Friday, October 7, 2011

Window for awareness

The display at With Our Hands, corner of Butler and Hoffman streets.
Wendy Wise of the shop With Our Hands, 303 Butler St. in Saugatuck, has joked that people call her the "mannequin lady." She changes the display in the large front window of her shop every month to reflect the season.

Through Friday, Oct. 14, the display is turning heads to help raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. The display is decked out in pink with two bra-clad mannequins posing around signs saying, "October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month" and "Big or Small Examine Them All."

Inside the hand-crafted and artful goods shop, Wise is selling a special earrings, bracelets and necklaces she designed to raise money for research.

"For every purchase of breast cancer jewelry, half of that purchase price goes to breast cancer research," she said.

The jewelry is made from pink rose quartz, the stone of gentle love, Wise said.

Wise's dedication to fighting cancer isn't new.

She has a four-part collection of jewelry based on healing stones entitled “Gratitude,” “Believe,” “Courage” and “Ponder Grace.” Part of the proceeds from the “Courage” collection are donated to cancer research.

The shop, which opened this summer, is at the corner of Butler and Hoffman streets and is connected to the Saugatuck Woman’s Club and was the town’s public library from 1935 to 1969.

And the next window display? Halloween.

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