Friday, December 30, 2011

60% Off SALE Begins!

Beginning Saturday, Dec 31st! 60% off regular Christmas decorations (including remaining Willow Tree ornaments). Old World Christmas ornaments continue as buy 2 get 1 free. Shop by to buy...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On Second Day of Christmas...

Our Twelve Days of Christmas has begun. Join us on Friday for 30% Vera Bradley Stationery Items. Great Christmas gifts for teachers and friends.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Retiring Vera Bradley Sale in Progress!

‎25% Off Retiring Vera Bradley styles and colors beginning Wednesday, November 23rd! Retiring Styles-Little Betsy, Betsy, Boweler, Emma, Alice and more! 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas Wishes Can Come True!

You make help make the Christmas Season a little less stressful for your friends and family, by simply completing our Christmas Wishes list.  Just stop by one of our locations and tell us your Ivy Ridge wishes.  We will send a note by mail to that special person or person(s) that you designate telling them to stop by.  You can also choose one to receive a $5.00 Christmas Wishes Gift Certificate to use towards their purchase of anything on your list.  We look forward to seeing you soon!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sm Vera Bradley Duffel on Sale!

Stock up now for the holidays with Vera Bradley's "Small Duffel", yours for only $54...$15 below the suggested retail price! Use as an everyday gym bag or as a small overnighter. With its 15" straps and outside end pocket, Vera's "Small Duffel" is a timeless classic that girls of every age will appreciate! Sale ends November 14, so hurry in and get yours TODAY! Limited to current in-shop items at both locations.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just Arrived! Ornaments for the UNC or Duke Fan!

Old World Christmas has out done itself with new University of North Carolina and Duke University ornaments.  These are going to be a huge hit.  I encourage you to shop early and quick sales will allow me plenty of time for reorders if we need them.  Apologies to my NCSU fans, Old World does not have a license to produce NC State, but we are hopeful to have them for next year. ~ Angela

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Starting Tomorrow, Which Would You Choose?

Yes, it is Vera Bradley Winter Premiere tomorrow beginning at 8am!  But that is only part of the Vera Bradley excitement!  With any $75.00 Vera Bradley purchase, you have a choice between a Medium Cosmetic Bag, Photobook or Tech Case for FREE!  See details below.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ribs ~ Asian-Style!

This is not one of my "healthy" recipes, but we certainly enjoyed them over the weekend and a nice change over the regular BBQ ribs.

Simple Asian Grilled Ribs

1 cup soy sauce
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
5 cloves garlic, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons Asian (toasted) sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
2 pounds beef or pork ribs

Whisk together the soy sauce and sugar in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved, and stir in the black pepper, garlic, green onions, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.

Place the ribs in a large bowl, and pour the marinade over the ribs. Stir to coat the ribs with the marinade, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir the ribs and marinade again, and refrigerate for 1 more hour.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

Remove the ribs from the marinade, discard the marinade*, and grill the ribs until brown and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side. Have a spray bottle of water handy in case the ribs flare up.

*Rather than discard the marinade, I saved it and reduced it on the stove top using a small sauce pan over medium heat to a thicker consistency for a dipping sauce to go along with the ribs.

Monday, September 19, 2011

We have a Winner rather Winners!

Congratulations to Robyn and Charlene!   WE HAVE A WINNING NAME! Big thanks to Robyn Pearson Berry and Charlene Clanton Curry for submitting our winning name: THE END OF THE VINE. Both Robin and Charlene came up with the new name at different status areas on our Facebook page, so they BOTH get a $50.00 gift certificate! 

Watch for more information to come as we begin to set up the new area.  Now that we have the name for inspiration, we are ready to begin the transformation!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mark Your Calendar! New Vera Arrives!

Note: Remaining Retiring Vera Bradley will be 50% Off Also!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Favorite Halloween Item Ever!

I enjoy Halloween and especially loved to make my children's costumes, however I have to admit that I do not decorate for Halloween other than a MatMate rug and a garden flag.  Although my Halloween decorations are a minimum at home, I love this pieces!  They are each 30" inches tall.  I will be adding one of these girls on my front porch!  There are also another items in this collection.  Be sure to stop by, I think these will all go fast. ~ Angela

Monday, September 5, 2011

Alice in Wonderful Land, Just Arrived!

We have just received this book at the N. Wilkesboro shop and it is loaded in my car to go to the Elkin shop as well.  This is the most beautiful pop-up book I have ever seen.  This is definitely a family keepsake to share to children and grandchildren.  Each turn of the page reveals a work of art.

Look for a couple of additional blogs featuring some of my favorite children's book we have in stock. Oh, by the way, one is call the Butt Book! ~ Angela

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Quick Look at Vera Bradley Retiring Colors!

Stadium Blanket Just in Time for FOOTBALL!

NEW Stadium blanket just in time for Elkiin football and the West/Central Game on Friday! $50 special price (through Sept 13th, then $65). I used one Friday at the West Wilkes game and I want another to use just watching TV to keep warm when I am the only one who is cold.~ Angela

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Retiring Vera Bradley Sale Begins Sept 1st!

‎30% off new retiring Vera Bradley goes on sale tomorrow, September 1st. Colors are Barcelona, Slate Blooms, Hello Dahlia and Twirly Birds Navy. Retiring styles include the Opera Wallet, Angle Tote and Hobo. Shop early for the best selection and favorite bag styles!

Monday, August 29, 2011

You Could Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

Help us name our new Outlet Center and if we pick your name suggestion, you win a $50 gift certificate to use at either Ivy Ridge location. As many of you know our Elkin shop is huge, so we are putting in a large area for SALE ITEMS. We would like a special name for it. A name that is unique, refers in some way to Ivy Ridge if possible, appeals to women, and lets someone know it is a sale area. Simply, post it on our Facebook page at if you are a Facebook member or email your idea to

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Old Handbag = Great Discount!

BRIGHTON HANDBAG DISCOUNT STARTS TOMORROW (Friday)! Exchange any gently used handbag for a great discount on a Brighton bag. Your handbags will be donated to SAFE to give to women who come to the shelter with very little.  See shop for details or look very closely with good glasses at the fine print in the photo above!  Note: Brighton Handbags are available at our N. Wilkesboro shop only.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

More Vera Bradley Goes On Sale! Thursday, June 23rd

Just in time for the beach and summer fun.  The following items are now 30% off at Ivy Ridge, while begins at 25% plus shipping. 

· Spring 2011 Beach Towels and Flip Flops
· Spring 2011 Vera Vera
· Summer 2011 Beach Towels and Flip Flops
· Summer 2011 Criss Cross
· Summer 2011 Frill
· Summer 2011 Straw
These are GREAT items.  Be sure to stop by one of our shops early for the best selection!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Big Sale Starting Today!

IT'S SALE TIME! Thursday-Saturday, June 9-11th. 20% OFF ALL in-stock merchandise excluding Rainbows, Pandora and Brighton. Plus RETIRING VERA BRADLEY IS 50% OFF!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

New Shipment of Rainbow Sandals at NW Shop!

Yes, we just received a shipment of Rainbow Sandals in our N. Wilkesboro shop.  Be sure to come by soon for a great selection.

Did you know Rainbow Sandals have a great guarantee?
Rainbow Warrantee is for the Lifetime of the sole. As long as you haven't worn into the next layer of the sole from either the top or bottom*  RAINBOW® SANDALS will repair your sandals if they are damaged or defective due to MANUFACTURING DEFECTS ONLY.

Manufacturing defects -
1. - Strap Pulling Out
2. - Delamination of layers
3. - Stitching Coming Apart on Box -X Stitch
4. - Stitching Coming apart on Leather Strap

IMPORTANT: No damaged sandals are to be replaced by the store. All Sandals needing replacement due to manufacturing defects must be mailed to the factory. Repaired or replaced sandals will be returned paid within 15 days of receipt.

Here is the link to the page if you need it:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Retiring Vera Bradley now 40% off!

My blog followers and Facebook friends are the first to know!  Stop by either shop, because we still have a great selection of merchandise!  Sorry, we cannot use other discounts along with the 40% off and all sales are final with no exchanges.

Monday, May 23, 2011

One of My Favorite Picnic Recipes From Taste of Home!

One of the best thing about this recipe is it can get your creative juices following.  I always come up with different sandwich fillings everytime I make it. 

Layered Picnic Loaves
2 unsliced loaves (1 pound each) Italian bread
1/4 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
1/2 pound deli roast beef
12 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese (1 ounce each)
16 fresh basil leaves
3 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/4 pound thinly sliced salami
1 jar (6-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
1 package (10 ounces) ready-to-serve salad greens
8 ounces thinly sliced deli chicken
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Cut loaves in half horizontally; hollow out tops and bottoms, leaving 1/2-in. shells (discard removed bread or save for another use). Combine oil and garlic; brush inside bread shells. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Layer bottom of each loaf with a fourth of the roast beef, mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, salami, artichokes, salad greens, chicken and onion. Repeat layers. Season with salt, pepper and remaining Italian seasoning.  Drizzle with remaining oil mixture if desired. Replace bread tops; wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before slicing. Yield: 2 loaves (12 servings each).

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 341 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 991 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.

You can see this recipe directly at:

I love the Taste of Home website for great healthy recipes!  There are also delicious high calories ones also!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chance to Win a Market Basket for Picnic Ideas on Our FB Page!

We are giving away a market basket/picnic tote on our Facebook page!  Post a favorite picnic location or food (would love a recipe link if possible) that you and your family has enjoyed between now and May 27th to help us all get ready for Memorial Day weekend outings! You could win this cool picnic tote if your name is drawn. You can post multiple recipes or location suggestions to be entered more than one time!

Not a Facebook friend? Click below and join Facebook. It is great way to keep up with friends and family.

If you are not familiar with is an website with a quick how to register video, I found by doing a Google search for "how to register on facebook."  There are also many others.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Two Left Feet = One Broken Leg

Just wanted to let everyone know I will be out of the shops for a few weeks (only visiting) after breaking my femur in my left leg on Saturday, April 16th with a goofy fall at home. It was actually prom night for Mackenzie and I was rushing around trying to get the house ready for friends and family to see her all dressed up. My feet got tangled up (for lack of better words) and I actually fell just quickly walking from the sunroom to the den. No one believed my story, because the doctor at Wilkes Regional said he only saw such severe breaks like mine from people how jumped off brick buildings or hit by a large football player. Oh, well- I always try to do everything I do "big".

Because of concerns that I had other complications with my bones including possible bone cancer or poor bone density, the WRMC staff decided after much discussion to transfer me to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill late Sunday night. After surgery on Monday, April 18th, I was home on Tuesday evening with 3 bolts and a rod in my leg and according to the doctor super strong healthy bones. The UNC doc actually called me a super star! Everyone was amazed that I was up and walking with a walker just one day after such a huge surgery. I am blessed to be mobile even with a walker and expected to be back on my feet within 3 weeks.

It is Tuesday? Being at home all the time I lose track of the days, however last night I ventured out with my family to Subway with my walker. I am pain medicine free and feeling good! I am hoping to be at the NW shop for a few hours a day by the end of the week with my walker. I will just be visiting to see everyone and promised my family I will sit while I am there. It will be good to be back even if it is for a few hours.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I will certainly need them. I am not one to sit still, so I am struggling with the thoughts of probably another week at least using a walker. I will certainly miss everyone. ~ Angela

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Brighton Ears to You Begins on Friday!

Everyone loves something FREE! Join us for our BRIGHTON EARS TO YOU event beginning tomorrow, April 22nd through May 8th. Purchase a Brighton necklace and a bracelet and get a FREE pair of earrings! (Note: Must be purchased at the same time and previous purchases are not eligible.)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Just in time for Easter! The Little Princess for the Little Vera Girl!

Make this Easter season special for your little princess by getting her this adorable petite bag, all dressed up for that perfect occasion.  Avaiable in our four new summer colors, Watercolor (pictured), Deco Daisy, English Meadows and Viva la Vera.  Specially priced at $24.00 (retail value $34).  Shop now while supplies last at both our Ivy Ridge locations.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Brighton Flip Flops at Both Shops!

This is one of my favorite new Spring Arrivals!  They are available in whole sizes, so don't let your size get gone!  We have to reorder 12 pairs at a time, so we can not place a quick order for just a size 6.  As always we will call back and forward to each shop to find your size if it is not in stock at one location.  (Retail $39.99)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Chance to Win a Vera Bradley Travel Wallet!

Chance to win a new Travel Wallet ($42.00 value)! Post your favorite new Vera pattern on our Face book wall!

Take a look! Post your favorite new Vera Bradley fabric choice any where on our Facebook wall by Wednesday, April 3rd and be eligible to win a Vera Bradley Travel Wallet in your favorite color. Which is your favorite - on the top beginning on the left, English Meadows, Watercolor and on the bottom Viva la Vera and Deco Daisy?

Not a Facebook friend?  Click below and join Facebook.  It is great way to keep up with friends and family.

This great new Vera Bradley style, the Travel Wallet, is perfect to hold a ton of information you may need while on vacation, but it is also a wonderful flat (not fat) wallet for the person who enjoys a large wallet, but does not want a ton of weight in her purse.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

50% OFF Retiring Vera Bradley Colors & Styles!

Retiring Vera Bradley 50% Off Starting TODAY (March 29th)! As a FB friend or blog subscriber, you are the first to know! Retiring Vera Bradley goes 50% off today at both shops! Please recommend to friends and family to "Like" Ivy Ridge on Facebook or subscribe to our blog by entering their email in the box just under our Blog Buddies coupon at for more insight into sales, shop events and new arrivals.

My Favorite New Homemade Salad Dressing

I am trying to make more things homemade and eat less processed foods.  I really never find a bottled salad dressing that I love, so I am always experimenting with dressing recipes. I found this one on as their number one rated salad dressing and we really enjoyed it over the weekend.  Think of it as almost a cross between French salad dressing and a your favorite vinaigrette dressing.  It is tangy, but sweet.
Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
1 tablespoon lime juice
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 pinch white sugar or more if you like it sweeter
1/2 cup olive oil

Blend the red wine vinegar, honey, mustard, lime juice, pepper, salt, paprika, garlic, onion, oregano, and sugar together in a blender until thoroughly mixed. Drizzle the olive oil into the mixture while blending on low. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

Amount Per Serving Calories: 116 (2 Tbsp), Total Fat 9.1g, Cholesterol 0mg, Servings: 12 Yield 1 1/2 cups
Thanks to sunnybird who posted our photograph above on the recipe's location.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Two of My Favorite Things!

These new cute Key Keepers that have a ton of detail on them. We currently have the squirrel, owl and a raccoon in stock at both locations.


This large tin peace sign ($24.99) that is probably 16 or 18 inches in diameter.  We are have smaller ones ($5.99) that are 5 inches in diameter and a garden sign to match.