By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Retail | Issue: May 2012
Leslie Cohen, owner of the Pottery Cottage.
The Pottery Cottage has settled in nicely at its new and bigger location on downtown Claremore’s main strip at 323 W. Will Rogers Blvd., which is a wonderful development for owner Leslie Cohen because historic downtown Claremore has always been one of her favorite places. That’s why she is happy to announce the Pottery Cottage’s participation in Downtown First Night. Being held May 5 and continuing the first Saturday of each month through July, this event will feature different games at each participating shop, with prizes awarded to participants.
Downtown First Night kicks off what Leslie promises to be a “very merry month of May” for Pottery Cottage. Mother’s Day is May 13, and Polish pottery makes a great gift for any mother on your list. “Whether they like to cook and bake or just appreciate good quality,” says Leslie, “mothers love this pottery.” In honor of Mother’s Day, Leslie is offering free shipping for those whose mothers live out of state.
On May 19, The Pottery Cottage will have a table at A Vintage Affaire at the Belvidere Mansion, where you could find the perfect item for an upcoming summer wedding or for that graduate on your list. As a matter of fact, Leslie notes, there are many people who purchase Polish pottery for children and grandchildren, as the pieces make great heirlooms. “People often tell me of Polish pottery that is passed from generation to generation, and they come in to purchase settings for children and grandchildren,” she says. “Having that family heritage is still important to people – and they are creating a tradition of quality.”
These highly functional and attractive items have another advantage: they are versatile. Whether you like all of your place settings to match exactly, or if you like a more mix-and-match approach, Polish pottery can help you create the table of your dreams. Leslie points to one particular customer, Cynthia Terhune of Claremore. Cynthia had originally purchased a Polish pottery set on QVC. Shortly thereafter, she discovered Leslie’s shop, and because Leslie receives her pottery from the same factory as QVC, she was able to get Cynthia a pattern that balanced with the first one. Leslie relates that now Cynthia is purchasing six different patterns. “Her table is eclectic, and yet the settings complement each other,” says Leslie. “The color scheme and overall idea of the table are the same, but each setting is unique – and that’s what makes it beautiful.”
Leslie points out that there are also those who like to stick with a strictly blue and white color scheme, with different or matching patterns, and she feels these make lovely tables as well. The important thing is that each person is able to express herself in her own unique way.
Sometimes people have enjoyed their current Polish pottery pattern for a time, but are ready for a change. For them, Leslie will be setting up a resale corner in the shop, where people can swap their Polish pottery for a different pattern. Also coming soon: a website where customers can purchase Pottery Cottage items from the comfort of their own homes.
Even after the website is up and running, Leslie hopes her shop will encourage visits to Will Rogers Boulevard. “I’m still very involved in the building up of downtown Claremore,” says Leslie. “I’m always excited to help preserve the history of my hometown.”