Thursday, July 29, 2010

Enter KAZA's "I Smell Fabulous" Contest!

I was sitting at the shop today, writing my 17th "last-minute-things-to-do-before-we -leave-for-Europe" list and it dawned on me that KAZA's 3rd Birthday passed by, without any sort of mention on the blog! OY!


Happy 3rd Birthday KAZA and a big ginormous hug to all our faithful customers who have supported us throughout the last 1095 days.
You're Awesome!

While I am thinking of the last 1095 days, it makes me think of all the people I have met since opening...which made me think of all our conversations....which made me think of subjects we usually talk about.

So....I wanted to have a contest of how much you know KAZA! A bit of KAZA Trivia, if you will! One lucky winner will receive a fabulous basket, which will include wonderful Earthway Soap Products and a 50$ Gift Certificate to KAZA!

So, I will now announce the official rules of KAZA's "I Smell Fabulous" contest:

Rules of the game:
1. Grab a paper and write your contact info, so I can call if you win.
2. Answer the questions as detailed as you can (guess if you have to!)
3. Bring to the shop and stick it in the mail slot (unless someone is here, then just bring it in-lol) or email me your answers via:

And, Voila! You are entered to win KAZA's "I Smell Fabulous" contest! here we go!

Question #1: What does KAZA mean?

Question #2: Where did I go to design school?

Question #3: How long has KAZA been open? (think about this one)

Question #4: Our dressform, "Tallulah" is made with pages of the Concord phone book. From what letter to what letter in the phone, does it include? (Hint: It starts with the letter "A" and goes to letter...?")

Question #5: Where do I live?

Question #6: How long have I had David (my beloved statue on the desk)?

EXTRA CREDIT: Name a shop that was at this location before KAZA

There are some really tough questions in there, but most of the answers can be found in the blog--while others are from our conversations together! :)

Give it a try and maybe you can be the winner of KAZA's "I Smell Fabulous" contest!

Good Luck to you!

*Winner will be announced when I return from Europe, Late August- Early September 2010*

Ciao Bella(s)!

Thursday, July 8, 2010


What are you going to do on a Thursday night?
You gotta work tomorrow, so you really cannot go too far, right?

Well, KAZA is having an Art Reception for Artist, Peg Lipin tonight---so pop in for some Art and Live Jazz 'n Blues Music from Matt Fuller!

**TONIGHT ONLY from 4pm-7pm**

Art, Live Jazz, Cheese, Crackers & Wine....does it get any better?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th and other juicy stuff!

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you are enjoying your summers so far. Lots to talk about today. Grab your iced coffee, meet me back here and get comfy. Some good stuff a'happenin' at KAZA!

We have been a tad busy here at KAZA, as many of you already know. The Marche Aux Puce was incredibly fun, noisy, messy, slightly wacky--and aren't those the ingredients for an awesome event?

After the Marche, we took a week off for the triple C's (collapse, clean & collapse again)and came back refreshed from the extra Vitamin D! AND we are already organizing our next wonderful event!

Now, just because we were enjoying the triple C's, does not mean we did nothing all week. The truth be known, we were also hanging Artist, Peg Lipin's gorgeous artwork in preparation for her upcoming Art Reception!

A bit about Artist, Peg Lipin:

Why Do I Paint?

There’s only one answer – I have to. All the colors of the world, the wonders that we see every day……they all pull me in.
There is little to equal the transformation of blank canvas.
With each painting, I seek to put “life” itself, along with color into all my work.

My paintings and fabric work have hung in Bedford and Hooksett Libraries, in Concord coffee shops and banks, and in juried and non-juried exhibits in Manchester and Goffstown, NH.
I have done outdoor murals in Manchester, NH, and I am presently displayed with other artists in the “Traveling Panel Project” in the greater Manchester, NH area.

I have studied watercolor painting in Wake Forest, NC. In Manchester, NH, I studied colored pencil and silverpoint with Jeanne LaChance. I am presently taking classes with Kim Roth, an acrylic painter.

-Peg Lipin

WHEN: Thursday, 8 July 2010 4pm -7pm

Artwork, Cheese, crackers, wine and LIVE MUSIC from Blues & Jazz Musician, Matt Fuller! Now that my friends, is the makings of a fabulous event!

Please join us in celebrating Concord's local talent!

Now let's talk us some KAZA windows!

The first window is called, "Blushing Bride". It is sweet, stylish & sassy! The new generation of Brides are not going for typical white on white on white on white. They want soft muted colour palettes, eclectic design...simple, unfussy and oh so Bohemian!

To go with this theme, we worked with local Artisan, Mary from Earthway soap to create a line of "Blushing Bride" products. The perfect gift for an upcoming Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner gifts for the Bridesmaids or just that little something between a mother and daughter on her special day. This line is gorgeous, smells amazing and is available at KAZA as a Limited Edition! From sugar scrubs to soaps to body sprays---this is a fabulous gift!

The next window is "Turkish Bazaar"---The rich colours, scents, flavours and textures of Turkey are breathtaking. In the Grande Bazaar,in Istanbul, there are stacks of rugs and kilims, ceramics and pottery...and nothing is planned or designed visually, to merchandise their products. It is simply beautiful. Baklava, anyone?

*speaking of Baklava--we went to South Street Market in Concord and oh my goshhhhh---amazingly good baklava! Leave some for us though, eh?

KAZA's music for the month has been Paris Combo! (Love them!)

A few people came into the shop and said they saw us mentioned in New Hampshire Magazine as one of the Best of 2010. I had not seen it yet, but did a bit of research and was so happy to see the nice things that were written (thanks LB!):

Shabby Chic Revival: Facebook Kaza, because once you meet the talented owner, Lisa Swan, you’ll be a regular. This Concord shabby chic interior design and gift store (202 South Main St., 244-9445) has European class without the snobbery or high prices. Unusual items include a set of three eggs made of cement and perfect for a boss' desk - locally made soaps wrapped in pages from Russian text books, hand-sewn toss pillows, old classic books with yellow faded pages folded in intricate patterns and much more, including sparkling hanging Eiffel Towers. You'll even find funky furniture. The store window is always changing and at times may include live models! Do yourself a favor and get on Kaza's e-mail list for discount prices, decorating advice and a few laughs.

Isn't that nice? We are super proud to have KAZA included with such a great group, this year! Merci Beaucoup!! :)

I think that is it, kids...

Happy 4th of July to you and your families. Stay safe and enjoy this gorgeous weather. Me? I am off to Coaticook, Canada to visit my parents and have some delicious (yes..I know, I know) Coaticook ice cream! It is only 3 1/2 hours away from Concord and well worth a trip to the Coaticook Laiterie (they also make the BEST squeaky poutine cheese!)

Ciao Bella(s)