December 5, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide 2011 For New Yorkers

Happy Holidays, Huffpost New Yorkers. Now enough internetting -- go buy some presents.

We understand that with such a big town it's hard to know where to begin. Is it tacky to go to the holiday markets and bang out all your obligations there? Candles and sock puppets and leather-bound notebooks? We can't say. Or is online shopping really as heartfelt as having to slog and stumble through crowds at actual New York stores? Hard to answer. What if you and your brother-in-law buy each other the exact same vintage tie-pin from the Brooklyn Flea? That'd be ok.

If you're overwhelmed, don't worry -- we are too. So here are some ideas and good places to start:

For Cabin Lovers

Whispering Pines: Kitschy cabin goods for people who probably don't live in cabins. Pendletons andpillows and mugs, all the cozy fixtures of winter that you need. 

(You can also find them at the Brooklyn Flea). 

Shop now and get 25% off and free shipping.


"Made from hand finished cast resin these majestic Fallow Deer antlers are a dramatic addition to any space."

Just wanted to make the Freeman's joke, really. 

  December 13, 2010- Small Christmas Decorations

December 9, 2010 - N'East Style

  March 23, 2010- Store Profile

Women’s World – October 26, 2009

Whispering Pines has a featured article on Cactus Creek Daily! 2-18-10

Check out this fun blog called Summerology which showed off our anchor & sailboat place card holders. 2-18-10

A Rustic Touch by In This Instance – 05-20-09

Reader Recommendations By Nautical by Nature – 9-2-09


Rustic Decor A Mountain Bride- 6-6-09


From the editors of Victoria Magazine

“Selling by Post” The Business of Bliss

Sisters Mickey Kelly and Susan Kelly Panian were living in separate parts of the country when they decided to join in a business venture that would reconnect them – and a lot of other people – with a cherished aspect of their
past. When they were growing up in Chicago, they would escape in the summers to their family cabin in the sleepy little hamlet of Three Lakes,Wisconsin. It had left an indelible mark on both women’s imaginations, filling
them with warm remembrances of summers spent perfectly in tune with nature and themselves.

Mickey first had the vision. She opened a store in her adopted hometown of Piermont, New York, called Whispering Pines, which was reminiscent of the trading posts the girls had frequented in Three Lakes. specializing in
“things for the cabin”. Whispering Pines carried everything from Adirondack twig furniture and beaded moccasins to outdoor clothing and souvenir pillows filled with fragrant pine needles. The idea was to create that “cabin state of mind” even for those without cabins. Susan followed Mickey’s lead and opened a similar store in Delray Beach, Florida. Together the sisters opened a third store in Three Lakes, where they still summer with their families.

The stores were a success, but it wasn’t long before they found themselves with a bad case of retail burnout. They put their heads together to figure out how to escape the day-to-day demands of running a store yet be able to
connect with a wide circle of customers. The solution: transform Whispering Pines into a mail-order catalog business.

From page 131 “Selling by Post” The Business of Bliss

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