Monthly Archives: September 2010

New Melinda Mae wrislet!

Here is another new Melinda Mae product that will be debuting at the Spirit of Japantown Festival this Saturday, October 2nd!

Omakase Wristlet

Pink Lining!

For more info on the Spirit of Japantown Festival, check out my last post: Spirit of Japantown this Saturday! Hope to see you on Saturday in Japantown San Jose! =)

Spirit of Japantown Festival this Saturday!

It has been a long break since my last vendor show, but I am very excited that my first show for this Fall will be this Saturday, October 2nd! On Saturday, I will be setting up the Melinda Mae Handbag booth at the Spirit of Japantown Festival in San Jose Japantown.  This will be my third year participating in this festival and I have always had such a great time at this festival. The first year, it was pouring rain, the second year, it was ridiculously burning hot…so who knows what the weather will bring this year.

This free festival begins at 10am and lasts until 5pm. The Spirit of Japantown festival includes entertainment from San Jose Taiko, Halau Na Wai Ola, Ukelele Jams, Martial arts exhibitions and much more. There will also be a Kid Zone and a Car Exhibition area.  For the 21+, there will be a Beer Garden and plenty of food vendors.

Japantown San Jose has also included many new businesses including Cukui (a collaboration of art and streetwear), Island Sol (Hawaiian culture store similar to Sun Jose) and Biscuits (a boutique for cats and dogs). Hopefully you can check these new stores out while you are at the festival. Don’t forget to pick up spam musubi and shave ice before you leave the festival!

Here is one of the Melinda Mae Handbags that will be debuting at the Spirit of Japantown Festival

Melinda Mae Flower Bundles Medium Bag

Inside: Green Corduroy Lining!

Follow the Melinda Mae Handbags blog this week to see what other Melinda Mae handbags will debuting at the Spirit of Japantown festival!  If you can’t make this festival, Melinda Mae Handbags will also be at the Capsule Design Festival on Sunday, October 17th! Check back for more details!

Melinda Mae and YOU can donate to the San Bruno Fire Fund!

San Bruno Gas Fire

On September 9th, 2010, a gas fire explosion occurred in a residential area of San Bruno, California which is located within the San Francisco Bay Area. The gas fire explosion affected over 50 acres of land, which included destroying over 50 homes and severely damaging approximately 120 homes. The gas line that exploded created a 15 foot crater in the middle of the residential neighborhood and the explosion displaced multiple families, and included multiple fatalities and injuries.

I was so sad to hear about this disaster and I could not believe the pictures and how unreal the whole situation is. I know that the families are and will continue to deal with the impact of this devastation. Unfortunately, this included the loss of family members, homes, cars, possessions, and pets.

I was truly saddened when I heard about this and my heart completely goes out to all of the families and those affected by the fires. Currently, the Red Cross, Salvation Army and many other Bay Area organizations are collecting donation, hosting blood drives and collecting financial donations.

So I’ve decided to make a donation to the San Bruno Fire Fund for every Melinda Mae Handbag purchased online from now until the end of September. For every handbag purchased on until September 30, I will donate 15% of the total purchase to the San Bruno Fire Fund through the Salvation Army. The money donated will directly help the families affected by the fires and I know that this is the very least that we can do to contribute. With your purchase, you will not only be contributing to the San Bruno Fire Fund, but you will also receive your very own Melinda Mae handbag. I would like to thank you in advance for helping to donate to this fund!

It has been amazing to see how much everyone in the Bay Area has been reaching out to these families and contributing as much as they can.  If you would like to find out more about more opportunities to give and contribute directly to the San Bruno Fire Fund, please click on this link: California Volunteers

Squishy Sushi!

Did I get your attention with that post title? Pretty intriguing huh? Well, Squishy Sushi is actually a retail store in San Francisco where you can purchase Melinda Mae handbags!

I met Nicole, the owner of Squishy Sushi, at this past Asian Heritage Celebration where she was selling her own line of earrings, bracelets, pendants, magnets, cuff links, bookmarks and much more made with recycled Japanese washi paper. Nicole is really friendly and has stocked her store with a plethora of awesome items. Inside Squishy Suhi, you can find Fair Trade items, sushi-inspired items, recycled material items and much more. When I went to drop off the first batch of Melinda Mae handbags, I also picked up some great smelling soaps and bath balls.

Squishy Sushi has Melinda Mae wristlets, small bags and large bags currently in stock. Here are some shots of the Melinda Mae handbags at Squishy Sushi.

Squishy Sushi!

Melinda Mae Handbags @ Squishy Sushi!

Hope you can stop in the Squishy Sushi store very soon! Here’s the info for the shop:

Squishy Sushi

1798 San Jose Ave

San Francisco, CA 94112