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SwfL Happy Spot #8 Profile:
Main St. Antiques
2229 Main St.
Ft. Myers, FL
(239) 689.6246
Find Main St. Antiques on Facebook

Not Your Grandma’s Antique Store

Actually, I guess it really depends on just who your grandma is!

If she was a 50’s rebel woman or a 60’s flower child, if she had Disco fever or lived only for Pucci’s next print… then yeah, you got us: This IS your grandma’s antique store!!!  :D

As soon as you enter this Happy Spot, it packs a big, bright, funky-punky punch. The aged awesomeness seems endless as it lines every available wall, floor, and ceiling space!

Lucky Cat, who herself is over 2 centuries old, felt an immediate kinship with these much loved items of antiquity. She mentioned that, much like her, each item here has a history… a hidden story that makes it all the more lovable!!

And with that, Lucky padded off  to get to know as much of this Happy Spot as possible…

I found her journeying through poppy fields of polyester…

dreaming cozy colorful dreams…

and eying curious little buttons.

( Luuucky… That’s vintage buttonry, don’t even think about it!!)

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After a hilarious scare in the “vintage vinyl” section (which Lucky requests I don’t elaborate on)…

heehee X-)


she took a quick look through randomly random people of the past,

and then hopped onto a camel (really?) to set off in search of this Happy Spot’s very own legendary feline!

It didn’t take long to find who she was looking for (she had apparently chosen a very knowledgeable camel) and after a short introduction these two mewed on and on for hours… I guess over 2 centuries of living probably does give her lots to talk about!

When the conversation finally wore down, Lucky’s new friend sent her off in search of somethin’ pretty cool…

…a Lucky-sized mint condition Model-T!

Next thing I know, Lucky’s zooming off again in a new direction. In this endless treasure chest of a place, I can’t wait to see what she comes across next!

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Where’s Lucky Cat?

At Main St. Antiques in DownTown Ft. Myers!!

Visit their facebook page here:  http://bit.ly/csPz4J

Congrats to Wende of Ft. Myers and Josh of Cape Coral,who each won a $25 gift certificate good for their own selection of vintage treasures from Main St. Antiques!

Follow Lucky, be lucky!

www.luckycatswfl.com

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SwfL Happy Spot #7 Profile:
HOWL Gallery & Tattoo
1514 Broadway #101
Ft. Myers, FL
(239) 332.0161
For more info: Website

A Lucky Cat and her lucky Tats.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Lucky’s a pretty tatted up lil’ cat!

Her belly markings have been proudly worn by lucky cats for centuries. Each symbol is a Japanese Kanji blessing, and together they make for a very lucky cat indeed.

But even the best tattoos need touching up (especially after say, 100 or so years of wear), and this leads us to Happy Spot #7.

Lucky and I had been told about an artist named Andy, who works often with japanese stylings. We headed out to look him up in his down town gallery/tattoo shop and, being a very discerning cat, Lucky decided to ask some of the shop’s inhabitants their opinions about his work…

If these guys hadn’t been so busy wreaking havoc, they might’ve been helpful. Sorry to interrupt!

 

And this character… well… moving on….

Finally! A guy (bug? alien?) who understood what we were after. He gave Lucky all the reassurance  about Andy she needed. (Apparently under that robe of his is a full japanese-warrior body piece. Who would’ve known?)

“Let’s dooo this!”

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Where’s Lucky Cat?

At HOWL Gallery/Tattoo in Downtown Ft. Myers!

Visit this link to learn more:  http://bit.ly/cpA1RD

Congrats to the two lucky peoples who won a $40 gift certificate for fresh ink of their own from Happy Spot #7!

Follow Lucky, be lucky!

www.luckycatswfl.com

 

 

 

Lucky Cat makes her governmental debut…

A few weeks ago, Lucky Cat matter-of-factly informed me that “if this happiness movement is to be successful it must be made official, even if only unofficially so.”          X-)

So the calls were made and the meetings were set. On July 17, 2010 we met with SWFL Mayor #1, Mr. John Sullivan of Cape Coral. We presented him with our happiness mission and proposed a new idea: a Department of Happiness! He loved it and together we made it unofficially official ~ SWFL now has a fully functioning Department of Happiness, with Lucky as Head Kitty and myself as… well, whatever she needs me to be!

And today, August 3, 2010, we inducted a new member into this very special Department… the City of Ft. Myers Mayor Mr. Randy Henderson! He too is an enthusiastic advocate for community happiness and we are very excited to have him on board. Even more exciting is his big idea for Lucky: for her to be featured in February’s Edison Festival of Lights Parade!!! (More on this soon.)

As this happiness mission gains strength and speed, Lucky & I would like to send a big thank you out to YOU. It is YOUR support and happy energy that’s propelling this project forward. As the artist behind this ambitiously innovative Work of Art, it is my goal that the success of Lucky Cat is synonymous with the success of ourselves as a community. She has the magic to introduce change, but it is US who have the power to move it forward and make it stick. Thank you!  =)

SwfL Happy Spot #2 Profile:
Frame Gallery & Gifts
1830 Del Prado Blvd
Cape Coral, FL
For more info: Website

“Lucky the Framer”

Exploring the art of framing art.

Lucky’s had a long time fascination with the Arts and the special world it inhabits, so, when we received an invite to get some behind-the-scenes artworld skills, she pounced at the chance! Here’s the cliffs notes version of what we learned at Happy Spot #2:

# 1 – Choose a frame that enhances, but does not overwhelm your work of art.

“Just one? But which?!”

* If, however, YOU are the one that feels overwhelmed, narrow it down to your top two.

“Ok! Got ’em. Now what?”

# 2 – Carefully begin to frame your piece, following proper framing procedures of course.

“Umm…… oh dear….. help please??”

#3 – Closely inspect the finished work to ensure everything is as it should be.

“Check!”

And finally, #4 – Step back and enjoy your work!

“Bellissima! I feel like I’m there, can you see me?”

~

“Fun fun framing… cha cha cha”

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Where’s Lucky Cat?

At SwfL Happy Spot #2: Frame Gallery & Gifts in Cape Coral, Florida!

Congratulations to Rick Khuns who won a $20 gift certificate to Sukura Japanese SteakHouse in Cape Coral   =)

 

“They say the frame first appeared 4,000 years ago in tomb paintings. Once nothing more than a painted decorative border, a frame is now an essential element that protects and emphasizes the work it holds. But if you ask me, I say it’s just the thing that makes my happy photos look gooood.”  ~ Lucky

 

What makes Frame Gallery and Gifts so special?

Their unspoken motto is “Spoil everyone.”

Nestled comfortably in a spirited Cape Coral gallery is a masterful matchmaker, skilled in the many ways of love. But don’t too excited about finding a Friday night date, because this is love of a different kind ~ as in “That is the perfect painting/print/frame and I see us living happily together forever” kind of love!

Whether you’re an artist seeking a home for your latest artwork, an art lover seeking an artwork for your latest home, or simply a cool person with a cool picture looking for a cool frame job… Barb and Loren Hosack, owners of Frame Gallery & Gifts on Del Prado Blvd., will be able to provide you with the with the perfect match.

One visit to their shop and you’ll see why. The atmosphere is smart, comfortable, and full of artistic visions; art is everywhere! Ranging in mediums from sculpture to jewelry to watercolor to oil, and in style and theme from manatees and martinis to beach scenes and African safaris to abstracts and still life, there is truly something for everyone. And, if in this glorious mix of talent you still cannot find your hearts desire, just ask! Thanks to over 20 years of Cape living, Barb and Loren have accrued a valuable list of local artists and artisans, one of whom might be able to create the very work you are seeking.

Now, I know some of you are closet art-lovers who think that an art gallery is out of your price range and therefore not worth visiting. I invite you to give Frame Gallery & Gifts a shot. Remember, Barb is passionate about “spoiling everyone,” and that means YOU too! And so they offer an abundant selection of giclees (which is a fancy name for well made copies or “prints” of an original artwork), as well as originals that cater to a wide range of budgets. At Frame Gallery & Gifts, there’s no reason not to walk away with something wonderful!

In closing, as an artist myself, I’d like to thank Barb and Loren for their 20 years of supporting and championing our local art scene. They are a blessing and a treasure, and we are certainly ‘lucky’ to have them as a part of our SWFL community. Thank you!

~ Kalon Lucia 2010

To become a facebook fan of Frame Gallery & Gifts click here.

To view Lucky’s full SWFL adventure, visit her website:

www.luckycatswfl.com

Follow Lucky, be lucky!

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