Tag: mental health

  • By Christine Grimaldi

    This past week, the crew at Autisticana visited Spencer’s at the Smithtown Mall. The store is very interesting because it has shirts and clothing based on popular movies, anime, and musicians. It also has paraphernalia relating to weed, occultism, and magic, sex toys, and candy. They even sell manga and cookbooks. We all took pictures relating to our interests there.

    In 1947, Spencer’s started off in Easton, PA, as a mail-order catalog with tons of novelty merch by Max Adler and his brother Harry, the namesake being the former’s middle name Spencer. In 1963, three years after Harry left, Spencer evolved into a brick-and-mortar retail store with its first location in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, at the city’s mall. Since then, Spencer has grown to 650 locations in the US, and Canada within malls, especially on Long Island, such as Hicksville Broadway.

    In 2001, Spencer’s Gifts launched its e-commerce website, allowing customers to shop for its products online. The website has become important to the company’s sales and marketing strategy.

    Today, Spencer’s operates over 600 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, offering a wide range of products, including clothing, accessories, home decor, and novelty items. The company is known for its edgy and irreverent products and is known for catering to a younger, more alternative demographic.

    Despite competing with other retailers in the same space, Spencer’s has continued to grow and expand its business. With a focus on innovation, creativity, and customer engagement, the company has stayed relevant and popular with its target audience.

    Spencer’s has been a must for the newest trends, tees, body jewelry, home d├ęcor and more that celebrate our slogan “life is a party”and we are making it fun. Known for being a pioneer in sexual wellness, call us what you want, but we are here for all communities to celebrate. We are committed to our guests’ uniqueness and their desire for rebellious, buzzworthy products that represent a unique lifestyle while offering an escape from the ordinary.

    Spencer’s had opened in 2003 under new management, raising the bar and continuing its untraditional retail journey. The stores have changed, but when they set out on the path of becoming an industry leader in a subtle shift from Spencer Gifts to Spencer’s, this will always be true to the roots of their love for the pride of the effort they put.

    They have done a new and better look, but never forgot the history because some of the trends are as old as time. Spencer’s, which continues to lead the market with one of the oldest continually operating stores in North America and nearly 670 locations throughout the United States and Canada, proudly enshrines the brand as cultural staples. Giving back is a key obligation of Spencer’s, and we have been increasing the commitment over the last few years.

    Since 2020, the whole partnership with the ACLU has generated nearly a million dollars to help protect civil rights for individuals. Additionally, since 2008 our associates have been fierce advocates, joining in on the battle against cancer by fundraising on behalf of three organizations focused on fighting youth cancer through the non-profit Boobies Make Me Smile. They’ve raised more than 10,5 million dollars to support the Young Survival Consortium, Stupid Cancer and Fxck Cancer that are working on prevention, education and help for young people with cancer and showing the reality of helping young women that could possibly have breast cancer and knowing the facts of the support they need when their going through tough times.

    Everyone takes on Spencer’s:

    Scott likes that Spencer’s has cool stuff, especially sex products.

    Danielle didn’t care for Spencer’s Costumes

    Jackson loved Spencer’s having been at that location and Hicksville’s multiple times. He loved taking the Stepbrothers photo with Scott:

  • By Cara Difiore

    Hi everyone! I feel like it’s been a hot min since I’ve been on here which I’m not apologizing for. I wanted to come back on here and blog about the update on me, my book, my artistic journey, what I’ve been creating, and how my passions and the things that bring me joy and comfort have been helping me get through daily life and challenging times.

    So with my artistic journey, I’ve been creating a lot some I made for myself to make me feel better, and one for my cousin who passed on recently is a memory tree. which I will show you at some point. I’ve been trying to create and keep busy as much as I can since I’m going through a lot at the moment professionally, mentally, and personally. What I mean by that is I’m worried about the future, I’m feeling bad about myself, and I’m worried about my personal life. My family and I are going through a big loss right now so it’s been causing a big scar I believe I’ve mentioned this before but I have a history of mental health stuff like anxiety and depression (My mental health/autism story is on the blog if you want to check that out) So, of course, it’s gonna affect me and not just my family. I’m forcing myself to move forward. I mean how do you? However, my work and art, in general, have been helping me get through life and keep going which is an accomplishment and a positive at the same time.

    More things that have been helping me get through me and keep going are not just my art and art in general but the support of my family but also my friends, my therapist, my cats, Bob Ross haha, watching/listening to my favorite artists, my class, journaling, and doing other things that bring me joy, happiness, and peace like going out, exercising, meditating, vent to my other loved ones and my therapist for support, spend time with my cats, taking time for me before I can for everyone else. Do you know why? It’s because they’ve been my therapeutic escapes they help me get whatever I’m feeling off my chest, get out of my head, and get to a happier place that isn’t reality. those things get me to a place I want to be and the feeling I want to have at the moment, I believe that’s the key to overcoming physical/emotional pain and grief. I believe that is and is going to get me through the next few days, weeks, months, and the rest of the year. If I can get through it so can you. If you are going through a tough time yourself just know to give it time, take time for yourself, do something that brings you comfort, and keep busy.

    Memory Tree, December 2022

    What I Used: pencil, paint, scissors, colored matte paper, and colored glitter paper

    This was for my cousin Jack who passed away recently and brought it to his wake. It is now with my aunt, uncle, and my two other cousins

    Falling Tears, January 2023

    What I Used: pencil, markers, and pen

    I drew this around the time my cousin passed away

    Snowflake Wonderland, January 2023

    What I Used: pencil, colored pencils, and markers

    Birthday Cat, January 2023

    I drew this for a friend for her birthday

    Sunset Dreams, February 2023

    Flower Girl, February 2023

    Flowing In Color, February 2023

    What I Used:

    • Paper
    • Canvas
    • Pencils
    • Paint
    • Paint Pens
    • Markers
    • Pens
    • Digital materials like Canva

    Artists That Bring Me Joy And I Love:

    • Bob Ross obviously haha
    • Dr. Suess
    • Jane Devenport
    • Dirtty Hippe Arts
    • Leah’s Art Is For Fun
    • Sam Rose Studios
    • Daisy Vibes Studios

    What I Like To Do When I’m Not Working:

    • Making cards
    • Cooking
    • Exercising like Trendmill, going on walks, yoga,
    • Taking my cat outside
    • Meditating
    • Reading
    • Listening to music/podcasts
    • Binge watch stuff
    • Hang out with my friends and family and my cats