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Happy New Year from Pride & Joy!  We hope you all had a safe, fun, and relaxing holiday season and that you are starting the year off with a positive mind and good health.  The start of the New Year is the time to reflect on what we have all accomplished over these last twelve months and come up with resolutions to look forward to in 2013.  In the last year we’ve seen the passage of marriage equality laws in new states and the election of the first openly gay U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin.  It will be exciting to see what gets accomplished in the next year.  At Pride & Joy we plan on continuing to bring you great products that celebrate Northampton and the LGBTQ community.  We will continue to develop strong relationships with our customers and strengthen ties with the Northampton community that we love so much.

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During the holiday season we focus a lot of time, energy, and affections towards our families.  It’s a time when we gather together with our blood relatives as well as our chosen families, which are especially prevalent in the LGBTQ community.  In today’s American society there are many different kinds of families with many new kinds of family structures.  However, there is still an overshadowing American family ideal of a husband, a wife and 2.5 kids that people have a lot of trouble abandoning for the truth.  The truth today is that families come in all different ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual orientations and that there is no such thing as the perfect American family.  The only type of perfect family is one that is founded on the ideals of love and acceptance.  At Pride & Joy we appreciate and welcome all types of families and pride ourselves on the one that we have built within our business and with our valued customers.  This holiday season we are featuring many products that revolve around the inclusivity of different types of families including our new picture frames as well as holiday ornaments.  Be sure to stop by the store to check out these and many other family related items.

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Most people are familiar with “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving when stores are full of huge savings for consumers buying upcoming holiday gifts.  Well along with the traditional Friday shopping day there have been two additional days of savings added including “Cyber Monday” and more significantly, “Small Business Saturday.”  In an economy dominated by large corporations, huge brand names, and superstores people often forget about the importance of supporting small, locally owned businesses.  Northampton is a special place where small, local businesses line our main strip providing customers with high quality and unique products that you really just can’t find at big name stores.  Supporting local businesses helps to boost local economies which is important in times of economic struggles like the ones we presently face.  Pride & Joy is a local, small business, owned and operated by people who care greatly for Northampton and the people who live here.  We hope that this holiday season you will work to support the local economy and local businesses.  By supporting a local business over a big chain you are making positive changes in the local economy and helping to create a more sustainable economic system in general.  At Pride & Joy we have many great holiday products as well as our old favorites and we hope to see you this holiday season!

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As we all know by now, Barack Obama will be serving another 4 years as our president.  As a business we have outwardly supported his campaign and share the same beliefs and values he holds important.  This election wasn’t however, just about the president and there were some very significant advances made in law as well as congressional elections.  The balance of power in the Senate is now favored towards democrats.  The first openly gay woman, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin was elected to Senate.  She is also someone who spent a portion of her life in Northampton; she is a Smith College alum.  This election also showed us progress in the quest for marriage equality in the U.S. with three new states voting to recognize same sex marriages.  The three states that voted to recognize same sex marriage are Maine, Maryland, and Washington.  At the same time Minnesota voted to reject a constitutional amendment that would ban same sex marriage in their state.  The results of the election can be contributed to a true change of perspective in the U.S.  With a democratic president who holds equality as one of his core beliefs and a democratic controlled senate we can have hope that there will be positive moves toward equality for the LGBTQ community as well as others who face oppression in the U.S.  At Pride & Joy we want to take the time to appreciate all who went out and voted and showed their support.  We still have many Obama products, many of which are on sale at great prices so come down and check them out as well as our great new “We did it” bumper stickers.

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The rainbow flag is the modern day symbol for the LGBTQ pride movement.  It represents inclusiveness, diversity, and hope.  Historically, the flag has been a part of many different cultures and represented different ideas.  From its history in Europe, to Buddhism, to the Co-Operative movement there has almost always been the common theme of hope and inclusiveness associated with the rainbow.

The European history of the flag is associated with the Bible and it is said that God first created the rainbow so that Noah knew that there would never be another flood again.  Many reformers and social revolutionaries from the 14th-16th century are pictured with the rainbow flag to represent eras of hope and social change.  Moving forward in history, in 1885 Buddhists in Sri Lanka adopted the rainbow flag to represent the inclusivity of all forms of Buddhism around the world.  In the 20th century the Cooperative movement used the symbolism similarly to unite all different coops from around the world so that the movement would become more united throughout.

In the last fortyish years the rainbow flag has been adopted by the Peace movement as well as by the LGBTQ movement.  In 1961 the “PACE” flag (which means Peace in Italian) was used in a march to protest the development of nuclear weapons and has since been used to also demonstrate against the war in Iraq.  The most well known symbolism for the rainbow is that of the LGBTQ movement.  It was popularized in 1978 by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker.  Each color of the rainbow flag has a specific meaning; however the greater meaning of the flag is that of inclusion of all people.   The literal meanings of each color are red: life, orange: healing, yellow: sunlight, green: nature, blue: harmony, and purple: spirit.   The original flag also included pink to represent sex and turquoise to represent art/magic but since they have been removed for production purposes.

At Pride & Joy we sell an array of different rainbow flags including the “PACE” version.  As a store and as people we believe that all parts of the LGBTQ community should be included in the rainbow.  Fundamentally, the rainbow was developed to give people hope and make them feel welcome.  A rainbow means that every person can be a part of a community, even if they are a mix of a couple different colors on the rainbow or don’t necessarily know where they fit.  Pride & Joy is a place where all parts of the rainbow are welcomed with open arms and we hope to continue to be a place where all kinds of people can find merchandise that represents themselves and those who are closest to them.  Be sure to come in and check out our awesome selection of rainbow flags, big and small!

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Pride & Joy at Northampton's Annual Sidewalk Sales!

It’s time for Northampton’s Annual Sidewalk Sales! Today through the 29th, many Northampton shops including Pride & Joy with have tents lining up and down main street Northampton with awesome deals on some of your favorite products. This sidewalk sale is an awesome way for local, small businesses to showcase their products to passerby who might not normally get a chance to come into their stores. Pride & Joy will be featuring some of our customers’ favorite items on sale such as our mugs, t-shirts, hats, small stuffed bears, and many more. Our sales will be available both in store as well as on the sidewalks so be sure to stop by and say hello!

Northampton is a place full of eclectic and interesting people from many different places.  Much of Northampton’s history closely resembles the colorful patches of the quilt that make up Northampton’s past and present.  When looking at history, particularly that of Northampton, it isn’t the seemingly large, famous events that make up the most significant part of history.  It is the small efforts made by the community of Northampton that have shaped the beliefs that this wonderful city holds dear.

                Being a part of the Pioneer Valley means that the people of Northampton understand the importance of farmers and their rights.  In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, the economy took many hard hits and the farmers of Western Massachusetts felt this strongly.  This economic tension resulted in Shays’ Rebellion which began on August 21, 1786 and ended in 1787.  This was an armed rebellion led by Daniel Shays who was a Revolutionary War veteran.  During this rebellion they shut down county courts to stop the judicial hearings for tax and debt collection.  In hard economic times it is always the small farms that seem to be impacted the greatest.  Today, Northampton holds two farmers markets, one on Tuesdays and one on Saturdays to show the town’s support for local agriculture and small farms.  Luckily, there are no longer armed rebellions such as the one led by Daniel Shays but instead there is a movement in Northampton to support local economies through events like farmer’s markets.

                Supporting local business is something that the people of Northampton stand strongly behind.  It’s a good feeling when you shop at a store or restaurant and know where your products are coming from as well as the people who are bringing you the products.  At Pride & Joy we have a selection of products made in the USA as well as some made locally to show our support for the U.S. economy.  We understand the importance of maintaining a sustainable economic system rather than supporting corporations that focus on the quickest, cheapest methods of production that often end in the exploitation of foreign labor and damage to the environment.  By continuing to support our local economies we can continue the rebellion that Shays began in Northampton over 200 hundred years ago.

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