We are so excited to introduce you to Abigail, the newest addition to Keys to the Attic. Abigail just moved into Fishtown, and she and I both come from Adams County located in South Central Pennsylvania.
For those of you who don’t know, Adams County is the exact opposite of Philadelphia. Outside of Gettysburg, the area is total country and farm land – corn fields, orchards, horses, cows, goats, sheep, chickens … you get it.
Every now and then, when I get a little “city’ed out”, I head home and stay at my second home, The Altland House. This is where Abigail and I met. She worked there as a server and bartender. We quickly became the closest of friends. When I was home last October, Abigail told me that she wanted to move to Philadelphia. She also told me that one of her former roommates lives here. When I asked her where Paige lives, Abigail said East Girard Avenue. What??? As it ends up, Paige lives one block away from Keys to the Attic!! What are the chances of that?
To make a long story short, Abigail has since moved here and is now my neighbor. This is a win-win-win for everyone. She is now helping me out with the store and my life, and I absolutely adore her. My favorite story to tell everyone (and this is no exaggeration) is that Abigail and I had the same teacher in high school (Gardy Lawrence) … I just had him exactly 25 years before she did!
So, next time you’re in Fishtown, please stop by Keys to the Attic and meet Abigail!
Keys to the Attic is now carrying a 100% all natural goat soap line by Fourth Century Farms. Located in Shippensburg, PA (coincidentally, where I went to college), Fourth Century Farms is a farm nestled in Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley since the late 1700′s. Family owned and operated for hundreds of years, these are hand-crafted goat milk soaps that are hand-blended, hand-poured and air dried to ensure the highest quality, gentlest bars possible.
Each bar of soap contains over 1 oz. pure, fresh raw milk from grass-fed goats. In addition, each bar contains a proprietary blend of carrier, essential oils and fragrance oils. Goat milk is one of nature’s finest moisturizers and has excellent emollient properties. The raw goat milk contains vitamin A, several B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12, and alpha-hydroxy acids that have rejuvenating, softening and moisturizing effects on skin cells. The goats are housed in a centuries old barn on land that has been in the family for generations.
Each bar is $5.50 and we are carrying the following scents:
Lime Basil Mango
Clean Breeze Walnut Scrub (exfoliating)
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Scrub (exfoliating)
Sage, Citrus & Cornmeal Scrub (exfoliating)
These make great gifts and we can certainly put together a basket for you. And, remember, we ship. Just give us a call at: 267.324.3681.
These candles are fantastic and we’re selling lots of them! Great for Mother’s Day.
Black Crow Candles are handmade in the USA and come in mason jars with labels decorated using a burlap netting material and twine. They burn with no smoke and an even distribution – no “tunneling”. These candles make fantastic gifts and/or personal home decor. Remember … we ship!
Note: After your candle has burned to the bottom, bring the jar back to the store and receive $1 off your next candle.
We are carrying the following scents in 16 oz. ($14) and 32 oz. ($24) sizes:
1800 House ~ (apple and mango)
Country Clothesline ~ (fresh clean)
Dandelion Pear ~ (dandelions, wildflowers and pears)
Garden Thyme ~ (dried sage, basil, and a hint of mint)
Herb Cottage ~ (fresh herb mix)
Honeysuckle ~ (honeysuckle with hints of jasmine and lilac)
Lavender ~ (fresh blooming lavender flowers)
Lemon Grass ~ (sweet lemon grass)
Lilac ~ (fresh blooming lilac bush)
Lime Verbana ~ (fresh lime,grapefruit and lemon)
Log Cabin ~ (mix of pine and spices)
Picket Fence ~ (floral blend of violets, jasmine and plumeria)
Potting Shed ~ (mixture of fresh cut flowers)
Sweet Pea ~ (hyacinth, lily of the valley, violet, and jasmine)
Woodland Hills ~ (pine, cloves, cinnamon, and other spices)
One of my favorite things about living in Fishtown is that we know how to have a great time. Sunday, we had the pleasure of attending the 5th Annual Fishtown Neighbor’s Association (FNA) Chili Cookoff – an event that sells out every year for good reason. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all of the FNA members who worked so hard to pull off another fun and flawless event. Here’s a list of the 2015 winners:
Restaurant: Fette Sau (Smoked Pepper Chili)
Resident: Leo Mulvihill (Chili, You’re Drunk. Go Home.)
Restaurant: Lloyd Whiskey Bar (Whiskey Pig Chili)
Resident: Chad Crowther, Dan Chambers, Paul Lile (Meat Sweats)
Aaron Boczkowski (Aaron’s Off Beet Chili)
Penske Material (Curry Based Chili)
Here are just a few pictures from the event.
5th Annual FNA Chili Cookoff
5th Annual FNA Chili Cookoff
Catherine (Keys to the Attic) and Tacie
Kristen and Tim (St. Benjamin’s Brewing), Catherine (Keys to the Attic), Leo (Fishtown Lawyer)
Keys to the Attic in Fishtown is a furniture store that is anything but ordinary. This antique consignment boutique sells vintage home furnishings and household decorations that are, as owner Catherine Jennings puts it, “shabby chic” and “cottage style.” Not only do they sell refinished goods, but they also offer untouched furniture that you can refurbish yourself with their helpful guidance. Keys to the Attic offers a hands-on shopping experience that you would have a hard time finding anywhere else.
Keys to the Attic
Catherine started this business after being laid off from a corporate position as a web designer. She decided not to let the stress of the situation drag her down and reinvented herself instead. She had always been passionate about the beauty of vintage furniture and decided to go into the business of repairing and refinishing quality vintage furniture. With a little bit of luck, she was able to acquire a very attractive storefront on Girard Avenue and got to work creating her dream.
Inspired by her youthful shopping expeditions to yard sales, thrift shops and flea markets and the beauty of the antique furniture she came across, Catherine aims to expose people to the appeal
of these gorgeous, classical home furnishings. She loves that people come to her for help with their home decor and she strives to find the perfect piece for each customer. She also encourages people to take on new projects like refurbishing or repurposing their own furniture. Catherine feels that her greatest accomplishments are when people send her pictures of their finished products. She even invites design students into her store and encourages them to “do whatever they want” and let their creativity run wild. When we asked what the most popular items in stock were, Catherine responded “we absolutely have a hard time holding onto bookcases, dressers and desks” and encouraged shoppers to follow their Facebook page in order to keep up with hot products and snag them before they disappear.
Catherine’s favorite part of running Keys to the Attic is being able to meet all of her Fishtown neighbors. She states, “It’s so much fun when I see customers at one of our many fantastic bars and restaurants. It is kind of like running into old friends. She also adores stocking her inventory and finding new treasures. She is always on the lookout for quality furnishing and confided that a great deal of her products are simply, “things that we come across in our travels.” Catherine and her staff also enjoy getting crafty and explained that they “frequently do things like paint with milk paint and chalk/clay-based paint, replace glass frames with chicken wire, and use scrap wood to make decorative pieces for the home.” Catherine Jennings is one business owner who pours every ounce of passion that she has into her work.
Catherine Jennings (Owner of Keys to the Attic), Alan Greenberger (Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce).
Keys to the Attic is not only focused on their success but the success of the entire Fishtown business community. They collaborate with other companies every chance they get and are members of the Fishtown Area Business Association. They are also active participants in the Fishtown Neighbors Association and New Kensington Community Development Corporation. Catherine states, “It is very important to us that Fishtown maintain the strong and supportive family-like feel that the neighborhood has had for many generations past.” They also make charitable donations and cross-promote other organizations on social media as often as possible. We love when businesses take responsibility for the growth of their community.
In the future, Catherine and her staff want to hold workshops on refurbishing antique furniture and creating unique home decorations. They also intend to focus on keeping their inventory fresh with a constant supply of new items. Catherine invites anyone visiting or moving to Fishtown to stop in and say “hello.” You may just find the perfect piece for your home while you are there!
Just in from a barn up in the poconos … pairs of vintage lead glass panels. We have 2 pairs of tall panels (4 total) that measure: 17″ wide x 62″ high; and 1 pair of short panels (2 total) that measure: 45″ wide x 20″ high.
These would be a beautiful addition to any room redecorating project or they can be used as decor pieces for a salvaged look.