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Art Walk – LA

On the second Thursday of every month, galleries in downtown Los Angeles stay open late for what is known as Art Walk. The event is a great way to appreciate art, network, and have a night out during the week. I’ve been wanting to check out the event for a while now, but it seems I’m either too busy, forget or have the wrong date in mind.

This month, I was determined to see what Art Walk is all about! I made sure to free my schedule and attend. Overall it was a good experience. The galleries situated along Main, Spring and Broadway featured some very talented and expressive artists. There is a certain nonchalant vibe to Art Walk and I enjoyed roaming around the area while looking for the next gallery to visit. I am looking forward to my next Art Walk, this event is definitely worth making time for at least once a season.

These pieces were some of my favorites!

Here’s a peek of Main Street, the lights are so festive. The Holidays are near!


Tagged california, courtney richardson, retail merchandisers

Haunted Hiking

With Halloween happening mid-week this year, I felt like celebrating in a more low key manner than usual. My friends recently got some new camping equipment so it was perfect timing to get into the Halloween spirit with a camping trip! Some of you might be thinking, what does camping have to do with Halloween?! Let’s see, leaves falling on the trees, telling ghost stories by the camp fire, and eating too many sweets (nobody can resist having just one s’more!). The trip was definitely festive in spirit.

We travelled north from Los Angeles and within two hours arrived at our camping destination, Bear Campground. I was reassured that no bears lived nearby, but I was a bit skeptic. Did they just pull the name out of thin air? Nevertheless, there were no run-ins with bears and the weather turned out to be beautiful. We hiked, played card games, and simply enjoyed nature. Check out the gigantic pine cone we found on the side of the road as well as the pictures from our hike!

Entering the Campground

View from our Hike

Oversized Pine Cone


Tagged carlifornia, courtney richardson, retail merchandisers

Squash Attack

It’s starting to get a bit cooler in Los Angeles these days and I’ve been in the mood for fall comfort food. As I was at the farmer’s market picking up my annual pumpkin, I noticed Acorn Squash on sale two for $1.00. Who could pass up a deal like that?! I started searching for a recipe but so many of them had a lot of sugar and butter, um heart attack anyone? So I fiddled around in the kitchen and made a festive new recipe. Now I didn’t go to culinary school, so it’s nothing fancy but my White Bean Stuffed Acorn Squash turned out really good in my opinion. Here’s the recipe…


2 Acorn Squash

1 Cup White Beans

4 Slices of Bacon (I used Turkey Bacon for less fat)

1/3 Cup Walnuts

1/4 Cup Honey

1 TSP Cinnamon

1 TSP Salt

1/4 TSP Olive Oil

Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds and set aside. Place squash face down on baking sheet. Fill sheet with 1/4 of an inch of water. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 min.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes and spoon out squash in a separate bowl. Keep the squash skins as these will be used as “bowls” for a unique presentation. After the squash is cooked it smells so good, your kitchen will smell like Autumn!

Add the scooped out squash, white beans, honey, cinnamon, and salt into mixer and puree until combined.

Cut bacon into bits and cook over stove, add puree mixture to bacon. Then fold in walnuts.

Scoop white bean and squash mixture into squash bowls. Top with squash seed topping.

This recipe made two bowls, if you are looking to make enough to feed four you can always double the recipe. The end result is sweet and savory. Not to mention, you get fiber from the beans and lots of vitamin a from squash seeds. Try this recipe instead of the predictable sweet potato casserole this season.

* Replace the bacon for mushrooms and sausage to the recipe it reads more of a main dish instead of a side item.

Squash Seed Topping:

Set oven to 275 degrees. Rinse off squash seeds and add olive oil and salt. Lay flat on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes.


Acorn Squash – The Main Ingredient

Tagged courtney richardson, fall 2012, recipes, retail merchandisers

Start Me Up in Seattle

Seattle is hands down one of my favorite places to visit! I am originally from Oregon so travelling to the Northwest always reminds me coming home and spending time with family. The city itself is unbelievably beautiful, the people are friendly and the weather is… well the weather isn’t exactly ideal but a few rainy days here and there never hurt anybody. Right?

My schedule was filled with store visits but I did get the opportunity to take in some of the scenery. I found a great coffee spot near my hotel and the space needle was actually close by as well! Below are some pictures from my trip.

In addition to the fantastic cup of coffee easily attainable in Seattle I also realized while driving and listening to the radio that the music is distinctively Northwestern. If you’ve never been to the area, I understand that might be a hard thought to follow. Let’s just say I’ve never heard more Rolling Stones on the radio then I did on this trip! Below is my Seattle play list, for those of you interested in getting into a Seattle state of mind.

Here’s my Seattle play list…

One Hand in My Pocket- Alanis Morrisette

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction- Rolling Stones

You Say- Lisa Loeb

I’m the Only One- Melissa Etheridge

Semi Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind

Free Fallin- Tom Petty

Tonight, Tonight- Smashing Pumpkins

Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton

Mysterious Ways- U2

Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana

Space Needle Seattle

Off to the mall to merchandise some Karen Kane

The Rainy City

Tagged courtney richardson, karen kane, regional merchandisers, retail merchandisers, seattle

Karen Kane Team Member of the Moment: Amanda Hunter

At Karen Kane, we pride ourselves on seeking out great individuals to represent our brand and help bring it to life in the best way possible for our customers. Sometimes, we get lucky and those great individuals find us. Amanda Hunter is exactly one of those cases. I’m very happy to share Amanda’s excitement for our brand and provide you with a bit more of a peek behind the curtains of Karen Kane. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank Amanda for being a truly stellar representative of Karen Kane. Her passionate enthusiasm and strong dedication to our customers make us extremely proud to call her a colleague and friend.

Amanda Hunter - Karen Kane Retail Merchandiser

Name: Amanda Hunter

Time employed at Karen Kane: 4 years

Position: Retail Merchandiser (regions covered: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia; stores visited: Belk, Dillard’s, Macy’s)

How did you end up working at Karen Kane? What was it like when you first started?

I was working for Belk, a large department store chain in the southeast, as an Area Sales Manager for the Ladies Better Sportswear area which carried the Karen Kane line.  I wore the merchandise, sold it to customers, and had formed a strong relationship with the Karen Kane representative that covered the area.  She noticed my passion for merchandising the product and enthusiasm when new groups would arrive at the store.  I really wanted to do more with Karen Kane as a company because I heard so many great things from our rep that visited the store.  I inquired about the position and the rest is history.  I have loved my job since day one!

When I first started, I really had to get to know my territory well to avoid getting lost! MapQuest (and later my GPS) became my best friends on the road – to this day I never leave home without one or the other!

Amanda poses with two other Karen Kane retail merchandisers - Jessica Piric and Courtney Richardson

What aspects of working at Karen Kane do you enjoy most?

I really enjoy working with my specialists and associates who sell Karen Kane.  Building the business and brand awareness has always been a personal goal of mine. I love working with customers and dressing them in clothes that make them feel good about themselves.  It is very rewarding to see customers living and embodying the Karen Kane brand.

What are some things you always hear on the road?

As a retail merchandiser for Karen Kane, I receive many customers asking whether or not merchandise fits well on them.  Without a doubt, the one question I always hear is:  ”Will my husband like this on me?”!!!  Needless to say, I have not received a complaint from a husband yet!

Amanda provides some tips at a recent fashion show at Belk Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia

What’s your fondest memory working at Karen Kane?

There are so many fond memories, but one in particular really stands out.  It actually occurred a few months before my position came open.  The store where I was working received a visit from Lonnie Kane [Karen's husband, Lonnie, runs the company with her], his Vice President, and the Belk Account Executive at the time.  It meant so much to me and the people that I worked with and my specialist.  The Belk store where I worked was not that big, but consistently showed a strong business in Karen Kane.  They had meetings in the Charlotte area and wanted to come by and see this store.  Everyone was so nice and Lonnie was very personable and funny!  He brought a special gift basket just for specialist who had been in the position for 10 years.   When I found out about the job opening for representative a few months later, he and his team were one of the reasons why I wanted to work for Karen Kane.

What is something that no one at Karen Kane knows about you?

I can hold my own when it comes to talking about sports!  College basketball, MLB, NBA, NFL, etc.  Believe it or not, my favorite show to watch on Sunday morning is ESPN’s “Sports Reporters”!

Amanda poses for a quick photo with the Karen Kane specialist at Belk in Asheville, North Carolina

Have you changed in any way since starting at Karen Kane?

I feel that I have grown up a lot and continue to grow everyday.  I credit much of that to the kind and caring boss that I have.  Shawn Hockney has been a great influence to me and one of the contributing factors for my success with this company. Also, all employees that I have met, whether they are in the showroom, factory, or one of the other RMs, have made some sort of impact on me that has helped me be successful.

What is it like to work at Karen Kane?

When I wake up every morning, I just enjoy going to my job.  Well, maybe not the 4:00 am mornings when I have to catch a flight… but once I get going, it is so much fun!  I love the fact that we are a small company because I feel that I have a voice and that I am heard.


Amanda and fellow RM, Angie Crego, in front of Times Square


Tagged alabama, amanda hunter, belk, dillards, employees, macy's, north carolina, retail merchandisers, team member of the moment

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