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Gift Giving

Christmas morning circa 1975. Santa delivered a 3 story barbie dream house, WITH an elevator. Hands down the BEST.GIFT.EVER.  

My bff and next door neighbor Abby and I would spend countless hours playing with that dream house.  As we grew up we moved on to performing 'live' shows on our swing sets for the entire neighborhood (and yes we sold tickets), Wonder Woman, Lost In Space in our tree fort, and then acting out Charlie's Angels (while we fought over 'The Six Million Dollar Man'). Sweet childhood memories. ...and why ask?! Of course I always got to be Farrah! We waded through the streams in our hood (and found a missing 2 year old boy/that's another blog) rode bikes uptown without helmets, and spied on neighbors.

Abby and I spent hours in the kitchen making magic healing potions of oil, flour, salt, and sugar for our friend Bozi (our sweet 70-something year old neighbor) who was dying of cancer and actually allowed us to spread magic 'potions' on his skin.

We wanted to heal him. And we believed we could.

Sozo's heart was stirred up a bit this fall (I like to claim the Holy Spirit) and decided to move forward with an idea and do a little gift gifting ourselves. 10% of all our sales this month will go to Cookies For Kids Cancer where 100% of funds go to research in finding cures for pediatric cancers. 

Carmella Jarvi is an outstanding fine art glass artist and former art teacher who has been working incredibly hard on her masterpieces. You won't find glass with outstanding colorful layers and detail anywhere else in NC. She's even prepped some works with extra orange layers honoring our special friend Grier Christenbury and CFKC.

Carmella Jarvi fine art glass details

Carmella Jarvi fine art glass details

We don't have magic potions for sale or salves that claim to cure cancer, but we have created something (along with one of our new favorite peoples Trish Rohr and Rohr Rockstars) that we are incredibly proud of. Through faith, visions and a little yoga we're creating grier's gallery at and grier's gallery artist residence program at  Blume Pediatric Hematology & Oncology and at Hemby Presbyterian Children's Hospital.  We want to remember our hero Grier Christenbury, his love of art, and keep his ongoing legacy and spirit alive through this gallery. The awareness of pediatric cancer that he and his family have brought to Charlotte and the Carolinas is unfathomable.

So do come out on Friday, November 14th from 530-830 and find inspiration through this fine art glass made right here in Charlotte.  Help support these programs, do a little Christmas shopping and give one of the best gifts that keeps giving and giving.

Healing art. (no salves needed)

Sercy (a small gift, a thoughtful surprise)

A sercy.  Love them!  Who doesn't? I like saying the word--try it. SERCY.

Fancy, fancy. (..and yes it's a real word. Look it up.)

I love surprising a friend with flowers from the Farmer's Market or gardenias from our yard to those crazy old fashioned photograph cocktail napkins that provide a good 'out loud' laugh.

It's the little things in life…I'll credit my Mama for that lesson.

However, when you are riding in the car transporting your 15 year old daughter from one destination to the next and she springs on ya, 'Hey Mom, SURPRISE! I'm getting a second earring piercing!' BAHAAAHA…I half snorted, and discovered nonstop belly laughter while wanting to cry. What happened to my smocked dress baby girl with a big pink bow? LIlly Pulitzer? Princess dress up?...Payback is Hell. 

I have sudden flashbacks of Duran Duran posters plastered in Sandi Wright's bedroom with a ice numbed earlobe and Sandi stabbing me with an icepick for that second piercing.

Walaa. My parents were so chill about it. DId I mention I am the 4th child?

Deep yoga breath. Move on Mama. Bigger issues on the horizon.

Sozo has some summer surprises for you. Southern ladies Liz Barber (from Atlanta) and Taylor Thomas (Charlotte) are bringing some huge colorful abstract sercys to Sozo.

Liz Barber

Liz Barber

Taylor Thomas

Taylor Thomas

Carmella Jarvi

Carmella Jarvi

Glass! Sozo is thrilled to debut local glass artist Carmella Jarvi. She's teasing you with elegant layers and layers of color creating fine art glass.

Just you wait.

Come spice up your summer with us. Take a morning or afternoon tour of our great galleries, museums, parks and restaurants uptown.

Walk away from your neighborhood pool for a day and get some culture people!

Miss Martha will be the only one at Sozo with an ice pick in hand. She'll be ready to serve you a refreshing cocktail.

You will not be disappointed. 

No surprises here.