The Red Hat Society: Red Hats Abound atCreative Habitat at Ben FranklinBurlington, VT — July 19, 2004 Directly in the front door, and to the right, Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin has created a product vignette dedicated solely to the ladies of The Red Hat Society. Founded by a group of women in California, The Red Hat Society celebrates the coming of age for women 50 and over, by wearing fancy red hats and bright purple outfits.Creative Habitat has “caught the Red Hatitude fever,” agreed Mark and Michael Dowling, co-owners. “From straw red hats to purple boa wraps, weve a great selection of fun essential products for the ladies of The Red Hat Society,” Mark noted.Sue Ellen Cooper, Queen Mother of The Red Hat Society, decided to celebrate a friend’s birthday by giving her a poem by British author, Jenny Joseph, entitled Warning. The poem begins, When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesnt suit me.” The poem continues with all the wonderful freeing activities she will partake when she grows old.Local members of The Red Hat Society can create their own look. Creative Habitat has a complete section of Red Hat Society products, including scrap booking essentials, accessories for hats, decorations, wrapping paper, jazzy purple t-shirts, and, of course, the boas,” Mark continued.Today, there are 25,000 chapters in 21 countries, with an estimated 600,000 members. For more information about The Red Hat Society and local chapters in Chittenden County, please check out the Society’s web site at www.redhatsociety.com(link is external).Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin, formerly Ben Franklin, has been owned and operated by Mark and Michael Dowling since 1991. Creative Habitat is an independent store in the Burlington community, continuing in the family tradition of quality home design, crafts, and framing. Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin is located on Shelburne Road in South Burlington, telephone 802-862-0646. You may also visit them on the web at: www.creativehabitatvt.com(link is external).