Gum Tree Jewelry Gift Guide…

Happy Friday Everyone,

Only ten more sleeps till Christmas!  We’re so excited in my house it’s crazy.

Here’s the one you’ve been waiting for…
The Gum Tree Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide!

Just in case you need some gift ideas, or if you know someone who might need some ideas, you can forward this beauty on!


1. 18k gold plate and crystal hoops $36, 2. anchor charm necklace $28, 3. cloud quartz and gold fill bracelet $48, 4. etched brass cuff $37, 5. evil eye brass bracelet $44, 6. white jade and anchor charm bracelet $38, 7. Kris Nations rhinestone cactus studs $41


8. Ten Things tassel earrings $48, 9. gold fill stack rings by Katie Dean $25, 10. marquis hoops $36, 11. tiny opal studs $50, 12. zodiac bangles $24


13. Katie Dean evil eye necklace $85, 14. Jane Hollinger sterling and gold Sweetie bracelet $78, 15. Jane Hollinger sterling and gold teenie bracelet $69, 16. Jane Hollinger sterling silver Sweetie bracelet $62, 17. labradorite and gold fill earrings $72, 18. Semi precious stone studs $46-$69


19. braided wrap bracelet $108, 20. Lulu Designs 14k gold fill and labradorite drop earrings $124, 21. Lena Skadegard turquoise semi precious bracelet $138, 22. Lena Skadegard aquamarine bracelet $138


23. Chan Luu pearl and leather bracelet $120, 24. Native Gem rings $110-$119, 25. Lulu Designs moonstone drop earrings $116, 26. Robindira Unsworth rainbow moonstone necklace $150, 27. Moon shaped citrine drop earrings $133


28. Chan Luu tassel necklace $174, 29. Lulu moonstone drop earrings $164, 30. Lena Skadegard moonstone, pearl and amazonite bracelet $176, 31. Chan Luu labradorite and pearl dagger necklace $156, 32. moonstone tripple drop earrings $165


33. Misa Jewelry 14k gold rose cut labradorite and moonstone earrings $690, 34. Robindira Unsworth oxidized silver and semi precious necklace $288, 35. Zoe Chicco 14k gold and diamond bracelets $228-$425, 36. Misa Jewelry 14k gold and rose cut rainbow moonstone studs $547, 37. Zoe Chicco 14k gold and pave diamond bar studs $414, 38. Misa Jewelry 14k gold, rose cut moonstone and diamond ring $616


39. Zoe Chicco 14k pave diamond horseshoe necklace $484, 40. Zoe Chicco 14k gold initial necklace $304, 41. Misa Jewelry 14k gold and rainbow moonstone necklace $713, 42. Zoe Chicco 14k gold and 3 diamond studs $295, 43. Karch Wolfe 10k gold arrow earrings $450, 44. Zoe Chicco 14k gold and pave diamond huggies $650, 45. Misa Jewelry labradorite, moonstone necklace $616, 46. Victoria Cunningham 14k gold cut out cross and diamond necklace $540

Our Manhattan and Hermosa shops are open from 9am-7pm through the 23rd, and Christmas Eve from 9am-4pm.
Kids Shop and the Cafe are open regular hours, closing at 4 on Christmas Eve.

With cookies, champagne and always free beautiful gift wrapping!

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

57 Gifts Under $29…

Hey Everyone,

Our extended Holiday hours start today!  

Now through December 23rd our shops will be open from 9am-7pm everyday.
Our kids shop will be open regular hours 10-6 daily.
All our shops will be open Christmas Eve from 9am-4pm.

In the spirit of the office/white elephant party season, here’s a handy gift guide for all those of you who need a gift exchange gift under $30.

57 Gifts Under $29 Gift Guide!


1– copper party cup $18, 2– VW bus ornament $19, 3– orange vanilla love candle $26, 4– Gum Tree evergreen travel candle $14, 5– Name That Show $14.95, 6– tree lollipop $3.50, 7– crystal and bell cluster $18, 8– red wine stain remover $9, 9– copper sponge $10


10– emoji selfie light $17, 11-crab multi tool $17, 12-crazy ideas notebook $12, 13-all natural bug spray $22, 14-internet password journal $10, 15-waste not want not kitchen towel $26, 16-marine hand cream $28, 17-bath bomb $9


18– OK jewelry dish $22, 19-white hydrangea travel candle $14, 20-brass plant mister $28, 21-tiny mix seashell tree $23, 22-snowglobe $28, 23-flower child notebook $23, 24-cozy knit mittens $26, 25-ivory scarf $28


26– llama baggu bag $12, 27-cactus patches $10, 28-glass and brass top candle $20, 29-el nopal pillow $24, 30-mermaid ornament $17, 31-merman ornament $17, 32-travel journal $16.95


33– turquoise cross ornament $18, 34– coffee cup coin purse $17, 35-rum cocktail recipe glass $12, 36-aqua turkish hand towel $17.50, 37-bike repair kit $16, 38-Manhattan Beach book $19.95, 39-zodiac dish $14, 40-seasalt $16


41-cavalier beauty bag $21, 42-pom pom hat $28, 43-hero coin purse $8, 44-burning love kit $22, 45-hand painted wine tags $10, 46-love candle $23, 47-roses and crystal ritual candle $18, 48-colorful life journal $16.95


49-marble salt dish $18, 50-honey jar $16, 51-verbena patchouli candle $18, 52-buckwheat honey $16, 53-mercury glass peace sign ornament $7, 54-set of kitchen towels $20, 55-golden measuring spoons $29, 56-truffle salt $28, 57-whisky stones $18

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

It’s time for the Gum Tree “Wish List” Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

It’s time for my favorite gift guide of the Holiday Season…

It’s our Gum Tree Wish List Gift Guide!

Here’s what I’m wishing for this year…

In addition to world peace, I’d like this Hat Attack crushable felt hat $184, a new S’well bottle $35, The Winter Table cookbook for Christmas Dinner inspiration $24.95, Beaded Clutch $96, Brand New Gum Tree Holiday Travel Candle to burn on our upcoming Airstream camping trip $14, and that fabulous sparkly Tiger Head Ornament $15.

Pam is wishing for…

Pink Clam Shell tree from our favorite Nate Ricketts $64,  Soak in Love bath salts $34, Frosted Doughnut ornament $13, Kindness wrap bracelet (for the kindest woman I know) $46, Chan Luu cashmere silk and metallic scarf $212, Tracey Tanner rose gold wallet $159.

Neil is wishing for…

A waterproof Torch for his next fabulous travel adventure $23, Agate Bookends $59, Navajo Picture Frame $55, Socks that give back $16, Pebble tape measure $18, Shake. Stir. Sip. for cocktail party recipe inspo $16.95.

Carol is wishing for…

Pretty little menorah ornament $16, Chan Luu Pyrite mix tassel necklace to add to her fabulous jewelry collection $271, Tracey Tanner leather pouch $99, Let’s Go passport holder $12, Jonathan Adler zebra tray $32, Ginger Patchouli scented candle $34, and a cozy super soft scarf $32.

Kristen is wishing for…

Energy Cleansing Kit to start off the new year right $22, that gorgeous shiny whale ornament $20, Letterpress desk calendar $26, One Line a Day journal $16.95, Lulu Designs Aquamarine earrings $164, Mercury Glass candle $21, and an armful of Ten Things Jewelry bracelets $44-92.

And for the kiddos…

In addition to the pony she’s been begging for for years, my Lily is wishing for…

Feather Patches to pretty up her army green jacket $8, Oh My Ombre mechanical pencils $10, Do Overs erasable highlighters (how cool) $12, Unicorn/Rainbow travel pillow $35, Mini Boo’s collectible characters (because we only have 20 of these tiny plastic animals already, what’s one more?) $5, Cozy pom pom hat $17, and a furry unicorn keychain for her backpack $15.

And because my children always ask for live animals, little Will would like a puppy and these fun things…

Jellycat fluffy baby Penguin $18, Predict a Pen (hours of fun, especially on car rides and to drive his sister nuts) $7, Peace Y’all Beanie $28, Steel Works Classic construction set (this might really be for big Will) $20, and the Dangerous book for Boys $16.99.

Come on in and make your wish list now at any of our three shops, and be sure to get what you’re wishing for this Holiday Season.

See you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

9th Annual Santa Photo Event Raises tons of $ for the kids…

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for our 9th Annual Santa Photos.  We know the lines can be long, but there’s hot cocoa and community and tradition!  And this year you shattered all the previous years records…

We raised $11,162 for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation! 

A huge Thank You goes out to Missy Marie Photography for your talent, Tonya Bertino for all of your time, all the fantastic HBEF Volunteers, and of course to Santa who has been with us for the past 8 years and never gets out of that seat the entire day!

Photos will be emailed directly to you this Sunday, December 10th.  Look for an email from Missy Marie Photography.

Happy Happy Holidays to you!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori and Will Ford

 

It’s Our First Gum Tree Gift Guide of the Season…

Hey Everyone,

We’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out for Sunday’s Santa Photos, it was an incredible record breaking day…you all helped us raise $5900 for HBEF!

If you missed it, never fear, he’ll be back this Sunday from 10-3:30.   And that’ll be the last one of the season, so don’t miss it!

Missy Marie Photography did an absolutely beautiful job on her first day, thanks a million Missy, we are so lucky to have you!  And a big thank you to all the fantastic HBEF volunteers too.

And now, here it is…
The first little Gum Tree Gift Guide of the season…
42 items…all under $46!

Girlfriends Gift Exchange

I really want everything in this photo.  Perfect for mother in laws, aunties and sisters too.

Teacher Gift Ideas

How cool is that leather bike cup holder?   For $9!

Hostess Gifts

I taste tested all of our new gourmet goodies, trust me these artichoke hearts are delicious.

Girls Stocking Stuffers

Act with Kindness, a timeless lesson to teach our little girls.

Boys Stocking Stuffers

My little guy has been begging me for that Whirl-o for weeks!

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Things to do this Thanksgiving weekend…

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying some time off, spending it with the ones you love, and getting ready to eat lots and lots of Turkey and stuffing.  That’s what I’ll be doing Thanksgiving day…

Then it’ll be time to spring into action, because this is a big weekend for Small Business!

Black Friday
Skip the mall and Shop Small!  Join us at all three of our shops for 20% OFF anything BLACK all day long.

Small Business Saturday
When you support a small business, you’re supporting a dream.  I found this statement where we all find everything these days…on the internet!  But I can assure you, it is absolutely true.

In my case the shop was my dream for as long as I can remember, and 9 years ago I finally took action to make it come true.  I’m so thankful for each and every one of you who walk through our doors, follow us on Instagram and Facebook and read these emails!  We wouldn’t be anywhere without you.

This is a day to support your neighborhood favorites.  Pick your three favorite small businesses and get your holiday shopping started!

If you come see us at one of our shops we’ll offer you a lovely glass of something sparkling, a cookie or two, and a free Gum Tree canvas tote with every purchase!

Santa Claus Sunday!

The big guy is back!  This time the lovely Missy Marie Photography will be snapping the pics, thank you Missy for volunteering your time and talents!

Photos are $20 each, you’ll get your digital file emailed to you a week after they’re taken.  And just like every year, every penny will be donated to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation.  So far we’ve raised more than $30,000 for HBEF.   Free hot cocoa and mini muffins all day too.

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Downtown Hermosa Holiday Sidewalk Festival…

Hey Everyone,

It’s starting today…the Downtown Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival!


All Weekend—Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Take home a FREE Gum Tree canvas tote with EVERY PURCHASE!
25% off all Kids clothing at Gum Tree Kids!

Saturday is a Big Day…
Gum Tree is hosting a trunk show with Jewelry by Cari!  10-5pm
Gum Tree Kids is hosting Christopher the Elf!  Bring the kids down, they will love him!

Live Music all over town, carolers, treats and more.

Hope to see you all there.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Kids Turns 4!

Hey Everyone,

Come celebrate our 4th birthday at Gum Tree Kids!

This Sunday, November 12th from 10-4 we’ll be spinning the wheel for discounts and prizes!  10-50% off, what will you win?

Treats and coloring for the little ones too.

Hope to see you there!

323 Pier Avenue
In Beautiful Downtown Hermosa Beach.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

This week at Gum Tree…

Hey Everyone,

How lovely is this fall weather?!  The cool mornings and crisp air are really getting us into the Holiday Spirit.

Our shops are transformed, I hope you’ll come take a look!

If you need an excuse to get in here, we’ve got a couple of good ones for you this week…

Today in our Manhattan Beach Shop, we’re donating 10% of Sales to Sandpipers! 


Come on in and get your holiday shopping started while supporting a great cause.  There are 28 other downtown MB businesses donating a portion of their sales to Sandpipers, it’s going to be a wonderful day to shop small!

Then Wednesday in Hermosa…

And the fun doesn’t stop there…

Next Week’s Events…

Wednesday, Nov. 15th is the MB Tree Lighting and Open House!
Kick off the Holiday Season with us!
Uncorked will be serving up Champagne in our shop, we’ll be open until 9pm, and we have some surprises up our sleeves.

Then Join us for two days of custom stamped jewelry with Jewelry by Cari!
Manhattan Beach Shop… Friday the 17th, 11-6pm
Hermosa Beach Shop… Saturday the 18th, 10-5pm


Cari and her husband Rory will be on hand to help you design your perfect piece, and they’ll stamp it right on the spot.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

World Famous Pumpkin Races…

Hey Everyone,

Who’s ready for the World Famous Pumpkin Races at the Manhattan Beach Pier???

This Sunday, Start your day with a walk along the strand for a Great Cause…It’s the Skechers Friendship Walk from 8-9am!  You can still register, just click on that blue link for all the info.

Trick-or-Treat at the fantastic local businesses all over Downtown MB from 11-5pm.

Then get ready to roll those pumpkins down the big hill from 12-5pm!

We’re so excited to take part in this awesome tradition, our Manhattan Beach shop will be open from 10-6 and we’ll have lots and lots of candy for all those Trick-or-Treaters.

Halloween Day we’ll be closed at all of our shops to switch over to HOLIDAY.  (Our Cafe will be open)

Then Wednesday, November 1st we will reopen all shops for our 9TH BIRTHDAY!   Can you believe it’s been 9 years?
This is one of our favorite days of the year, the shops look all sparkly and fun, and this year we’ve got big plans for a winter wonderland on our beautiful new back patio in Hermosa.

I hope you’ll pop in to see what we’ve done and maybe even get started on your holiday shopping.  Rumor has it there’s a new prize wheel at our flagship shop, with 10/20/50% off spots, maybe you’ll get lucky!

Happy Halloween Everyone.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Fall/Holiday Calendar is here…

Hey Everyone,

Mornings are getting chilly, Fall is here, and that means the Holidays are not far behind.  We’ve got so many fun things coming up at all of our shops, and great community events we love.  Get your calendars out and mark these down!

Every Wednesday through the Holidays, come have fun with us at Gum Tree Kids.
Each week we’ll be hosting arts, crafts or story time, bring the kiddos down to our shop from 11-1 for some fun before the Hermosa Farmer’s Market on the Plaza Wednesdays from 1-6pm.

A couple of stand out’s this month…
Author Event at Kids…local author Seth Fishman will sign copies of his new book A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars …October 25th
World Famous Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Races… October 29th
Our shops will be closed for their annual transformation into a Winter Wonderland…October 31st


So much to do in November!!!
Gum Tree Shop & Cafe turns 9! …November 1st
Come celebrate with us and explore all the holiday goodies.
Zoe Chicco is coming to Gum Tree Hermosa for a trunk show… November 8th
Downtown Manhattan Beach Tree Lighting…November 15th
Jewelry By Cari Trunk Show at Gum Tree MB…November 17th
Jewelry By Cari Trunk Show at Gum Tree HB…November 18th
Downtown HB Sidewalk Festival…Fri/Sat/Sun Nov. 17/18/19th
Small Business Saturday…November 25th
Santa Returns to Gum Tree! Sunday, November 26th and Sunday, December 3rd


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Hermosa Beach Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House…December 3rd
Downtown Manhattan Beach Fireworks…December 10th
Hermosa Beach Community Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration…December 17th

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Silhouette Artist is coming back to Gum Tree Kids!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Great News…
Gum Tree Kids in Hermosa Beach will reopen today at 10am!

A leaky upstairs bathtub can’t keep us down, we’re back and stronger than ever.   Shop is looking great, come see!

And we’re reopening just in time, because renowned Silhouette Artist, Karl Johnson, of Cut Arts is coming back!

Wednesday, October 4th
11am-6pm
Gum Tree Kids…323 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach

Click HERE right now to reserve your spot!  Space is very limited and he books up super quick.

Hope to see you and your kids and pets there!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Guide to Marrakech, Morocco…

Hey Everyone,

Well, I finally did it.  I took my dream trip to Morocco with a great group of friends.  It was everything I hoped it would be and more, and all I can do now is dream about going back!

Marrakech was absolutely magical.  The warmth of the people, the colors, the scents and sounds, it was all so overwhelming and wonderful.

I hope this Gum Tree Guide to Marrakech inspires you to take a trip you’ve been dreaming of.

I became obsessed with visiting Morocco probably 15 years ago.  Then a couple of years ago I began following the beautiful Riad El Fenn on Instagram, and through that feed found others that brought the ancient city to life for me.  I can honestly say that Instagram helped me plan my entire trip, where to eat and shop, what to look for, it’s a great tool in so many ways.

To Stay…

There are hundreds of Riads in the Medina (the old city) of Marrakech, but I knew I would stay at El Fenn on this trip.  It’s a collection of many centuries old family homes gathered together over the years by Vanessa Branson, sister to Sir Richard, and her longtime friend Howell James.

Everywhere you look you’ll find a beautiful scene.  The color and light and sound of chirping birds envelope you, and the three pools provide welcome respite to the desert heat after a long day in the Souks.

The floors of our room were patched camel leather, covered in the softest rugs, and lead outside the room to tiled corridors.  The walls were painted in rich hues using the tadelakt, or lime plaster technique, high ceilings, comfortable beds and beautiful artwork abound in each room.

You’ll find a different color scheme in every room, with unique textiles, lighting and carved plaster details.  A welcome bottle of wine greats you on your first day and a pot of coffee, and hot water for tea are left outside your room each morning.

As beautiful as the rooms were, the staff was even lovelier.  Bell was our go to guy in the reception area, helping us find a guide on the first day for a tour of the souks, booking our Hammam appointments, dinner reservations, calling taxis, even sending someone to collect us when we got lost in the Medina.

Breakfast every morning on the beautiful rooftop was the perfect way to start the day.

Homemade granola, fresh baked bread and croissants, and mint tea or strong coffee served on turquoise tiled tables, I could have stayed up on that rooftop all day everyday.

We also had dinner up on the roof, and lunch, and each time the service and food were excellent.

A couple of other Riad recommendations from my Instagram research include…
Riad Yasmine
Riad Jardin Secret

But I’d have a hard time ever skipping a stay at El Fenn.

Shopping…

I could have spent weeks in the Souks exploring every aisle, touching every textile and haggling with the friendly merchants.  This is what I came for and it did not disappoint.

There’s so much color at every turn.  If you have time, I would recommend walking the souks for a day before deciding on anything, there’s just so much to see.

You can fall in love with something different at every turn.  That said, you may never find that shop you loved a second time, so if you’re totally in love with something, just buy it.

My girlfriend BJ outside one of our favorite shops.

Haggling is part of the culture, so be prepared to use your best bargaining skills.  Some say that you should pay about a 1/3 of the original asking price, but I say that if you’re happy with a number just purchase it and move on.  A couple of dollars might not mean much to you buy could make someone else’s day.

In negotiating a fair price, as in life, I believe being nice goes a long way. There’s no need to turn into the ugly tourist, a smile and politeness will almost always get you your desired result.

As much as I loved all of the pottery, I knew I did not want to deal with the complication of shipping it back home, so I stuck with soft goods that could be wrapped up easily and wouldn’t break.


Like pom pom blankets, pillow covers, rugs and caftans!

And spices…

One of my favorite areas to explore was the Place des Epices, or the spice market square.

I bought perfume bricks for our Gum Tree team in amber, rose and cedar, spicy harissa and Moroccan curry for my husband, indigo for a friend, and colorful little crochet covered pumice stones for the shops.

I could have bought a million baskets…but shipping can get expensive and since we’re going into winter I passed on most of them.  Something to look forward to for my next trip!

Another thing you’ll find a lot of are the kitties.  They are everywhere in the Medina, some are shop cats, but most are street cats getting by on what they can.  I did see many of the merchants feeding them, and this little guy was super friendly and so beautiful.  It’s a wonder I made it home without sneaking a couple of the kittens I saw in my bag.

All that shopping and I haven’t even mentioned the rugs!

Rug shopping is an experience in itself.  It’s time consuming, there’s mint tea, and many strong guys who pull giant heavy rugs out of pile upon pile so that you can find just the right thing.

We hit the jackpot at this place, look how fancy!

And here’s a rug in progress…

I’m crossing my fingers that all of my purchases for the shops arrive by the end of this week.  I was thrilled to find so many soft beautiful rugs in shades of blue, perfect for our beach lifestyle.  Don’t worry, I picked up some of the classic black and white Beni Ourain style as well, they already arrived and are at Gum Tree Hermosa!

Talk about haggling, this takes patience, time and energy.  We must have been here at least 2, probably 3 hours.  And I went back again the last day for more.  When you’re negotiating the price remember all those strong guys who helped to pull down the rugs for you will need to be tipped in cash at the end.

Here I am with a lovely gentleman and most of my purchases heading to the shipper!  This is everything but the 14 rugs of course…

Culture…

We hired a guide recommended by El Fenn, the fabulous Mustapha Chouquir, to take us into the ancient Medina on our first day.  What a wonderful gentleman he was, warm, friendly and very knowledgeable.  His website tagline is “your Marrakech GPS” and that’s the perfect description for him.

He took us through the famous Jemaa el Fnaa square past all of the carts selling fresh squeezed orange juice, snake charmers, food stalls, and then into the maze of the Souks.

We headed first toward the Ben Youssef Madrasa, a religious college founded in the 14th century, the largest college in Morocco and a dazzling example of Moorish architecture.

The courtyard is stunning, covered in the most beautiful zellige tile, with carved wooden doors and intricate plaster work, it’s a sight to behold.  The college closed in 1960, underwent a major renovation and reopened to the public as a historical sight in 1982.

On another day we explored the beautiful Majorelle Gardens, Yves Saint Laurent brought these gardens back to life as a gift to the city he loved.

We wandered through the gardens, past all the cacti, palm trees, ponds, and fountains, and marveled at the unreal “Majorelle” blue color of the walls and walkways.

If you go to the gardens, don’t miss the tiny Love Gallery, a room full of Saint Laurent Love Posters.  Yves created one of these posters as a new year greeting every year from 1970 to 2000, and sent them to his best friends and clients.  They are quite collectible now, I’m adding one to the list of things I might need for Christmas this year.  Perhaps I’ll locate the year I was born?

There is a cafe and a boutique as well here, and they were both lovely.  We were advised that early morning was the best time to visit the gardens to avoid the tourist buses that descend on the place midday.

I spent a lot of time in the souks, the trip was a combo of business and pleasure for me, but others in our group took the opportunity to see a couple of other things.  These are on my list for next time.

Maison de la Photographie…a collection of original photographs of Morocco in a Saadian townhouse.  Rooftop cafe for lunch too.

Bahia Palace…built in the 19th century on the edge of the Medina it showcases two centuries of Moroccan architecture and artisanship.

The Desert Trip…

In my instagram research I had probably seen hundreds of photographs of very glamorous looking people enjoying themselves at Scarabeo Camp.  Scarabeo is a glamping site in the nearby Stone Desert, just 45 minutes outside Marrakech, so we wanted to give it a try for a night.

It was beautiful, no doubt, but also very very hot.  “Duh” you might say, it’s the desert, but seriously, we arrived about 3:00 on the hottest day of our trip at 105 degrees.  Inside the tents had to have been at least 20 degrees hotter.

It was beautiful, and stark, and did I mention hot?

Once the sun went down everything took a turn for the better, the dinner was absolutely delicious, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more stars in my life than I did that night.  I’m talking the whole milky way on display, it was really lovely.

The camels were darling, and I wish I could say that we rode them, but to be honest while the sun was up we literally sat in the tent trying to not be overcome by heat stroke, with nothing but hot mint tea until the truck with wine and ice arrived near dinner time!

It was an experience, and I’m glad we had it, but I’m not going to lie to you, we high tailed it back to our El Fenn oasis first thing in the morning, it was already 100 degrees at 9am.

I would do it again if it was cooler than 85 degrees, or as a trip out for sunset, dinner, stargazing, and then the quick drive back to town.  My husband and children are going to make fun of me forever for admitting to being such a princess, but they weren’t there to read the pamphlet about the bugs that can make a home in your luggage or shoes, or to pump the tiny camp toilet.   I guess I’m just not cut out for this special kind of adventure.

Back to civilization…and a trip to the spa!

We decided on the Spa at La Mamounia for the traditional Hammam treatment followed by a massage.

La Mamounia is a former palace turned hotel, set among acres of beautiful gardens just outside the old city.  It is one of the great hotels of the world, and absolutely spectacular in every direction you look.

Ahh, the Hammam treatment, an application of black soap, followed by a vigorous scrub with a loofah glove, a eucalyptus body mask, a shower under the loveliest rain shower head, then a massage with orange flower oil.   It was a dreamy experience in one of the most beautiful settings I’ve ever seen.

We stayed and sipped rose at the pool’s edge after our treatments.  I’ve heard high tea here is an incredible experience as well.  It was a magical place and when I get back to Marrakech I will make more time to get dressed up in my best caftan, explore the grounds, and have a proper cocktail in the fancy lobby bar while listening to the tuxedo clad musicians playing old time jazz standards.

Food and Drink…

We had some fantastic meals on this trip, Moroccan food is delicious!  Here were the places we loved.

Cafe Arabe

My beautiful mama in this incredible booth.

This was our first lunch in the Medina, and it was delicious.  Cafe Arabe serves Moroccan and Italian dishes, but we all stuck to Moroccan.  Couscous, chicken prepared in a tagine with lemon and olives, lamb with figs, a selection of the freshest salads, it was all great.  The courtyard was beautiful and the service was lovely.

Nomad

This is a modern Moroccan restaurant near the Place des Epices with 5 levels of dining rooms, we sat on the highest of the two roof decks.  Make sure to book a table here for 7pm, that way you can be up there and see the light change over all of the red rooftops of Marrakech.  And most importantly you can be there for the call to prayer just before sundown.  It’s magic.

The food was delicious, the lentil salad with beets and goat cheese, the pastilla, a traditional filo pastry dish filled with chicken and herbs, and the spiced green beans come to mind.  Just an FYI, there is no alcohol served at this restaurant.  But there are delicious fresh juices and tart fresh squeezed mint lemonade.  I’m sure this would make a wonderful stop for lunch as well.

Le Salama

This was an experience I will never forget, and it started before we even got there.  The restaurant sent a horse and carriage to collect us at the Riad, and we rode in style right through the bustling Jemaa el Fnaa square, past the thousands of people, groups of musicians, lantern sellers, snake charmers, and street food vendors.

When we arrived we were ushered up 4 flight of stairs, past some of the most beautiful colonial style bars and dining rooms, to the glass enclosed roof deck.

We all ordered the tasting menu, and were treated to the most incredible array of 15 different fresh salads, carrots done two ways, beets, tomatoes, eggplant and more.  Then on to the pastillas stuffed with lamb, seafood, chicken and vegetables, followed by tagines and couscous galore.

We drank a french red with dinner, and enjoyed every second of it.  At the end we hopped back onto our horse and carriage and were whisked away home.


Jemaa El Fnaa at midnight.

Dar Yacout

Another incredible experience like no other.  A taxi wove through the tiny streets of the medina and stopped in a non descript alley, where a very tall gentelman in a white robe greeted us and walked us through a little alley to a non descript door.  This is the thing about Marrakech, you never know what’s behind that plain old door!  Inside the setting was absolutely beautiful.  This time we were led up to the roof top terrace for a cocktail first and treated to a couple of musicians seated on the ground playing traditional music and spinning the tassels round and round on the tops of their Fez’s.

Then we were ushered back downstairs into a beautiful courtyard and seated next to a glowing fountain.  In fact the whole place glowed with the most beautiful candlelight everywhere you looked.

This is a set menu at a set price, with all wine included.  The lovely local Rose was served out of the most incredible cut crystal, hand painted carafes.  The service was friendly and attentive, and there was enough traditional Moroccan food in the 5 courses to feed an army.

I would recommend this experience to anyone traveling to Marrakech, it was magic.

We didn’t end up having time for a food tour or cooking class, and this was really high on my list.  So when I go back I will not miss out.  This cooking class looks like an incredible experience…  La Maison Arabe

And this is the food tour I was hoping to take.

A couple of tips for your trip…

Nothing happens fast in Marrakech, so just slow down and enjoy the time you have here.  Internet is spotty at best, and there are no TV’s at El Fenn, so you’ll need to try to relax and enjoy a different pace of life.

You are in a Muslim country, so ladies be respectful and dress appropriately.  Cover your shoulders and your knees when you go out in the Medina.  A loose fitting, longer caftan works every time.

If you ask a stranger for directions in the souk be prepared to pay for the information.  Better to pop into a restaurant or bank, or to ask one of the merchants you’ve already been buying from.  Also good to keep the card for your Riad in your purse in case you need it to get back there.

If you don’t like snakes then walk quickly through the Jemaa El Fnaa.

Hiring a guide for our first day was essential.  This way you’ll get your bearings, no one will bother you, you’ll see some sights and learn some history…and when you purchase 12 heavy pom pom blankets and don’t want to carry them, your guide will insure that they are safely delivered to your hotel.  Best to hire Mustapha, literally everyone we passed knew him, and he promised me that if the dozens of rugs I purchased didn’t make it to the USA that he would come deliver them himself, and I believe he would.  Thank you Mustapha for your time, guidance and generosity.

A note about the food on this trip…It was fantastic, but how can I say this delicately?  Our tummies may not have been quite prepared for the difference.  Some of us had it worse that others, but we all had issues to some degree.  All I can say is thank goodness for those that were smart enough to bring the Immodium.  Probably best to stick to bottled water too.

I could go on and on here, this trip was one of the best I’ve ever taken, and magical Marrakech is definitely on the top 3 of the “favorite places I’ve ever been” list.

I’d like to thank my fantastic traveling partners, Ed, Mom, Reuben, Nicole, and BJ, you made everything even better, what a stellar group.   Wish I had even one photo where we’re all in focus, how did I end up without one!

Did I mention that we stopped in Lisbon, Portugal for 2 1/2 days on our way home?  That’s another post in itself, coming soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

I’m off to Morocco!!!

Hey Everyone,

While you read this I’m getting ready to hop on a jet plane headed to Morocco!!!

It’s a trip I’ve been dreaming about and planning for years, I can hardly believe I’m finally going.  Heading there with my fabulous Mama and some of my best friends.   Follow along on our adventures… I’ll be posting it all on Instagram, so so excited!

After Morocco we head to Portugal for a couple days.  If you’ve been to Marrakech or Lisbon and have any favorites, please send them my way.  Just reply to this email, I’d really love to hear where you’ve been and what you loved.  Thanks in advance!

Our fabulous team Gum Tree will be holding down the fort at the shops, opening tons of boxes of new product, and getting it out on the floor for you to see.  Here’s a little preview of what’s come in for fall in the past couple of weeks.

Pretty new pillows from Filling Spaces Designs, also love these zodiac dishes and this inspirational (?) notebook.


Brand new 100% Cashmere throw blankets, and all new Hat Attack fall hats.


Fall clothing for the little guys is in!  Plus lots of new books and super soft lovies too.


Lots of pretty new pieces for little girls too.  How about that swan purse?  And the cutest little unicorn squeaker!


That’s an apron, how gorgeous!  Great new wood trays and cutting boards, plus cookbooks and serving pieces and more.

Wish me luck and good shopping mojo, and I’ll see you all soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Glassy Baby trunk show this Thursday in Manhattan Beach!

Hey Everyone,

I hope you can join us for a trunk show This Thursday in our Manhattan Beach shop with Glassy Baby benefiting The LA25 Foundation for the Arts.

Glassy Baby began when the light of a candle in hand-blown glass gave hope to Lee Rhodes.  This hope helped her heal from cancer three times and inspired a business devoted to giving hope, beauty, kindness, and millions of dollars to help people, animals, and our planet heal.   Their hand blown glass votives are only available online, but you can come see them in person with us during this trunk show only from 10-2 Thursday.  This amazing company donates over $2,000,000 a year to charity!

This particular cause is near and dear to me.  This year I am the Co-President of the non profit, LA25 Foundation for the Arts.  We are a group of South Bay business owners who have come together to raise money for arts education for kids in the South Bay, primarily with our upcoming art auction ART310.

We will be selling tickets at the event Thursday, but you can also click below and buy them now!  It’s going to be a wonderful event, trust me, it’s always a good time.

Huge thanks to Holly Socrates, talented local artist and our curator, and to all of the generous sponsors and artists who donate to the cause!

Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

End of Summer Sale…50-70% off + Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hey Everyone,

You can feel extra good about shopping and eating at Gum Tree this Labor Day Weekend.
We will be donating 10% of all Gum Tree profits from Labor Day weekend to the Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Come on down…It’s the Last Call for all Summer Sale Items!
All Sale is in our Hermosa Shops…
take 50-70% off! 

We’ve added some new things this week, so come take a look!

New Arrivals in all of our shops too!

Please Save the Date for something close to my heart…
Thursday, September 7th 10am-2pm
Glassy Baby Trunk Show
at Gum Tree Manhattan Beach

Benefiting The LA25 Foundation for the Arts
Tickets will be on sale for the upcoming ART310 Art Auction, or you can purchase yours now at www.ART310.org.
Featured Artists Include…Bo Bridges, Anton Watts, Holly Socrates, Tricia Strickfaden, Tanya Monaghan, Carol Reach, Brian Kingston, Siri Berting, and many more.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale Starts Now!

Starting today at 10am…
It’s the Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale!

Join us all weekend at our Manhattan Beach shop for amazing deals on tons of great sale items, 50-70% off.

And, we’re doing it again….
Take 20% OFF EVERYTHING in our MANHATTAN BEACH SHOP ONLY!
We’re open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10-6!

So many new arrivals, and you can snap them up at 20% off! Yay!

Hope to see you there.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Hermosa Beach Summer Sidewalk Sale Starts Now!

Hey Everyone,

Today’s the day…the Hermosa Beach Summer Sidewalk Sale Starts Now!

Sale Items are now 50-70% OFF.

And, this weekend, only in Hermosa…
Take 20% off all Regular Priced items at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids!

We’ll be serving up complimentary mini muffins while you shop, and if you buy anything in our shops take your receipt over to the cafe for a Free Iced Tea or Lemonade!

Live Music in front of Java Man on Saturday and Sunday, and a scavenger hunt too. Come down and Shop Local at all your Hermosa Favorites.

There’s so much going on downtown and on the beach for the International Surf Festival this weekend…
Charlie Saikley 6 Man
Dwight Crum Pier to Pier Swim
Surfing Championships
Sandcastle Contest
And more!

Saturday at 7:30 south of the HB Pier it’s the first Movie on the Beach
The Karate Kid!

And Sunday at 5:30 south of the HB Pier it’s the first show of the Summer Concert Series! Come down for Robert Randolf and the Family Band.

Don’t miss out on all the fun in the sun this weekend in Hermosa. Hope to see you all there.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale Starts Now…

That’s right, take 30-50% Off SUMMER SALE items at all 3 of our shops, starting this morning at 10am.

So much good stuff!

Don’t forget…you’re invited to our Surf Shack Summer Party tonight from 5-8pm!

Our Hermosa Shop and Cafe will be open until 8pm. Come for dinner, sangria, live music and more. Meet Nina Freudenberger, the author of our favorite book, Surf Shack. And shop the SALE too!

See you there.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Join us for a midsummer night party…

Hey Everyone,

We’re thrilled to announce that Nina Freudenberger, the author of our favorite home decor book of the year, Surf Shack, is coming to Gum Tree Hermosa!

To welcome Nina, we’re throwing a midsummer night party, and we hope you can join us.

Thursday, July 27th
5-8pm
Gum Tree Hermosa

We’ll keep the cafe open for dinner, serving some Aussie favorites. Come for a meat pie, sausage rolls, crab and corn chowder and more. We may even make some of our famous lamingtons. Complimentary Sangria too!

Live Music on our front patio from talented (and adorable) local musician, Zacc West.

Our shop will stay open until 8pm, and we will have plenty of copies of Surf Shack for Nina to sign, along with her iconic Surf Haus and Summer Haus Candles, guaranteed to make your house feel a little more like one of the effortlessly cool Surf Shacks collected in her book.

Nina is the founder of the boutique design firm Haus Interior, she lives close by in Mar Vista, we can’t wait to meet her!

So gather your friends, bring the kids, and enjoy an evening out in beautiful downtown Hermosa Beach.

Looking for something to do in the South Bay THIS weekend? Click the blue links for more info…

Thursday, July 20th… El Segundo Art Walk Art, Music and Studio Tours from 5-9pm

July 20-23rd… AVP Hermosa Beach Open…This weekend check out the world class volleyball tournament at the Hermosa Pier.

Friday, July 21st…Nikau Kai presents a screening of The Princess Bride at the Manhattan Beach Library courtyard, princess and pirate costume contest too!

Saturday, July 22nd…Concerts on the Pier in Redondo featuring A Certain Groove

Sunday, July 23rd…Concerts in the Park at Pollywog featuring the Mark Mackay Band

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Potting Succulents at Gum Tree Kids…

Hey Everyone,

I hope you can join us with your little ones tomorrow at Gum Tree Kids to plant your very own succulent out on the sidewalk!

 

We are partnering with our adorable new neighbor Sweet Blooms Atelier for this one.

Make any purchase at Gum Tree Kids, no matter how large or small, and we’ll give you everything you need to pot your very own tiny succulent.

Wednesday, July 12th from 11am-1pm
323 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach

Jamie’s new shop is just up the street at 421 Pier Avenue, you must pop in and check it out.

She specializes in workshops to make your own bouquets…

And has a succulent bar inside with all the fixings.

Don’t forget, it’s the Farmer’s Market on Pier Plaza every Wednesday from 1-6 as well.

We love to celebrate what’s new in town, and with a lot of new businesses opening up shop, I’ll be working on a New In Hermosa write up coming to the blog next week.

Happy Summer:)

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Things to do with the Kiddos…July Edition!

Hey Everyone,

Hope you had a fun 4th of July!

Summer time is in full swing, the kids are out of school, and we’ve got some ideas to help fill your Wednesdays…

Have you been to the Hermosa Beach Farmers’ Market yet?
Every Wednesday on Pier Plaza from 1-6pm.
It’s such a beautiful market, with a kids train and the beach just steps away, it’s a great way to spend the afternoon!

Before you hit the market…
Every Wednesday in July, from 11am-1pm come play with us at Gum Tree Kids!

July 5th…Magic Wand Making
July 12th…Plant your very own tiny succulent
July 19th…Make your own Jewelry
July 26th…Story time with mini muffins

Spread the word, we’d love to see some new faces down here at our Kids shop!
323 Pier Avenue, in beautiful Hermosa Beach

And happening right now at Gum Tree Kids in Hermosa and Manhattan…

Swim Sale…30% off all swim suits and coverups for kids, until they’re gone!

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Brand New Back Patio at Gum Tree…Revealed!

Hey Everyone,

It’s finally done, our brand new back patio is officially opening today!

Just in time for summer, it’s everything I dreamed it could be and more…

In case you don’t remember what it looked like…

It was such a great space, but because it was completely open to the elements, it was very hard to use it year round. It was not secure, so everything had to be brought in nightly, and the winds could whip through there pretty good. And the constant dust that gathered drove all of us bananas.

And now…
It’s a whole new room of the shop we’ll be able to use all year round!
How do you like the skylights? I love them!

The windows open, letting in the sea breeze. But in the colder months it will stay nice and cozy. No more wind tunnels through the shop during the busy Holiday season!

We’ve added some amazing leather hanging planters from our friends at Right Tribe. These are hand made right here in Manhattan Beach by the nicest/coolest couple you will ever meet. Lauren and Johnny, thanks for all your help with set up!

Love this limited edition print “Surfer” by our dear friend Anton Watts. Look him up, he’s the bomb.

See that leather plant coozie? Another beauty from Right Tribe right there…oh and more room to display my prickly cactus pots!

With lots more space for all our fantastic Hat Attack hats, Star Mela bags and new Right Tribe leather visors to breathe.

Hope you can make it down to see it in person.

It’s going to be so much fun to work with this space. I’m already planning its transformation to a winter wonderland!

See you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Solstice Soiree…

Happy Monday Ladies!

Summer is here and brings with it sunshine, warm nights, and good vibes…
so we’re throwing a party on our patio!

 

We’ve teamed up again with our fabulous neighbors Beach & Beverly and Details. They will bring their beautiful goods over to our place so you can sip and shop with all 3 of us in one spot!

Tuesday, June 20th from 6-9pm at Gum Tree Hermosa

With a complimentary Braid Bar by Glam Squad
Live Music from Gorgeous got a Gun
and Sangria!

Hope you can join us for a beautiful night in Hermosa.

RSVP today to shop@gumtreela.com
So we know just how much of that Sangria to make.

Hope to see you there.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Design and Wine with Us…

Hey Everyone,

What are you doing this Thursday night?

Why not join us for a Design & Wine Event?

Enjoy vignettes and a Q & A by local designers, pop up shops, food, wine and giveaways.

RSVP only, space is limited, so click this link now to add your name to the list.

Hope to see you there.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Father’s Day Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and this year we’ve got a great selection of gifts for your husband, father, teacher, brother and more!

Check out these ideas for the guys in your life.

Surfer Dad…

Classic 80’s Surf Photos compiled in a book by Jeff Divine $40, Down the Hatch hip flask $46, Wet Suit bag $19, Chan Luu Mens bracelets $74-120, and everyone’s favorite Fish pens $6

Puzzle Loving Dad…

Pocket Fish Pen Knife in a cool tin $23, Eucalyptus & Sandalwood Candle for his office $42, Football Quiz Game $12, 25oz S’well Bottle $45, Vintage Oldsmobile 1000 piece puzzle $18, Questionable Merit Badges $10

Camping Dad…

Campfire Cuisine Cookbook $15.95, Food Flask $36, California Bear Keychain $6 and Magnet $5, Leather Ali Journal $29, Trail Soak for tired limbs $21, Pocket multi tool pliers $18

Modern Dad…

25oz Teal Wood S’well bottle $45, The Greatness of Dads book $18.95, Travel Grooming Kit from LA Bruket $98, Moderne Haus Candle $38, Constellation Matches $5

Practical Dad…

Excellent book, Surf Is Where You Find It $24.95, Hero Dad Card $5.75, super cool Brass Hammer $14, Bike Repair Kit $24, Brass Hand letter opener $12

Foodie Dad…

Where Chefs Eat $29.95, #1 Dad Card $5.25, Gentleman’s Pocket Journal $23, Set of 6 Steak Knives from Laguiole France (the best ever) $82, Brass Anchor Bottle Opener $29, Agate Slice Coaster $12

Pop in this weekend and let us help you pick the perfect gift.

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Fiesta Hermosa…Take 20% off!

Hey Everyone,

All Weekend Long…TAKE 20% OFF EVERYTHING IN OUR HERMOSA SHOPS!

Fiesta Hermosa is on, so ride your bikes or walk down and join in the fun.  Visit the kids area early, then come up and see us, it’s nice and calm up the hill.

At Gum Tree Kids your little one can make their own jewelry too!

Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori

Graduation Gift Ideas from Gum Tree…

Hey Everyone,

Graduation Season is upon us, and whether you have a high school or college grad to gift, we’ve got lots of great ideas.

Because if they’re going to drink out of a solo cup, it may as well be a fancy gold one…


Inspire them to travel and follow their heart… and teach them to fix their own buttons instead of throwing the whole shirt away.


You can’t go wrong with a little protection spell kit, or a pair of tiny solid gold earrings.


It’s always a good idea to say yes to new adventures. But make sure she has the perfect scarf to stay warm while exploring.


Whiskey cocktails and hangover food go together like tacos and seashells.


Make sure they have a journal and some good pens to record their thoughts during their travels. They will thank you when they find that journal 20 years later.


Congratulations Class of 2017!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Join us this Wednesday…

Hey Everyone,

I hope you can join us for a day full of shopping and sipping champagne…

This Wednesday, from noon until 7pm at Gum Tree Hermosa…

We’re welcoming the amazing Cindy Ciskowski from House of Cindy, and all of her beautiful pillows and rugs, for a pop up event!

If you’ve been wanting to freshen up your space, come on down…

Cindy and I will both be here to help you pick the perfect look for any room in your house.

Bring us pics of your room and we’ll help you work out what you need.

Come by for lunch while the kiddos are in school…

Or pop in after work and get some Mom’s Day shopping done!

Make sure to make yourself a wish list…because if your husband is anything like mine he won’t be shopping until Saturday:)

There will be champagne and nibbles and fun all day, hope you can make it!

238 Pier Avenue, in beautiful downtown Hermosa Beach

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is 2 weeks away!

Here’s a little gift guide to get you thinking about what Mom might like…

For the Bohemian Mama…


Star Mela Dress $148, Sunday Forever Pink Gold Candle $36, Moroccan Ceramic Coasters $46, Hamsa Dish $18, Pretty Little Stud Earrings $24-60, Block Printed Pouch $58

For the Yoga Mama…

Palm Tree S’well Bottle $35, The Yoga Kitchen Cookbook $24.99, Seashell Bangles $68, Green Arrowhead Necklace $45, Cotton/Terrycloth Beach Towel $56, Yoga Mat Spray $25

For the World Traveler…

Get Lost Sunhat $96, Wild and Free Shibori Journal $17, Pens $14, Tracey Tanner Gold Wallet $150, Tassel Earrings $82, Agate Bookends $68, Star Mela Cross Body Bag $98, Baggu Travel Bag $12, Goe Oil $48

For the Gourmet…

Salt Cookbook $24.99, Mom I Love You Card $5.75, Laguiole France Spreaders $42, Scents & Feel Towels $19, Ceramic Measuring Spoons $14, Truffle Salt $28, Wood and Marble Serving Board $39

For the New Mama…

Letterpress Card $6.25, Brass Keychain $26, Succulents in Seashell $79, Chan Luu Necklace $198, A Mother is a Story Book $19.95, Cotton Lurex Scarf $58

Mama’s…come on in and make your wish lists now! Because you deserve it.

Mark your calendars for an upcoming event you don’t want to miss…

Join us on Wednesday, May 10th when we welcome the fabulous Cindy Ciskowski of House of Cindy for a Pop Up Shop at Gum Tree Hermosa!
12pm-7pm
Pillows, Rugs and Champagne, oh my!

Cindy is the queen of the custom vintage pillow, we have carried her line for years and she never disapoints. Her taste is impeccable, she’ll bring tons of new pillows, and rugs she’s recently sourced in Morocco too!

We hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Come Meet Chan Luu this Thursday…

Hey Everyone,

I hope you can join us this Thursday, April 27th when we welcome Chan Luu to our Manhattan Beach shop!

She and her team will be there at 10am… with all new jewelry and scarves!!

Each purchase of the day gets a raffle ticket, and one lucky lady will go home with a beautiful new necklace from Chan.

Mimosa’s and mini muffins too.

Lucky us…we get to keep all the beautiful new jewelry and scarves through Mom’s day…

To learn a little more about Chan Luu, her history, her philosophy, and her iconic brand, take a look at this video.

Hope to see you all there,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

This weekend…it’s the Downtown MB Sidewalk Sale!

Hey Everyone,

Starting this Friday morning at 10am, through Sunday at 6pm…
It’s the Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale!!!

Join us in our Downtown Manhattan Beach shop for a great sale on lots of good stuff, 30-70% OFF!

Enter our RAFFLE for a super cute beach bag full of goodies valued at $200, one ticket will be entered for every $50 spent. Winner will be announced on Monday.

And Free Mini Muffins while you shop!

Locals…do yourself a favor and ride your bike, walk, Uber, Lyft, or hop on the Downtowner. You’ll save yourself any parking hassle and be a happier camper, we promise.

For more info on the Downtowner click here.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Upcoming Events at Gum Tree…

Hey Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family and friends. We sure did, and now we’re back and refreshed and ready for some great upcoming events here at Gum Tree and around town!

Mark your calendars ladies, Chan Luu and her team are coming back to Gum Tree!

This time we’ll welcome Chan at our new Manhattan Beach shop…they will be bringing lots of beautiful merchandise, and we’ll raffle off a special piece too! Hope you can join us next Thursday, April 27th from 10am-1pm.

Then in Hermosa…
Join us on Wednesday, May 10th from 5-8pm when we welcome the fabulous Cindy Ciskowski of House of Cindy and all her amazing pillows and rugs!

She’ll be setting up a pop up shop on our front and back patio, it’s going to be amazing. More details to follow…

A couple of community events you don’t want to miss are coming up as well…

This weekend…it’s the Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale!!!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – We’re open 10am-6pm and we’ll be getting in on the action with treats and deals and more.

This Saturday, April 22nd from 11-4…It’s an Earth Day Celebration at Polliwog Park.

Next Saturday, April 29th from noon-7pm
It’s the 10th Annual Spyder Surf Fest on Pier Plaza in beautiful Hermosa Beach! Live music, fashion show, even meet some action sports stars.

P. S… Mama’s, get in here and make your wish lists! Mom’s Day is coming up, and we want you to get what you really want:)

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Hop on in to Gum Tree Kids for your Easter goodies…

Hey Mamas…

Easter is almost here, are you ready?

Hop on in to Gum Tree Kids to get some darling things for your Easter Baskets.

We have bunnies and chicks, toys and jewelry, and so many adorable outfits…


There’s a lot of new to see in all of our shops, come on down and let us help you find some treasures.

We hope to see you all soon,
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree + Hat Attack DIY Event…

Happy Monday Everyone!

Mark your calendars, we’ve got a great event coming up this Friday…

The ladies of Hat Attack are coming all the way from New York for this super fun DIY event. They’re bringing hats and beach bags and all kinds of trims, you come with your creativity and leave with a custom piece of your very own!

Hats and Bags are $92 each, no matter how many tassels, ribbons or pom poms you add!

Please RSVP to lori@gumtreela.com if you think you can make it, it’s going to be a beautiful day on our back patio in Hermosa, and my husband is making us an iced coffee bar:)

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

There’s a spring in our step…and in our shops!

Happy St. Patty’s Day Everyone!

How much are you looking forward to the beautiful springtime season? Me too! Spring break is coming, and the thought of that desert sunshine is giving me all the warm fuzzy feels.

Our shops are looking beautiful, we are definitely ready for Spring at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids.

Here’s a peek at what I’ll be wearing at the pool in just a few short weeks…

I might not take the Warhol book with me, but it’s already on my coffee table at home making me happy.

Need some more warm weather outfit inspo? Here you go..

In love with this white pebbled leather bag.


I’m a sucker for black and white, and tassels, and brand new S’well bottles! They are rolling in, three orders in the last couple days at all 3 shops, come see!


So many great new beach totes, towels, hats and cover ups, I want everything this season!


I Love Pink. And welcome to Gum Tree you beautiful all copper ayurvedic water bottle, with multiple health and wellness benefits, put your water in here the night before for best effect.

What about those kiddos?

This bathing suit kills me, we have bikinis too!


And for the little dudes…

Come take a peak at all the beautiful new things and get yourself ready for the warm weather coming soon.

P. S. The BUNNIES have arrived at Gum Tree Kids in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach, it’s never too early to start collecting all the fabulous things you need for your Easter Baskets!

Have a wonderful weekend, hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

We’re seeing Green this Saturday!

Hey Everyone,

This Saturday, March 11th at 11am…

It’s the 23rd Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patty’s Day Parade!

Come down to Hermosa Beach for this awesome community event.

We’re celebrating with Green Ginger Lemonade in the cafe, and 20% off anything Green in both of our Hermosa Shops!


It’s going to be a beautiful day! Ride your bike or walk down and enjoy it with us.

Keep an eye out for my two Will’s walking with the Hermosa Beach Little League, they’ll be out there with this year’s Gum Tree Kids T-ball team:)

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

New for Spring…and let’s help save Santa’s float!

Hey Everyone,

Spring is definitely coming, I think, right? Whether it warms up now or later, we have been very busy here at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids opening boxes of beautiful new things for your house, your kids, and of course for you!

Oh how I love to buy beach cover ups…seriously I could fill a whole closet with these breezy beauties and happily live in them all summer.

Every girl needs a good sunhat. We’ve got all the good ones from Hat Attack New York.

Pretty jewels…in my favorite colors.

Are you on board with Moon Juice yet? Gwyneth is, and if this stuff is going to give me even a smidge of her glow then sign me up. Plus look at that cutting board and copper timer.

This chair and these pillows and this agate table and all that blue!

We’ve got what your coffee table needs for Summer.

Need a card? We’ve got those too.

All the new kids clothing is rolling in and it’s just too cute. Everyone who has looked at this tiny boho coverup has asked if it comes in women’s sizes. Sadly no, but your little girl is going to look amazing in it on her way to the beach.

Trucker hats….the South Bay summer essential.

And did I mention something about saving Santa’s Float? It turns out that the beloved Manhattan Beach Santa Float is in serious need of some TLC. Lots of money needs to be raised to fix it up, Leadership MB is taking on this project and we are trying to help.

So save up your downtown MB errands for Monday, and then get down here and hit all your favorite shops! We will donate 10% of all sales for the day in our MB shop to help #savesantasfloat!

If you can’t make it downtown MB on Monday, but would like to make a donation to this fantastic cause, please click here. http://www.leadershipmb.org/classof2017.html

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Hermosa Beach Sidewalk Sale Starts Now!

Hey Everyone,

If you’re in town this weekend, come on down to beautiful Hermosa Beach… It’s the First Annual President’s Day Sidewalk Sale!

We’re starting the big Sale today at both Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids…

TAKE 70% OFF ALL SALE ITEMS!!!

PLUS, NOW THROUGH END OF DAY MONDAY…IF YOU BUY ANY SALE ITEM YOU CAN TAKE 20% OFF ANY REGULAR PRICED ITEM.

We have so many amazing new things in both shops…
At Gum Tree you’ll find beautiful new sunhats, cover ups, jewelry, pillows, ceramics and more. At Gum Tree Kids, new toys, books, and spring clothes have arrived and they are too cute!

Rumor has it there will be a fun scavenger hunt happening around town on Saturday and Sunday. Find the US President in each participating shop, and enter to win some awesome prizes.

P.S….Will has put a Cuban Sandwich on the special board this week and it’s crazy good. You’ve got to try it.

Another fantastic Hermosa Event takes place on Saturday evening from 4pm-9pm…
It’s the closing night of Water and Wood at Hermosa Design.
This is your opportunity to enjoy work from more than 50 talented local artists in a beautiful space right here in Hermosa. Should you purchase any of the art, 10% of the sale price will go directly to the HVPTO! We are proud to help sponsor this event, nibbles at the event Saturday night will be provided by Gum Tree Cafe.
For more information click here www.waterandwood.co


We hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Valentine’s Day is 4 Days Away…

Hey Everyone,

Only 4 days till you celebrate with your Valentine…so I thought I’d send along a few pretty pictures of some of the beautiful jewelry designers we carry here at Gum Tree.

A little inspiration for your sweetie…

Misa Jewelry, I mean come on, this is crazy beautiful.


Jewelry by Cari…in solid 14k or sterling silver, such a pretty way to personalize.


Communion by Joy Smith…too pretty for words.


Classic Jane Hollinger, you can never go wrong with her iconic hearts.


Zoe Chicco, one of our favorites for years and years.


Amano Studio, these cuties are $30 and available in gold fill, silver and rose gold fill…

Tess and Tricia…well priced and so pretty.


Katie Dean, you all know how I’m obsessed with a good evil eye, hers are the cutest…


Chan Luu…enough said.


Aili from Brooklyn, a personal favorite for tiny delicate pieces, those birds…


Renee Garvey, each piece is one of a kind…


Ariel Gordon, a lovely LA designer who does the classics really well.


Tai, a favorite since we opened, she does the wrist party best.


Hope you enjoyed that pretty jewelry round up as much as I enjoyed making it.

See you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Inspired by this…Tour of Gum Tree MB

Hey Everyone,

We are thrilled to have been featured this week on a beautiful lifestyle blog, Inspired by This.   You are going to want to start following them ASAP for travel tips, recipes, decor inspiration, and everything wedding related.

They interviewed me for a feature on what it’s like to be a shop owner, so you’ll get a bit of my inspiration, my daily life, why we named our business Gum Tree, and lots of gorgeous photos of the new Manhattan Beach shop by Sanaz Photography.

Take a peek here.

Don’t forget, if you have your Gum Tree Tote you have 10 more days to bring it in for 20% off!  I’ve been out at market buying all new amazing goods and it’s all rolling in.  Come take a peek!  Valentines has arrived in the shop too, I think it’s the best year yet for Valentines cards.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale Starts Today!

Hey Everyone,
It’s our very first time participating in the Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale
So we thought we’d do something fun…

Today through Monday the 16th-

Take 50% off ALL SALE ITEMS
And… Take 20% off ALL REGULAR PRICED ITEMS!

At our Downtown Manhattan Beach Location only.
324 Manhattan Beach Blvd, MB Open 10-6 Daily

Mini muffins, champagne and sparkling cider too.

Cross your fingers that the sun shines. But if not, never fear, we’ll have all the fun inside instead.

Lots of really great Kids Clothing is on sale 50% OFF at Gum Tree Kids in Hermosa too! We just didn’t have room to bring it all over. So if you’re in Hermosa take a peek.

*Don’t forget, if you got your Gum Tree Tote you can take 20% off regular priced items through the end of January at all of our shops. Lucky Duck:)

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Bring Back Your Tote for 20% Off…and now take 50% off Sale!

Happy Happy New Year Everyone!


Take 50% off all Sale Items at all three shops…Starting Right Now!

And even more exciting…If you got one of our cool new Canvas Gum Tree Totes, or if you have one of our good old Jute Gum Tree Totes, bring it in for the rest of the month and take 20% off any full priced items.


Come as many times as you like with your tote, and get 20% off all full priced items, now till January 31st!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Kids Gift Guide…because 4 more sleeps till Xmas!

Hey Everyone,

In case you are still shopping for the little one’s on your list…here’s a Gum Tree Kids Gift Guide for you!

Baby Boy…

1. fleece bear hat $17, 2. stainless steel bell spoon $63, 3. petit bateau onesie $34, 4. little lamb blankie $14, 5. fleece booties $24, 6. baby’s first year book $40

Little Princess…

1. egg baby tutu dress $55, 2. moon magic wand $28, 3. squiggle kitty $16, 4. princess hair clip $15, 5. board book $9.99

Little Daredevil…

1.kiddimoto bike/skate helmet $39, 2. doodle book $12.95, 3. mystic 8 ball $18, 4. ninja pencils $9.50, 5. skull bike bell $18, 6. trick cards $7

Monster Lover…

1. monster activity pack $15, 2. awesome trucker hat $22, 3. balloon dinosaurs $9.95, 4. dino puzzle $16

Little Rocker…

1. pom pom beanie $23, 2. magic rope kit $18, 3. xmas coloring poster $21, 4. little guitar $48, 5. space tattoos $2.50

Tween Girl…

1. friendship bracelet kit $14, 2. pom pom necklace kit $4, 3. hat and mittens $50, 4. scented glitter pens $10.25, 5. neon chalk lettering kit $18.99

Unicorn Lover…

1. neon pop watercolor crayons $10.50, 2. star necklace $28, 3. magical unicorn putty $6, 4. ursula the unicorn $29, 5. unicorn horn $23, 6. magical unicorn dreams $16

4 More Sleeps!

Happy Holidays.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Wish List Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…extended holiday hours, treats and gift wrapping, and 13 shopping days to go until Christmas and Hanukkah!

I know you’ve been busy shopping for everyone else in your life, but next time you’re in, maybe add a little something to your very own Wish List. Because you should get what you’re wishing for this year too.

Enjoy!

Winter White…

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1. Hat Attack Felt Fedora $106, 2.Chan Luu Bracelets $87-$202 , 3.Tess & Tricia Antler Tip Necklace $156, 4. Super Soft Blanket Scarf $69

Aqua…

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1. Nate Ricketts Sea Glass Tree $69, 2. Aurora Borealis Candle $53, 3. Sparkly Zip Pouch $38, 4. Ten Things Aqua Earrings $90, 5. My Life Journal $14.95, 6. Robindira Unsworth One of a Kind Semi Precious, 14k and Diamond Jewelry $650-$1024

Indigo…

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1. Vintage Indigo Duffel Tote, Made In LA $320, 2. Pom Pom Beanie $28, 3. Ten Things Labradorite Tassel Necklace $182, 4. The Last Stop $45, 5. White Magic Smudge Spray $22, 6. Chan Luu Cashmere & Silk Scarf $179

Black…

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1. Shashi Drop Earrings $78, 2. Topanga Candle Co. Mercury Glass Candle $45, 3. Rifle Paper Address Book $36, 4. S’well Bottle $35, 5. Woven Leather Cross Body Bag $154, 6. Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish $32

Natural…

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1. Printed Scarf $28, 2. Forest Feast Gatherings Veggie Cookbook $35, 3. Ten Things Semi Precious Bracelets $39-$89, 4. Amano Studio Earrings $40, 5. Chokers $42-$82, 6. Minor History Smile Bag $138.

Pink…

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1. Rose Quartz Bookends $90, 2. Vintage Sabra Stitched Pillow $224, 3. Chan Luu Semi Precious Tassel Necklaces $179-$202, 4. Jane Hollinger 14k gold studs $96-$147, 5. Chan Luu Cashmere & Silk Scarf $179, 6. Horsehair Keychain $44, 7. The Cocktail $15.95

Happy Happy Holidays!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

35 gifts under $36…

Hey Everyone,

First of all, a big huge thank you to everyone who came out for our 8th Annual Santa Photos with Lauren Pressey…you all raised a total of $8625 for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation! We hope you love your photos, I’ve seen so many good ones already!

Here’s a little Gum Tree Gift Guide to get you started on your holiday shopping…

35 Gum Tree Gifts Under $36

Perfect for teachers, office gift exchange, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and more!

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1. soapstone hand dish $18, 2. peace sign studs $24, 3. hand carved bone frame $34, 4. mother of pearl cheese knives $32/set, 5. HB coordinates hand towel $13.95

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6. mercury glass candle $29, 7. gold leather business card case $22, 8. gold bar notepad $8.95, 9. ceramic elephant ring holder $12, 10. gold tone hoops $36, 11. Jonathan Adler sun ornament $30

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12. folding bread knife $36, 13. rifle paper gift tags $8, 14. seashell box $12, 15. whale cheese board $24, 16. Laguiole cheese knives $13 each, 17. cocktail napkins $14, 18. Santa dish $12, 19. ombre party candles $16

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20. rifle paper mermaid notebooks $16, 21. gnome ornament $17, 22. cactus pen $6.50, 23. faux fur pom pom keychain $18, 24. money white magic candle $22, 25. set of 4 hair ties $12, 26. canvas teacher pouch $14.95

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27. bone desk tray $29, 28. 17oz swell bottle $35, 29. seven year pen $8.95, 30. lapis lazuli necklace $16, 31. pom pom keychain $7

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32. apothecary travel set $12, 33. brass hammer $14, 34. iron and glory combination carabiner $28, 35. ideas notebook $17

Ho, ho, ho.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Santa Fundraiser 2016 Day One…

Wow, what a day!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out today to take a picture with Santa.  It was a huge success, you raised $4100 for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation today!

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A million Thank You’s to Lauren Pressey and Tonya Bertino for your talent and your tireless work year after year, and to all the HBEF volunteers, you’re the best!

See you next Sunday when we do it all over again, 10am-4pm.  Please be in line by 3:30, Santa has to finish promptly at 4.  Thanks so much for understanding!

See you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori

 

It’s a Big Weekend for Small Business!

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re all gearing up for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast with family and friends, I cannot even tell you how excited I am about the stuffing and gravy I will eat today.

Gum Tree will be closed on Thanksgiving day…Enjoy your day with your family and friends, we know we will!

Then, it’s a very big weekend for the Shops of Gum Tree!

Black Friday…
All of our shops will be open at 9am serving black coffee and doughnuts, and offering 20% off anything black! Skip the mall and shop small!

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Small Business Saturday…
This is the big one guys! I hope you can make it out to #shopsmall at all of your favorite small businesses today. There are so many wonderful locally owned businesses in the South Bay, show them some love.

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#ShopSmall on Saturday at our shops…
Every purchase takes home a new Gum Tree canvas tote.
We’ll be serving treats and sips and holiday cheer.
Rumor has it a real live elf will show up at Gum Tree Kids, and there will be arts and crafts to keep the little one’s busy.
Gum Tree Cafe’s very own Lisa Ritchie, singer songwriter, will be playing in the shop at Gum Tree Manhattan Beach from 11-2. This girl has the voice of an angel, seriously talented.

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In Hermosa Beach, FREE PARKING at all downtown bagged meters starts on Friday, November 25th. Thank you Hermosa Beach City Council!!!

And if you’re heading to Downtown Manhattan Beach you can avoid the parking madness with 20% off a ride with Lyft… use code SHOPSMALLMB all day Saturday.

Sunday…..Santa is Back at Gum Tree Hermosa!
Come on down between 10am and 4pm for the best Santa Pics in town. Our favorite local photographer Lauren Pressey is back, and just like every year, we will donate every penny of your $20 to the HBEF. With your help we have raised over $30,000 for HBEF since we started this wonderful event 8 years ago!

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Free hot cocoa and mini muffins for the kiddos while you wait. $20 for a digital file, pics will be emailed right to you one week after the event.

Santa Tip: The line is always shorter after lunch time.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

We hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Santa Photos Are Back!

Santa Photos with the amazing Lauren Pressey are back!

gumtree_santa2016Benefitting the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation, every penny spent goes directly to HBEF!

Come down for hot cocoa and some holiday cheer.  Here’s a tip…if you can, wait until a bit later in the day.  The line gets a bit shorter after lunch.

This year all photos will be emailed right to you, no need to pick up the original.  Incidentally, I have a box here in the Kids shop with all those pics never picked up!  So next time you’re in, check for yours:)

Hope to see you all here.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival…

Hey Everyone!!!!

This weekend is a big one for Hermosa…

It’s the Downtown Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival.

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All over town you’ll find Live Music, an Elf Scavenger Hunt, Carolers to get you in the holiday spirit, our fantastic Neighbors’ Shops and Restaurants, and more!

Both of our shops will be offering 10% off all weekend, and you’ll get our pretty new Gum Tree canvas tote with every purchase!

At Gum Tree Kids…
Saturday- Christoper the Elf is back, he’s so much fun, bring your kids down for some entertainment, they will love him.
All weekend- We will have Arts & Crafts for the kiddos and treats too!

At Gum Tree Shop and Cafe…
Free hot cocoa for the kiddos all weekend, and the wishing tree is back on our patio for the 7th year in a row. This is probably my favorite holiday tradition.

It’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks here at Gum Tree.

If you’ve been following along on Instagram or Facebook then you know we’ve added a new store to the Gum Tree Family, it’s at 324 Manhattan Beach Blvd, right downtown Manhattan Beach. We are super excited about our growing small business, and we could never do any of it without all of you, we are so grateful for our loyal customers and our amazing staff!

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I’ve heard from some of you that you’re concerned for our Hermosa stores, or you think we are closing Hermosa. That could not be further from the truth.
We are not closing anything in Hermosa!
It is our home and our heart, and we will always be there.

But just to make you all feel better, I want to share with you why we opened in Manhattan…

Remember that time about a year and a half ago that we had a flood in the Kids shop? And we had to move into the Manhattan Village Mall for a month with a pop up shop…

Well, while we were there we learned a whole lot. You all know I have been a champion of Hermosa since we opened, and we’ve done our best to help to promote and grow the community down here, and I really thought we were finally past the people of surrounding areas not coming down to Hermosa. I thought we were past people thinking that it was all bars and no shopping or daytime activity…because we’re doing great and the downtown has really come so far, so many amazing small businesses down there and of course all of you have found us!

I was wrong.

Everyone who walked in would say, “this is amazing, why is it just a pop up?”
And to that I would answer, “we have two shops in Hermosa”
And then they would say, “where?”

I’m not kidding.

So we took an unofficial poll in that 30 days, we had a little chart at the counter and everything, and we asked every person who came in if they had ever heard of Gum Tree and where they lived…

70% of people in the Manhattan Village Mall had NEVER HEARD OF US! And they lived predominately in Manhattan Beach or Palos Verdes.

So, we knew right then that there was a huge untapped market right next door to us that we could grow into.

We had plans to open another shop, we have a family to support after all, and these two cute kids to put through college. So we were looking at Playa Vista, Brentwood, Newport, downtown LA and many other places. And then we found out we could open within walking distance instead!

So the hunt was on for a space downtown Manhattan Beach. It was a tough road, as downtown MB is going through changes of it’s own, with rents skyrocketing and chains moving in. It’s just the reality of the market. We knew we would only get a space if we could find a landlord who cared about small business.

First of all, we had the best realtors ever! Catherine Wachtfogel and Patrick Sheekey of Coldwell Banker Commercial WESTMAC, you are our heroes! They believed in us, they understood the importance of getting the small business message across, and they made it happen, we would not have this space without them.

To our new landlords, Tony and Ezra Choueke, thank you! You could have taken the easy way out and gone with any of the many chains that wanted the space, but you believed in us and gave us the chance and we are forever grateful. We promise to do our best to live up to our end of the bargain and make you proud.

While I’m thanking people, my husband is a rock star. Best husband, father, business partner, cheerleader that anyone could ever ask for. Team Gum Tree, our staff, we could not have done any of this without you, you are the very best!

Our contractor, Juan Carlos Balderas, you are amazing, on time, detail oriented, you never let us down, we love you! My new friend Shane Brown of Big Daddy’s Antiques, you helped me realize my vision for all of the shelving and the beautiful counter and it came out exactly as I’d hoped it would, you are amazing and I’m so glad I met you. Thank you!

My friends who showed up to open boxes and do the dirty work, bring me lunch and dinner and coffee, thank you! And to my mom who picked up the kids, made them dinner, gave them baths, and kept them happy while I was away, there are not enough words.

Big big thank you to all of you for your continued support. Thank you for coming on this journey with us, we would be nowhere without all of you.

Hope to see everyone soon! If you’re still worried about Hermosa, stop worrying and get down there to shop and eat and spread the word. It’s all good.

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Lily Pad Floral Class at Gum Tree!

Hey Everyone,

We’re excited to invite you to sign up for an upcoming event at Gum Tree.

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We’re partnering with talented local florist, Rebecca Perry of Lily Pad Floral for our first ever Floral Arranging Class.

On the back patio at Gum Tree.

Thursday, November 15th from 10am-noon.

Space is Limited, we can only take 12 of you…so sign up now by clicking right here.

You’ll take home a beautiful fall arrangement, a new pair of floral clippers, and a rose stripper.  Light brunch and coffee will be served as well.

Hope to see you there,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

It’s our 8th Birthday, Come celebrate with us!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Believe it or not, tomorrow, November 1st is our 8th Birthday here at Gum Tree! 8 years, I can barely believe it.

Big LOVE and THANKS to all of you! We know full well that without you we would not be here, and we are so very grateful for your continued support.

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We’d love for you to join us on Tuesday when we reopen for a Birthday Party, with Champagne and Cupcakes! Take home a Gum Tree Jute tote with every purchase too.

FYI…Today the shop at Gum Tree will be closed so that we can transform the place into a winter wonderland…Never fear, the Cafe and Kids Shop are open today and fully stocked with Halloween Spirit.

Hope to see you all here,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree is Growing…Manhattan Beach Location Coming Soon!

Good Morning Everyone,

We are beyond thrilled to let you know that we are growing our Gum Tree Family!  Just last week we signed the lease on a big beautiful space Downtown Manhattan Beach.

Did I mention it’s big?  Twice the size of our current shop!
Located at 324 Manhattan Beach Blvd, it’s nestled between Pete’s Coffee and BLVD.

It will be a combination of Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids, just like when we opened Gum Tree 8 years ago. (Yes 8 Years on Nov. 1st!)  The cafe is staying in Hermosa, for now.

Because of it’s size we will be able to expand our offerings.  I’ve been on the hunt and I can’t wait for you to see what’s coming.

In true Gum Tree fashion we are working our absolute fastest to get open in time for the upcoming Holiday Season…yep that’s right, look for the doors to open sometime in November!

We hope to bring you more community events, beautiful products for your home and family and friends, and the charm of small business in the South Bay.

P.S. WE ARE HIRING!  Respond to this email or forward it on if you know someone great.

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Save the Date…Girls Night Under the Stars!

Hey Ladies,

Gather your girlfriends and mark your calendars for a really fun upcoming event…

Make plans to join us here at Gum Tree as we celebrate all things fall fashion with our neighbors Beach & Beverly and Details, and fabulous Fashion Editor Tanya Monaghan AKA @thekayagirl.

Wine and shopping, live music, a photo booth, and friends…what could be better?

RSVP NOW to SHOP@GUMTREELA.COM
Space is limited.

Hope to see you here.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Fall into Gum Tree Kids…and our Silhouette artist is coming back!

Good Morning Everyone!

It’s finally fall!  Really, it’s October, the Hometown Fair has come and gone, so I think it’s official:)

We’re ready for it here at Gum Tree Kids.  Check out this darling spooky window…

Big News—–
Silhouette artist Karl Johnson of Cut Arts is coming back to Gum Tree Kids!
Thursday, November 3rd from 11am-6pm.

Appointments take only 5 minutes, and this gift lasts a lifetime!  For all the info and to sign up click below…
Sign up NOW to reserve your spot!

We have so many new things in the Kids shop, take a look…


The fall line from Pink Chicken is here, and how about this pretty ballerina queen from Australian line Alimrose?


This Llama pillow is killing me, how cute is she and the new Bla Bla Kids llama?  New watercolor paint pallette from Vilac France, and hand dyed shibori swaddles made right here in Manhattan Beach make great gifts!


We always love the masks from Opposite of Far, we have a huge selection in now for Halloween too.  How about those tiny cactus hair clips?


Look for my little guy around town in this outfit, it’s Egg by Susan Lazar and the hat is Prefresh.  Too cute!


The new sleep sacks from Milkbarn are so pretty.  And that eco-friendly wooden Latte teether!


If you’ve been following me on Instagram you know that I am enamored with everything black and white.  It’s a classic look that also happens to be trending right now.  I love the look for baby gifts, especially when you don’t know what the happy couple is having.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Vintage Rug Event at Gum Tree…and more!

Good Morning Gorgeous!

There’s a lot going on in Hermosa Beach this week…starting with our first ever Vintage Rug Event!!!

Hope you can make it this Wednesday evening for a glass of wine and shopping for some really beautiful rugs.  We’re bringing the flea market rug experience to the front patio at Gum Tree.  One of a kind Turkish and Moroccan rugs, lots of sizes and styles, at amazing prices. Bring some friends and make it a night out.

We’re keeping the shop open late as well…and we’ve got so many new arrivals in to help you spruce up your place for the fall season.   Vintage kantha throws, beautiful pillows, coffee table books and ceramics too.

And that’s not all that’s happening Wednesday in Hermosa

Our Hermosa Beach Farmers Market on Pier Plaza celebrates it’s one year anniversary Wednesday.  Bring the littles down for a ride on the train and a walk on the beach.  Then back to the market for fresh produce, flowers and lunch!

This weekend there’s a wonderful event taking place just down Pier Avenue…

15 Under 15

Come celebrate the fine art and photography of fifteen South Bay artists under the age of 15.  The exhibit, entitled “15 Under 15,” is the product of a youth art program by local Hermosa Beach artist Rafael McMaster.

The exhibit, held at 49 Hermosa Pier (on the Hermosa Pier plaza), will open Saturday, September 24th from 3-6pm.

Open weekends through the month of October as well.
For more information about the exhibit, or Rafael’s art programs for kids, please contact Rafael@rafaelmcmaster.com.

We hope to see you in Hermosa soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Come see what’s new for Fall…

Hey Everyone,
Dare I say it’s a little chilly this morning as we’re all getting the kids to school or heading out to work?  I even threw on a light scarf…if you know me you know how happy this makes me, I have a scarf thing.

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks getting lots of new product into the shops.  I love it when the seasons change and the new things roll in.


How about these gorgeous hats from Hat Attack!?


We’ve added a new line of leather bags, super soft from Day & Mood.


Pretty, there’s my new little scarf.


Diamonds in resin by Shana Gulati.


Our favorite Sarah wallet by Tracey Tanner is back in stock in lots of pretty colors.


We’ve added some gorgeous new cookbooks, as well as some marble and wood accents for entertaining.

And at Gum Tree Kids…you have got to get over there…the fall clothing for baby to 4T is too cute for words.

Mark your calendars…we’ve got a really great event coming up.


I met a really wonderful rug guy, Ali, on my last outing to the Flea Market…I wanted everything, and we got to talking about the shop and how I’d love to carry all his rugs but we just don’t have the space…

And then it hit me, we could bring the Flea Market to you for one night only!  With wine and cheese and rug shopping on our front patio just before Sunset.

Bring your friends, it’s going to be fun.  Sorry guys, I already bought the one in the photo, we’re going through a little renovation at our house and we’re almost ready to move back in.  Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!  I’ll share those pics soon, but if you’ve been following along on Instagram Stories you may have already seen a bit of the transformation.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale Starts Now!!!

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Come on down to both Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids! We have so many beautiful things on sale, from coverups, jewelry and beach umbrellas, to cookbooks and cutting boards.

At Kids you’ll find gorgeous pillows and decor, and of course the cutest swim suits and summer clothes for your littles.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Come get creative with us!

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying your Summer so far, we definitely are!

We are excited to be partnering with a wonderful LA artist, Anne-Louise Ewen, for an upcoming Creativity Workshop at Gum Tree! Hopefully the first of many new events like these we’d like to host…

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Thursday, July 21st from 6-8pm.
Watercolor Painting, Wine and Cheese on our Front Patio.

There are only 20 spots available!
Tickets are $85 each and available at the link right HERE.
“It’s so much more than just painting and wine. Self-reflection, watercolors, gorgeous take-home coloring book, getting to know your inner-artist, music, laugter, …connection. #foodforthesoul”
–Laura Snyder, Spiritual Teacher & Coach for Creatives

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Anne-Louise Ewen

Anne-Louise Ewen, lifelong artist and creator of 25 Beautiful Things, A Fine Art Coloring Book for Adults, will guide participants through a series of anti-authoritarian painting exercises that are fun and liberating using watercolors and the luxuriously oversized pages of her book.

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You’ll take home your own watercolor set, brushes and book ($59.99 value) that will help you to continue accessing your creativity long after the workshop is done.

I hope you can join us, make sure to click the link HERE for more information and to sign up now!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Swim Sale Starts Now at Gum Tree Kids!

School’s out for Summer…

And we’re having a Swim Sale at Gum Tree Kids to get you ready for the beach!

swim saleNow through July 4th….

Take 20% off all swimwear and sun hats for boys and girls
at Gum Tree Kids.

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We have rash guards, trunks, bikinis and more from brands like Egg, Pink Chicken, Stella Cove and Subatukl Supply…for baby up to 4 years.

Come on in, we’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Our Father’s Day Gift Guide is Here!

Happy Monday Everyone,

Only 6 more days until we celebrate all the dad’s out there… and 7 more days until the official start of SUMMER!

We’ve got a fun filled Father’s Day gift guide for you today, enjoy…


Whale Serving Set $29, Travel Surf Cook $29.99, Anchor Botttle Opener $14, Brass Seahorse Bottle Opener $16, Fisherman Sea Salt $26


Beach Sounds Radio $49, Truly Hermosa Hat $15, Sea Salt Soap $8, LED Camping Lantern $30, Dad Hacks $15.99


BBQ Tools $50, The BBQ Companion $29.95, Olivewood Serving Set $28 , Slate Cheese Board $35, Soapstone Pencils $11


Man Food $35, California Matches $5, Bamboo Utensils $15, S’well Bottle Brush $23, Teakwood S’well Bottle $35


The Hungoever Cookbook $10, Anchor Dish Towel $17, Mojito Set $15, Laguiole France Corkscrew $55.


Hermosa Turkish Beach Towel $42, Ukelele $30, I Love Dad Card $5.75, Poker Set $60.


Lip Jao Lip Balm $8, High Tide $59.95, Mountain Dog Recycled Climbing Rope Leash $25, S’well Bottle $45.


Rock N Roll Album $75, Howard Stern Card $5.25, Compass Paperweight $25, Dice $35, Extension Cord $14.

Hermosa is a great place to shop for Dads!
While you’re down here pop into one of our neighbor shops… Becker Surf for some board shorts, Deep Pocket for a shave, Wicked + for a great Deus T-shirt or Curious for something funny, guaranteed.

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Almost Summer = Teacher Gift Time!

Guys, It’s Almost Summer!

For many of us that means it’s Teacher Gift time…

Here are some ideas for our favorite teachers, they help our kiddos all year long…of course lots of these could also work for grads, girlfriends and bridesmaids too, take your pick!

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Great Thought deskpad $16, Thank You card $5.25, All Seeing Eye sachets $18, Pretty Scissors $26, Good Vibes brass necklace $32, White Jade sealife bracelets $38 each.

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Leather zip pouch $46, Thank You card $5.25, Tiny Studs $18 each, Rifle Paper set of 2 notebooks $12, Pens $14, Happy Everything paperweight $12, Turkish beach towel $36.

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Sir/Madam dishtowels $29, Sea Salt from Ibiza $28, Mermaid bottle opener $24, Gracias card $5.25, First Prize Pies $29.95.

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Cotton & Bamboo Turkish towel $39, Aquamarine Soap Rock $14, Book Club notebook $6, Turquoise carded necklace $16, Buddha bracelet $36, Desert Scene zip pouch $25.

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Be Happy journal $14, 99 Things Journal $12.95, 17oz S’well bottle $35, Conscious Coconut body oil $18, Coola Liplux $12, Blue Agate coasters $12 each.

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Travel canvas zip pouch $24, Silver Earrings $36, Bamboo & Cotton Turkish towel $39, Namaste Ninja face spritz $27, Lavender bath salts $28, Sage & Eucalyptus candle $36, Leather card case $28.

Keep your head up Mom’s, we’re almost there!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

This Weekend in Hermosa Beach…

Hey Everyone,
There’s a lot going on here in the South Bay this weekend, and Hermosa is at the center of the action with

the First Annual South Bay Film and Music Festival!

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Click on the photo above for more information, or visit www.southbayfest.com.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS….

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Attend a screening at the Hermosa Beach Community Center Theater, or hit one of the venues around town for some live music.

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Get out there and enjoy this fantastic new event, right here in our backyard.

We hope to see you all around town.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree + Young at Art

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Come on in and spend some $$ at both shops and the cafe all day Wednesday, so that we can help the Hermosa Beach Young at Art program raise much needed funds. We will donate 20% of every dollar spent!

Art is essential to a well rounded education. This wonderful longstanding local volunteer program insures that our children are exposed to art in their classrooms.

If you can’t make it to this event, but are interested in more info about how you can help the Hermosa Beach Young at Art program, please email Isabie at isabie@gumbonia.com.

Or simply click HERE to donate!

#itsforthekids

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

2016 Gum Tree Guide to Paris…

Happy Monday Everyone,

It’s finally here…our 2016 Gum Tree Guide to Paris!

I know, I know, why did this take so long?!

Well, the container full of everything I purchased in Paris is arriving this week!  I promise, I’ll Instagram as soon as it all hits the shelves, but for now, please read along…so exciting…

As soon as I got back from our trip to Paris, the editor of Southbay Magazine, Darren Elms, sent me an email.  He asked me if I would like to write an article, specifically a travel journal detailing my Paris trip from a design perspective, for the April issue of Southbay Home.

So of course I typed “absolutely, no problem”, hit send, and then immediately had a panic attack… because, oh my god I am not a writer, I own a couple of boutiques!  Sure I have a blog, but holy smokes this will be published in a real life magazine that I love.


See, I even made it onto the Contributor page, and under my name it says Writer…  It’s hard to describe the feeling I got when I opened up the mag and saw this.  Very exciting stuff.  Big Thank You to Southbay Magazine for this opportunity.  You can click on the link here to see the article on their website, oursouthbay.com, or grab a copy of Southbay Home today.

But, I also want this guide to live on our Gum Tree Blog forever, with lots of photos and easy links to everywhere we loved.  So here goes, hope you like it!

Paris by Design…

Let me start by saying, I love my job.  It’s been just over 7 years since I took a chance on a lifelong dream of opening my own shop.   Gum Tree is a Home and Gift shop and Aussie café here in Hermosa Beach.   The “Aussie” is my husband Will, he grew up down under, and he runs our café.

With two small kids and a new puppy, our life is full.  On top of that, small business is not for the faint of heart, it can feel like you never have a minute off, let alone a day.  But, it is also incredibly rewarding, and now, finally, it allows us to travel for work!

After all, it is my job to bring fabulous things to my shop.  The mix of things we carry and how we display them is what keeps our customers coming in, and consequently, I’m on a never ending hunt for inspiration.  Remember when I said I love my job?  The hunt is the reason, it never gets old.

Which brings me to Paris.  Every January Europe’s premiere home and gift trade show, Maison Objet, takes place.  I usually hit the shows on my own, but this seemed like a great opportunity to bring my husband along for the ride, what better café inspiration is there in the world, right?

I should mention that I’ve been to Paris a few times, but Will hadn’t.  He’s been all over the world, he is an Aussie after all, that’s what they do, but Southeast Asia is more his jam.  He says he just never felt the desire to go to Paris.  Who doesn’t want to go to Paris?  I was hoping to change his tune.

Day 1…Saint-Germain-des-Pres
We took a direct flight overnight to Paris on Air France, easy peasy.  We are big fans of good public transport, and Paris has one of the very best systems in the world.  We hopped on the RER train at the airport, and 25 minutes later got off right in the heart of the city, in my favorite neighborhood, Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

I booked us an apartment through AirBnB, a sweet little one bedroom on the top floor of a 200 year old building with a teeny tiny elevator, and views of the rooftops of Paris and the church of Saint-Sulpice.   We met the owner, dropped our bags and hit the streets to find a cup of coffee and something to do to keep us up till bedtime.
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It was about 2:30 in the afternoon, and only 35 degrees outside.  January in Paris is chillier that I had imagined, but no less beautiful.  We decided to stroll our neighborhood to get our bearings, starting with a quick cappuccino and a quiche Lorraine, then it was all about shopping.  This is not my husband’s favorite activity, but this trip he was really game for seeing what my life is like on my work adventures, so he tolerated it, and dare I say, even began to enjoy it toward the end of the trip.


There are two darling shops I love on Rue Mabillon, Sandra Seraf for womens clothing, and Laurette for the kids.  The tiny handmade dream catchers at Laurette were my favorite find, and I always love the curated jewelry selection at Sandra Seraf. Then on to Rue St. Sulpice for more dreamy women’s clothing shops including Antik Batik for boho embroidered pieces, Vanessa Bruno for that sleek French girl look, American Vintage for great basic tees and sweaters, and Mes Demoiselles for over the top feminine bohemian fashion.

By this point Will was getting antsy, so I spared him any more clothing stores and took him someplace I knew he would love, Le Grande Epicerie.  Whenever we travel we make it a point to seek out a really good grocery store; food is key to understanding another culture.  Le Grande Epicerie is like no other grocery store you’ve ever seen.  It’s located on the first floor of the famous Le Bon Marche, the world’s first department store, opened in 1852.


The cheese section of this food emporium is larger than our house, and smells like heaven.  There were aisles of foie gras, charcuterie, fresh seafood, and chocolate-among other things.  In the center sits a beautiful fresh fruit and veggie section, and just down the steps you’ll find an entire basement full of French wine and Champagne!

We headed home with 4 different cheeses, 2 different types of charcuterie, some grapes, a box of crackers and a bottle of wine.   And that, my friends, makes for a perfect first night in Paris.

Day 2…Le Marais

The jet lag got to us and we slept a bit late today, or was it the wine?  Anyway, around noon we headed out to another favorite neighborhood, Le Marais.   We took the metro, and exited at Filles du Calvaire, which is a very short walk to one of my favorite stores in the world, Merci.

Merci is a mix of housewares, fashion, art supplies, décor, and excellent coffee!  It is basically everything you want under one roof.  Speaking of the roof, a giant skylight in the center bathes the whole place in amazing light. There are also 3 different cafes inside, and the Used Book Cafe is where we sat for a lunch of creamy pureed vegetable soup, a salad of burata, tomato confit, and prosciutto and some perfectly chewy/crunchy baguette.


My favorites of the store include a section of bedding in a rainbows worth of washed linen, the perfectly Frenchy women’s clothing section, the kitchen section full of beautiful black and white enamel, and the art supply section (I am always a sucker for tiny notebooks, colored pencils, and washi tape).


If there were a kids version of Merci, it would be Bon Ton just up the block.  It’s 3 floors of gorgeous, from décor, to toys, to clothing, there’s even a vintage photo booth on the main floor.   We had a few favorites here, the pops of neon on neutrals in clothing and décor, the golden stars and neon sign on the wall downstairs, and the whimsical party goods section.  All of these inspired plenty of new arrivals to Gum Tree Kids for spring.


The rest of the day was spent wandering the tiny, charming streets of the Marais on our way to dinner with a friend at L’Indochine.  We popped in and out of many little jewelry stores on Rue Ville du Temple, wondered how there could be so many quaint little shops full of only sunglasses or tea, and bought my mom jars of tapenade and mustard in a gorgeous epicerie, Premiere Pression Provence.  She’s a fantastic cook, and she was home with our kiddos, so we picked up gifts for her and our beloved sitter Rianna all along the way.


If we had more time in the day I would have loved to explore the Picasso Museum.  This is also a wonderful neighborhood to walk on a Sunday, as it’s one of the only neighborhoods where shops stay open.

After a delicious dinner at L’Indochine (French Vietnamese) we walked home in the chilly night, passing the glowing pyramid at the Louvre.  We crossed the river Seine on the Pont Louvre and stopped to gaze at the Eiffel Tower and pinch ourselves that we were really here.  Finally we hit the Boulevard Saint-Germain, where we made a stop for a nightcap at the famous Café De Flore.  Hot chocolate for me, and a glass of Moet for Will.  We sat amongst some beautiful people and wished we spoke French so we could properly eavesdrop.

Day 3…Maison Objet

This is the reason I came, to walk the Maison Objet show. We started with a quick and supremely delicious quiche with goat cheese, a pain au chocolate, and a couple of capuccinos at the beautiful little bakery Gerard Mulot. Sitting in the window, we watched everyone from chic Parisian grandmothers to construction workers pop in to grab a baguette wrapped in paper for breakfast. How do they all stay so thin?

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Maison Objet takes place in a large convention center complex near the airport on the outskirts of town. It’s about a 25 minute train ride, which I always love because of the opportunity to gaze out the windows at some incredible graffiti. It lines the tunnels and train tracks the entire way, and the riot of color makes me happy and hopeful. On the train back I catch up with my journaling, it’s refreshing not to have to think about traffic, or driving at all for that matter.

This is a trade show, so it’s not open to the public, but rather designers and shop owners like me who go there to place orders. These vendors are always ahead of the trends here in the states, it’s endlessly inspiring to see how they set up their booths, and to get a sneak peak of what’s to come in Home Décor.

maison mutedI was struck by all of the beautiful natural materials we saw, a lot of wicker in furniture and lighting, my favorite treatment being the multitude of hanging basket lamps. Black and white, mixed with natural wood and marble, was beautiful as well. It felt so clean and fresh, and would work well for our casual lifestyle in the South Bay. For color direction I loved the range of blues from indigo to aqua, a bit of fresh mint green, and the pale peachy pink of the sky during sunrise.

maison brightI placed orders for rugs, storage trunks, pillows, ceramics, baskets, beach towels and more. I only regret not ordering any of the hanging lamps, they are exactly what I want for our newly renovated shop, and I assumed after seeing literally hundreds of them that I would find at least one the following week in New York, but it was not to be. In the entire NY show there were two hanging basket lamps, and neither was the correct dimension. This is a product I’m going to obsess over until next spring when the trend finally arrives in the states, fingers crossed! Until then I may have to make my own.

After a long day walking the show, we high tailed it back into the city for a dinner that was without a doubt the most memorable of the trip. We landed at Chez Julien in the Marais after a lovely walk across Ile Saint-Louie, a charming island in the middle of the Seine. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better Steak Frites in my life, Will had the lamb, and we topped that off with plenty of Cotes Du Rhone and a superb cheese plate. This restaurant was the perfect mix of charming Parisian decor, excellent friendly service, great modern music, a fashionable crowd, and perfectly prepared food.

I should mention that this place had the most striking bathroom of the trip. I have a thing about bathrooms in restaurants. I don’t understand why many restaurateurs in the South Bay ignore the opportunity to bring their aesthetic into the bathroom, it’s such an easy thing to do and can make such an impact. This one was perfection, black lacquered walls, a clean white pedestal sink, excellent lighting and a single white rose in a glass vase. I didn’t know I needed a black and white bathroom until I saw this one, now I know.

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Day 4…Montmartre

I began this day early and on my own at another trade show called Premiere Classe. This show focuses on jewelry and accessories and was an absolute treasure. A Perrier Jouet champagne lounge was perched right in the middle of the show floor… Vive la France! Here I placed orders for some gorgeous scarves from Denmark, embroidered clutches for the upcoming spring season made in Bali, and lots of new jewelry from a selection of French designers.

premiere classeAround noon I popped on the Metro and headed off to meet Will in a neighborhood I’ve never explored before: Montmartre.   This was an absolute treat, I think next time I’ll stay in this gorgeous area so that I can more fully explore it. We began at the Metro stop Julles Joffrin and walked up the back way to the famous Sacre-Couer- the giant white basilica on top of the hill, with the very best views of the city below.

But first, lunch. We lucked out with a classic French bistro, Café Francoeur, chosen when I was stopped in my tracks at the sight of their exquisite bistro chairs and red awnings outside. I have a thing for French café chairs too. Inside was even better, all white subway tiles, old mirrors and a comforting onion soup and stuffed mussels perfect for a winter’s day.

cafe francoeurDid I mention the stairs yet? After lunch we traipsed up what felt like thousands of stairs, past immaculate white stone buildings with black railings and their classic blue tin house numbers. Finally at the top, we came upon the back of the Sacre-Couer, and I think this was key to our experience, as we were able to wander through a gorgeous quiet neighborhood before entering the plaza full of touts peddling selfie sticks. If we had come up the magnificent front steps with its fountains, gardens and hundreds of visitors my husband may have turned around and left. He has an aversion to anything even slightly touristy, despite being a tourist himself, but that’s another story.

montmartre stepsDon’t let this stop you from seeing this magnificent cathedral, Sacre-Couer is stunningly beautiful. The brilliant blue in the mosaic on the interior dome must be how the name French Blue came about. Wander down the front steps toward the heart of the village, and glance back up at the basilica’s grandeur. You’ll find a gorgeous carousel at the base of the steps, turn right here and onto Rue De Abbesses for a walk down a charming street full of exquisite independent shops, be they fashion, décor or food.

sacre coeurWe lucked out big time here, it turns out that there was an oyster festival going on this evening, and vendors set up tents on the street in front of the lovely cafes where they shucked fresh oysters and served them up on paper plates with slices of lemon. Will was in heaven. By the way, the bathroom in the cafe we chose, La Mascotte, was sublime, all pale green and grey tile, a mix of mosaic for the walls and ceramic on the floor, so pretty.

montmartre oystersBelieve it or not, the oysters and Sancerre were only an appetizer. I was determined to be standing under the Eiffel tower at the stroke of 9pm when the lights begin to twinkle. So again, we hopped on the metro and alighted at Ecole Millitaire.   This allowed us to walk the whole length of the Champ de Mars, the large public green space that fronts the beautiful Tour Eiffel. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you’re standing in the cold with the love of your life and that tower starts to twinkle. Incredibly lucky, yep, that pretty much sums it up.

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And we hadn’t even had dinner yet! Tonight was a splurge at the fantastic La Fontaine de Mars, a short walk from the tower, it’s a classic bistro featuring traditional southwestern French cuisine. Every detail, right down to the incredible bouquet of roses on a shelf nearby that matched the traditional coral checked tablecloths made us feel as if we were dropped into the movie version of Paris. I have no idea what else was in that leek appetizer, but I will never forget the flavor.   Roasted chicken with mushrooms, scallops, decadent foie gras, a bottle of Rose and a perfect crème brule capped off a wonderful day.

Day 5…The Flea Market

Whenever I plan a Paris trip I make sure to include a Sunday stay. My experience would not be complete without a trip to my favorite little Flea Market at the Porte de Vanves. Just a quick metro ride away from the city center, this is a small market full of little treasures. There are many markets in Paris, selling gorgeous big fancy antiques, but I can’t fit these in my suitcase. So I come to this little market in search of beautiful artwork and unique bits and pieces that will remind me of Paris when I sit them on my nightstand at home.

This time we struck gold at my favorite art vendor. We were captivated by the work of Raymond Debieve and came home with 3 of his pieces, I’m in a black and white mood these days, I cannot wait to frame these.   We also just had to have 12 turquoise handled knives, circa 1980, yep that’s antique now, and would have come home with a vintage motorcycle helmet if it had fit my husband’s head. I’m a bit sad we didn’t bring it back, it would have looked great on a shelf in our son’s room. Here’s my flea market tip to you… just buy it, I’m still thinking about that silly helmet.

flea marketAfter the market we hit another Trade show, this one for kids, called Playtime Paris. The color inspiration here was fantastic. It’s no wonder all the children you see on the streets of Paris look more fashionable than me on my best day, the clothes were stunning. We placed orders for some amazing rugs, sweet handmade mobiles, fine knit baby blankets, and more.

playtimeAfter 4 straight days of French food, we decided on Indian for dinner. A friend recommended a place in our neighborhood called Ravi, and it was such a treat.   It was tiny, all of 10 tables, with one jovial server, beautiful carved wood walls, and absolutely delicious food. We even skipped the wine in favor of a crisp cold Kingfisher beer.

Day 6…Au Revoir

We wandered down charming Rue De Buci in search of our last Parisian breakfast and found it at The Smiths. The name is the only thing that’s not French about this little place, and we sat outside, just as we did this whole trip, under heaters, in 40 degree weather with everyone else.

the smithsAfter plenty of espresso, a baguette with salmon and cucumber for Will, and a chicken curry quiche for me, we headed to the cathedral of Notre-Dame, because if you are in Paris, please just go. If French Blue didn’t originate from the mosaic on the ceiling of Sacre-Coeur, then it came from the stunning color in the stained glass windows of Notre-Dame. Take some time in here to marvel at the way they must have built this incredible structure hundreds of years before bulldozers, cranes, or electricity were invented.

We walked back to Le Marais in search of what we heard was the best Falafel in Paris and we were not disappointed at L’As du Falafel. But, perhaps even better than this sublime falafel from the decidedly no frills walk up counter, was the tiny macaroon shop next door, Damyel. Not just the best macaroons we’ve ever had, but the prettiest space I think I’ve ever seen. Every detail, from the aqua in the floor tiles to the exposed beams, soft white paint, graphic wallpaper, and the aged bent wood chairs, was just beautiful.

damyelWe took our time strolling back to the apartment, savoring every last minute of our time together in the City of Lights. This time we hopped in an Uber to the airport, because our luggage had somehow grown far too heavy to drag into the Metro.

Until next time Paris, J’adore.
Lori Ford

What kind of Mom are you?

Hey Everyone,
Less than a week to go until we celebrate all you fantastic Moms out there! Which of these Mom types best describes you?

The Foodie Mommy…

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You are the one your friends trust to pick the restaurant for girls night, and your kitchen is the prettiest room in your house. You are a fantastic entertainer, you make it look easy to whip up dinner for 12 on a moment’s notice. And somehow you get your kids to eat that Quinoa and Kale too, how do you do it?

The Classic Mommy…

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Your clothes are always pressed, your skin is glowing, and your hair is rarely out of place, even when it’s in one of those cute top knots after the gym it looks darling. Gwyneth Paltrow is your style icon, and your kids have excellent manners too. Please ladies, tell me how you do it!

The Bohemian Mommy…

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You like loose flowing tops, live in flip flops year round, and your hair is a bit on the wild side. Your house is full of imperfect but charming bits and pieces that you’ve collected over the years at flea markets on your travels. Your kids live a bit on the wild side too, and that’s ok with you. I’m not going to lie to you, this is me, especially the messy hair and children part.

The Thirsty Mommy…

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Sometimes you need a drink after a looooong day, am I right ladies? You’ve got a beautiful little bar cart in your living room and can throw a cocktail party together at the drop of a hat. Your S’well bottle is used for Sauvignon Blanc, not water. (This might also be me, minus the bar cart, but I’ll get there one day)

The Beachy Mommy…

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Gosh, isn’t this just so pretty? You’ve always got the best mineral based sunscreen and a lightweight turkish towel in your bag, because there’s a good chance you’ll end up at the beach watching your kids surf/volleyball tournament. That’s your happy place, and theirs too.

Whatever kind of mommy you are, I hope you have a wonderful week. You’re doing great, you don’t have to be perfect, nobody else is… Just do your best and your family will surely love you for it. (At least that’s what I tell myself, and I hope it’s true:)

Happy Mother’s Day.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Mom’s Day Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

Mother’s Day is coming up…and we’ve got a rainbow’s worth of gifts for you in our Mom’s Day Gift Guide.  Enjoy!


All seeing eye pouch $25, Set of 3 earrings $53, Bondi Harvest cookbook $29.99, Zoe Chicco 14k and diamond rings $250-450, Love You jewelry dish $12, Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Organic all over Body Oil $34.


Chan Luu wrap bracelets $87-225, Rock Soap $14, Odeme Nail Polish $11.50, Feather Matches $5, Salted Grapefruit travel candle $10, Brass and Silver Hoops $40, A Mother is a Story $19.95.


Mexican beach blanket $44, Palm leaf Thank You’s $15, Bobby Pin set $7, Ceramic ring dish $18, Seaweed Soap $8, Ten Things Hermosa bracelets $38, Jlynn green chalcedony necklace $59, Rifle Paper pencils $14.


Watercolor Scarf $41, Ten Things tassel necklace $147, Big Deal keychain $7, Gold Dipped necklace $70, Agate slice coasters $12, Wanderlust journal $7.50.


African Basket $28, Renee Garvey semi precious bracelets $100-200, Mirror keychain $13, 25oz S’well bottle $45, Sir Madam found cotton dish towels $29, Rifle Paper notebooks $12, 6 color pen $12.


Mountain Dog leash $25, Rifle Paper Mom card $5.25, Half United give back bracelet $14, The Good Twin bubbly and bossy pins $14, Rifle Paper journals $12, African Bike Basket $48.


Chan Luu necklaces $133-248, Hat Attack sunhat $99, White Leather wallet $105, Moonstone earrings $46, Tiger card $5.75.

If you’re the Mama in the family, come on in and make your wish list!

We hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Save the Date for Chan Luu at Gum Tree!

Hey Everyone,

Mark your calendars, we’ve got an amazing event coming up…

We’re delighted to welcome Chan Luu to Gum Tree for a Trunk Show!

Thursday, April 28th from 10am until 6pm

We have carried Chan’s beautiful line since the day we opened Gum Tree, just over 7 years ago.  She is an amazing woman, a brilliant business mind, and a prolific designer… and you’ll get to meet her!

Chan and her team will bring tons of new merchandise for you to peruse, from bracelets and necklaces, to rings, earrings, scarves, and some of her Men’s collection too!

We will be serving up a special iced coffee drink and some delicious new bites from our Gum Tree kitchen, all on our private back patio.

Chan will join us for a couple of hours, from 10 until noonish, and her team will stay the rest of the day.

In the event you can’t make it down Thursday, don’t worry, we’ll get to keep all the amazing jewelry and scarves they bring for a whole week!

We hope you can join us.  Please feel free to spread the word.

Remember, it’s almost Mom’s day…and you deserve it!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Rain or Shine???

Hey Everyone,

It may be gloomy outside, but it’s bright and sunny inside Gum Tree…
Lots going on here, and tons of new things arriving daily!

Check this out…

We love Cari’s beautiful line of custom jewelry.  Add names, initials or words that are meaningful to you on any of her pretty charms, and then add a diamond ($50 value) for FREE!  

We’ve been busy bees here the last couple of weeks opening so many boxes…

You can’t get much sunnier than this Hat Attack sunhat, gorgeous Star Mela embroidered tote and Sunnylife Australia round towel…


Tons of new styles from Kris Nations jewelry have arrived, and check out this new leather line, I always love the white, tan, gold vibe for spring.


Hey Hermosa….these brand new turkish cotton beach towels were made just for you!  


From one of our favorite designers, Ten Things Jewelry, our sealife bracelets are back in stock, now in faceted white jade too!


Another shipment of our favorite African woven baskets is here, amazing colors.  And check out that printed throw…


My favorite new tray…you know, because “sometimes all you need is a billion dollars”.

And we haven’t just been busy at Gum Tree…Gum Tree Kids across the street is welcoming adorable new stuff every day too!


Beautiful new knit blankets from Bla Bla Kids, and how about these tiny rompers from Nui Organics and Petit Bateau?


This new rug line is to die for…


Another great shipment of Herschel Backpacks has arrived!  And our shark tooth fairy pillow is back.


These cars make the coolest gift for the little (and big) guys on your list!

Don’t forget everyone, coming up is our Silhouette Event with Karl Johnson of Cut Arts…There are a few spots left for Thursday, April 21st, and if that day sells out Karl will add a second day!

REGISTER NOW at http://tinyurl.com/gumtreekids1

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Spring Break!

Hey Everyone, 

It’s almost spring break!  Our kids are out of school next week, and we’re planning a staycation here in beautiful Hermosa Beach…hoping for some sunny beach days.

If you’re headed to warmer weather, we’ve got some gorgeous new tunics, hats, bags and towels in the shop you might want to come see…

I’d love to sit on the beach under my big sunhat with a grown up coloring book, I could do that for hours while the kids dig sand castles and splash in the waves…doesn’t that sound dreamy?

My favorite African plastic beach bags are back in stock.  They are super light weight, the sand falls right through them, and they are pretty, durable, and inexpensive!

Don’t hit the beach without a S’well bottle or two…no need for a cooler to keep that rose cold.  I suppose you could use it for water…but why when there’s wine?  Remember, you’re on vacation.

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Hop on in to Gum Tree Kids…

Last call for Bunnies Y’all…

Only 3 more days till Easter.

Hop on in to Gum Tree Kids at 323 Pier Avenue in
beautiful downtown Hermosa Beach
for all your last minute goodies.

We hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

 

Springtime in the South Bay…

Hey Everyone,

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.  The leaves on the trees in my backyard are coming in, and it’s lighter later.  Spring is such a lovely time of year, especially here in the South Bay.

At Gum Tree we love Spring, because just like in fall, we get all new merchandise in!  This year we did a little spring cleaning too, and revamped the cafe in the process.  It looks so fresh and clean, I love it!


Our talented neighbor Maggie is an amazing chalk artist.  It truly is an art, and she did such a beautiful job on our new menu wall.  If you’re in need of a special chalk board for a bridal shower, wedding or birthday party, check her out at http://www.margaretcolleen.com

It’s almost Easter too, and we have all the best stuff for your Easter Baskets at Gum Tree Kids.

We also have some fantastic new clothes and toys in, and tons of beautiful new books.


Big News at Kids…Mark your Calendars!
Karl Johnson, the incredible silhouette artist from Cut Arts, will be back at Gum Tree Kids to cut portraits of your little ones, just in time for Mom’s Day!

Wednesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 21st

Click over to this website http://tinyurl.com/gumtreekids1 to register right away, spots fill up very fast!

Meanwhile, back at Gum Tree…If you haven’t seen our shop redo yet, come on in and check it out.  We have so many beautiful new things arriving daily.


From tunics to sunhats, new books to cozy throws, and little glass horse salt and pepper shakers…we have plenty of new things for you to see.

Enjoy this beautiful evening, wherever you are.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Sale now 70% OFF…And a Cafe Renovation!

Hey Everyone,
Today begins the last week of our Winter Sale….

Starting Now, take 70% off all Sale Items!!

Plus, take 20% off any regular priced item when you buy any sale item.
This is the last week, so come on in and take advantage now.

There are some great things left, and at 70% off they’re practically free!  We need to make some room for all the new stuff arriving in both shops for Spring.  

Speaking of new, our Bunnies have arrived at Gum Tree Kids!  We have all you need to put together the cutest Easter baskets.  Art supplies, puzzles, bunnies of all shapes and sizes, great books, and more.  

How amazing is this brand new floral teepee?!  Seriously though, the spring clothing that’s arriving daily is so adorable, we’ve added some new lines, welcome Nui Organics.  And we’ve got the Spring collections in from Prefresh, Munster, Petit Bateau, Miki Miette, and Subatukl, as well as some gorgeous new toys and decor.

FYI…WE ARE SPRUCING UP THE CAFE TODAY AND TOMORROW, SO OUR CAFE IS CLOSED…
WE WILL REOPEN BRIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH A FRESH NEW LOOK!

Hope to see you soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Last Chance for Winter Sale…and Sneak a Deal on Something New!

Hey Everyone,

Our Winter Sale is going strong, and we want to sweeten the deal for you…

Buy any SALE item at 50% OFF
And get any regular priced item at 20% OFF!!!  

We need to make room at both shops for all the fabulous new stuff coming in, and there are some great things on sale!

Snap up some darling clothing at Gum Tree Kids for that upcoming baby shower.  Or take advantage of 50% off that felt fedora or leather tote you’ve been eyeing at Gum Tree!

Then take 20% off some of our fantastic new merchandise!

At Gum Tree…

And Gum Tree Kids…

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Hey Guys…Free Beer!

Starts at noon today.
Do us a favor and forward this to someone you think might need a little help.
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
xoxo
Lori

 

A Valentine Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

I’m Back!!!  The Paris shows were amazing.  I ordered so many fabulous things.  From beach bags, scarves and jewelry, to toys, rugs and little leather goods, I can’t wait for everything to start arriving.

New York was awesome too.  I think you’re all going to love what’s to come here at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids.  In fact, some of it is already rolling in!

Let’s talk about Valentine’s day…it’s coming up!

Here’s a little gift guide to help you with ideas for your Valentine or your Gal-entine, because Valentine’s day is a great time to tell your bestie you love her too.  We even have stuff for the kids.

See something here you’d like for Valentine’s Day?  Email us and we’ll add it to your wish list!  That way when your other half comes in, we’ll know just what you want.

By the way, we have just received new shipments of Zoe Chicco and Chan Luu, right in time for the holiday.  The Zoe rings and necklaces are out of control.  A really special gift, come in and take a look.

Stay tuned for an updated Paris and New York Guide… coming to the Gum Tree Blog next week.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

The Big Reveal…and a trip to Paris!

Morning Everyone!

The day has come, the shop at Gum Tree is back open after a fabulous renovation!


We’re all stocked up with lots of gorgeous new things, and many of our classics too.  Come down today and have a glass of celebratory Champagne with us!

Champagne is in order because guess what???  Will and I are headed to Paris tomorrow!!!!  I’ll be attending 3 amazing shows, Maison Objet (Home Decor), Premiere Classe (Jewelry and Accessories), and Kid (all things European Kid).

You may remember that last year I ventured to Maison Objet for the first time, and it was incredible.  This time Will is joining me so that he can get some cafe inspiration, and let’s face it, so that we can spend some quality time together in the City of Lights!  It’s his first trip to Paris, and I could not be more excited to share it with him.

Make sure to follow along with our adventures on Instagram!  Click HERE for the Shop (me) and HERE for the Cafe (Will).

Don’t forget, now through the end of January…Bring your Jute tote in for 20% off your purchase in the shop!  Bring your blue tote to the Kids shop and take 20% off there too.

Merci ma Belles!  

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Renovation…we’re almost there!

Hey Everyone,
We’re getting so close to reopening the shop, I cannot express how excited I am for you all to see the changes!  I’m so happy with the way it’s coming together.

Yesterday we started to install furniture and fixtures and it’s looking fantastic! Tonight we will be moving all of Gum Tree back to the mothership.  

For today, both shops will still be at the Kids space.  It was fun to have the shops back together for a bit…

Then, it will take us the weekend to get Gum Tree back together.  The Kids shop will remain open regular hours for all the gifts you need for the little ones!  The swell bottles will be available there too… and the cafe is open regular hours.

Grand Reopening of the shop at Gum Tree will take place this Monday, January 18th at 10am! 

I hope you all can join us for the big reveal and some celebratory cocktails served all day!

Thank you all for your support through this renovation, and every other day of the past 7 years.  Without YOU there would be no US!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

A Change for the New Year…

Happy 2016 Everyone!

In the spirit of the new year, with new beginnings and fresh starts on my mind, I have decided to take on a bit of a renovation to the Shop at Gum Tree!  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while, I hope you will love it.  It will feel much more open and airy and I just can’t wait to see how it turns out! 

From now through next Sunday the 17th, the shop side of Gum Tree will be moving in with the kids!  You can find all the Gum Tree goodness cozied up with our Kids stuff under one roof at 323 Pier Avenue in our Kids store space.

Please note…both shops will be closed on Tuesday, January 12th for inventory.

The Cafe will remain OPEN during the renovation!

Thanks so much for bearing with us during this renovation time, it’s going to be awesome when it’s done, I am so excited!!!

To thank all of you for shopping with us during the holidays…we are bringing back our Gum Tree Tote promotion!

Bring your Jute Tote or Blue Kids Tote in to the shop during the whole month of January and take 20% off your purchases!


We hope to see you all in this fabulous new year.  Stay tuned for a renovation diary, info and a new reveal soon!  You can always check our BlogInstagram or Facebook for up to date info.  And be sure to come visit us in the Kids shop to see how we make it all work during the transition!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

The fine print…..(You must have your tote with you to get the discount.  No price adjustments on previous purchases, and not to be combined with any other discount or special. Discount is for purchases in the shops only, does not apply to purchases in the cafe.)

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day to You!!!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas, we enjoyed the whole day in our PJ’s with great friends, food and wine… it was perfect.

And now, the shops are back open with some specials for you!

Today through New Year’s Eve….

At Gum Tree…Take 25% off all Hats and Cashmere Sweaters.

At Gum Tree Kids…Take 25% off all cozy PJ’s, Hats and Scarves!

Thank you so much for shopping and eating with us during the holidays and all year long.  We really appreciate it!

Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori and Will Ford

What we’re wishing for…

Happy Friday Everyone!  

With only 7 more shopping days until Christmas, we thought we’d share some last minute gift ideas for you…these are some of our team’s favorites, compiled this morning.

It’s not too late to get in here and make a Wish List of your own.  Or if you like something here, go ahead and forward a link to this blog post to whomever is gifting you as a not so subtle hint:)

Enjoy!

I’m Wishing For…

Campos leather city satchel, handmade in Brooklyn, new to the shop yesterday!  $462.  Bergamot beeswax candle $22, desk clock $104, South Bay cutting board, $44, Solid 14k gold and diamond studs from Aili (any pair will do) $305-396, Chain fringe necklace $85.

Pam is wishing for…

Matta Dupata silk and cotton pom pom scarf $194, Renee Garvey triple pearl necklace $225, cutting board with rope tie $42, Welcome Tassel $56, Painted bone frame $37.50.

Kristin is wishing for…

Brand new African glass bead tree (gorgeous!) $98, Black Currant candle $46, cream and grey scarf $29, Tracey Tanner handmade leather wallet $150, Turquoise cocktail ring $134, Kings Crescent earrings $110.

Neil is wishing for…

In2Green recycled cotton throw $173, Run Sweat Recover aromatherapy face mist $27, Fish corkscrew $14, Leather luggage tag $30, 25oz S’well bottle $45.

Lauren is wishing for…

Laguiole cheese knife set $43, Agate slice coasters $12 each, Tiny gold filled shape rings (arrived this week!) $39, Chan Luu cashmere and silk tie dye scarf $224, Venice cookbook $39.95.

Call us at 310-376-8744 or Reply To This Email if you see something you can’t live without.  We’ll gift wrap it for you, and have it ready for pick up.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

A Rainbow’s Worth of Gift Ideas from Gum Tree Kids…

Happy Monday Morning!

Your gift guide for today comes from Gum Tree Kids…we have gifts for all the kids on your list, in every color of the rainbow…Enjoy!

Oh, and starting today, both shops are open every day from 9am-7pm.

Christmas Eve from 9am-4pm.

We hope to see you soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

62 Gift Ideas from Gum Tree…

Here it is Everyone…

Your Friday Morning Gum Tree Gift Guide!

With 62 Gift Ideas for your girl friends, guy friends, teachers, office gift exchange, hostess gift, ornament exchange, and more!

The Guy…
1. 17oz S’well bottle $35, 2. the right tool $17, 3. snow boot ornament $14, 4. brass bottle opener $33, 5. socks that give back $16 6. rock tape measure $18, 7. Distilled $19.99

The Bohemian…
8. rock soap $14, 9. leather card holder $46, 10. big gold hoops $69, 11. letterpress card $5.75, 12. rainbow pencils $9.50, 13. unicorn ring dish $19, 14. leather eye glass case $55, 15. pom pom ornament $10, 16. 1000 Dreams $14.95

The Lady…
17. stitched wristlet $23, 18. feather flask ornament $12, 19. tassel necklace $34, 20. Jonathan Adler champagne candle $48, 21. mini matches $11, 22. silver baguette studs $55, 23. Get it Done leather journal $18, 24. Rifle Paper pencils $14

The Glamour Girl…
25. travel candle $14, 26. gold foil frame $54, 27. anchor ornament $15, 28. define me perfume $29, 29. pineapple letter opener $16, 30. card holder key chain $46, 31. pony holders $36/set

The Surfer…
32. truly Hermosa hat $15, 33. sailor bud ornament $16, 34. reusable bamboo utensils $15, 35. lapis long necklace $253, 36. nativity postcard set $11.50, 37. indigo sticky notes $10.99, 38. pom pom key chain $14

The Dreamer…
39. brass bird ring dish $17, 40. tassel necklace $28, 41. Matta silk scarf $194, 42. pony holders set $12, 43. leather card holder $34, 44. wallet comb $18, 45. knot bottle opener $16, 46. leather journal $23

The Wanderer…
47. Tacopedia $29.95, 48. rainbow crayons $22, 49. sparklers $18, 50. felt owl ornament $15, 51. heels travel bag $32, 52. playing card set $16

The Cook…
53. Homemade Condiments $19.99, 54. anchor bottle opener $14, 55. teak serving set $29, 56. sea salt caramels $18, 57. slate cheese board $35

The Hostess…
58. sand dollar napkin rings $18, 59. starfish napkin rings $18, 60. cocktail salt $16, 61. fish oil and vinegar $20, 62. Top With Cinnamon $29.95

Can’t get here?  Email me at Lori@gumtreela.com with what you’d like, and we’ll get it taken care of.  We can charge and hold it for you, or we can ship it!

We’re open 9am-6pm till Sunday…then Monday, join us from 9am-7pm at both shops every day until Christmas Eve!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Cyber Monday and More!

This Offer is Valid for Online Orders Today Only.
Click HERE to Shop Now!
Join us this Thursday evening
December 3rd, for the
Downtown Hermosa Tree Lighting!

 

Both our shops and our cafe will be open until 8pm.  

The holiday shopping season is really in swing now…  Only 25 shopping days till Christmas, 7 days till the first night of Hanukkah!

S’mores will be roasting on the patio…Will’s famous veggie lasagna will be on the special dinner menu, complimentary cocktails will be served, and…

The talented and beautiful Tanya Monaghan of The Kaya Girl will be in the house from 7-8pm giving you styling tips so that you can look your best at all your upcoming holiday parties.

*Bonus, she’ll be at Beach & Beverly across the street from 6-7 to help you find the perfect dress!  Then we’ll help you accessorize here at Gum Tree with jewelry, scarves, bags and more!

Many of our neighbors will be open as well, serving up refreshments, specialty shopping, and a great time!

So come on down to Hermosa for the holidays.

We hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Santa Fundraiser, a Huge Success!

Hey South Bay…

You are awesome!!!  Thank you to everyone who came out to our 7th Annual Santa Photo event with the fantastic Lauren Pressey Photography.  Today was crazy, we appreciate you waiting in line to see the big guy.  You all raised $4,830 today!!!

That makes this year’s total donation to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation $8,610!

We love putting this event on, we love that you all come out every year, we love that you use the beautiful images for your holiday cards.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you to Lauren Pressey of course for donating her time and talent and materials, to Tonya Bertino for being her trusty assistant, to all the HBEF volunteers who help in the line, and to our fantastic Santa, he’s the very best!

Photos from today’s event will be available for pick up at Gum Tree Kids next Monday, December 7th.

If you took your photos last Sunday, November 22nd you’ll be able to pick your photos up at Gum Tree Kids on Monday, November 30th!

Enjoy the rest of this Holiday Season, we hope to see you all soon!

Lori and Will Ford

 

 

Giving Thanks…

Hey Everyone,

First of all, we’d like to say THANK YOU to every single one of you who came out for Sunday’s 7th Annual Santa Photos.  It was a fantastic day, and you all helped us raise just over $3700 for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation!  Wooo hoooo!  

If you missed it, don’t worry… Santa will be back this Sunday from 10am-4pm along with our incredible photographer Lauren Pressey and our amazing HBEF volunteers.  It takes a village people, and ours is a strong one, we are a very lucky bunch.

You can feel good about shopping and eating here at Gum Tree TODAY, because we’ll be donating 10% of total sales in our shops and cafe to Sandpipers!

If you’re heading to someone else’s place for Thanksgiving, pop in to grab a hostess gift.  If you’re hosting the big day, take a break from all that cooking and cleaning for a bit of avocado toast and a cappuccino.

Walk Pier Avenue and get your holiday shopping started with some of our fantastic neighbors who are participating too…  Beach and Beverly, Wicked+, Details, Shanna Shryne Design, Lavish and Montce Swim will all be donating 10% of today’s sales to the this fantastic local women’s organization that has been giving back to the less fortunate here in the South Bay area for more than 80 years!

Gum Tree will be closed for Thanksgiving Day so that we may rest and over eat…

And then we’ll be right back at it on Black Friday with a 9am opening, doughnuts, black coffee and 20% off anything black in both shops!

Then, mark your calendars folks…this Saturday is Small Business Saturday!
Get out there and #ShopSmall on Saturday at all your favorite small businesses.  They know your name, the way you like your hair cut, and maybe even your coffee order.  They give back to the community we live in, they have personality, many are locally owned, and your town would feel like a very different place if they were gone.  I know it might be easier to get online and shop from your couch, but we will have Champagne and Christmas MusicCommunityand Camaraderie!  And rumor has it, Christopher the balloon making Elf will be back at Gum Tree Kids to entertain everyone young and old.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.  And as always, Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

See you tonight…Late night shopping and my husband is cooking!

Hey Everyone,

It’s Thursday and that means we’ll be staying open late (till 8pm) at Gum Tree for some holiday shopping.  Tonight is a treat, as my husband Will has agreed to a cooking demo!  

Thanksgiving is a week away and everyone is either cooking or heading to a party…so we thought we’d give you some ideas for Appetizers to make for your Thanksgiving Dinner.

He’s not doing it alone…he’s got Martha on his side.  We’ve picked some recipes from Martha’s fabulous new book, Martha Stewart’s Appetizers.

From 6-8pm he’ll be teaching you how to make….

  • Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Mini Quiche
  • Cherry Tomato and Pecorino Mini Quiche
  • Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip
  • Assorted Ricotta Crostinis

Come on down, because someone has to eat all this food, and there may be a cocktail or two to be had.  And shopping.  And fun.

Many of our neighbors will be open too!  So grab a friend and come downtown Hermosa tonight to Shop Small.

It’s a busy season…Mark your calendars for a few more upcoming events…

This Saturday, it’s the Downtown Hermosa Sidewalk Festival! 
From 10-6 all over town, there will be live music, face painting, cookie decorating, an elf scavenger hunt, and I even heard a rumor it might snow from some rooftops… 
At our shops, take 10% off all purchases and get a Gum Tree or Gum Tree Kids tote with every purchase.  Free Hot Cocoa and Mini Muffins with every order in the cafe.  We even have a jolly old Elf making balloon animals at the Kids Shop!

This Sunday, SANTA PHOTOS!
10am-4pm, enough said, don’t miss it!

Tuesday, November 24th…Sandpipers Percentage Day
We’re giving back 10% of all dollars spent all day in both of our shops and our cafe to Sandpipers.  Check out these other fabulous businesses that are getting into the giving spirit too.

‘Tis the busy holiday season guys, we hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Santa Claus is Coming to Town…

Hey Everyone,

It finally feels like fall here in Hermosa, and just in time the shop has been transformed for the Holiday Season!

Pop into Gum Tree this week and check out all the gorgeous new bits and pieces.  Now is the perfect time to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

Starting this week, the shop at Gum Tree will be staying open late every Thursday evening through the Holidays…

We’ll be celebrating with a different theme each week.  This Thursday, from 6pm-8pm, we’ll be serving up a Champagne Cocktail Bar on our back patio inspired by one of my favorite go to girlfriend gifts…
The Cocktail.

Lots of our neighbors are getting into the action too, Beach and Beverly, Wicked +, and Curious… will all be open late, just to name a few…we hope you’ll come down and join in the fun.

Also happening this Thursday…Gum Tree Kids Turns 2!
We’ll be serving up treats and having a story time at 11am.

The biggest kid I know will be reading, yep, it’s everyone’s favorite Aussie, my husband Will!  Bring the kids down, it should be a blast.  We made the Gum Tree Kids it’s very own tote bag that we’ll be giving out through the holiday season, get one with every purchase made on our birthday!

And last but not least…I know you’ve all been waiting to find out when Santa is coming back….well here you go!

In the last 6 years you all have helped us raise over $30,000 for the HBEF!!!  Come out for some hot cocoa, get your picture taken with the big guy, and support our schools.  We can’t wait to see you all here. 

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

It’s Our Birthday!!!

Hey Everyone,

I can’t believe it…but this Sunday, November 1st, our Shop will have been open 7 years!!!  
It’s because of your love and support over the years that we’re still here and thriving, so a very big thank you to all of YOU!

We’d like to invite you in to celebrate our 7th Birthday with us!

This Sunday, from 10am until 3pm we will be serving up Mimosas and Lamingtons on our back patio while you shop.  

Our Gum Tree Jute totes for the season have arrived!  You’ll get your very own with any purchase on Sunday.

We will close at 3pm so that our team of Gum Tree elves can arrive and transform the shop into a winter wonderland.  

If you can’t make it in on Sunday, make sure to come in Monday to see the transformation.  We’ve got some new tricks up our sleeve this year, I’m hoping it will the the best set up yet.

See you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m waking up in NYC today!  Will and I are here for a wedding, and boy does the cooler air feel good.  I’ve packed my scarves and boots and I’m beyond excited to wear them and wander around the city for the next three days…

Before I left I took more pics of the boxes and boxes of new goods arriving in the shop… cashmere sweaters, some gorgeous new jewelry…and our first shipment of TREES!!!

We’ve got a lot of great new finds at Gum Tree Kids too!
Mini S’well bottles to fit in their lunch boxes have finally arrived, and lots of new toys and decor too…

So pop in this weekend for a visit, we’d love to see you!

I also want to let you know about a fun shopping fundraiser we’re having next week…

Tuesday, October 20th…ALL DAY
20% of all dollars spent at Gum Tree Shop and Cafe, and Gum Tree Kids will be donated to the fund for the renovation of South Park Playground!


You may have read about the renovation of South Park here in Hermosa Beach.  A dedicated group of women (supermoms in my opinion) have been working tirelessly for years to turn the run down play area at South Park into a Universally Accessible and Natural Playground.  They are close to the fundraising goal, but they need help raising that last bit of money.

If you can’t make it to our shopping day, and would like more information on how you can help, please click here.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

What’s new for Fall at Gum Tree…

Hey Everyone,

Despite the fact that it’s supposed to reach 90 degrees at the beach this weekend, I swear, it’s Fall!
So many new things are arriving here at Gum Tree, we have been busy bees opening boxes and getting everything into the shop for you to see.

So I thought I’d give you a little preview of what’s in store now.

For the home…

I’m obsessed with everything indigo.  I especially love this trend when you throw in a little hot pink or yellow,  to keep it interesting.

Gold on White…

I love this little clock for a shelf or desk.  The unicorn dish is beyond, and there are some really pretty new necklaces, earrings, wallets and perfumes in store too.  The bar necklaces say Hermosa or Manhattan, get one and represent for your neighborhood.  

Indigo to wear…

I want everything in this photo, bring on the scarf and hat weather!  And how amazing is this navy blue suede tote with tassels?

Hostess gift anyone???

Are you sensing a theme?  Indigo napkins, a great cookbook for fall, and something new for us, a line of delicious raw honey, and a cute little glass honey pot.

Fall Fashion…

I know, it’s hard to think about cashmere in this heat, but look at this fantastic cardigan!  And the knit fedora, the leather bag and the Chan Luu jewels…

A little bit of pink…

8 boxes of S’well bottles arrived yesterday…so we’re stocked up again for the moment!  Gorgeous new Matta scarves, pretty pearls on leather, a little comb that fits in your wallet, and more.

Pop in for a visit, we’d love to see you!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Diaper Drive at Gum Tree Kids this week!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, we sure did!  How lucky are we to live in this amazing place, with fantastic friends and beautiful weather?  We love the South Bay!!!

This week at Gum Tree Kids, we are partnering with Baby Buggy for their annual Diaper Drive, in support of National Diaper Need Awareness Week!


Did you know…

  • That 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers?  
  • Disposable diapers cost between $70 and $80 per month per child.
  • Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps or WIC.
  • Nearly one quarter of children living in Los Angeles live in poverty.  The rate is higher than the child poverty rate for California and the U.S. as a whole.

Bring in a new or open pack of diapers to Gum Tree Kids to help keep a child in need clean, dry and healthy, and we will give you 10% off your purchase.  
Offer valid from Monday, September 28th through Sunday, October 4th.

For more information on Baby Buggy please click here.  We have been a proud Baby Buggy drop site since we opened at Gum Tree Kids.  Bring us your gently used baby items any time to help a child in need.

See you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Upcoming Events in the South Bay…

Hey Everyone,

I know it doesn’t feel like it yet, but it’s almost Fall here in the South Bay!  In addition to all the amazing things arriving in our shops daily (Cashmere Sweaters, Gorgeous Scarves, All New Pillows, Tons of New Jewelry, Cutest Fall Kids Clothes ever) there are a couple of upcoming events that really mean a lot to me and our team here at Gum Tree.  So I wanted to share some info with you all…

First of all, there’s a BRAND NEW FARMERS MARKET starting TODAY Downtown Hermosa!!!

Every Wednesday, Rain or Shine, you’ll find a beautiful new market on Pier Plaza, right by the beach and strand, what better setting is there?  Ride your bike down, it’s going to be amazing.

ART310
This one is important to me personally, and it’s a really fun event!
ART310 is a great party, a live and silent auction of fine art, from some fantastic local artists.

This year we’re raising money to provide a Music Program for every 4th and 5th grader in Hermosa Beach!  Did you know that the Hermosa Beach School District currently has NO music education?  You can help change that by buying a ticket to this awesome event today, click below or go to www.ART310.org now.

I am a proud member of the LA25, a great group of local business owners, who put this event on.  Our mission is to support ARTS education for Children in Los Angeles, and specifically the South Bay.  We recently formed a 501C3, The LA25 Foundation for the Arts.  You can learn more about us at www.LA25Foundation.org.

We hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Silhouette Artist coming back to Gum Tree Kids!

Hey Everyone,

Returning by popular demand, Silhouette artist Karl Johnson will be available
by appointment only at Gum Tree Kids!


Sunday, October 4th
10:30am-3:30pm
Gum Tree Kids—323 Pier Avenue

You must have an appointment!!!  Click this link to make one right now before they are all gone.

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale…Now 60% OFF!

At Gum Tree we’ve got a whole room on sale, come see!

New things are arriving daily at both shops,
we need to make a little space:)

Hope to see you soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

 

Hermosa Summer Sidewalk Sale…

Hey Everyone,

If you follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter then you know that Will and I have been in Italy for the last week, it was the trip of a lifetime, really, just a wonderful recharge and refresh.

Look out for a Gum Tree Guide to Italy next week in your Inbox, it will also live on our Blog!

Instagram is my favorite, so much inspiration to be found on our little tiny mobile devices…
Follow Gum Tree now, it’s easy, just click HERE!

Alas…we landed about 1/2 hour ago and it’s back to business for us…so I wanted to let you know that this weekend is the Hermosa Beach Summer Sidewalk Sale!!!

In the cafe…Kids under 10 eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.

In the shops…all Sale Merchandise is now 50% OFF, this part starts when we open today!  We will be adding new product as well to the sale, so come take a look!

Downtown Hermosa has so much to offer, and these special weekends are so fun.  With live music all over town and a face painter and roaming balloon artist, it’s a great weekend activity. Click HERE for more info and special offers from our neighboring businesses.

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale Starts Now!!!

Morning Everyone!

Hop in your car and hightail it down here…

It’s the GUM TREE SUMMER SALE!
30% off an entire room of the shop!
and a whole bunch of amazing jewelry on sale!

Chan Luu – Clare Vivier – Matta – Jade Tribe – Dash and Albert – Subtle Luxury – Hat Attack – Star Mela – Tunics – Towels – Cookbooks – Notebooks – Stationary – Throws – Govino – Belts – Bags – Soaps – Frames -Scarves – Jewelry – and so much more!

At Gum Tree Kids…Our Summer Sale continues!  
30% off ALL SWIMWEAR and select clothing.
New things just added, come on down.

All Sale Items are Final Sale.  Sale discount not to be combined with any other offer.  If you have a gift card you can still bring it down for 25% off FULL PRICE merchandise through July 31st.

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford