The word ampersand is a conflation of the phrase "and per se and", meaning "and [the symbol which] by itself [is] and". The Scots and Scottish English name for "&" is epershand, derived from "et per se and", with the same meaning.
Boring...I like mine better. I am in the middle of creating what will become our 'basement boutique' so posts this week will be short and sweet. Sweet because they will be sneak peeks of what will be available on the 19th when you come visit! You are coming, right?
Below is today's sneak peek.