Feedback Wanted!

Behind the scenes at PHW, we are considering some tweaks to the Bough and Dough Shop for 2021. While we can’t peer into the crystal ball and see what our day to day life will be like by November, our highest priority with holding a gathering of any sort is safety for artists, visitors, and volunteer workers. If you enjoy shopping at the Hexagon House in the holiday season, we’d like your thoughts on how we should proceed this year. Please follow the link or answer the survey below to help us plan for the dates, format, artist/product selection, and shop layout for the 2021 Bough and Dough Shop. Make sure you give your answers to us by noon on February 8 so we can share the information at our next board meeting.

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Welcome to 2021

PHW is slowly returning to normal services following our Bough and Dough Shop. We are still operating on an appointment system for visitors to the office. Call ahead or email phwinc.org@gmail.com to schedule your visit. Most questions can be answered via email, so we recommend utilizing that method of contact.

A limited quantity of PHW-produced items that were available at the Bough and Dough Shop like our books and decorative items with local historic buildings can still be ordered through our online store. If you want to save money on shipping and take advantage of curbside pickup at the Hexagon House, use the promo code “Curbside” at checkout. Pickup is available Monday-Friday.

In the meantime, enjoy this blast from the past from our lecture series, How to Utilize State and Federal Historic Tax Credits by John Willingham.

Bough and Dough Shop Procedure Updates

Effectively immediately, the Bough and Dough Shop will be implementing the following procedures to comply with the updated restrictions for limiting the spread of COVID-19:

Shopping is now appointment only. Please make your appointment in advance (no walk ins) on Facebook, or by leaving a message at phwinc.org@gmail.com or 540-667-3577.

Guest size is now limited to 6 per appointment slot (down from 10).

Shopping time remains a half hour for an appointment.

Masks are required for all shoppers at all times. There are no public restrooms or free samples.

If you have special requests for loose greenery, you may continue to use the preorder form available on our website.

If you know what items you are looking for, we will put items directly online for you to purchase from our online store so you can buy and use curbside pickup to reduce contact. We may be able to do limited phone or email ordering the same way. We ask no credit card orders over the phone or email, thank you!

Please continue to follow our social media for further updates and item showcases as we finish our 2020 Bough and Dough Shop. Thank you for your patience and helping us keep the Hexagon House a safe place to shop this holiday season!

The Bough and Dough Shop Updates

Thank you to everyone who has come out to visit the Shop so far this year. There is still plenty of time left to visit before December 23, but after our opening weekend we have a better understanding of how operations are flowing. Here are a few more points to keep in mind:

We will be staggering larger groups of four or more into two people at a time. This will help with the congestion inside of the house to help everyone maintain social distance.

We are extremely pleased with the appointment system. If you have limited time to shop, please visit our Facebook page or leave a message by phone or email at least half a day in advance so we can confirm your time slot.

Walk ins are still accepted, but visitors with a reservation will be given priority for their half hour time slot.

While we know it is difficult to resist, please try to handle items as little as possible. If you would like to touch items, hand sanitizer is located in the kitchen at the entrance, in the dining room near the wood, and in the living room by the pottery.

Loose greenery has not been stocked and several of our suppliers are not able to provide items this year. When loose greens arrive, we will post on our social media accounts. If you have a known item of greenery you are looking for, you may send a request and we will try to fulfill it.

As a reminder, the Shop will be closed every day between 2:00 and 2:30 PM for cleaning and a small lunch break for our workers and volunteers. We are letting the last group of shoppers in at 1:45 PM so you can finish your walk through the shop. Likewise, we are closing the door at 4:45 PM each day to help us finish up by 5 PM.

In the event of inclement weather, please watch our social media for delays or closing information.

Thank you for your understanding of these procedures so we can keep the shop open and safe for you and us!

Countdown to the Shop

It is one week until the Bough and Dough Shop opens at the Hexagon House! If you’ve been following our Instagram, you might have gotten glimpses of the fun goodies as the artists have been setting up over the past few weeks. If you don’t have an Instagram, here’s a video preview just for you!

As a reminder to help keep everyone safe, we are limited to ten shoppers inside the building at a time, and hard limited to 25 people on the grounds. We strongly recommend setting up an appointment for a shopping block on Facebook if you have limited availability. We also encourage you to order online through our store and preorder perishable goods whenever possible to reduce congestion. Remember to enter promo code “Curbside” during checkout from our online store for free pickup at the Hexagon House during normal shop hours!

The Shop will be a little different this year, but we want everyone to be safe while you enjoy this holiday tradition. Please remember to be courteous and patient with our volunteers and staff as we find our new rhythm and adapt to any upcoming changes.

Bough and Dough Shop Is Two Weeks Away!

One of the items we have for sale online is this scarf by Brenda Fairweather. See the item description in our online store!

Time is flying as we move through November! In just two weeks, PHW will be opening our holiday pop-up boutique at the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst Street.

If you haven’t explored our Instagram yet, make sure you do! We are posting photos and short videos as the goods trickle into the physical store. Larger and more delicate items like furniture and fine art will be highlighted in our stories and videos.

We are also adding select items to our online storefront. Not all our artists or goods can be featured here, but easily-shipped items continue to be added as they come in.

If you see an item on our social media updates you are interested in purchasing for curbside pickup and it is not yet listed, drop us a message and we can arrange your item sale. Don’t forget you can also work out a preorder wishlist for greenery and sweet treats – we will be happy to send you a complete invoice so you can pay online with credit card!

We also strongly encourage you to set up a shopping appointment on Facebook if you have a limited day and time you are available to shop. We anticipate there may be lines to enter the store due to our lowered guest capacity. If you reserve a shopping time, you will be allowed to “skip the line” during your half hour shopping appointment.

PHW Newsletter and Order Forms Online Now

While we finish up preparing the hard copy version for mailing, you can get an advance peek at the fall newsletter. The issue contains information to help keep you and us safe while you shop at the Bough and Dough Shop this year. Get a copy now!

We are also working on order forms for perishable goods. While more will be added as information is finalized, you can check out the wreaths from Blackthorn Estate Nursery and loose greens form and the bakery order form for T L Cards and Crafts and Karen’s Kollection.

Bough and Dough Shop FAQs Updating

The Frequently Asked Questions section of the website is being updated for the new operating procedures at the Shop this year. If you’ve wondered about how the Shop will function, give the main Holiday House Tour page a look, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, visit the FAQ page. If there’s still a question you’d like addressed that you don’t see there, be sure to contact PHW through any of our social media channels so we can add it to the page.

We also had new items dropped off at the Hexagon House for the Shop this week. Stop by our online storefront to see what’s new, including small original artworks by Sky Blue Pink by Phyllis. More will be added soon!

Friday Roundup: Bough and Dough Shop Artist Lineup

Things are coming together for 2020’s Bough and Dough Shop! All artist slots are filled this year. Thank you to the new and returning artists who are sharing their wonderful work with us. We are happy to announce our lineup:

  • Angel’s Roost Quilts
  • Baker Mountain Crafts
  • Basket Cases
  • Beading by Marilynn J.
  • Best in Glass Studio
  • Blackthorn Estates Nursery
  • Blooming Hill Lavender Farm and Gift Shop
  • Nina Burke
  • Lorraine Candell
  • Tom Cesnik
  • The Clowser Foundation
  • George S. Davis
  • Eugene B. Smith Gallery
  • Eye of the Needle Embroidery
  • Norma Fredrickson of Fibergig
  • Hailewatercolor
  • Heartsong Hill Designs
  • Hot Flash Pottery
  • J&W Farm
  • Karen’s Kollection
  • Susan Keenan
  • Klay Haus Pottery
  • Lighthouse Woodworking
  • The Merry Beader
  • Libba Pendleton
  • Ree’s Treats
  • Linda Quynn Ross
  • Donna L. Sheets
  • Shenandoah Acrylic Resin Art
  • Siler Country Store and Gifts
  • Sky Blue Pink by Phyllis
  • Stitchery Studio
  • TL Cards and Crafts
  • Jackie Tobin
  • Very Merry Mittens
  • Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

As you may have heard, we are preparing an online shop to complement the in-person shopping happening between November 27 and December 23. Some early drop off items have been listed in our store and are ready to purchase. If you are local and want to save yourself postage and time for shipping, remember to enter promo code “curbside” during checkout. PHW volunteers will contact you with more instructions when your order is ready for pickup.

For those who want to shop in person at the Hexagon House to see the items too unique, large, or fragile to ship, that option will be available. Shopping will be limited to ten guests inside the house at a time. Visitors will be asked to complete their shopping in half an hour. Because we anticipate more cleaning needs this year, the shop will close between 2:00 and 2:30 PM for a freshening up break Tuesdays through Saturdays. Remember to arrive before 4:30 PM to complete your shopping by closing time at 5 PM.

As the best-laid plans may still need to change, remember to watch our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Hexagon House after Thanksgiving!