Spring has finally hatched and I guess it’s time to take down our fancy white Christmas tree from the window. But wait until you see what’s inside. Our little town of Antigonish is now known for having one of the ladies boutiques in Atlantic Canada! Inside the grand old house we occupy on Main Street you will find a great selection of everything from casual jeans to evening gowns. In between is great sportswear, snappy outfits for the office and gorgeous dresses to wear to special occasions like weddings – especially if you are the mother of the bride or groom! We have a great selection of all sizes and this spring you will find lots amazing European fashions in sizes up to 18. Simply said there’s just no place like Aphrodite if you want to look sensational this spring!

Now here’s some news from the front lines…..


I knew Sandwich was an important line for our Aphrodite clients when I first saw it. The Sandwich brand has been at the top of the charts in Europe for many years and now they are holding the number one spot in the UK.This is a page from Drapers magazine quoting Sandwich as the number one women’s brand.

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The designs are colourful and playful and every piece has unpredictable details, is made from wonderful fabrics  in the highest quality yet at moderate prices. Sandwich delivers in four cycles during the spring so our collections are always fresh. And we now know that our customers love it! As a result we have built the best collection of Sandwich anywhere in Atlantic Canada. Be sure to shop early for the best selection. Have a look at the attitude for Sandwich Spring:

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This time from our JEWELLERY DESIGNERS

Three of our Aphrodite jewellers have been up to a lot of interesting things of late.  In this post I’d like to tell you about Dorothee Rosen, Designer Goldsmith; Monica Graves – Glamjulz and Clare Bridge – each one very different in their design perspectives – but all gloriously wonderful creators.

Dorothee Rosen 

Dorothee operates her studio out of Halifax. Our customers will recognize her iconic one to three footer rings in gold and silver and her one meter bangles. Here’s what the senior editor of the prestigious JCK trade magazine had to say about Dorothee’s work at the recent Philadelphia Buyers Market where Dorothee exhibited her work.

5 Designers I Loved at Buyers Market of American Craft and globalDESIGN

Onefooter rings and Onemeter bangle

Dorothee’s iconic Onefooter rings and Onemeter bangle

By Jennifer Heebner, Senior Editor. Over the Feb. 16–18 weekend, I made it to the American Made Show, organized by the Buyers Market of American Craft, and globalDESIGN, a well-edited show of high-end designers run by the Jewelers Resource Bureau. Both shows ran in Philadelphia (my hometown), and between the two of them, they featured more than 300 jewelry designers. Lots of exhibitors at the American Made Show featured clever styles in silver, while nearly all vendors at globalDESIGN were high-end lines of karat gold and platinum. While I was wowed by many selections, here are five vendors whose works I particularly enjoyed.

Dorothée Rosen at the AMS: I love her Onefooter rings in silver and karat gold—one-foot lengths of metal wire forged into continuous loops. They’re simple and sculptural, and the aesthetic carries over effortlessly into rings, earrings, pendants, and necklaces. Rosen, a German transplant to Canada, has only a handful of U.S. accounts (including the Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle), so discover her before your competitors do.

Monical Graves

Monica makes bright colourful multi-strand necklaces that add more than a punch of colour to any outfit. It’s creative, happy and fun!

Monica's famous ten strand necklace. It comes in umpteen colours!

Monica’s famous ten strand necklace. It comes in umpteen colours!

Monica used to be in management for Canada Post until she discovered beads and today she runs a successful atelier in Burlington Ontario.  Her work is worn by many celebrities and is regularly featured in Canada’s fashion magazines. Monica was just featured on breakfast television where she demonstrates and talks about her work. Watch the video and learn how many ways her “julz” can be worn and find our who is wearing them. See http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151552968595610

Clare Bridge

Clare lives in nearby Tracadie where she creates stunning sculptural jewellery that is worn as statement pieces.

Bronze cuff of child's shoe from the wreckage of the Titanic

Bronze cuff of child’s shoe from the wreckage of the Titanic

Recently her work was accepted into the very prestigious Ganoskin Project. As the world’s largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. Participants are from The Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Colombia, Romania, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia and Denmark.  Clare was chosen as one of the total 319 artists who contributed 729 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.

The piece that Clare entered is a a cuff featuring a bronzed child’s shoe that was found in the wreckage of the Titanic, This award winning piece has drawn international attention and acclaim for Clare and her exquisite work.

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Perfumes of Peace Holiday Event with 7 Virtues CEO, Barb Stegemann


 Barb Stegemann will be home for Christmas on December 19th at Aphrodite Art & Fashion at 292 Main Street, Antigonish for noon and evening book signings and to present her 7Virtues line of fragrances. The fragrances made with essential oils from nations rebuilding was ranked the Top Game Changer in the history of CBC’s Dragons Den on Dec 5th.  The same day the Antigonish native was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada WXN.

“I am really exited to be back home and can’t wait to catch up with friends from school and neighbours,” says Stegemann. “We were raised in a community influenced by the Coady Institute, so my work in trade with nations rebuilding is very much a reflection of the values of our community in empowering others through economic development.”

The 7 Virtues fragrance collection is exclusive to The Bay across Canada, Lord & Taylor in NYC and Air Canada on Board Duty Free.

“We were getting so many requests from our customers in Antigonish for the 7 Virtues fragrances after Dragons’ Den that I decided to reach out to Barb Stegemann through her father, Marv Robbins,” says Tiiu Poder, owner/manager of Aphrodite. “Barb explained the exclusivity deal with her department stores but agreed to do a one day only in-store event and is giving away a free signed book with each fragrance purchase!”

Starting December 11, Aphrodite will have tester fragrances in store for customers to pop by and pick their favourite and even place an order. Then on Dec 19th Stegemann will be in the store for book signings and a brief talk on her brilliant journey.

Meet Barb Stegemann Wednesday, December 19th

Noon to 2pm  and 5 to 7 pm

Aphrodite Art & Fashion, 292 Main Street, Antigonish 863-0606

To learn more about The 7 Virtues visit www.the7virtues.com

The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc. launched in 2010 and is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The company features four fragrances in its line, 50ml/1.7oz spray at $70 USD/CAD. Available at The Bay across Canada, Air Canada Duty Free On Board, and now at Lord & Taylor, NYC stores. Fragrances are made with natural essential oils and are paraben and phthalate free, vegan, and never tested on animals.

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