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Step into Abella’s and you can’t help but feel like “it’s all about you”. This beautiful space feels luxurious, serene and intimate. Jennifer has created a haven that I cannot wait to escape to again and again. My life is always moving at top-speed; we have 4 kids and 2 businesses, it’s crazy. So far, I’ve enjoyed pedicures, brow waxes and a set of eyelashes that I enjoyed far more than I anticipated, more on that later. The ladies of Abella’s have always been so accommodating when I call trying to squeeze in a quick brow clean up, or a pedicure on short notice.

My favorite treat is a pedicure, and Abella’s is top-notch. You can have a room all to yourself, or get your toes done side-by-side with a girlfriend; either way, the surroundings are sumptuous. I was impressed with the extra steps taken for my sanitary protection; even the abrasive sticker on the pedi file was removable and replaced with a fresh one time use, just for me. I was asked which essence I wanted to scent the water with, that was actually an extra anti-bacterial procedure disguised as my selected fragrance. The chair massager hit all the right spots and lulled me into a deliriously relaxed state while my feet were smoothed, buffed, moisturized and expertly polished.

Jennifer is the Queen of Eyelashes, absolutely nobody does it better. It was a fabulous experience, and so relaxing. I couldn’t believe that I actually fell sound asleep while she worked. I was not blessed with thick or long natural lashes, and I was surprised by how feminine, and…flirty it felt to have them!

Next on my wish list is a facial and a gel manicure. If you cannot find me, check Abella’s. It’s dangerously close to my office, right here in Cooper’s Commons, 159 Main Street, Agawam. I would like a week-long staycation right there, please. Book your escape by calling Abella’s Skin, Lash & Nail Boutique (413) 363-9148. Enjoy!

Stepping into Country View Primitives is like stepping back to a simpler time. Tanya has created such a warm and inviting space; with surprises and delights in every nook and cranny. It’s a wonderful mix of time-loved antiques and hand-crafted items so different than what you find anywhere else! She herself, is uniquely talented in making anything she sets out to do, and has an impressive group of crafters and makers that round out the offerings. She scours the market, picking treasures at flea markets and antique fairs. Mixing them into her shop with all of the goodies she makes, allows customers to envision the uses and possibilities in their own homes.

I love this quote, it sums up what you get when you buy something hand-made. “When you buy from a hand maker, you are buying more than just an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You aren’t just buying a thing, you are buying a piece of a heart, a part of a soul, a moment of someone’s life. Most importantly, you are buying the artist more time to do something that they are passionate about.” -unknown.

Talent runs deep in the family, and her 8 year old son, Ayden, has taken over a growing corner of the shop for his own selection of antique pickin’s, candles and signs. My personal favorite is his Orange scent, that smells like you could just take a big, juicy bite out of the candle! Ayden is an old soul in a young boys body. He is delightful to talk to and very knowledgeable, beyond his young years, of historical facts and figures. He’s even been written up in Go Local magazine for his interests in all things old.

I’ll be going back over soon, because a certain dainty tea cup has been stuck in my brain. It will be perfect for a special someone that has moved away and I don’t get to share a spot of tea with her as often as I’d like to anymore. Special things for special occasions and special people that you love. That’s what Country View Primitives has. I highly recommend the short walk across the parking lot, the next time you visit Cooper’s. Tell Tanya (and Ayden) we sent you!