Need Last-Minute Halloween Décor? Stop by Paul Michael Company!

Can you believe Halloween is next week? If the October holiday snuck up on you too, don’t fret; there’s still time to decorate, and we have Halloween décor galore perfect for last-minute embellishing.

If you’re looking for a really easy solution, this giant spider web is all you need to create an instant Halloween atmosphere.

Whether you’re hoping to turn your space into a spooky setting or aiming for a cute and friendly look, you’ll find what you need at Paul Michael Company. We have pumpkin décor, wreaths, candles, witches hats, gourds, vines, branches and tons of other goodies in the quintessential Halloween colors—orange, black, green and purple. To get inspired, check out this video of our Halloween offerings on Facebook!

Paul Michael Company has locations in Monroe and Lafayette, LA; Lake Village, AR; and Canton, TX. Stop by one of our stores to get everything you need for last-minute Halloween decorating!

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Go Nuts at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market!

We’re Houston-bound! The 31st annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market will take place from Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 at the Reliant Center, and Paul Michael Company will be one of the market merchants.

We’ve been hard at work packing up the merchandise for the market, and this year we’re bringing a lot of our custom furniture that was made right in our Arkansas warehouse. In fact, look for Paul’s World inside the booth because Paul Michael designed and manufactured many of these exclusive furnishings himself. Insider’s tip: Come early for the best selection since we do sell out of items!

We love our Houstonian customers and the Nutcracker, so we hope to see you at this huge shopping extravaganza! The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit houstonballet.org for more information, and don’t forget to bring your tape measurer when you come!

Image via houstonballet.org

‘Finals’ Test Just Around the Corner…

It occurred to me the other day that the fourth quarter of retail is a lot like the last semester of college. Will we be ready to take the last big exams?

I thought about the similarities between finals and retail while worrying one night—and actually, worrying is the first parallel. For the retailer, it’s did I buy the right merchandise, did I buy enough, can I keep the stores stocked, is the price good, and so on and so forth. When it gets close to exam time students also worry—did I study enough, can I remember everything, will there be enough time to take the exam, will it be super hard?

In retail, our customers are the professors who “grade” us. The fourth quarter is the final, and I hope we pass with flying colors with a big old A+.  Let the exams begin!

—Deborah Michael

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Creation Station Abuzz at Paul Michael Company

The Creation Station is in session at Paul Michael Company. Our hands are like little machines helping Santa’s elves decorate for the season. All locations have designers ready to help you turn your selections into a custom work of art. Here’s a peek at our Canton, Texas location’s Creation Station.

It’s so much fun to watch the designers create your own original wreath or garland. Take a look at a few of the wreaths that have been made this year, and just imagine all the possibilities!

A beautiful wreath for fall.

Cheer for the Saints with a black and gold wreath!

You still have time to put out a wreath for Halloween!

And Christmas is just around the corner.

Visit one of our four locations in Lake Village, Monroe, Lafayette or Canton to have a wreath custom-made for you. Or if you’re in a crafty mood, you can pick up supplies to create one yourself. We have a helpful video on Facebook demonstrating how to make a wreath. Happy decorating!

Sissy’s Log Cabin Show in Lake Village

We’re excited to announce that Paul Michael Company in Lake Village, AR is hosting Sissy Log Cabin’s upcoming trunk show. This “first-time-ever special jewelry sale” is an event not to miss, and it’s going to take place this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

Sissy’s Log Cabin is a local Arkansas jewelry store offering amazing diamonds, engagement rings, wedding bands, timepieces, and so much more. Their selection of fine jewelry includes not only new and antique jewelry, but also custom pieces. Sissy’s just won the Best Jeweler 2011 award from the Arkansas Times, and is also holding a Perfect Girl for the Perfect Jewelry Contest, with a prize of $1,000 in jewelry.

So don’t forget, the Sissy’s Log Cabin show will be Friday and Saturday at Paul Michael Company in Lake Village, AR, located at Hwy. 65 and 82 South. We can’t wait to see you there!

Don’t Miss Paul Michael Company’s Ladies’ Night Oct. 20!

Paul Michael Company is having its annual Ladies’ Night on October 20 from 5-9 p.m. at all of our locations, and it’s sure to be a good time! We began the party years ago as a way to say “thank you” to our customers, and have continued the tradition ever since. It’s an intimate, laid-back event just like a private party—one year we had more than 50 women singing “I Feel Like a Natural Woman”!

The event will feature our amazing fall and Christmas decor, and include music, appetizers, cocktails, how-tos, sales, discounts and visiting artists, and each Paul Michael Company location is putting its own personalized twist on the party:

Lafayette, LA
Our Lafayette location is having the event catered by Joey’s, and Sean Trcalek will be the musician. He’s well known around River Ranch and is fantastic!

Monroe, LA
Here’s what’s on the menu in Monroe: The chef from Trio’s, Jennifer Walker, will be making her mother’s recipe for Keftedes Greek meatballs, asparagus wrapped in phyllo with Fontina and Asiago cheese, pita with homemade hummus, homemade roasted red pepper and cucumber dill dips, and southwest egg rolls. Newk’s will be supplying Tippah County Caviar and tri-colored pasta salad, and two of our own very talented employees who love to bake on the side will be supplying the desserts. Crystal Crockett, Royal Icing Bakery, will be bringing miniature cupcakes in a variety of flavors for fall (caramel apple, pecan pie, pumpkin, mint chocolate, dark chocolate raspberry and classic vanilla butter cream). Donna McManus, The Sugared Violet, will be bringing walnut sandwich cookies, pistachio harlequin cookies, maple nut logs, chestnut madelines, nutmeg kisses and more. And, of course, we will have Cokes and wine to drink. Yum!

Lake Village, AR
In Lake Village, Benji and Reed Breedlove and band will be playing, and there will be a quick Zumba demonstration. Shellie Rushing Tomlinson will be doing a book signing of her newest book, Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy.

So be sure to mark your calendar—Ladies’ Night is Oct. 20!

An Antique Dealer’s Life is for Me

After almost four weeks of scouring open dusty fields, endless tables of bric-a-brac and junk, climbing in the backs of many trailers and converted school buses as well as stalls of dealers, we have to say this world of antique lovers is a real community.

It’s a gypsy’s way of life, nomadic if you will. One weekend in Ohio, then loading what’s left and heading south, buying along the way, setting up again, selling and then maybe heading west.

On the road...

You get to know each other by name. This community includes rugged, crusty, hardcore road-loving experts. Most have categories they specialize in, like porcelain signs and toys, buttons and textiles, primitive furniture, reused and reclaimed remakes… it just goes on and on.

15-foot mercantile ladders.

We saw this piece at the Crystal Antique Mall.

They help each other, sell to each other, talk about the economy and weather to each other, drink with each other and, most importantly, respect each other. It’s a hard but colorful life enchanted with the hopes of finding something rare that could bring a great profit. None are rich, some barely able to pay for hotel rooms or gas.

But they say it gets in your blood. It flows through ours. Paul’s grandfather walked the levee camps selling dry goods to the workers. We wonder, is the next generation out there?

—Deborah Michael