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Video WCVB #Chronicle5: Along #MAshoreline scenic byway, a sisterhood of shops invites browsing

Katrina Haskell Essex Exchange CHRONICLE 2

STILL FROM CHRONICLE VIDEO, meet the women of the Byway, trail #4 The Essex Exchange, Essex (owner Katrina Haskell with client)

In case you missed the wonderful tv special about these local businesses, here’s the link to watch the video (it’s not on YouTube, yet or downloadable or I’d upload it here in the post): CHRONICLE WCVB Channel 5: Business Meeting: The Women of the Byway,plus stills from the Chronicle video (all images in this post are from the Chronicle story shot by Carl Vieira), and some of the transcription excerpt from the show:

CHRONICLE Business Meeting the Women of the Byway, Ipswich

STILL FROM CHRONICLE VIDEO, meet the women of the Byway, trail #5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich

“THIS IS CHRONICLE ON WCVB CHANNEL 5. One, two, three…”We have a little bit of everything”…seven, eight, nine…”And we specialize in mid-century Danish modern furnishings…” Along this Massaschusetts shoreline, a sisterhood of shops invites browsing…”There’s room enough in this business for everyone”…


host Anthony Everett- “Good evening. Working Women are our focus tonight. Opening night of the 13th Annual Massachusetts Conference For Women at the Boston Convention Center (Boston). And Shanya Seymour is there now.

host Shayna Seymour– “Hi, Anthony! Well, thousands of women have gathered here to hear Gloria Steinem, and I just got off the stage with Bethanny Frankel and she’s going to join us a little bit later in this show. Now, the conference also features professional networking. Best selling authors are here to talk, as well as products from many different female entrepreneurs…NOW, many of those entreprenurs are women that (narrator) may have met on a very scenic north shore shopping trail!”

[cue to story produced by Clint Conley and vidographer Carl Vieira, and narrated by _____]

“(Narrator) The Essex Scenic Coastal Byway. Ninety miles of salt marsh and working waterfronts, dotted with famous clam shacks, antique stores, and open coastal dreamscapes, stretching from Lynn to Salisbury. The (Essex) Coastal (Scenic) Byway is ONE OF THE PRETTIEST, MOST INTERESTING and DISTINCTIVE DRIVES IN THE STATE. Now you can approach it from a distinctly feminine point of view. “It’s ten woman owned businesses in a ten mile stretch along the coastal byway.” A group of women have joined forces to market themeselves with a brochure, a sort of coastal byway treasure map. “It’s all in a straight line on our map and we call ourselves by number. I am number one on the map, so I’ll say, go [she points], number two is a mile up the street.”  

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New Shops Part 2: Wulla & Jemil Beauchamp in Lanesville

Lanesville, the historic home to quarry workers and lots of Finns, is seeing an echo of its past in two new shops that opened up just last weekend. Both shops have a Scandinavian feel, in the sense of a minimal aesthetic with an emphasis on texture — and both take their inspiration from the natural world. And both shops are as far as it is possible to be from the world of the mall with its chain stores. Handmade, individually chosen pieces are the rule here. Which sounds just about right for Lanesville.

Wulla is located just a few doors up from the Plum Cove Grind and the Post Office, right in the heart of Lanesville. It was opened by two designers, friends who met through their love of textiles. They make all the pieces you see in the shop, including the clothes, with the exception of a few felt pieces (like the boots), with a sophistication that undermines any ideas you might have about what a homemade knitted shawl looks like. The whole place has such a soothing aesthetic that I didn’t know whether to buy a handmade felt bag or lay down and take a nap in the dressing room, and I mean that as a compliment. I hope my husband reads this post, as I did see one thing in particular that I covet, among many covetable items: a cable knit cowl, designed to be buttoned around the neck for a upscale, yet earthy departure from the scarf. The best part about this piece is that the buttons were crafted from a tree in one of the owner’s backyards. Lean in close to smell the button (yes, I asked for permission) and the faint scent of cedar remains. You have to experience the beauty and serenity for yourself: stop by Wulla, open Wednesday through Sunday, and meet the women behind these beautiful items.

Then hop across the street (look both ways before you leap of course, and maybe you want to take a coffee break at the Grind between stops) to check out Jemil Beauchamp. Be sure to ask Jenny, the owner and store’s namesake, to point out her handiwork: handmade leather bags and beautifully dyed textiles using the Japanese shibori technique. Jenny’s husband is the artist Kurt Ankeny (whose incredible new work is at Alchemy through August 5th) so you have the added pleasure of seeing his landscapes on the walls of the shop. Besides the beautiful textiles, Jemil Beauchamp carries a carefully edited selection of vintage pieces, and while everything is available for purchase, it is all displayed in such a lovely, austere manner that each piece becomes a sort of visual tribute to a time gone by. Which is kind of how Lanesville itself feels, a tiny piece of the past, whose time has come to be revitalized in a way that best suits the neighborhood, by creative people who live and work there, members of the community if every sense. For hours and more information, visit www.jemilbeauchamp.com.

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