Bella Regalo opens in the village

A new textile gift shop opened its doors in the village of Liverpool last weekend with a grand opening celebration.

On Nov. 5 and 6, Bella Regalo, located at 305 Vine St., across from The Retreat restaurant, welcomed guests with wine, cheese, Italian cookies and a variety of unique gifts to browse through.

Bella Regalo, which means "beautiful gifts" in Italian, is an "artsy place to find unique gifts for someone special in your life," said Michele Castrilli, manager and co-owner of the shop.

With a focus on local artwork, many of the gifts sold within the shop are made by artists and jewelers in the greater Syracuse area. Local products sold at Bella Regalo include Flour City Pasta, of Fairport; a line of edible chocolate jewelry, Promise Me Chocolate, by Stacey Van Waldick of Camden; a variety of jellies and sauces made by Curly Locks Gourmet Foods, LLC, created by Kathleen Komar of Fayetteville; paintings by Eddie Bambrick of Liverpool; knitted SU apparel and baby clothing made by Patsy Desjardins; hand crafted wood products by Ben Kovach, and beaded glass jewelry from Michael Joseph Designs by Debra Wisinski of Baldwinsville, to name a few.

Co-owner, Tea Avalon, of Baldwinsville, also makes textile pieces, such as scarves, bags and tablecloths that are sold in the shop. Bella Regalo also sells all things wedding from the Hortense B. Hewitt, Co. Customers can order table settings, wedding favors, accessories and more from the in-store catalog with Castrilli's help.

"It's nice to be part of something with so many other talented local artists," Wisinski said during the celebration.

The duo signed the lease for the storefront Aug. 1, and got right to work setting up shop. Castrilli's husband, Joe, and grandson, JJ Ross, 10, of Liverpool, helped renovate and paint the inside of the shop. Bella Regalo had a "soft opening" in mid-September.

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