Mother’s Day
— SIP & SHOP —

Thursday • May 6, 2021 • 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Located at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse
$10 Admission • SOLD OUT

You are warmly invited to join us for an evening of shopping from local artisans and merchants. With the wonderful variety of vendors, you’re sure to find something special for Mom (and hopefully something for yourself)!

Situated outdoors on the gorgeous veranda at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse, we’ve designed a shopping experience that’s both intimate and spacious. A cash bar will be available, as well as valet parking. Each guest will receive a complimentary tote bag to shop with, plus a portion of our proceeds will be donated to the YWCA.

To ensure a socially safe event, the number of tickets available for shoppers is limited to 150 attendees. We encourage you to reserve tickets as early as possible.

Meet Our 2021 Vendors

Amy Talks Wine

An independent consultant for Scout & Cellar Clean Crafted Wines™ — sourcing Clean-Crafted™ wine from all over the world, creating and bottling wildly delicious wines with an authentic sense of place, working directly with growers and producers who embody our Clean-Crafted Commitment®. The end result? Delicious wines. Better in the bottle. Better in your glass. Better for the planet.



One by one, we are leading a movement to a future where all beauty is clean beauty. We are powered by people, and our collective mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Formulate, advocate, & educate—that’s our motto for creating clean beauty products that truly perform while holding ourselves to unparalleled standards of safety. Why? It’s really this simple: beauty should be good for you.


Birch & Ivory

Handmade leather goods including bags, wallets, and accessories. Using the highest quality materials, meticulous loving care is poured into each and every piece — a beautifully made collection that will last you a lifetime. Locally made in Hampden, Massachusetts, all designs are created by the talented Karen Ford. You’re sure to appreciate her gorgeous one-of-a-kind works of art.


BOHO Chocolate

Award-Winning Bean-to-Bar Chocolate made from scratch. Located in Florence Massachusetts. Organic Chocolate that is socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. BOHO Chocolate is dedicated to creating exquisite tasting chocolate in small batches from scratch. From sorting cacao beans, roasting, winnowing, grinding, conching, tempering, to tasting . . . they’ve are truly master chocolatiers.


Crunchy Diva Designs

Inspired by nature and the world around her, Heather creates unique jewelry out of hand-selected stones, minerals, and other natural materials. As a professional designer and merchandiser, this “Crunchy Diva” certainly has an eye for style. Using a combination of raw materials and reclaimed objects assures that Heather’s designs are one-of-a-kind and timeless.


Lake Road Living

Lake Road Living is a premier fashion boutique located in Sturbridge, MA featuring a curated collection of women’s clothing, local artisan jewelry, soy candles, pottery, and small gifts. Find polished styles for everyday life from the carefully selected brands that offer quality clothing whether you are headed to work, attending a wedding, or enjoying a casual gathering with friends… we have styles for every occasion.


Margie Grodsky Pottery

Owner and creator, Margie, is committed to continuously making ceramics with lead-free and food-safe glazes that become works of art to adorn your dining table with. The uneven textures and surfaces make each piece unique. Nothing pleases her more than seeing her pottery being enjoyed on a daily basis and displayed in her customer’s homes.



Erin Hornyak started navyBLEU out of a love for all things navy and created an online shopping experience for customers like herself who love navy & french bleu hues in modern preppy designs. Erin carefully selects beautiful, high-quality items that reflect her classic yet modern lifestyle, including her private label and several beloved brands — timeless staples for all seasons.



Peach was founded on a simple yet big idea that a fashion brand could help women elevate their everyday. Our mission is to help you and your community thrive – from the inside out and the outside in. We specialize in athleisure clothing that you can wear to the gym, work and play.


Playful Minds

A Mother’s Day themed event wouldn’t be complete without the presence of a local business that’s all about kids! We’re delighted to include Playful Minds among our family of vendors. With several learning centers throughout the region, programs for multiple age groups, and a new summer camp, you’ll quickly see why Playful Minds has grown to become an integral part of the community.


The Shot Shop

The Shot Shop by Leah Kenney began as an effort to bring an advanced type of quality medical rejuvenation to Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. Our goal is to provide the best treatment, with positive, safe outcomes for patients seeking non-surgical anti-aging and wellness treatments.


Susan Neiland Jewelry

Susan Nieland has been designing one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings for over two decades. Lauded for its delicate craftsmanship and organic beauty, her collection is a reflection of the beautiful beaches, light and open sky that surround Susan and her family on Long Island’s East End. Susan’s handmade pieces are derived from observing nature in all of its forms.



It was their love for food — especially sharing food with loved ones — that inspired Swift River Wood Shop to begin crafting artisan cutting boards. Each board made by hand, one-by-one, at their small shop in rural Western Massachusetts. Shop their collection of bespoke butcher blocks, cutting boards, charcuterie and cheese boards, serving trays, and more.


Tasteful Skin

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. Tasteful Skin™ healing balms, moisturizing sanitizers, and therapeutic bath salt blends are made with all-natural plant-based ingredients and infused with clinical-grade essential oils — like food for your skin. Owners, Susan & Jessica, aim to elevate everyday moments of skin-care and self-care.


TRE Olive

An award-winning olive company, TRE Olive is a family business based in East Longmeadow, MA. Their delicious olive oil is sourced solely from their family farm located in the Calabria region of Southern Italy. You’re sure to appreciate their custom gift boxes with olive oil, balsamic vinegars, olives, spreads, Italian wines, and more.


Thank You to Our Sponsors
Meet Your Hosts

Natives to the area and founders of Tasteful Skin (all-natural therapeutic skincare) and Tasteful Trips (bespoke culinary retreats), Susan Manoussoff & Jessica Brand share a passion for spreading nourishment and kindness to oneself and to others. This includes their loyal customers, our precious planet, and our community of fellow entrepreneurs.

Together, they designed an event to celebrate local makers and business owners while supporting the YWCA. It’s a pleasure to have you join us and contribute to a magical evening of connection and commerce.

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About the Venue

128 Wilbraham Road • Hampden, MA 01036


With its impeccable architecture and a gorgeous view of the valley, The Starting Gate is the perfect space to host an unforgettable event. We’ve chosen to host our Mother’s Day Sip & Shop outside on their spacious veranda with its expansive and breathtaking view of the sunset. Nestled in the center of the space will be a cash bar for you to enjoy some refreshing beverages while you shop (cash and credit card accepted). You’re welcome to explore the grounds and enjoy the GreatHorse gardens.


Complimentary Valet Parking is available for all guests. As you enter the estate, you’ll pass the Clubhouse on the left and head toward The Starting Gate building. Pull your car around to the main entrance and a valet will be there to greet you.

Event Access

The entrance to the Sip & Shop will be down the driveway toward the veranda. A welcoming table will be set up to process your tickets and give you your free tote bag. Public restrooms are located inside The Starting Gate and accessible via the veranda.

Our Non-Profit Partner YWCA

With your ticket purchase, we’re honored to be donating a portion of the proceeds to our community YWCA. Thank you for your contribution and support!

If you’d like to make an additional donation
or get involved in their program, click here.

YWCA Mission


YWCA Services

For 150 years the YWCA has been dedicated to providing services to the women of Western Massachusetts. We began by providing boarding houses for young working women. Today, service is still the heart of what we do.

Today’s YWCA delivers groundbreaking programs offering shelter, support, and self-sufficiency for the women and girls in our community. From safe places for battered women and their children to job training for young adults, the YWCA responds with commitment and thoroughness.

It’s a pledge we made a long time ago: Until women have what they need, we’ll remain an innovative and reliable source of quality services.

A Tasteful Event is part of the Tasteful Brands family of businesses where we focus on cultivating goodness for oneself, our community, and our planet. Creating sustainable products, unique experiences, and delicious memories is our passion. We’re delighted that you’re here, and we invite you to learn more about our sister companies.