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Garden Club of Allegheny County event blooms into boutique shopping

THE VELVET ROAD - Boots by Sally Bullock. Prices range from $85-$300.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>THE VELVET ROAD</em></div>Boots by Sally Bullock. Prices range from $85-$300.
THE VELVET ROAD - The Velvet Road has riding boots and flats, both with the company's signature velvet-embroidered textiles. Prices range from $85-$300.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>THE VELVET ROAD</em></div> The Velvet Road has riding boots and flats, both with the company's signature velvet-embroidered textiles. Prices range from $85-$300.
THE VELVET ROAD - The Velvet Road has riding boots and flats, both with the company's signature velvet-embroidered textiles. Prices range from $85-$300.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>THE VELVET ROAD</em></div>The Velvet Road has riding boots and flats, both with the company's signature velvet-embroidered textiles. Prices range from $85-$300.
THE VELVET ROAD - Sally Bullock, owner of The Velvet Road, stands next to a display of her handmade velvet-embroidered boots and shoes. Prices range from $85-$300.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>THE VELVET ROAD</em></div>Sally Bullock, owner of The Velvet Road, stands next to a display of her handmade velvet-embroidered boots and shoes. Prices range from $85-$300.
CREME DE LA CREME - Creme de la Creme is a boutique out of Winnetka, Il. that features items such as this ruffled collar wrap-style robe for $239.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>CREME DE LA CREME</em></div>Creme de la Creme is a boutique out of Winnetka, Il. that features items such as this  ruffled collar wrap-style robe for $239.
BARBARA ARNETT CASHMERE - Pizzazz vendor Barbara Arnett Cashmere creates scarves and wraps with designs that are hand-painted on both sides. Prices range from $175-$395.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>BARBARA ARNETT CASHMERE</em></div>Pizzazz vendor Barbara Arnett Cashmere creates scarves and wraps with designs that are hand-painted on both sides. Prices range from $175-$395.
BARBARA ARNETT CASHMERE - Pizzazz vendor Barbara Arnett Cashmere creates scarves and wraps with designs that are hand-painted on both sides. Prices range from $175-$395.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>BARBARA ARNETT CASHMERE</em></div>Pizzazz vendor Barbara Arnett Cashmere creates scarves and wraps with designs that are hand-painted on both sides. Prices range from $175-$395.
JANET GREGG JEWELRY - Janet Gregg Jewelry, out of Charleston, S.C., has been featured in Elle Decor, Departures, Cottage Living, House and Garden and Women's Day. Pendants start at $195 and rings at $125.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>JANET GREGG JEWELRY</em></div>Janet Gregg Jewelry, out of Charleston, S.C., has been featured in Elle Decor, Departures, Cottage Living, House and Garden and Women's Day. Pendants start at $195 and rings at $125.
BIRD DOG BAY - Bird Dog Bay offers 100 percent silk, hand-printed and handmade neckwear. Regular ties are $75. Bow ties are $55.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>BIRD DOG BAY</em></div>Bird Dog Bay offers 100 percent silk, hand-printed and handmade neckwear. Regular ties are $75. Bow ties are $55.
BIRD DOG BAY - Bird Dog Bay offers neckwear that is 100 percent silk, hand-printed and handmade. A cummerbund set is $125.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>BIRD DOG BAY</em></div>Bird Dog Bay offers neckwear that is 100 percent silk, hand-printed and handmade. A cummerbund set is $125.
JOHNNIE-O - Johnnie-O, a clothing and accessories line defined as 'west coast prep,' will be featured at Pizzazz.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>JOHNNIE-O</em></div>Johnnie-O, a clothing  and accessories line defined as 'west coast prep,' will be featured at Pizzazz.
- Inspired by Patricia Smith's son Carson and the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade she creates handbags that are both functional and durable similar to an infantryman's parachute. Prices range from $375-$525.
Inspired by Patricia Smith's son Carson and the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade she creates handbags that are both functional and durable similar to an infantryman's parachute. Prices range from $375-$525.
THE CARSON BAG - Patricia Smith's handbags are functional and durable. Prices range from $375-$525.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>THE CARSON BAG</em></div>Patricia Smith's handbags are functional and durable. Prices range from $375-$525.
THE CARSON BAG - Inspired by Patricia Smith's son Carson and the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade she creates handbags that are both functional and durable similar to an infantryman's parachute. Prices range from $375-$525.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>THE CARSON BAG</em></div>Inspired by Patricia Smith's son Carson and the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade she creates handbags that are both functional and durable similar to an infantryman's parachute. Prices range from $375-$525.
THE CARSON BAG - Inspired by Patricia Smith's son Carson and the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade she creates handbags that are both functional and durable similar to an infantryman's parachute. Prices range from $375-$525.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>THE CARSON BAG</em></div>Inspired by Patricia Smith's son Carson and the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade she creates handbags that are both functional and durable similar to an infantryman's parachute. Prices range from $375-$525.
1000 JOBS HAITI - Dots standard size pillow cases, made by women in Haiti for 100 Jobs Hait are $20 each at Pizzazz.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>1000 JOBS HAITI</em></div>Dots standard size pillow cases, made by  women in Haiti for 100 Jobs Hait are $20 each at Pizzazz.
1000 JOBS HAITI - A Happy Holidays accent pillow, which is hand-embroidered on 100 percent linen and includes a down and feather inset, sells for $35 and was made by women in Haiti for 1000 Jobs Haiti.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>1000 JOBS HAITI</em></div>A Happy Holidays accent pillow, which is hand-embroidered on 100 percent linen and includes a down and feather inset, sells for $35 and was made by women in Haiti for 1000 Jobs Haiti.
1000 JOBS HAITI - Four hand-embroidered 100 percent cotton hem-stitched Christmas Tree Cocktail Napkins cost $20 for a set of four. They are made by women in Haiti for 1000 Jobs Haiti.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>1000 JOBS HAITI</em></div>Four hand-embroidered 100 percent cotton hem-stitched Christmas Tree Cocktail Napkins cost $20 for a set of four. They are made by women in Haiti for 1000 Jobs Haiti.
1000 JOBS HAITI - Shown are three fishnet market bags knit by hand in the Central Plateau of Haiti for the company 1000 Jobs Haiti. They are $15 each and will be available at Pizzaz.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>1000 JOBS HAITI</em></div>Shown are three fishnet market bags knit by hand in the Central Plateau of Haiti for the company 1000 Jobs Haiti. They are $15 each and will be available at Pizzaz.
JUST GIRLS BOUTIQUE - Just Girls Boutique, with a collection of women's and young contemporary apparel, shoes and more, is one of 30 Pizzazz vendors.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>JUST GIRLS BOUTIQUE</em></div>Just Girls Boutique, with a collection of women's and young contemporary apparel, shoes and more, is one of 30 Pizzazz vendors.
THE ROMANTIC ROOM - The Romantic Room offers women's clothing, gifts and furnishings for the home and garden that range in price from $22.95 to $250.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>THE ROMANTIC ROOM</em></div>The Romantic Room offers women's clothing, gifts and furnishings for the home and garden that range in price from $22.95 to $250.
SARAH OLIVER HANDBAGS - Sarah Oliver Handbags are created from the time-honored tradtion of the knitting circle. Owner Sarah Oliver teams with a group of senior citizens who live at The Redwoods senior retirement community in California to make one-of-a-kind hand-knit purses that range in price from $120-$565. They will be available at Pizzazz, a three-day shopping extravaganza, hosted by The Garden Club of Allegheny County held Oct. 16-18 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>SARAH OLIVER HANDBAGS</em></div>Sarah Oliver Handbags are created from the time-honored tradtion of the knitting circle. Owner Sarah Oliver teams with a group of senior citizens who live at The Redwoods senior retirement community in California to make one-of-a-kind hand-knit purses that range in price from $120-$565. They will be available at Pizzazz, a three-day shopping extravaganza, hosted by The Garden Club of Allegheny County held Oct. 16-18 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.
SARAH OLIVER HANDBAGS - Sarah Oliver Handbags are created from the time-honored tradtion of the knitting circle. Owner Sarah Oliver teams with a group of senior citizens who live at The Redwoods senior retirement community in California to make one-of-a-kind hand-knit purses that range in price from $120-$565. They will be available at Pizzazz, a three-day shopping extravaganza, hosted by The Garden Club of Allegheny County held Oct. 16-18 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>SARAH OLIVER HANDBAGS</em></div>Sarah Oliver Handbags are created from the time-honored tradtion of the knitting circle. Owner Sarah Oliver teams with a group of senior citizens who live at The Redwoods senior retirement community in California to make one-of-a-kind hand-knit purses that range in price from $120-$565. They will be available at Pizzazz, a three-day shopping extravaganza, hosted by The Garden Club of Allegheny County held Oct. 16-18 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.
SARAH OLIVER HANDBAGS - Sarah Oliver Handbags teams with a group of senior citizens from The Redwoods senior retirement Community in California to make hand-knit purses that range in price from $120-$565.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>SARAH OLIVER HANDBAGS</em></div>Sarah Oliver Handbags teams with a group of senior citizens from The Redwoods senior retirement Community in California to make  hand-knit purses that range in price from $120-$565.
SARAH OLIVER HANDBAGS - Sarah Oliver Handbags are created from the time-honored tradtion of the knitting circle. Owner Sarah Oliver teams with a group of senior citizens who live at The Redwoods senior retirement community in California to make one-of-a-kind hand-knit purses that range in price from $120-$565. They will be available at Pizzazz, a three-day shopping extravaganza, hosted by The Garden Club of Allegheny County held Oct. 16-18 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>SARAH OLIVER HANDBAGS</em></div>Sarah Oliver Handbags are created from the time-honored tradtion of the knitting circle. Owner Sarah Oliver teams with a group of senior citizens who live at The Redwoods senior retirement community in California to make one-of-a-kind hand-knit purses that range in price from $120-$565. They will be available at Pizzazz, a three-day shopping extravaganza, hosted by The Garden Club of Allegheny County held Oct. 16-18 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.

Pizzazz

What: Three-day shopping showcase, hosted by the Garden Club of Allegheny County

When: Preview party 6-9 p.m. Oct. 16; 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 17 and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18

Admission: $10; $30 with lunch reservations. Preview party is $75.

Where: Fox Chapel Golf Club, 426 Fox Chapel Road

Details: 412-877-5254 or www.gcacpgh.org

Cooking demo

A 9:30 a.m. demonstration — “Entertaining with Ease” by Gaynor Grant of Gaynor's School of Cooking — is included with admission Oct. 18, but reservations are required because of limited seating.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 6:40 p.m.
 

Making purchases at the Pizzazz event in Fox Chapel can help give Haitian women jobs or make a difference in the life of a senior citizen in California.

The nonprofit 1000 Jobs Haiti, which sells products made by women from the poverty-stricken country, and Sarah Oliver Handbags, which offers purses knit by residents from The Redwoods community of seniors in Mill Valley, Calif., are two of 30 vendors at Pizzazz, a three-day shopping extravaganza hosted by the Garden Club of Allegheny County from Oct. 16 to 18 at Fox Chapel Golf Club.

This event features quality items from around the globe. Vendors give a percentage of their profits to the garden club, which uses the money for regional conservation efforts, says Mardi Royston, who is co-chairing the event with Diane Viall.

It's the garden club's largest fundraiser. Last year, the event netted more than $80,000, which was distributed to eight conservation efforts in the region. Pizzazz should break the $1 million mark this year in money raised to date.

“I hear really good things about it, that they put on a marvelous show and really take care of their vendors,” says Lucy Close, who runs 1000 Jobs Haiti, headquartered in Little Compton, R.I., with her husband, Buck. “Selling these items is a wonderful way to create jobs for women in Haiti.”

Close and her husband travel to Haiti to meet with the women who create and design products such as embroidered baby items, towels, cocktail napkins and pillows. For this show, they also will bring holiday linens and tree skirts.

“We love to support great causes such as the work of the garden club,” she says.

Price points range from $5 to $150, but 90 percent of the products are in the $15 to $20 range, Close says.

Haiti has 80 percent unemployment, she says, and most of those out of work are women.

“These women really work hard, and they love knowing people in the United States are buying and enjoying their products,” Close says. “We work in collaboration with them. I go to them with ideas, and they share their thoughts with me. It's a wonderful partnership.”

A similar partnership runs deep between Sarah Oliver, owner of Sarah Oliver Handbags, and the senior citizens at The Redwoods community. The bags are hand-knit by the seniors who are called The Purlettes + One — all women and one man who get paid to create the bags made of Peruvian wool. They are extremely skilled and talented, Oliver says.

“They do all the knitting, and I have a team that does the finishing,” Oliver says. “I meet with them weekly, and they get satisfaction knowing that their bags are sold all over the country.”

Her company north of San Francisco will be part of Pizzazz for a sixth time. Oliver says Pizzazz is one of the most sought-after events in the country by vendors because of its history and the quality of the show.

“Fox Chapel seems like a tight-knit, family-oriented area,” she says. “Everyone from the organizers to the customers to the people at the club treat us so well, like family. They make it enjoyable and fun to sell our product.”

This year's collection has added chains, so purses can be worn on the shoulder or across the body. Prices range from $120 to $565. Each bag is adorned with a brooch to add a little “pizzazz” to the bag, Oliver says.

Another return vendor is Sally Bullock, owner of The Velvet Road, which sells one-of-a-kind velvet boots and shoes out of Columbus, Ohio. Prices range from $85 to $300. She plans to bring two new styles, a riding boot and a flat boot, in addition to the slipper and cowboy boot for which she is most known. She sells only through shows because her product is one that needs to be touched and tried on, she says.

“Pizzazz does a really good job of keeping the vendors fresh and keeping the patrons interested,” Bullock says. “You feel like it's a boutique.”

Creating that type of unique shopping atmosphere is the goal of Pizzazz, Royston says. A little more than half of the vendors are new.

Pizzazz is designed to bring resources from outside of Pittsburgh and include everything from clothing to home decor to gourmet treats and items for women, men and children.

New this year is the garden club's booth called Fleurs, a French-inspired floral market that will sell cash-and-carry bouquets cultivated from members' gardens.

Knowing that she is helping in these efforts was a reason to be part of this event, Jill Oleski says. She and daughter Katie co-own Just Girls, a Troy, Mich., company that carries contemporary apparel such as dresses, leggings and T-shirts and shoes and boots. Dresses range from $89 to $290.

“I have heard it is an amazing event,” Oleski says. “And that the venue is perfect. We hope that customers see that our clothing is not anything you would find in a department store. It also helps support a wonderful cause.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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