After you finish feasting on Thanksgiving Thursday, and fighting the crowds on Black Friday, save some energy to shop Small Business Saturday! Mom & Pop shops are owned by our friends and neighbors, and they work hard all year to keep their small business running! Show your appreciation this Holiday season by making their day on Saturday November 28, 2015!
2 rooms in the ultra cool boutique hotel were cleared out and completely “Florified” with a collaboration of products from all the licensees in one fantastic display.
Here’s a peek at this fabulous presentation.
We actually had some downtime on Saturday after we finished our booth set-up so we ventured to Chelsea Market by way of the High Line. This was such a treat! The High Line is a walkway built on old train tracks above street level on the West Side. Since it’s sort of a raised public park with a variety of greenery and art installations, it was a wonderful respite from the noisy streets below.
This was my second time taking in the gloriousness that is Chelsea Market. It is my very favorite part of New York City at the moment. The food-lover’s paradise is housed in an old factory and contains all of my favorite things under one roof: several bakeries and restaurants, specialty gift shops for the gourmet enthusiast, and an Anthropologie. The Food Network also calls Chelsea Market home and there are tours offered, but I have yet to partake – it’s on my list of things to do, of course! We all enjoyed our meals at Friedman’s Lunch and then I got my dessert fix right across the way at the Doughnuttery. (The Doughnuttery! Is that not the cutest name?!) I really could spend all day – or maybe even several days – in this place.
Arlington, MA is a charming little town just outside of Boston and it’s where I’ve called home for the last 2 years. It is my favorite place that I have lived so far – and I’ve moved around a bit (read: Navy brat). Arlington has clusters of charming little neighborhoods with beautiful homes – both quaint and grandiose, a surprisingly diverse dining scene (Turkish anyone? Or maybe Argentinean?), and a few very lovely gift shops. So lovely in fact, these two in particular carry The Gift Wrap Company merchandise! Almost-literally in my back yard, I can find some of our lovely wraps, bags, and containers!
Maxima Art Center
212 Massachusetts Avenue | Arlington, MA 02474 | 781-646-6835
What a gem this shop is! It’s pretty easy to find on Mass. Ave. I happen to pop in right before seeing a movie at the Capitol Theatre, right next door. I always find gifts for people here – whether I’m in the market or not! (And if I’m not, there’s nothing wrong with self-gifting, right?) When I was in there last, I made sure to snap a few photos of some Gift Wrap Company offerings. I always get a little giddy seeing our hard work on display.
487 Massachusetts Avenue | Arlington, MA 02474 | 781-643-6700
This is a relatively new addition to Arlington, and as the name suggests: it’s located right in the Center. Some localites may be familiar with Davis Squared (in Davis Square, Somerville obvi). Well, this is its sister-store and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a fun shop like this walking distance from my place. I especially like their card selection, kitchen accoutrements, and super fun socks. (Yes, socks!) Although it’s not gift wrap, I spotted some French Bull items last time I was there, so shout out to them as well!
Arlington is definitely worth an afternoon of exploring if you’re ever in the area! I’ve only scratched the surface here with a focus on gift wrap from these amazing retailers. Have you spotted any TGWC merch in your neighborhood??
I took a recent trip out to Sonoma Valley, CA, a trip I highly recommend! One of my favorite activities on the trip was checking out the antique shops which are a plenty on those winding country roads. I love antique shops for all the cool old items that they showcase, but also because they are a great source of print inspiration. So here is a little “printspiration” which I found along my travels!
For those of you heading to the gift show in Atlanta, be sure to stop by and visit us at the Daniel Richards Showroom!
Show is off to a great start and runs through next Wednesday, July 18th, so there is still time to take part in all the fun!
Join us! We look forward to your visit.