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Friday, October 16, 2009

Westchester's Haute Boutique


Nieman Marcus? Lord & Taylor? Bush league. One of Maryknoll's best kept secrets is our gift shoppe on the first floor M Wing. There you can buy quality gifts not available in Macy's or Target or any other large retailer. Why? Because many of the articles for sale come straight from the missions, courtesy of Maryknollers and our connections.

In addition to an entire line of clothing, hats, Tee shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts, ski hats, caps, hoodies, tote bags, umbrellas and rain panchos all bearing the ubiquitous MARYKNOLL logo (with the white Chi Rho inside the block capital M) there are some real finds and treasures.

A new shipment of very stylish (IMO) batik "katenge" shirts from a cottage industry back in Tanzania has arrived courtesy of Fr. Ernie Bruenelle. Similarly, Fr. John Barth sends over many beautiful pashmina scarves handwoven by his handicapped people in Cambodia. A co-op in El Salvador sends lovely enameled crosses, rosaries and nativity sets. There is silver jewelry from Bolivia and hand-beaded jewelry by the Maasai in Kenya.

Of course the entire catalogue of Orbis books (including two WONDERFUL books by that most humble of authors J. R. Veneroso) and other Maryknoll products: posters, CDs and greeting cards are also available.

Usually you can find Ms. Aurette DeCuffa at the cashier's post Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Saturday's Ms. Kay Cahill or Ms. Lorena Espinoza help with sales as this is when many visitors drop in.

Stop by and do your Christmas shopping in Westchester's most unique store!


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