Ephrata, PA

Rte. 272, 240 N Reading Rd
Ephrata, PA 17522

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Weekly Highlights in July

  • Table Linen SALE NOW–Monday, July 28
    • Buy one tablecloth, get one 50% OFF
    • Buy 3 napkins, napkin rings or placements, get the 4th FREE
  • Rug Warehouse Sale CONTINOUS ONLINE
    View sale rugsNow–August 9: Great selection of heirloom-quality rugs at 30–50% OFF.

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Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata, PA, the largest store in the Ten Thousand Villages network, offers exquisite fairly traded home decor, gifts and personal accessories reflecting the traditions and cultures of artisans from the developing world.  Our spacious store includes the Oriental Rug Gallery and The Café @ Ten Thousand Villages.

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, PA

Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, PA, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

To learn more about fair trade, Oriental rugs and the regional Pennsylvania Dutch culture, click on the links below.


As a non-profit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers. Our volunteers serve a variety of functions and have a huge impact on every aspect of our organization. Simply put - we couldn't exist without our volunteers!

If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement, we hope you will consider joining our volunteer team. We welcome highly motivated people who have a passion for our people-driven mission and the products we sell. No previous experience or skills are required - just a friendly attitude and the desire to help. We ask that our volunteers work at least 2 shifts per month and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteer hours into your own schedule. Contact Louise Ranck or Liz VanArtsdalen via e-mail at louise.ranck@tenthousandvillages.com  and/or liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com

In the Store

Some folks volunteer weekly, others come once or twice each month. Regular volunteers are trained to wait on customers, use the cash registers, and unpack and check orders.

Currently we are in need of Volunteers in the areas below :

Barista and basic Cafe help

Visual Merchandisers

Sales Associates

Store marketing and community outreach

Special Events
Our store runs Warehouse Sales twice yearly, once in March, and once in July. We use a small army of volunteers to set up and run the sales, including many local folks and some who come from out-of-state to work the two intense (but fun!) sale weeks.

Our exciting International Children's Festival at the end of each school year requires nearly 100 volunteers to help serve food, and help with a myriad of activities and crafts.

Extra hands are always welcome during Holiday Special Events and December Saturdays, assisting cashiers with wrapping purchases, and guiding folks through the Living Gifts process.

Stop by the Ephrata store for a volunteer application if you are interested in being part of "the village" in this way.

In the Rug Room

We are so excited in the rug room to share the story of the artisans that create the wonderful hand-knotted carpets. We have many volunteer opportunities which include sharing the rug story (welcoming customers), helping to flip rugs (which is showing them to customers) and helping to check in new shipments. We also have a Story Time on the Carpet the second Thursday each month for children that is followed by a craft activity so story readers and craft helpers are much appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know!

Want to gain experience and help our store reach the "Next Level"?

You could be the next intern at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata! Now accepting applications for the following positions:

Visual Merchandisers

Marketing and Community Outreach

Event Planning

Please contact Liz at liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com for more information and applications.

Meet Our Volunteers

Carla Martin


Carla Martin is in her third year as a weekly volunteer for Ten Thousand Villages Ephrata. "I believe in the fair trade philosophy in that it helps so many families worldwide. Those who shop at the Villages stores can enjoy beautiful and unique merchandise." Among the "varied, fun things" she does as a volunteer, Carla lists checking in the weekly orders and preparing for the Warehouse Sales and the International Children's Festival. Her least favorite day is store inventory––most of the store staff would agree with you on that one, Carla! She enjoys the "wonderful staff and other volunteers" at the store, who help to make her day here one to look forward to.

Carla recently surprised us by revealing that she has a pilot's license. Someday you might see the Ephrata store staff zooming around overhead, waving from a Cessna, as Carla gives us a taste of being airborne. She also has started taking violin lessons.

Carla and her husband Clarence travelled last year to China. They share three children and five grandsons, and live in Lititz (Pa).

Ruth Ruby


Ruth Ruby, one of our veteran volunteers, has been a "Village Person" for nearly seven years. When she retired from her secretarial job at Luther Acres, a local retirement community, Ruth wanted to do something worthwhile with her time, and offered to volunteer here at the Ephrata store. "I never know quite what I might be doing each week––it might be helping to unpack a shipment, waiting on customers, dusting shelves, or helping to get ready for inventory or a Warehouse Sale. But whatever I do, I know it's for a good cause. I truly believe in the fair trade concept Ten Thousand Villages stands for. Everyone deserves a chance to make a decent wage and to provide for their family. Ten Thousand Villages enables many people throughout the world to do this."

Ruth loves to read, and likes to cook, especially when she is trying out new and different recipes. She enjoys all kinds of games, but is happiest of all playing Liverpool Rummy. In earlier days, she was a whiz at racquetball and badminton. Ruth and her husband Allen have travelled extensively, to many countries in Europe, to the Holy Land, and to Alaska on a cruise. They have three children and four grandchildren, and live in Akron(Pa).

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Table Linen Sale! - July 14, 2014 - July 28, 2014

JULY 14-28



Table Linen Sale

Artisans have been paid in full. Discount applied to item of equal or lesser value. Not valid with other discounts. At participating stores only.

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Three Many Friends in the Café - July 25, 2014

Three Many Friends in the Café

Friday, July 25, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Three Many Friends is Janie Womack and Julie Lowery of Womack & Lowery and Les Vonderlin of Voxology.

Combine the soaring harmonies of Womack & Lowery with the magnificent voice of Les Vonderlin, add a large dose of fun and friendship, and you have Three Many Friends. A splendid blend of Americana, folk and singer-songwriter music to thrill you!

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Some Like It Hot Sale! - July 29, 2014



for your backyard, porch and patio.
Plus … carefree, colorful jewelry and accessories.

Some Like It Hot Sale

Welcome Lanterns handcrafted in India.

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid at participating stores on select merchandise on 7/29/14 only. Not valid with other discounts.

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Pat McCaskey in the Cafe - August 1, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Pat McCaskey is a folk singer of the old school.  He sings traditional tunes, love songs, ballads and just about anything else he likes and thinks others will like as well.

Music and singing were part of Pat’s  life since his earliest memories.  “My father was one of the world’s foremost harmonica players (working under the stage name of Stagg McMann).  He was the house emcee at San Francisco’s “Hungry I”—I grew up backstage listening to, and trying to emulate,  The Limelighters, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, Stan Wilson, and many, many others.  It was an amazing, interesting, and stimulating environment.”

Pat’s first group, The Weekenders, played their first show in “The Monkey Room,” a local club in Hayward, California, which netted them $75—not a bad wage for 1961.  “We should have called ourselves “The Weak Enders,” Pat says, because “we were just horrible with our covers of then-popular groups.”

In the early 1960s, Pat headed off to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.  From 1963 to 1967, he performed “at every coffee house and hootenanny in south central PA that I could find.”  In late 1967 Pat took up his professional life as a bank management trainee.  “Singing was just not compatible with being a banker,” he recollects.

In 1979, Pat returned to grad school in Boston to earn masters and PhD degrees in marketing.  As a professor, he could once again sing in front of people without jeopardizing his career.  He started out small, singing at the Sword & Stone on Beacon Hill, and then the “Nameless Coffeehouse” in Cambridge.

Things were going well, until Pat cut his right wrist trying to open a painted-shut window.  Two surgeries and 101 stitches followed.  After six months of recovery, he found that, due to nerve damage, he could not play his guitar because he could not feel the strings.

Flash forward to the summer of 2001. I was back in Lancaster teaching at Millersville University and an old friend from my college days said, ‘Why don’t you start singing again?’ After years of use my fingers had developed new nerve pathways and it was possible to ‘relearn’ how to play the guitar. It took about a year, but the result was that I play much better now than I ever did. A new guitar (steel strings for the first time) was purchased and I was back on stage again. However, it is the new, improved version! Still singing after all these years!


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Sarah Napolitan in the Cafe - August 8, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tonight we welcome Sarah Napolitan to the Café stage. Sarahis a singer/songwriter from the Philadelphia area who has been playing guitar and writing her own music since her early teens. Sarah has played at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and has performed her songs live on WXPN’s Folk Show with Gene Shay.  She has also given workshops on three-part harmony, and is involved in the Philadelphia Folksong Society.

Sarah plays a variety of personal and original folk songs with poetic lyrics and vibrant imagery.  Her music is quiet, gentle, and thoughtful.  Sarah performs with the band The Turnips, who have played numerous bluegrass and folk music festivals in Southeastern PA.  Sarah’s new album, Friday Night In consists of eleven original and diverse songs ranging from blues to folk to Americana, and is being released in the near future.

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Storytime on the Flying Carpet - August 14, 2014

Storytime on the Flying Carpet
Thursday, August 14 at 11 a.m.

book cover

"Charlie needs a cloak," everyone says. Charlie knows they're right, so the young shepherd sets out to make one. Starting in spring, he shears his sheep, washes the wool, and cards it. Then he spins the wool to yarn, and dies the yarn in the juice from late-summer berries. Every fall evening, he weaves the yarn into cloth, which he cuts into pieces. He pins the pieces together and then sews them…and Charlie's new cloak is ready just in time for winter!

The reading will be followed by a related art. We welcome everyone on the carpet and have craft table space for 25 children. Sign up for Storytime Storytime participants will also receive a special coupon for the Café following the day's storytime.

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George Wallace - August 15, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

An accomplished composer, performer, producer, sound designer and artist, George Wallace is a master creator of visionary music which speaks of enlightenment and positivity to a planet which can really use those things.

In live performance, he  presents a dazzling array of wondrous, imaginatively crafted soundscapes bound to delight fans of deep ambient, techno-tribal and spacemusic.

In addition to the synthesizers he plays onstage, George uses guitars both acoustic and electric, Native American flutes, rainsticks, bells and rattlers, and even a Tibetan singing bowl to round out the sonic palette.  Adding to the mix is his occasional blending of natural ambiences such as forest sounds, night sounds, wind . . .  and a few which might be best described as unearthly

Despite his affable stage demeanor, the intensity of the music itself makes it evident that George likes to play deep.  Through his magical musings, we are invited to discover a new access to our true Selves, from the deepest regions of our souls to the ecstatic, sublime worlds of our highest potential.  Presented here is wild, enriched sound, simultaneously borrowing from the primal past and the celestial future, creating an inspiring, cleansing, memorable experience of exotic places and times well beyond this one.

’ . . .go as deep as you can go . . .’


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Spring Valley Woodwind Quintet in the Cafe - August 22, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Spring Valley Woodwind Quintet came to life several years ago, with original members wanting an outlet for their “second” instruments. Several group members have changed since. The current group, together since October of 2012, includes Ceci Good (flute), Pat Martin (oboe), Pat Miller (clarinet), Laurie Astree (bassoon), and Bo Weaver (French horn).

The group plays any style of music, especially music they can acquire for free! They prefer to rehearse in bare feet. All the quintet members also belong to the Malta Band of Lancaster.

Tonight’s performance will include modern, classical, and whimsical music..

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Maggie Spike in the Cafe - August 29, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Berks County (PA) natives Peggy and Eric Gernerd are the musical duo Maggie Spike, singers/songwriters whose music draws from a mixed bag of styles such as folk, rock, jazz, Celtic and reggae. Their self-penned songs glimmer with passionate appeal and soulful insight.

Peggy and Eric's former band, Fieldstone, performed in and around Berks County between 1996 and 2002. Their well-received CD "Songs of the Oley Valley" is available at all Maggie Spike shows. Maggie Spike's newest CD, "Passenger Station," is also available at shows.

Maggie Spike's approach to songwriting can be compared to Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Duncan Sheik, Roseanne Cash, Bill Miller, Sarah McLaughlin and Michael Hedges.

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Jessica Smucker in the Cafe - September 12, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jessica Smucker never meant to become a serious songwriter. For much of her life, she sang for fun and dabbled on the piano, but her real passions were poetry and nonfiction writing. She published numerous poems and essays in magazines and journals during her twenties, but as time went by she increasingly found herself turning to the piano for relaxation. Moving her fingers over the keys seemed to draw out words from a different place within her—a deeper, yet more effortless place.

Once she had written a body of songs, it took her a few years to find the will and the courage to put them out into the world. Now, seven years into her music career, she still thinks of herself as a writer first—and a reluctant performer. But audiences experience Jessica’s voice as a sincere and captivating embrace, the perfect sonic match to her emotionally eloquent lyrics.

Jessica has performed all over the Eastern U.S. and has won several national songwriting contests, including the Connecticut Folksong Festival Song Competition (2013) and SolarFest’s Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition (2010). She has opened for notable acts like Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedys, shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot and others, and co-billed with up-and-comers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds. Jessica’s second full-length album, Tumbling After, is due out in early 2014.

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Womack & Lowery in the Cafe - September 26, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Born into a musical family in “small-town Texas,” Janie Womack began performing with her mother and sisters at a very early age. A singer and a self-taught guitarist, Janie is a former member of the Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus, a capella quartet Three J’s and a C, and local band t.l.o. stone soup. Currently at work on her first full-length CD of original music, Janie recently released the 3-song disk, “Three Thirty-Three.”

Julie Lowery, a native of Lancaster County, began to add her vocal talents in late 2005. Also from a musical family, Julie grew up singing in school choruses and at church. She attributes her natural ability to harmonize to her mother—one of 5 sisters, 4 of whom performed regularly in their early years. Julie has sung in choral groups, quartets and trios but she’s never had more fun than singing with Janie.

Womack & Lowery play the local coffeehouse circuit as well as festivals and private events. They also give back to their community by donating their time and talents to non-profit organizations in the area. They perform “music of many colors” including originals, blues, country, ballads, folk, Americana, and even old standards. Their style is acoustic, and their delivery is straight and true. When these two join forces, their energy can send chills down your spine. Their different personalities and experiences serve as the perfect backdrop for humor. They’ll make you laugh—they’ll make you cry—and that’s what entertainment is all about!

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Michael Clipman & Tom Singer in the Cafe - October 3, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

We welcome Michael Clipman and Tom Singer to the Café stage for an evening of lyrical original songs with pulse-driven world rhythms and reinterpreted covers.

Michael Clipman is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, percussionist and poet. His recordings include “Milkweed” with alternative rock band Frozen Poet, “scubadoo” with jam band Mystery Van,, and “part of it all,” a solo CD for Digital Alchemy Records.

Contact: Michael Clipman onelove@whoever.com 610-698-1709

Tom Singer has been drumming since 1975. He played drums in local bands /i>einstein’s bike and plywood jungle . Tom was a member of the Forty Fingers Percussion Ensemble. He can be heard on the Forty Fingers recording “Neotribal” and the /i> Mystery Van recording “scubadoo.” Tom has been studying West African percussion since 1989.

Contact: Tom Singer wofungla@yahoo.com

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Matt Miskie in the Cafe - October 10, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Matt Miskie is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and percussionist based in Cleona PA. Matt's immediately accessible songs naturally cross-over between contemporary and traditional styles. Lyrics reflect on life, relationships, adventure and coming of age.

Matt's release "A BEND IN THE RIVER" is a download album, available on Amazon.mp3 and iTunes worldwide.

Performance credits included support concerts for Tom Rush, Tom Chapin, Dave Mason and others. Matt has been a featured performer at most of Pennsylvania's major arts festivals and has performed college coffeehouse programs from North Carolina to Wisconsin.

Matt's live performances have a broad appeal. His audiences are treated to moving and entertaining renditions of traditional classics, covers of influential singer/songwriters of the 60's and 70's interspersed with his thoughtful original music.

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Maggie Spike in the Cafe - October 24, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Berks County (PA) natives Peggy and Eric Gernerd are the musical duo Maggie Spike, singers/songwriters whose music draws from a mixed bag of styles such as folk, rock, jazz, Celtic and reggae. Their self-penned songs glimmer with passionate appeal and soulful insight.

Peggy and Eric's former band, Fieldstone, performed in and around Berks County between 1996 and 2002. Their well-received CD "Songs of the Oley Valley" is available at all Maggie Spike shows. Maggie Spike's newest CD, "Passenger Station," is also available at shows.

Maggie Spike's approach to songwriting can be compared to Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Duncan Sheik, Roseanne Cash, Bill Miller, Sarah McLaughlin and Michael Hedges.

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Dan Kirby & Ben Young in the Cafe - October 31, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dan Kirby and Ben Young are both Ephrata natives, and graduates of Ephrata High School. Ben and Dan have been making music since 2006, and continue to share their passion with anyone who's willing to listen.

It is their goal to play music in intimate settings, with limited amplification, and in doing so bring a great sense of community with each performance. Over the course of the evening you will hear songs from a wide variety of times, and musical genres, including but not limited to: Folk, Blues, R & B, Pop, Rock, and old timey hymns! Join them for an evening of music, community, and good food and drink.

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Voxology in The Cafe - November 7, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Kevin Neidig and Les Vonderlin make up the award-winning duo Voxology. They have been performing together for nearly twenty years.

Just four months after Voxology was born, Neidig and Vonderlin were honored to have been finalists in the 1998 Lilith Fair/Levi’s Talent search. Both are two-time first place winners at the North Bay Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention in Westminster, Maryland, where Les won vocal competitions and Kevin won guitar and vocal competitions. Vonderlin’s songwriting has been recognized by the South Florida Folk Festival and the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival.

Voxology celebrated its fourth anniversary while performing at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Voxology has had the opportunity to open shows for the legendary Doc Watson, Darrell Scott, Peter Rowan and his Texas Trio, theGrammy award-winning Alison Brown Quartet, and the renowned folk artist Tom Paxton. They have been featured at music and arts festivals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Utah.

Neidig has been a guitar instructor for many years, and currently teaches at the Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center in Mechanicsburng, PA (http://theperfect5th.com/staff/kevin-neidig.asp).  Vonderlin has been singing since she was a small child.  During her time at Wilson College, she performed with the exclusive a cappella group Ten Tones.  She is also a freelance Voice Over Producer (http://lesvonderlin.com/voice-over-demo.php).

Neidig and Vonderlin have produced four recordings together—their self-titled debut CD Voxology was followed by under the covers, Someday Soon, and Simply. . . Voxology.

Each recording project has received accolades from critics and other musicians alike. Windham Hill recording artist Doyle Dykes told them to “keep writing, playing and singing. . . You’ve been entrusted with a wonderful gift!”

Read more, and listen to music at www.voxology.com

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Daryl Snider in the Cafe - November 14, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Daryl Snider is a singer-songwriter based in Lancaster, PA.  His songs are tuneful, acoustic and authentic.  Listeners have described his music as sorrowful and joyful, soul-searching and uplifting, homegrown and international, poetic and melodic.  Daryl's voice is warm and easy to listen to, and his lyrics are meaningful.

After several careers and a constant urge toward music, Daryl broke through his songwriter's block with One Bad Song.  Soon, songwriting became the best way Daryl knows to understand and share life.  His first CD, Homemade Toy, was released in 2011.  While studying for his MA at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU, Daryl explored the ways music brings healing, connects people across social groups and plays a role in societal change.

Daryl enjoyed a broad musical background:  Mennonite four-part singing, various vocal ensembles, oboe in orchestras, and saxophone in jazz combos and funk band Rupa Dupa.  He was part of cover band Done With Therapy, playing guitar so he could sing more.  Living in Haiti and Brazil further expanded Daryl’s musical worldview to create a rich tapestry of sounds and feels.

Daryl performs solo and with Frances Crowhill Miller in the band Sopa Sol.  Their current project, Ready for the Rain, is a musical journey through overwhelming shock, grief and recovery, weaving songs and stories to examine trauma, healing and legacies of colonialism in our social fabric.

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Store and Oriental Rug Gallery Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Cafe Hours

Food is served until 2 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Drinks and snacks are available until 3 on weekdays and until 5 on Saturdays. On Friday evening there is full food service until 8:30, drinks and snacks until 8:45.

Monday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 9 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Holiday Hours 2014


December 1—13:  Mon, Tue  10—6; Wed, Thu, Fri 10—9; Sat 10—5

December 15—20:  Mon—Fri 9—9; Sat 9—5

December 22—24:  Mon,Tue 9—9, Wed (Christmas Eve Day) 9—3

Regular Hours resume December 26

New Year’s Eve Day 10—3


December 1—13: Mon—Thu 10—3; Fri 10—3 & 5—9, Sat 10—5

December 15—20:  Mon—Thu  9—3; Fri 9—3 & 5—9, Sat 9—5

December 22—24:  Mon,Tue 9—3, Wed (Christmas Eve Day) 9—3

Regular Hours resume December 26

New Year’s Eve Day 10—3