This week we’re celebrating four years in our beautiful location on Market Street. But did you know that Bedfellows has been a Tallahassee institution since 1976?! That’s 39 years of helping people sleep well, live well, and enjoy their homes more.
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday, November 1st from 10 am – 2 pm as we partner with the Leon County Humane Society to host “Home At Last,” a dog adoption and benefit event. The Leon County Humane Society will be stationed outside the store with 10 dogs available for adoption throughout the day. We’ll collect donations of dog food as well as old towels and sheets (it’s the opportunity you’ve been looking for to clean out your linen closet!), and a portion of the store’s sales for that day will go to the Leon County Humane Society.
Bedfellows owner Gina Proctor, an animal lover and dog enthusiast, has wanted to host an event to benefit the Leon County Humane Society for some time. “I love the work they’re doing and hope that through this event we can support them in as many ways as possible,” Proctor said.
Sabrina Rodriguez de Conte, executive director of the Leon County Humane Society, was glad for the opportunity to collaborate. “This is an important opportunity for us to have greater visibility within the community,” she said. “We hope that this event will bring deserving dogs together with their forever families.”
We hope you’ll join us for a Chic Verte Trunk Show, this Thursday, October 16 from 11-2 at the store! Designer Lisa Sheryle Phipps crafts one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from natural materials (wood, feathers, antler sheds) found on her family’s historic Ayavalla Plantation right here in Tallahassee. Her collection–called Chic Verte, which means “fashionably green” in French–celebrates the quiet beauty in nature and the traditions of the South. Come meet the designer and get a firsthand look at this beautiful collection!
To learn more about Chic Verte, visit chicverte.com.
We love the all-natural, small-batch salsas, spreads, and syrups from Blackberry Patch of Thomasville. We serve up the salsa with chips, the spreads with cream cheese and crackers (or biscuits! or cornbread!), and the syrups on everything from breakfast (pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt and granola…) to dessert (ice cream, pound cake…the possibilities are endless!).
But with football season just a few days away, we thought we’d share a few Blackberry Patch recipes sure to take your tailgate table or game day get-together up a notch:
Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Blackberry Patch Apple Salsa
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 pounds pork tenderloin
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk together the ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the pork and turn to coat. Put pork in a roasting pan and cook 25 minutes or until an instant read thermometer registers 145 degrees in the thickest part of the pork. Cover the pork with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with Blackberry Patch Apple Salsa.
Blackberry BBQ Sliders
3-4 lb Boston Butt
1 cup vinegar
1 onion, quartered
Blackberry BBQ Sauce (recipe follows)
Hot dog buns
Blackberry BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup Blackberry Syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Put vinegar, onions and Boston butt in slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours. Remove and shred with fork, discarding fat. Mix all ingredients for sauce and set aside. Cut hot dog buns with small round cookie cutter. Mix BBQ sauce with pork and fill mini buns.
Blueberry Butter on Cornbread Muffins
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 tablespoon Blackberry Patch Blueberry Syrup
- Cling Wrap
In a small bowl using a fork, mix together butter and syrup. Tear off a square of cling wrap and put the butter in the middle. Roll the butter into a log and refrigerate to harden. Slice into rounds and serve with warm corn muffins.
- Whipped topping
- Donut Holes
- Blackberry Patch Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Mix whipped topping with Pumpkin Spice Syrup to taste. Cut donut holes in half. Spread pumpkin spiced whipped topping onto halves and put halves back together. Drizzle with Pumpkin Spice syrup.
Recipes via Blackberry Patch.
A few weeks ago, we hosted an art show at the store featuring the work of local artists. We stole a few minutes with painter Suzanne Conner, a longtime Tallahasseean, to talk about her work, her process, and what inspires her:
How long have you been painting?
I’ve been painting about three years. I started painting for grief therapy; it’s been part of a healing process for me. I teach classes on creativity, I go to a lot of art shows, and I do a lot of commission work. I love every minute of it.
What media do you work in?
Acrylic, usually on board. I use all kinds of finishes and gels to enhance and add texture. I paint angels, mermaids, nature, things like that.
Where do you paint?
I bought my mom’s house, and the room that I paint in is my old childhood room.
What inspires you?
I teach Sunday School to 2- and 3-year-olds and I am always inspired by the children. I’m also inspired by creation and being outside. Lately I’ve been learning a lot about trust; I quit my job in November and am now a full-time artist. At some point we just need to give it all to God and know that He is in control. And I have to give God the glory for it all.
On May 15, we were thrilled to welcome Prissy Elrod, author of the recently released memoir Far Outside The Ordinary, to the store for a book signing. We stole a few minutes with Prissy to ask her a little about the book, her writing process, and her love for her hometown of Tallahassee.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
Never. I was an artist. I just woke up and decided I wanted to write this book; it had been living in my head. So I did that. I had to learn how to write first, though, so I read books, took classes, joined a writing group.
Set here in Tallahassee, Far Outside The Ordinary is the story of how you tried to save your husband after he received a terminal diagnosis. All these unbelievable, out-of-the-ordinary events happen along the way. How would you describe the book? How have others described it?
It’s a sad story, but it has a happy ending. I’ve heard it described as Steel Magnolias meets The Help meets The Blindside.
FOTO is a true and very personal story. What was it like to get this story down on paper and then give it to the world to read?
Very scary. It took four years to write, and I didn’t let anybody read it for the first three years. I sent the manuscript to a Pushcart Prize-winning writer in Texas, and hired him to read it and tell me if it was any good.
Tell me about your writing process.
I always write in the same place—a little art/writing studio in my house. I write maybe a couple hours in the morning, and then I have to play with my friends, or help with my grandchildren, or clean my house. Then I go back and write in the afternoon for about an hour, and sometimes I go back in the evening and write some more.
What are you working on right now?
FOTO is your first book—what was the publishing process like?
I went to a writing conference and pitched it to a lot of agents, and there was some interest in it. But I learned about a new way of publishing called “authorpreneurship,” and I ended up starting my own publishing house called Leather Leaf Publishing. To make the book, I went through a company called Thomson-Shore in Michigan. The cover was designed by a very good graphic designer who happens to be my niece.
How long have you lived in Tallahassee?
I’ve lived here ever since I went to FSU when I was 20 years old. So over 40 years. I raised my kids here—I have two girls and five grandchildren. Everyone is local.
What do you love about it here?
I love everything except the allergens! The hills, the flowers, the people. The art classes at LeMoyne. It’s like a mini cultural city.
To learn more about Prissy and Far Outside The Ordinary, visit prissyelrod.com.
The memoir, set here in Tallahassee, tells the story of Elrod’s attempt to save her dying husband: how she exhausts both Western and Eastern treatment options, hires in-home caregivers to aid her family, and eventually comes to feel like a spectator, observing events far outside the boundaries of her once ordinary life. It’s a book about heartbreak and hardship, about a community banding together, and about love and second chances.
To learn more about Prissy and Far Outside The Ordinary, visit prissyelrod.com.
We hope you’ll join us for our Spring Trunk Show, Thursday, May 1 from 10-6 at Bedfellows. Come shop for Mother’s Day and graduation gifts, prepare for summer travel, and get solutions to all your laundry problems! Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.
The Spring Trunk Show will include:
Ex Voto Vintage Trunk Show: Heirloom necklaces, bracelets, and earrings created from antique pendants, keys, medals, and lockets. Designed in Montgomery, AL by artist Elizabeth Adams, Ex Voto Vintage jewelry appeals to mothers and daughters alike, making it a pitch-perfect Mother’s Day or graduation gift. Necklaces and bracelets are designed to be versatile, with a toggle that allows for combining pieces. Lockets hold special significance for the designer; those in the limited edition collection include a small brass charm inscribed with one of four blessings. Known for a look that’s at once timeless and fresh, Ex Voto Vintage jewelry is cherished for years and passed down through generations. A portion of proceeds go to The Cure Starts Now Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research.
cinda b Trunk Show: Handbags, travel bags, and accessories known for combining chic, modern patterns with functionality and durability. Made in the USA using the latest poly/nylon fabrics, cinda b products are water-resistant and machine-washable. Atlanta-based designer Cinda Boomershine launched the line in 2004, and it has since become one of the fastest-growing bag and accessory companies in the country. With a wide variety of travel bags, handbags, tote bags, beach bags and more—plus accessories like wallets, sunglass cases, cosmetic and jewelry organizers, and smartphone cases—cinda b products make stylish, durable travel essentials as well as great Mother’s Day and graduation gifts.
Laundry Tips & Tricks With The Laundress and Le Blanc: Find solutions to your toughest laundry dilemmas! Learn how to make washing easier, safely remove stains, keep sheets from turning yellow, and keep towels soft with advice from the country’s leading makers of high-quality laundry and fabric care products.
Thread count, cotton quality, percale or sateen…choosing new sheets can be a bewildering task! Here are our tips for finding the perfect sheets for you:
Thread count is the number of threads woven into each square inch of fabric. Many shoppers mistakenly believe that a high thread count is the only indicator of quality in a set of sheets, but a high thread count does not guarantee high-quality fiber. We recommend choosing a sheet based on what feels best to you. Our sheets are at least a 200-thread count to ensure quality construction, but don’t base your purchase decision on thread count alone.
Egyptian cotton, with its smooth, glossy finish, is considered to be the highest-quality fiber available.
The more stitches used per inch, the more durable the sheet will be (high thread count does not guarantee high-quality stitching!). All of our sheets are produced using the highest-quality sources available. Fitted sheets should have deep pockets for a good fit on larger beds.
Your Sleep Habits
Think about the way you sleep. If you get hot when you sleep, look for a percale cotton, which has a cool, crisp feel (also make sure your mattress pad is 100% cotton, as anything with synthetic fibers will keep you warmer). If you get cold at night, look for a cotton sateen, which has a soft, cozy feel.
Color and Pattern
Look for yarn-dyed fabrics, which are softer and ensure longer-lasting color. Patterns can be beautiful and express your personal style, whereas solids offer a classic look that can be changed up with pillows and throw blankets. Monogramming is also a great way personalize your sheets.
The best pillows are customized to your sleep style, with a fill that is soft enough yet supportive enough to allow your head to fall naturally in line with your spine. For more on how pillows affect sleep, see our interview with Peggy McCormick of The Pillow Bar.
Want to know more about what goes into the making of a luxury sheet? The Wall Street Journal breaks it down here.