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Cooper's Construction 1973

Cooper’s Construction 1973

Cooper’s has been “Green” since before “Green” was a thing.

As you probably know, I am a second generation business owner. My Dad was an incredible visionary. He dreamed of having a gift shop that would be a good added attraction to his furniture store. He had an affinity for old barns, so he sketched out his ideas and had an architect draw up the plans. Then he bought 2 tobacco sheds from town, dismantled them and brought all the lumber to this site. He built this awesome building from 80% recycled materials in 1973, long before that sort of thing was “in.”

We try to carry on the tradition my dad started by reducing, reusing, and recycle as much as possible. Instead of purchasing displays, we proudly continue to use the antiques my dad collected to highlight our wares. Anyone who works in receiving knows how much packaging material comes with each shipment; however, we recycle as much cardboard as possible. We’re proud of supporting American businesses and buy locally as much as possible. We use recyclable paper bags and gift wrap instead of plastic or coated. And we’re always looking for new ways to be responsible to the environment. I like to think we’re making my dad proud. #shoplocal #livelocal #lovetheearth

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As part of our Round Up Program, now through April 30, Cooper’s will be designated a Dress for Success collection site. And for any professional clothing donation made here at the store, customers will receive a coupon for 20% off their total purchase of clothing and accessories. The coupon is valid for any one-time purchase of anything you can wear.

So clean out those closets and bring us your good condition, professional clothing and accessories that are no longer your fit or style. A few tips from Dress for Success:

What would you wear to a job interview? That is exactly the type of clothing we are looking for to distribute to our clients. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life.

Additionally, many of our clients go directly to an interview, so please ensure that all items donated are freshly dry-cleaned / laundered and ironed, not more than 5 years old, and suitable for wearing to job interviews. Thanks!

What we are looking to collect:

What we can’t use:

We’ve got a collection site set up right on the front porch. Bring us your things and request your coupon. You don’t have to use the coupon right now — it does not have an expiration date. But we hope to add something special to your closet soon! #shoplocal #givelocal #rounduptogiveback

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Beautiful and functional — Blessing Bracelets are one of our best sellers here at Cooper’s. But what are they?

According to Made as Intended, the company which created the bracelets: Blessing Bracelets are hand-strung sterling and Swarovski pearl and/or gemstone bracelets that come in more than 20 current colors. The intent behind each bracelet is very pure, to increase gratitude worldwide.

According to company founder, Dawn Sprong:

“I wrote the tag after experiencing a major shift in my own life. I knew how important being aware of all you already have is. I wrote those words to friends that I might help open their eyes to seeing and believing that change was not a someday thing. I wanted them to know that they could change their life immediately by being aware of the world around them and all the gifts they already had. My life changed dramatically when I discovered that most of what I wanted in life I had already received, yet I had never taken the time to appreciate it. I found through the practice of gratitude, most of what I had asked for was not really what I wanted. I learned to be grateful for what I desired now; to be happy. The tag was my attempt to inspire others to slow down and look at life through different eyes. It was my way of giving to others what I had been given, a changed heart and a knowing that life is pretty amazing.” 

The bracelet has not only traveled the world, it has changed lives. We were intent on creating a spiritual company whose mission was to inspire a shift in perspective. Blessing Bracelets gave Made As Intended a gift. We, in turn, plan to continue making products with messages of hope and inspiration, recognizing that when we change, the world changes.

Sprong started Made as Intended because she was looking for more from life than the corporate days she was leading. She feels that the Blessing Bracelets are her way of helping people live more intentionally while providing her own family with a more authentic life. The bracelets are made right here in the USA — the company is headquartered in Oak Brook, IL.

The card that comes with each bracelet reads:

This is a Blessing Bracelet. Whenever you wear it acknowledge one blessing in your life for each pearl on the bracelet. Each time you are drawn to the bracelet, silently find four people or things you can be grateful for. Be grateful for: your children, a flower, your dog, a perfect cup of coffee, a roof over your head — just find something. The more you wear the bracelet and the more blessings you find, the more you will be blessed. In one year, if followed, you will be aware of a profound change in your life.

The bracelets are really lightweight so as not to be distracting but you do catch yourself noticing the large beads throughout the day. It’s a very intentional piece of jewelry. And the beads are so smooth you’re definitely drawn to touch them. Let’s just say it’s a much better diversion than picking up your phone for the hundredth time today.

We try to carry the blessing bracelets in a variety of colors including white, pink, light blue, dark blue, turquoise, and silver. We hope to see you in the store soon so we can help you count your blessings! #ifounditatcoopers

 

communition-msmhI love to support companies that give back to the community — you’ll find many such items throughout the store. One of the most generous of these is the My Saint My Hero Inspirational Jewelry & Accessories. This company is so committed to helping women rise above their circumstances that they created a woven jewelry line of blessings bracelets to empower the women of Medjugorge, a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

These particular blessings bracelets were inspired by the company owners’ 2010 pilgrimage to the town of Medjugorje, a place that has been called “heaven on earth.” Similar to a prayer shawl, women there create hand-woven “prayer” bracelets — where they say a prayer for the recipient with each knot they weave.

According to the company: The Mission of My Saint My Hero is to transform the world one life at a time through the experience of being blessed and sharing that blessing with others. With your purchases, you are empowering women of Medjugorje through meaningful work – helping them rise above war-torn poverty with the dignity of their beautiful trade.

You can learn about these women here. My Saint My Hero also gives back locally. In a BIG way. The Los Angeles-based company contributes to over ten different US-based charities.

According to the company all of their pieces are crafted in love and prayer: “Our wearable blessings empower women through meaningful work. Our prayer is that these pieces help awaken souls to live in the presence of God and know I am true, I am good, I am beautiful, I am blessed.”

We currently stock blessing bracelets, remembrance bracelets, and bracelets celebrating First Holy Communion and Confirmation. The woven bands are a beautiful statement piece on their own or look beautiful when combined with other jewelry. They’re lightweight and secure — perfect for even a child to wear.

I especially love the Breathe bracelet which reminds us, “In time of need, run your fingers along the simple string; grasp the medal and breathe. By simply focusing our attention on taking a breath and linking that breath to God, we can dispel chaos and go back to our spiritual roots.”

How can you not love a company who’s logo is a shield to signify their commitment to battle against today’s culture. I think we all need a break today from the craziness of the world from time to time. So come visit us here at Cooper’s soon and let us help you remember to breathe and that you are good, you are beautiful, and you are blessed.