This past weekend Honest Aromas was a vendor at the Oil City Belles Lettres Club bazaar. It occurred to me that I didn’t know why the Belles Lettres started. I mean, I used to take my children to their building downtown to perform for the Jr. Schubert club, and my husband and I held formal youth group dinners there, but I was not sure what the ladies at the Belles Lettres actually did.
Well as it turns out, the founders of this club were amazing!
The Belles Lettres Club was formed for the purpose of studying literature and maintaining a library (the name Belles Lettres comes from a French phrase for fine writing, and is a general term for a type of well-crafted literature). An active member of Belles Lettres, Cora Hull Ramage, began corresponding with Andrew Carnegie of Pittsburgh. She requested that Mr. Carnegie donate money for a library. He agreed to donate $44,000 to build the library, provided that the citizens provide a site and guarantee $3,000 annually to maintain it.
Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” Over his lifetime, Mr. Carnegie contributed an estimated 150 million dollars to nearly three thousand libraries in the United States and Great Britain. Oil City was fortunate to be one of the recipients, but the library hasn’t received any Carnegie money since.
The women of the Belles Lettres Club went to work and raised over $11,000 to purchase the present site at the corner of Central Avenue and West Front Street.
On July 6, 1904, the Carnegie Library of Oil City opened its doors with five thousand books that were donated by the Belles Lettres Club.*
WOW! You go ladies!
*Information from http://www.oilcitylibrary.org/index.php/information/history/
Don’t forget to visit us at the Oil City Farmer’s Market. Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9-4pm in front of the Library.
Or at any of our 3 locations in Franklin at Bindas Lane Alpacas, Meadville, at @The Bank, or Beaver at Restyle–to pick up your favorite Honest Aromas products! We also have our on line store! Buy some Everything Summer Bug, Mosquito, or Tick or Anti-Itch Spray TODAY!!
The newest item to grace our various shelves is our new, original, Allegheny Woods room spray, soap, and lotion!
These products came from an idea of a friend, who manages a vacation cabin in our area. We wanted to craft a scent that captures everything we love about the Pennsylvania Alleghenies: fragrant woods, fresh plants, and a minty tang in the air!
This new collection hasn’t made it to our online store yet, but you can pre-order by calling us (814-673-2797) or sending an email (email@example.com)! Don’t forget to visit us in Beaver County this weekend and claim your bottle of Western PA experience!
Sadly, we didn’t see anyone at last Saturday’s class, but there is a new opportunity to find us this coming weekend!
On Sunday, April 10, come to the Boutique Paddle Party in Chippewa, PA, right off of Interstate 376 in Beaver County! The event is at the Chippewa Methodist Community Life Center and will benefit the Blackhawk High School’s band. It kicks off at 1pm and will end at 4.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see us in person! We want to connect with you!
Soap Alchemy is a lovely little soap shop in one of the cutest towns in the Pittsburgh Area. This store uses all-natural ingredients and essential oils to create beautiful-smelling, healthy soap. The employees are friendly and have a wealth of knowledge for their products.
As far as performance goes, Soap Alchemy’s products are amazing. They lather wonderfully while still lasting incredibly long – the bars I got were the smaller size, and after two weeks of constant use they are still a decent size! The scents are pleasant, but not overpowering. And when they say “unscented”, they really are!
So check out Soap Alchemy on their site or visit them in Beaver. They are dedicated to quality products that encourage health and wellness – all stuff we at Honest Aromas strive for too!