Winchester Wonderings – March 2024

Think Pink!

With National Barbie Day celebrated on March 9 and “Barbie” the movie vying for eight Oscars during the Academy Awards presentation on March 10, the iconic fashionista and arbiter of all things pink is clearly the toast of the town this month.

Here’s how to embrace your Barbiecore and still be Kenough in Winchester:

1: Polish off some pink: Don’t even try to resist the Decadent Pink Champagne Petit Fours at Cupcake Apothecary, perfect squares of fluffy pink champagne cake filled with silky sweet vanilla buttercream and topped with a gorgeous frosting bouquet. Look like something Barbie would love to pretend to eat? Yes! But you can enjoy every sinfully delicious crumb of this confection. Pick one up at the shop or pre-order. Bite into one of Frank’s Donuts’ freshly baked yeast donuts covered in pink frosting and topped with sprinkles. Playful and multidimensional. Just like Barbie.

2: Browse for Barbies at Winchester Peddlers Mall. And not just for dolls—although there are lots of those to be found. Shoppers with a keen eye will might come across Barbie accessories like the Barbie Jeep and the coveted fold-up Barbie Vacation House, too.

3: Power up your pink: The world’s most famous plastic blonde has a bit of sass, to be sure. And the shop, A Bit of Sass Boutique, has plenty of it, too. Not only on the walls and door, but in jewelry and handbags as well as tops and tees with fun sayings and designs in pink—like the “Mama” tee-shirt accented with brow cow spots.

4: Elevate your Kenergy: If, like Ken, you’re lucky enough to do “just beach” as your job, then you’ll need the right accessory. Rock shades like the guy who told Barbie she needed someone who is a professional in beach: The Ray-Ban Elliot Sunglasses in black, available at Hibbitt Sports, have all the Ken vibes and more.

5: Gather up your friend group for an “Every night is girls’ night” outing at Created By You Studio or sign up for one of the shop’s events and paint a piece of your own customized pottery or create a unique art piece with resin over a mixed media canvas.

6 : Clink Pink – Harkness Edwards Vineyards has several rosé wines, including bestselling Danger Blush, as captivatingly sweet as Barbie and equally as complex, its pink hue suggesting the promise of warmer days. At Hamon Haven, the sweet red June’s Blend also hints of summer days and Barbie’s empowering ways.