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Store Spotlight: State & Third

State&ThirdCard_front_2Just opened earlier this year, State & Third has found a thriving market for products by local to national artisans and designers in Columbus, Ohio. We love to be in such good company! Owner Becky Brisker curates her shop with lifestyle, gift, and home items for the conscious consumer with style. Read more below about State & Third and what Columbus has to offer.

Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?
A: Curated eclectic. I have approximately 40 vendors that I have hand selected from across the US. – everything has a very ‘handmade’ feel and customers really respond to the home grown stories, and the look and feel of the space.

StoreFrontQ: What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
A: I worked in the same building 19 years ago when I took my first retail job at Tommy Hilfiger in Columbus City Center mall at the age of 16. Now my career has come full circle and I’m back exactly where I started – but in my own store.

Becky-storeQ: What was your inspiration/motivation to open your store?
AI came from corporate retail design. A lot of the vendors in the shop were companies or people that I looked to for inspiration as a designer. As I saw corporate retail go through many changes, I saw a niche market for independent designers and handmade product expand and flourish. As a country, I truly believe we’re changing as consumers and becoming more aware of who, what and where we buy from. The rest was just great timing.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMT_3 Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: Take our new CBUS circulator. You will get to see some of the best of Downtown Columbus, German Village and The Short North – hopping on and off where you like. And, it’s absolutely free!

Q: What blogs/magazines do you follow?
A: Stylesight/WGSN, Birchbox blog, Free People blog , Bazaar, InStyle, Capital Style and Columbus Monthly

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
A: We are in the process of freshening the space now. When I opened in February I literally just moved in with product. I’m planning lots of great vendor events for the holidays and hopefully some collaborations with other downtown Columbus retailers, galleries and restaurants.

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by Lizzie

Store Spotlight: SAULT New England

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Today’s Store Spotlight takes a little jaunt over to  South End in Boston to peek inside SAULT New England! Owner Philip Saul curates a great selection of vintage and classic lifestyle and gifts items that blur the line between want and need (just look at those displays!). We also recently worked with Philip to create an exclusive custom New England Maptote for his shop! Read on to hear more about SAULT and what the South End has to offer:

Q: Who are the owners/operators and when did your store open?
A: I’m the owner, Philip Saul. It still feels odd saying that. The shop opened in the fall of 2011 so its coming up on 3 years.

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Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?
A: The aesthetic for SAULT New England is classic but not stuffy. Its casual and a bit rumpled. We don’t take life so serious, after all its retail. The shop is a good mix of clothing, accessories, personal care and a curated gift assortment. I like to keep the store evolving with new displays, new art, new fixtures. What you see the shop looking like in the summer is not what you will find at holiday.

SAULTNE2-blogQ: What was your inspiration/motivation to open your store?
A: I’m a very visual and creative person: inspiration comes from everywhere. The hardware store, a found piece of furniture, a old book cover, or even a trip somewhere in New England. I guess my motivation is making a the space work and look good. I’m most content when I’m merchandising the product and creating a window or merchandising the floor. Its very satisfying when it all comes together to make a cohesive statement.. Oh and customers buy it!

SaultNE-blogQ: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: Boston is a tourist city for sure! Its filled with so much history and great neighborhoods. Its a walking city so be prepared. My favorite neighborhood to visit is the South End, It’s where SAULT is located and where I live so I’m a bit biased. It has some of the best independent shops in the city and its packed with amazing restaurants.

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Q: What blogs/magazines do you follow?
A: I don’t have a ton of time on my hands. I find Instagram to be a great outlet to look for inspiration and I follow blogs like Selectism, Esquire… the usual. When I do have time to page through a magazine its usually Elle Decor, GQ, and Details.

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
A: I’m really looking forward to getting our on-line shop up and running. Its been a daunting task but feel its the right direction for us to grow the business and get the SAULT brand accessible everyone who cant make it into the shop. The on-line shop will be a more edited collection of our seasons best products.

*Photos in this post provided by Emil Cohen

Posted on August 27th, 2014 by Lizzie

Store Spotlight: Lockwood

lockwood-logo2_blogOur very first Store Spotlight (back in 2011) featured SITE, Mackenzi Farquer’s original shop in Astoria. Now that SITE has moved and grown into Lockwood, we had to get a glimpse inside her wonderful new store! We also recently worked with Mackenzi to create a custom Astoria Maptote sold exclusively at her shop. If you love Astoria, her shop is a must! Lockwood also hosts great events in their indoor workshop space and backyard patio. Read more below:

Q: Who are the owners/operators and when did your store open?
A: Just me- Mackenzi Farquer. I opened September, 2013. This store is an extension of my first shop, SITE, that I had for a little over 6 years. When our lease was up we fell in love with a space just a few blocks closer to the ‘main drag’ here in Astoria and I had to jump at the chance for a fresh start and bigger store. Lockwood is about 4 times the size of SITE!

SofaPillows-blogQ: How would you describe your store aesthetic?
A: Lockwood is a curated lifestyle store. I love black & white, gold accents, worn wood, and classic design. These are the elements I think about when stocking the shop. You can find a little bit of everything here: candles, women’s clothing, greeting cards galore, tabletop, coffee, organic peanut butters, tribal throw rugs, notebooks, and a large kids section. Just to name a few things…

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A: Lockwood is an old Astoria street name. The minute I saw the name on a list I knew it was my new store name.

Q: What was your inspiration/motivation to open your store?
A: Astoria is rapidly changing and I knew my old 400 sq. ft. space just couldn’t keep up with neighborhood demand. I spent YEARS thinking about growing, moving, or just generally expanding the business. I was in a local beer & cheese shop one day when the owner told me about a space that had just gone on the market and I was meeting with the broker less than 24 hours later. The rest is Lockwood history.

cheese-beer-blogQ: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: There isn’t just one thing! I also run a popular neighborhood blog, We Heart Astoria, so I’m full of “must dos.” My short list would include brunch at Vesta, grilled cheese at The Queens Kickshaw, Museum of the Moving Image, or an afternoon at Bohemian Beer Garden.

Q: What blogs/magazines do you follow?
A: Style By Emily Henderson, Making It Lovely, I Suwannee, Oh Joy, and about a million others! I avidly read NY Magazine and Domino when it comes out in actual print form. The online version is dead to me.

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
A: We’re opening the backyard and hosting The Secret Garden, a pop-up coffee shop! We’ll have plants, classes, treats and so much more. We’re totally beyond excited about it.SecretGardenBackground-blog

Posted on May 30th, 2014 by Lizzie

Store Spotlight – NuBe Green

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Domestically sourced, environmentally conscious, creatively curated: NuBe Green is a one-stop-shop for quality gift items that reflect not only a sense of style, but also a sense of responsibility as a consumer. We are delighted to have our products on their shelves and wanted to give you a peek inside their shop in Seattle!

Q: Who are the owners/operators and when did your store open?
A: Ruth True opened NuBe Green in 2009.

NUBE_MAPTOTE007NUBE_MAPTOTE009Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?
A: We’re focused on creating a space for unique, handcrafted pieces that showcase the artistry and innovation of small-scale producers. Our offering ranges from one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, to handcrafted bags and accessories (like Maptote’s!), to beautifully designed furniture made from salvaged materials. The one thing all of our products have in common is that they’re made and sourced in the USA.

NUBE_MAPTOTE002Q: What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
A: Our founder, Ruth, has an eye for the eclectic and a penchant for unique vintage items. A year or so ago she realized that many of the items she’d been picking up at antique stores and estate sales would work great for private events, so she opened a spinoff of NuBe Green called NuBe Rentals that offers unique items like dish sets, cutlery, bud vases, and candelabras for rent at special occasions.

NUBE_MAPTOTE004Q: What was your inspiration/motivation to open your store?
A: The values that inspired NuBe’s creation have always been important to Ruth, but it wasn’t until a two-week visit to China, where she saw some of the negative effects of offshore production, that she was moved to open a business that was truly invested in U.S manufacturing and more sustainable living.
Since then, we at NuBe Green have tried to share the stories behind our products in order to inform and inspire people about about the importance of mindful consuming. As Ruth has said, “The most important thing to me is that NuBe sparks conversation–conversation about thoughtful, responsible consumption most of all, but also about challenging the paradigm of globalization by supporting local and domestic producers.”

Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: We are located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, which is known for its trendy shops and restaurants, its colorful citizens, and its own brand of Pacific Northwest flair. Be sure to stop by Oddfellows Café + Bar for a few local beers, then browse the books at Elliot Bay Bookstore before heading over to Neumos to catch a show.

Q: What blogs/magazines do you follow?
A: At the moment, we are loving the e-newsletters we get from Best Made. Also, Smitten Kitchen inspires a lot of food related daydreams, and we always enjoy reading Seattle Magazine every month.

NUBE_MAPTOTE008Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
A: We have a few promotions in mind, but generally we try not to bombard people with “Sale, Sale, Sale!” messaging. This year we plan to get even more involved with local events and organizations that align with our core values of local production and mindful consuming.

As we enter our 5th year, we’ll continue to grapple with challenging questions: how do small retailers stay relevant and successful in the age of online giants like Amazon.com? Will brick and mortar stores survive? If not, what impact will that have on our communities? We invite everyone to participate in these important discussions with us.

Posted on April 24th, 2014 by Lizzie

Store Spotlight – Urban Attitude

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Meet our newest stockist in Australia: Urban Attitude! This Melbourne gift store has it all, from well-designed to wacky-fun, they have the coolest items for any occasion. Our Maptotes just hit their floors and even got a sweet window display! Get to know Urban Attitude with our Q & A below:

Q: Who are the owners/operators and when did your store open?
A: Ben & Morris Bardas. First store opened in 2006 in St Kilda. Since then we’ve grown to 5 stores in iconic Melbourne locations.

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A: Quirky and cool, yet minimalist. Some of our products are pretty bright and crazy so we prefer to have a simple store aesthetic to let the product speak for itself.

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A: Our Fitzroy store use to be a post office

Q: What was your inspiration/motivation to open your store?
A: There were no cool gift store Melbourne and we wanted to open a store that had the best choice of crazy, weird and quirky products.

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Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: We’ve got 5 stores so here’s a few of the best things to do in Melbourne: visit the St Kilda beach, explore the streets of Fitzroy, check out the shops on Chapel street.

Q: What blogs/magazines do you follow?
A: The Fancy (cause they have cool stuff) and TimeOut Melbourne for cool stuff to do around Melbourne.

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
A: Opening more new stores in Australia.

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by Lizzie

Store Spotlight – Cameron Marks Boutique

cameronmarks_logo-blogCameron Marks is a finely curated boutique of fashion and accessories located in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA. We recently created a custom Santa Cruz Maptote for their store and loved working with owner Vanessa Ambrose. Whether you are looking for the next trend or a timeless piece, Cameron Marks is the place to find it! Read more about Vanessa and the boutique below:

Q: Who are the owners/operators and when did your store open?

A: My name is Vanessa Ambrose and I opened Cameron Marks in 2005… A self-described designer, art, and fashion junkie… I moved from my hometown in Australia to Santa Cruz, CA in 1998 after a backpacking trip across Europe and through Morocco. After almost ten years, Cameron Marks has now grown to include an eclectic gift store, as well as a finely curated designer clothing boutique.

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A: Both Cameron Marks Boutiques are housed in a converted Brussels sprout packing factory, which makes for a striking contrast! I love mixing all things modern, minimal, contemporary, and timeless. In both stores, we carry a little bit of somethin’ for everyone… Over the years, we have been able to piece together some really incredible collections that make for a unique and distinct point of view.

IMG_7910-2-blogQ: Tell us about your city/neighborhood. Why do you love it?

A: Santa Cruz is an amazing little surfer town with tons of history. It’s slowly growing to become quite a ‘hip’ place to live — with great cafes, gorgeous parks, and a budding restaurant scene. We are located on the West Side of Santa Cruz, right near the ocean. It’s a wonderfully tight-nit town with laid back friendly people.

Q: What blogs/magazines do you follow?

A: Here at Cameron Marks, we are always reading tons of blogs! It’s important to us that we are on top of all the trends… Emmas DesignBlogg, based in Sweden, is at the top of my list for interior inspiration with a cool Scandinavian spin. I also like The Satorialist, Refinery29, Garance Dore, and The Penny Rose (a great local fashion blog!). As far as magazines, I love the Australian fashion magazine Russh, as well as Darling Magazine. A flawlessly printed publication with wonderfully written articles… I love the mag so much, we now stock Darling at Cameron Marks.

cameronmarks_4-blogQ: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?

A: At Cameron Marks, we are all about expanding and growing! We are hoping to launch an online store within the next few months… We are also in the beginning stages of preparing for our annual ‘Indian Summer’ party. Every September, we throw a massive bash in the courtyard where our stores reside…..Everyone’s invited…. xx.

Posted on March 6th, 2014 by Lizzie

Store Spotlight: The Library Shop (San Diego)

SD-Library-Shop-headerThe Library Shop is a fun and inspired gift shop located in the brand new San Diego Central Library. The shop is a non-profit owned by the San Diego Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the San Diego Library, so all proceeds go to benefit the entire library system. We recently worked with store Manager and Buyer, Erin Zlotnik, to create a custom Maptote of the Libraries of San Diego for the shop. See below for a little peek inside the store and to learn about some of Erin’s favorite things about San Diego!

SD-Library-Shop-erinQ: How would you describe your store aesthetic?

A: The store is a cross between a museum store and a funky local boutique. I want it to feel warm and inviting to the library’s guests. I try to support local artisans whenever possible, so we stock a lot of San Diego-made items as well as things I find through curated sites like Scoutmob.

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Q: Why do you love your city or neighborhood?

A: I love where the new San Diego library is located. We’re right in the heart of the East Village, which is an urban neighborhood just east of the Gaslamp quarter, next to Petco Park. It feels like new restaurants are opening all the time, and the streets are full of young people and their dogs. It’s a lively, walkable neighborhood and there are no other gift stores nearby.

Q: When not in your store, where is the next most likely place you’d be?

A: When not in my store, I can probably be found either lounging with a book at Coronado Beach, or wandering the 30th and University corridor in North Park, home to many of my favorite restaurants, bars, boutiques and coffee shops.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in your city/neighborhood? 

A: My favorite restaurant in San Diego? That’s so hard! The food scene here is really good these days. For pizza, I love Blind Lady Ale House. For a date with my husband, I always love the outdoor patio at Jayne’s Gastropub. And for coffee, I’m partial to the pour-over brew at Roast Coach, which has a little stand near the library downtown.

SD-Library-Shop-foodQ: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?

A: Must-do’s in San Diego include hiking Torrey Pines cliffs in La Jolla, walking the beach in Coronado and ending with a drink at the Hotel del Coronado, taking the San Diego Zoo Skyfari over Balboa Park, and maybe a trip to one of our many up-and-coming breweries for a beer tasting!

Q: What was the inspiration/motivation to open the store?

A: The inspiration for opening our store came from the excitement over opening such a stunning new library downtown. Our community waited for this to be built for many years, and there was a definite thought that tourists might want to take home something special from their visit. I was hired just a few months before opening and I immediately saw the potential to make the space a really beautiful shop in a neighborhood that seemed ready for it. The fact that we give back to the library just makes it even more rewarding.

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events? 

A: We just had a big promotion for Small Business Saturday, which was really successful. I love that people are excited about the “shop local” movement! Next up will be getting through the holidays, and then we’ll turn our focus to spring events. We have some great non-conventional author events in the works, as well as some craft days and much more. Since we’re brand new, we’re trying to think outside the box and try things that haven’t been done before, especially at a library!

Q: What blogs/magazines do you follow?

A: I don’t read as many blogs as I used to before I took this job, but I enjoy Simple Lovely, Sprouted Kitchen, Sweetfineday and 101 Cookbooks. I also love Thug Kitchen, though I read it more for the laughs than the recipes! For magazines, I stick to the basics: Sunset, Bon Appetit and Kinfolk.

Q: Where do you find all of your products?

A: I find my products in a variety of ways: through sales reps with great small lines and through Etsy and Scoutmob. I also meet local vendors around town who sell in the shop. And then there are lines I find when I’m out shopping in other places. If I love something enough to bring it home, it’s a fair assumption some of my customers will love it, too.

Posted on January 21st, 2014 by Lizzie

Store Spotlight: Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Our next Store Spotlight features the gift shop of the Chicago Architecture Foundation! Chicago has a great architectural history and the CAF not only preserves it, but also ensures a future of great urban design through educating and inspiring the community. Read a little more about the foundation and the shop below!

1. Who are the owners/operators and when did your store open?

Our store is owned by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and opened 12 years ago. The CAF, however, was founded in 1966 after a group of community members came together to save H. H. Richardson’s architectural masterpiece, the Glessner House, from demolition.

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2. How would you describe your store aesthetic?
Eclectic and fun with smartly-designed products.

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3. What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
Located in the Railway Exchange building on Michigan Avenue, we share the same space Daniel Burnham once worked in where the Plan of Chicago was created. We’re also just steps away from Grant Park, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Symphony.

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4. What was your inspiration/motivation to open your store?
To inspire people to discover why design matters.

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5. If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
Explore Chicago’s breathtaking architecture with a Chicago Architecture Foundation boat, trolley, bus, or walking tour! Chicago has so many amazing buildings to see and lively neighborhoods to discover. Plus, a lot of the tours meet in our store, so you can do a little shopping before and after.

6. What blogs/magazines do you follow?
We’re lucky to be featured in lots of Chicago media recently, including The Chicago Tribune, TimeOut Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Blog, Today’s Chicago Woman, the Chicagoist, and more.

7. What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
We’re looking very forward to the busy holiday season! Our online shop has free shipping on all orders over $75 throughout 2013. We’re also sending anyone who places an order over $100 a coupon for $20 off to spend in January – it’s a pretty sweet deal.

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by Lizzie

Store Spotlight: Gracious Goodies

This installation of Store Spotlight brings you Gracious Goodies, our first retailer to be featured that does not have a brick and mortar location! Sara Mendelsohn & Bree Rotter run this convenient gift bag service that provides guests of events a reusable tote that is filled with local snacks and gift items! It’s a great way to welcome someone to a destination wedding, convention, or other event. Read more below to hear about their business and life in the Pacific Palisades.

Q: When did your store open?
A:
Originally we started as Sara’s Gracious Goodies in August of 2008, however we changed the name earlier this year to Gracious Goodies when we moved to Los Angeles and when the fabulous Bree became a partner.

Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?
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The look and feel of our site is very clean and simple. Our clients live very busy lives and we want to simplify it!

Q: What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
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We created a totally customized shipping calculation. Since we offer several different ways to get our product (local hand delivery and/or pick up in NY and LA, as well as shipping anywhere in the USA) we spent time (a lot of time) calculating our delivery fees based on your address. We feel this really helps our clients to see exactly what it will cost them for the delivery service which can be a lifesaver for our clients who are planning large events and just do not have the time to go from one location to the next!

Q: Tell us about your city/neighborhood. Why do you love it?
A:
We live in the most incredible town in Los Angeles called the Pacific Palisades. It is so charming! You can often find us at the town’s local farmers markets (where Sara has seen Ben Affleck before!).

Q: When not in your store, where is the next most likely place you’d be?
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We are incredibly fortunate that we have a home-based business, which is where we spend most of our time. You can find us at Spin, the beach, or just taking a walk around town.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in your city/neighborhood?
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Sugarfish – best sushi. Hands down!

Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A:
Check out the beaches and try the restaurants; LA has amazing chefs.

Q: What was your inspiration/motivation to open your store?
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We love being creative, and lets face it, we love food!!!

Q: How did you come up with your store name?
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We thought it was simple and easy to understand. Gracious goodies are what we actually deliver!

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
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We just launched our new website and have been super happy with the response. We plan to continue to update our goodie list weekly and add many more city favorites to our best sellers list. We started working directly with hotels to handle their VIP client gifts and are also working with a lot of corporate clients.

Q: What blogs/magazines do you follow?
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Instyle, Self, House Beautiful, we love newsletters like Daily Candy & Pure Wow. Blogs we enjoy are Style Me Pretty, Inspired By This. We love sites like Smitten on Paper and Urbanic. J.Crew and Anthropologie are also favorites!

Q: Where do you find all of your products?
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All over! We love to support local businesses and love to just walk around the city to find the next best snack!

Posted on September 17th, 2013 by Lizzie

Store Spotlight: Gum Tree (Hermosa Beach, CA)

This Store Spotlight features Gum Tree: a cozy shop in Hermosa Beach, California that carries home and gift items and also houses an Australian-inspired café. Owners Lori and Will Ford opened their business in November of 2008 and split their responsibility between the shop and café, respectively. Read below to find out some more about this great store!

Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?
A: We carry an eclectic mix of products from all over the world. We are in an old house, and the shop is set up that way…you enter the living room where you’d find a couch piled with Thomas Paul Pillows, and a coffee table full of great books. We also have a dining room where we house a great selection of cookbooks and servers, Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers, hopefully the perfect hostess gift. We have a kids room with great baby toys and books and a bedroom area with soaps, lotions, candles, accessories and much more.

Q: What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
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We’re housed in a 1911 Craftsman bungalow a couple of blocks from the beach in Hermosa. We have both a shop and a café in the little old house, and a great front patio with ocean view seating. My husband is Australian so there are little bits of Aus in both the café menu items and shop products.

Q: Tell us about your city/neighborhood. Why do you love it?
A:
Hermosa is a funky little beach town just south of Los Angeles. The setting is amazing, but the people are better. A very eclectic mix of the old timers who used to party down at the pier when it was a haven for motorcycle gangs, mixed with tons of young people right out of college, and lots of families who come for the great schools and laid back beach town vibe.

Q: When not in your store, where is the next most likely place you’d be?
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At the beach or Valley Park with the kids.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in your city/neighborhood?
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Gum tree café of course! But we’re only open for breakfast and lunch so for dinner we love Abigaile across the street for a grown up experience or La Playita for inexpensive Mexican with the best view in town if we’ve got the kids.

Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
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A walk or bike ride down the strand. For the more adventurous, rent a stand up paddleboard from Tarsan and hit the water.

Q: What was your inspiration/motivation to open your store?
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As long as I could remember I wanted to have a shop of my own. My previous job in product development and design took me on shopping trips all over the world and I had notebooks full of products I wanted to carry when I finally opened my own place.

Q: How did you come up with your store name?
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My husband is Australian and when I was trying to come up with a name I was thinking of names of trees and plants, but nothing was sticking. we wanted something that conveyed a natural eco friendly vibe, and also that would work for our shop/café concept. I asked him for some Aussie slang words and after about 20 ridiculous ones he spit out gum tree, and it was perfect! I saw the logo in my head right away and never looked back.

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
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The summertime is busy with more tourists coming to the beach. I love to buy all the sunhats and bags, beach umbrellas and Turkish cotton towels. We’ve recently launched an online site and we’re very excited about the potential there.

Q: What blogs/magazines do you follow?
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I follow Décor 8, Apartment Therapy, Beach Bungalow 8, Design Sponge, A Fashion Gal and a Fireman. I also always read House Beautiful, New York Magazine, and elle décor, and I am of course obsessed with Pinterest.

Q: Where do you find all of your products?
A:
I love the New York gift shows and I go twice a year. I also do the LA gift shows and all the jewelry and accessories markets in LA. And when I can I go to the flea market, unique LA shows, and sometimes I get lucky during my late night blog trolling.

Posted on May 21st, 2013 by Lizzie
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