Tell us a little about your store?

Opal & Ruby Gift Emporium is a gift store for everyone! We offer gifts for men, women, children, and even pets! From trendy to classic, we have a little something for everyone’s style.

What motivated you to open your store? And we have to ask, why the name Opal and Ruby?

My sister, Kelli, and I moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana from Oklahoma City about a year and a half ago. Oklahoma City is infiltrated with great boutiques and shopping opportunities, and we found that Fort Wayne didn’t have the shopping experiences that we had grown accustomed to. Fort Wayne is a great city, and we thought it needed a shop that offered great gift choices! It had always been a dream of mine to open a boutique. Our parents were extremely encouraging and helped us breathe life into the dream, which is now a reality!

The name Opal & Ruby is a nod to my birthstone and my sister Kelli’s birthstone. My birthday is October (Opal), and Kelli is a July baby (Ruby). We thought it sounded fun and a lot better than Kristin & Kelli’s!

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What do you and your customers love most about cinda b? 

We all love that it is a lifestyle brand! Perfect for women on the go, which just happens to be every woman! The bags have great style and personality, yet aren’t too loud nor busy. Customers can pick a pattern and build a collection! There are so many great pieces that accompany the bags and luggage. Everyone appreciates the fact that you can clean a cinda b bag in the washing machine, let it air dry, and then it’s good to go again! Most of all, our team and our customers LOVE that cinda b is made right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana! How fortunate are we?!

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What is your “go-to” style and pattern?

I am a Noir kind of gal, with some added Mod Tortoise pieces! My go-to-piece at the time being is my Horizontal Tote II because I’m rarely without my laptop. Kelli is a Neptune fan, and she covets her Crosstown Satchel.

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Where is your dream travel location? What bag would you carry and why?

My Carry-On Rolly and I would love to board a jet plane to Italy! Maybe I’d need two bags for that trip! I could hit the streets of Rome or Tuscany in style with my chic rolling luggage. Kelli would much prefer to throw a good book and her sunglasses in her Beach Bag II and relax on any white sandy beach!

If you could share some encouragement with other Retail Store Owners, what would you share?

Customers really appreciate that cinda b products are made in the USA. cinda b really takes great effort to ensure that it is an American product. If retail store owners remember to share that the bags are ‘homemade in the heartland’, highlight cinda b as being a lifestyle brand, and showcasing the bags in an attractive yet easy way the customers can touch and feel the bags, customers will respond positively!

What is your best tip for hosting an event?

Utilize the cinda b Marketing Department! They create the greatest marketing pieces which will help store owners communicate their events! Make sure the staff is knowledgeable about the cinda b line, and team up with a local restaurant or bakery for delightful refreshments to give an extra ‘buy local’ touch!

What is your go to gift for a Wedding, Birthday, and Hostess Gift?

Kelli and I both love to give a mom-to-be a cinda b baby bag! We also enjoy giving Vertical Cosmetic II bags.

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We love that you are carrying some other local brands, tell us all about them and why you decided to carry them?

We thought it was very important to highlight and showcase some local Fort Wayne companies in our shop. We created friendships and relationships with most of the local business owners prior to carrying them in the store. Their passion and dedication was so attractive that we just had to partner with them. Along with cinda b, other Fort Wayne brands you’ll find at Opal & Ruby Gift Emporium are Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies, Keepsake Threads, Stonewares by Laura Brandenburg, and s.a.l.t. sisters out of Goshen, IN.

 

{ Check this out…Opal and Ruby is rocking their Facebook Page! }

 

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Why did you decide to open a store in Fort Wayne? What about Fort Wayne do you love?

Fort Wayne is rich in history and tradition. The city loves celebrating with festivals, and will certainly rally together in good times and bad. Although our roots are in Oklahoma and St. Louis, Fort Wayne is home now. And we want to see Fort Wayne grow and flourish!

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This long weekend calls for water, warmth, and sunshine. Whether you are claiming your spot in the sand at the beach, splashing in the pool, or hosting a BBQ, embrace the sunshine and the long weekend with a new summer treat recipe.

We are loving these Key Lime Pie Popsicles. We suggest adding a graham cracker crust as an extra bonus for finishing the whole thing. :) But we all know that’s not hard to do with these scrumptious frozen treats that are sweet and tart at the same time.

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Looking for the perfect tote?

If you’re looking for a stylish, yet functional bag to tote your frozen treats this weekend, we suggest the Market Tote. It boasts organizational slip pockets on the inside, two exterior pockets on the outside, and a hard bottom in case you’re a shameless over packer.

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Key Lime Pie Popsicles

Makes 10 or more popsicles depending on mold size

Popsicles

* 2 cups Greek-style plain yogurt

* 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons key lime simple syrup

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers

 

Key Lime Simple Syrup

* 1/2 cup water

* 1/2 cup key lime juice

* 1/2 cup sugar (or honey)

 

Make the Simple Syrup
In a medium saucepan heat the water, lime juice, and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. If using honey, heat until the mixture simmers. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Make the Popsicles
Mix together the yogurt, 1 cup key lime simple syrup, and the vanilla until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds. In a small bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs with remaining simple syrup until moistened. Carefully spoon about 1 tablespoon of crumbs onto the bottom of each popsicle mold over the yogurt. Press lightly to secure. Insert sticks or tops to the molds and freeze until stiff.

To unmold, run under warm water for 10-20 seconds, as needed. Serve immediately.

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Hats Off!

May 23, 2014

Whether you are graduating from high school or college, graduation is a time for celebrating new beginnings. The caps have been thrown and the commencement speeches have been given. Now, we’ve gathered some gifts we are loving this season that will travel with your graduate through the next adventures in their life.

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A quick visit home, a road trip with the girls, or simply hitting the gym, the Weekender II is the perfect packing bag for a change of clothes or two and weekend beauty essentials.

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Be prepared for those walks across campus and stay hands-free with one of our go-to cross body bags, the Saddle Bag II.

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If she’s calling the dorms home, the Vertical Cosmetic II will help keep her essentials tidy and organized.

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Download this FREE desktop wallpaper here. Repin and send to your Graduate to remind them of the how far they’ve come!

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We’d love to stay in touch. If you’re thinking the same thing, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to receive updates when we post something new, fun, and fabulous. See you soon!

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 This week on The Weekender we are handbags over heals for a couple of our favorite things.              Here is a to-do list to make your weekend a little brighter and more relaxing.
 
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Sometimes you just have to throw your hands up and say “Why not?!”… This weekend, instead of the usual bottled water or soda, splurge on new, healthier “fancy” drinks to stock your fridge. You’ll be spoiling yourself every time you go for a refreshment you can feel good about.

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Feeling a little tense from the work week? They say we hold stress in our hips, so take a few minutes for yourself and try the pigeon pose. You’ll be honing your inner yogi with this easy, releasing pose. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

 
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T H I N G   T O   M A K E  •

This weekend is all about Mom. If you are looking for a recipe to wow her on Sunday, follow these simple 1-2-3 directions for a heart-felt meal.

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* “Fancy Drinks” image found on Pinterest.
*fitsugar.com. Pigeon Pose. <http://www.fitsugar.com/photo-gallery/33104623/Pigeon-Pose>
* marthastewart.com. Mother’s Day Breakfast. <http://www.marthastewart.com/272633/mothers-day-breakfast?czone=holiday/spring-celebrations-cnt/celebration-mother-day&center=307033&gallery=274197&slide=272633>
 

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All for Mom

May 8, 2014

 

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so we’ve asked some of our friends around cinda b headquarters to share a little bit about the mom in their life and what makes her so special. They even dropped a stylish hint on what their favorite items are for Mom this year. Let’s hear what they have to say:

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“My Mom and I had the opportunity to travel almost every weekend together growing up. Throughout all our life adventures, my Mom always assured me that positive energy is contagious. With confidence and a smile, you can accomplish anything.

For traveling Moms like mine, I would suggest giving her a gift for all of her travel essentials so she can explore the world in style. The Jet Set Black Market Tote permits lots of packing space and easy organization with a roomy interior and many pockets, both inside and out.

Some other suggestions to store her beauty essentials are the Vertical Cosmetic II, Jolly, and Flight Friendly Travel Pouch.”  – Kate

 

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“While my mom has taught me so much, I would say the greatest things I’ve learned from her are strength, perseverance and the belief that anything is possible. Now that I’m a mom of three boys, (the newest just last week), I cherish in teaching them the power of never giving up.

Since it’s only been a week since I had our third, I haven’t ventured out much. I’ve realized that baby products have changed quite dramatically in the five years since we had our last son. There are so many well-designed products to tote along.

I’m currently carrying the Babe-a-licious Baby Bag in Empire Slate. It makes heading out feel cute and stylish. I can carry all the essentials for baby and slip my Continental Zip Wallet II and keys inside so I’m not toting a ton of bags with me.” - Jennifer

 

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“My mom is the most giving person I know, so I love to spoil her any chance I get. My mom has a very active lifestyle, travels often, and is always on-the-go. The Hipster II is her favorite accessory, so I think she will love a new one in our brand new Neptune pattern. My mom often dresses in breezy whites during the summer, so this nautical bag will fit her chic style effortlessly. ” - Alex

The Hipster II, Sunglasses Case, Pocket Wallet, and Coin + Camera are the perfect tag-a-longs for daily jaunts.

 

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We hope you found exactly what you were looking for. But if not, click over to our website to check out more of our fabulous patterns and styles!

We’d love to stay in touch. Subscribe to xo CB and receive email updates to stay in the know!

 

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In honor of those two days we look forward to all week, we’ve gathered a little something to spark your creativity. Let’s jump for joy, pull out those scissors, and get crafty because here’s a fabulous DIY to start your weekend off right.

Oh, and what a wonderful idea to DIY for Mom. Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is May 11th!

 

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The List of Goodies:

paper mache letters
exacto knife
floral foam
glue gun
wire cutters
silk or tissue flowers

How to:

1. Using your exacto knife, cut off the front of the letters.
2. Cut floral foam into shapes that fit letter and secure with glue.
3. Trim the silk flowers, leaving a short stem, and position into the foam. Use glue if necessary.
4. Arrange beautifully!

If you can’t figure out the perfect way to show Mom how much she is loved, head over to cindab.com to find something she will always carry with her.

 

*Photography credit: Pinterest

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