Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale Starts Now!

Hey Everyone,
The rain has come and gone, the skies are finally dry, and just in time…

The Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale Starts Now!

Take 20% off all Full Priced Items in our Manhattan Beach Shop,
now through Monday at 6!

All SALE ITEMS at both shops are NOW 60% OFF

See you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Winter Sale Starts Now…50% off!

Starting today at both of our shops…
Take 50% Off
All Winter Sale Items!

cashmere . pj’s . home decor . jewelry . kids stuff . and more!

And, in honor of the Hermosa Beach Sidewalk Sale…
This weekend only…
Take 20% off all full priced merchandise in
our Hermosa Shop!

See you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to You!

It’s January 2019…
And that means 20% off with your Gum Tree Canvas Tote!

If you took home one of our Gum Tree canvas totes (pictured above) during the months of November and December, you can bring it in to our shops for 20% off any purchase for the entire month of January!

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

We are grateful for your support all year long, and we hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season. 

Our shops and cafe will be closed today and tomorrow.  We will reopen bright and early on the 27th, see you then.

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

It’s the Ultimate Gum Tree Gift Guide!

Hey Everyone,

Only 7 more shopping days to go! 

We’ve put together our last gift guide of the season, and it’s a good one. 
90 ideas to cover everyone on your list.

The Ultimate Gum Tree Gift Guide…

The Bohemian

1. Chan Luu silk scrunchie (scarf comes off too and can be worn as a little neckerchief) $42, 2. Chan Luu tassel hoops $74, 3. Brass hair slide $38, 4. Happiness & Inspiration kit $36, 5. Enshallah tote bag $86, 6. White quartz frame 4×6 $92, 7. Tibetan mala beads $64

The Glamour Girl

8. Rifle paper + Corkcicle tumbler $32, 9. Gold foil sheet mask $6, 10. Hat Attack metallic beanie $50, 11. Tracey Tanner black sparkle leather zip pouch $49, 12. Big gold hoops $56, 13. 100 All-Time Favorite Movies $20, 14. Day & Mood leather tote bag $248, 15. Set of 5 metallic pony bands $9

The Classic

16. Hat Attack fedora $115, 17. Silk scarf $22, 18. Chan Luu mystic labradorite bracelet $60, 19. Chan Luu pink pearl and semi precious stone bracelet $133, 20. Tracey Tanner metallic leather wristlet $138, 21. Chan Luu cameo rose cashmere silk scarf $179, 22. Golden extra large bobbie pins $14 (set of 6) 23. Chan Luu crystal beaded hoops $64

The Doggie Mama

24. Found my Animal cotton leash $62, 25. Found my Animal cotton and leather collar $56, 26. Foggy Dog chew toy $16, 27. Rescue Me! $15.95, 28. Doggie Bandana $17, 29. Found my Animal poop bag dispenser $36, 30. Dog Perignon chew toy $13

The Modern Stoner

31. Bong Appetit $30, 32. Peace Sign ornament $18, 33. Edibles $19.95, 34. El Sol matches $5, 35. Mini Sparklers $17, 36. The Little Green Book, a pocket guide to reefer $9.95

The Girl on the Go

37. Hello Beautiful journal $23, 38. Feather Pen $13, 39. Labradorite soap rock $14, 40. Tracey Tanner leather business card holder $46, 41. Geode print laptop sleeve $44. 42. Black fold over leather clutch $138

Going to Coachella

43. Knit pom pom beanie $28, 44. Geode printed jewelry case $25, 45. Roller ball vanilla lip balm $8.50, 46. Crystal Bliss $18.99, 47. Tracey Tanner rose gold metallic leather fanny pack $241, 48. Julie Roffman beaded cuff bracelet $154

The Homebody

49. African Basket $28, 50. Palo Santo sticks and crystal point $17, 51. Blue geode bookends $60, 52. Ritual chocolate Novo Coffee $9, 53. Ritual chocolate Belize $10, 54. Porcelain wall tag $17, 55. Warmest wishes matches $5.75, 56. Lafco Feu de Bois candle $65, 57. Brushed alpaca throw $112

Adventure Seeker

58. Chasing Epic $39.95, 59. Magic Fire Sticks $25, 60. Socks that protect sharks $16, 61. Socks that fight malaria $16, 62. Brass change dish $37, 63. Campfire games in a tin $28, 64. Star chart stemless wine glasses $35


65. Good Things to Drink $29.99, 66. Shiba Inu washcloth $15, 67. Fish corkscrew $14, 68. Kitchen Sink Multi Tool $37, 69. You’re So Striking matches $5, 70. Kitchen towel $8, 71. Whiskey ornament $12

Craft Beer Guy

72. Beer Tasting party kit $29.99, 73. S’well bottle Roamer 40oz. $55, 74. Leroy Grannis Surf Photography $35, 75. Surfer Matches $5, 76. Quick Fire Quiz $7.50, 77. Whale catch all tray/spoon rest $18, 78. Leather bike cup holder $9

The Host with the Most

79. Ottolenghi $35, 80. Olivewood servers with bone detail $32, 81. Finding Home Farms maple syrup $16, 82. Scents & Feel turkish kitchen towel $19, 83. Carved wood double serving dish $46

The Foodie

84. Copper sponge $11, 85. Marble and wood cheese board $52, 86. Cheese $24.99, 87. Seedlings coaster set (plant the packaging and watch wildflowers grow) $18, 88. Salad Feasts $24.99, 89. Whale Servers $32, 90. Sal de Ibiza $28

I sure hope you’ve enjoyed this ultimate gift guide.  We have so much more in our shops to see, come in and let us help you find the perfect gift.  We’ll wrap it too!

Shops are open 9am-7pm daily
Christmas Eve 9am-4pm

Happy Holidays.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

It’s the Gum Tree KIDS Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

Twelve more sleeps till Christmas…need some ideas for the kiddos?   Here you go…

The Gum Tree KIDS Gift Guide

1. Sweet ballerina unicorn $46, 2. Mouse tooth fairy with tooth box $32, 3. Felted unicorn ornament $15, 4. Kitty cat coin purse $14, 5. Tutu $16

6. Magic wonder wand $6, 7. Nativity set $28, 8. Rainbow jump rope $6, 9. Sound machine $10, 10. Carry & go art kit $25, 11. Voice changer $18

12. Double scoop ice cream squishable $22, 13. Unicorno & Friends surprise box $10, 14. Unicorno Series 6 surprise box $8, 15. Cutest gloves ever $20, 16. Yummy scented glitter pens $10.25, 17. Rose gold mini light box $23, 18. DIY friendship bracelet kit $22, 19. Gel crayons $20

20. Detective in a tin $14, 21. White paper mini sketch book $9, 22. Ninja pencils $9.50, 23. Pocket telescope $9, 24. Spy pen $4.25, 25. Gumball coin bank $15, 26. Horse ornament $13

27. Bla bla tweedy bear $62, 28. Set of 2 bamboo bibs $18, 29. ABC French $12.95, 30. Llama $10, 31. ABC Swaddle $23

32. Unicorn hooded towel $42, 33. Llama slippers $24, 34. Unicorn sequin notebook $12, 35. Sleepy slow rising unicorn squishie $16, 36. Stars of the sea crayons $14

37. Stripe Sweatsuit $76, 38. A Christmas Carol board book $9.99, 39. Dingaring stroller toy $16, 40. Jungle swaddle $15, 41. Felted cat mermaid ornament $12

42. Star ornament $15, 43. Scratch & Scribble sheets $9, 44. Finger board soccer $6, 45. Shark slippers $24, 46. Secret agent alien activity book $5, 47. Moon rock excavation kit $7, 48. Galactic glow-in-the-dark slime $11

49. Reduce/Reuse/Recycle backpack $30, 50. Gloves $20, 51. Doggie PJ’s $34, 52. Mini soldiers $4, 53. Pouch puzzle $10.99

And don’t forget, we have some really cute kids clothes, size Newborn to 2T.  These darling dresses from Pink Chicken can be found in our Manhattan Beach shop, perfect for Christmas Day photos!

54. Silver velvet headband $16, 55. Pink Chicken floral dress $78, 56. Pink Chicken windowpane plaid dress $83

I hope you enjoyed this fun kids gift guide.  We have so many more great ideas in the shop, so come on in and let us help you find just what you need.  We’ll wrap it all for you

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Jewelry Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

It’s time for our favorite gift guide of the season!

The Gum Tree Jewelry Gift Guide is here…

Kicking off with items under $50

Clockwise starting top left…Double oval earrings $44, Rhinestone cluster studs $28, Chain link hoops $40, Silver stars $30, Gold hearts $30, Rainbow studs $35, Silver unicorn studs $35, Pave cactus & moon studs $41, Octagon hoops $30, Amano triangle studs $24

We love these dainty layering bracelets, the perfect gift, made in France $28-$46.

Scosha’s signature friendship bracelets, braided waxed nylon cord and brass or sterling silver findings $32

Great for that girlfriend’s gift exchange or favorite teacher gifts…these sparkly rhinestone stretch bracelets are priced from $19-$24.

Under $100…

Starting at the top left…Ten things double drop earrings $74, Herkimer diamond studs $77, Triple drop moonstone earrings $78, Double circle party earrings $58, gold dipped huggies with dangling rhinestone charms $74, Chan Luu crystal beaded hoops $64, Lovers Tempo showstoppers $85, Chan Luu teardrop hoops with crystals $64

Gorgeous Ten Things Jewelry bracelets, semi precious stones with rhinestone and gold filled beads…priced from $48-$80

Pretty necklaces with sweet messages on cards…easy peasy!  From $51-$92.
(Dogeared available in Hermosa Beach only)

Stacking rings as modeled by the lovely Yuma, look at those gorgeous hands!  From top left…Opal evil eye $45, Heart with cubic zirconia $50, Scattered opal $74, Carved rose $37, Rainbow eternity band $56, Virgin Mary $45, Black spinel and opal $55, Chain with opal $32

The sweetest gold filled initial necklaces from Long Beach jewelry designer Jurate Brown, $68 each.

Under $150…

Left to right…
Lena Skadegard sterling knotted necklace $138, Jurate Brown heart locket $104, Double strand peach moonstone $128, ILD grey moonstone $150, Jane Hollinger classic Sweetie heart necklace $118, Native Gem charm necklace $149, Double strand labradorite $128, Jewelry by Cari sterling initial necklace $130
(Lena Skadegard and ILD in Hermosa only)

The Splurge Section…

Left to right…
Jurate Brown solid 14k initial necklace $275, Zoe Chicco triple diamond $594, Scosha 10k gold and pave diamond charms $1104, Misa Jewelry waterlily labradorite, grey diamond and moonstone $616, Zoe Chicco K with pave diamond surround $825, Zoe Chicco XO with pave diamond heart $484, Adina Reyter Pave diamond $396, Zoe Chicco moon and diamond $495

From pinky to thumb…
Zoe Chicco Pave star and moon $374, Rainbow Sapphire $275, Triple diamond $414, Aquamarine baguette $250, Love with diamond $295, Misa raindrop moonstone with pave diamonds $575, Zoe Chicco Pave bar $493, Chain ring $352, Turquoise solitaire $155, 1/2 moon with diamond $280, Gjenmi Aquamarine and diamond $322

Zoe Chicco solid 14k and diamond bracelets, priced from $194-675

We love this classic look…long and dramatic, perfect to dress up, or wear with a simple white t-shirt…
Left to right…
Chan Luu iolite mix $271, Chan Luu amazonite mix $271, Lena Skadegard aquamarine drops $442, Ten Things indigo jade with tassel $175, Chan Luu amazonite and tigers eye mix $198, Chan Luu grey onyx and pearl mix $221, Chan Luu moonstone $299, Lena Skadegard peruvian opals $252, Lena Skadegard ombre pink zircon $442
(Lena Skadegard in Hermosa only)

Last but certainly not least…
From top left…
Misa solid 14k rainbow moonstone and diamond hoops $795, Misa labradorite and moonstone studs $690, Zoe Chicco pave heart studs $396, Scosha 10k gold with turquoise evil eye studs $220, Young in the Mountains gold and diamond hoops $470, Zoe Chicco triple diamond studs $418, Scosha turquoise and gold dangle studs $276, Zoe Chicco rainbow sapphire huggies $475
(Young in the Mountains and Scosha studs in Hermosa only)

Hope you loved this jewelry gift guide as much as I enjoyed making it!

Starting today our shops will be open 9am-7pm daily through the 23rd…
Christmas Eve 9am-4pm

See you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

$30 Gift Exchange Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,
It’s time for the first Gum Tree Gift Guide of the season!

What to get for that $30 gift exchange gift that you need for that party this weekend?

We’ve got you covered!  63 ideas under $30, for friends, coworkers, family members, you name it.  With lots of ideas under $15!

Gum Tree $30 Gift Exchange Gift Guide

1. taco truck ornament $20, 2. pesto rosso for bruschetta $10, 3. The Red Book of Luck $14.95, 4. magic fire sticks $25, 5. hot sauce ornament $9, 6. joyeux noel candle $24, 7. devilish dilemas, after dinner game $7, 8. 100 popsicle stick jokes $9, 9. Make It Spicy $19.95, 10. olive wood serving spoons $20 set of 4

11. orange blossom honey $16, 12. ancient philosophy candle $24, 13. ice cream kitty ornament $16, 14. slim gold flask $21, 15. unicorn matches $5, 16. amano studio heart earrings $30 and marquis hoops $36 (oops) 17. saints cards $16.95, 18. gold and mango wood star $12

19. hair mask $8, 20. watermelon face mask $4, 21. set of 8 pony tail holders $9, 22. hand cream $9 each, 23. rainbow ornament $11, 24. assorted rhinestone bracelets $19-$24, 25. octopus ornament $13, 26. tinted lip balms in tins $10 each, 27. pink ombre tassel key chain $12

28. sparkly goat ornament $14, 29. peace love dish $10, 30. champagne confit for your cheese plate $12, 31. gold circle necklace $28, 32. candle wick trimmer $14, 33. leather business card wallet $21, 34. beaded stretch bracelets $24 each, 35. glitter led light up house ornament $15, 36. change is good brass dish $37 (oops again) and studs $28, 37. tassel earrings $30, 38. violet vanilla candle $22

39. Ritual chocolate bars $10-$11 each, 40. stainless steel drinking straws $21, 41. spark adventure game $12.95, 42. coffee ornament $16 and key lime pie ornament $18, 43. link it game $18, 44. zodiac embroidery kit $9.95, 45. basket catchall $28, 46. matcha shaker $29

47. blue windowpane scarf $32, 48. navy leather luggage tag $28, 49. Walk, the path to a mindful life $12.99, 50. lapis soap rock $14, 51. sequin anchor ornament $16, 52. pom pom hat $28, 53. indigo stripe journal $18 and hello beautiful journal $23, 54. merman ornament $15

55. leather bike cup holder $9, 56. potato chip ornament $16, 57. travel game quiz $12, 58. classic scissors $12, 59. s’well traveler $30, 60. The Best Things In Life Are Free $22.99, 61. woody with tree ornament $15, 62. whiskey stones $18, 63. not drugs stash box $17

Hope you liked our first gift guide.

Let me know what other kinds of gift guides you’d like to see, I’d love to know what you’re looking for.

See you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

10th Annual HBEF Santa Photos a Success!

Hey Everyone,

We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for coming to our 10th Annual Santa Photos at Gum Tree.

Because of you we raised $10,480 for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation!

Huge thank you to the HBEF Volunteers, especially Lorraine Maycon and Tonya Bertino,  you are rockstars!

And of course, thank you so much to Missy Marie Photography for your time and talent too!

We are proud to give every penny you give us for the Photos back to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation.  We at Gum Tree cover the cost of Santa, the goodies you enjoy while you wait in line, advertising expenses, decorations, etc…and then HBEF volunteers staff the event, and Missy donates all of her time to get you the very best photos.  It takes a village and we are pretty grateful for the one we have surrounding us.

Happy Happy Holidays!

Lori and Will

1st Annual Airstream Santa Photos a Success!

Hey Everyone,

Thank you so much to everyone who came down to our First Annual Airstream Santa Photos at the Manhattan Beach Farmer’s Market!

We had such a blast, the set up looked adorable, Anne Marie of AM Photo was amazing!  Huge thank you to the Roundhouse Aquarium volunteers too!

Because of all who came out we raised $2340 for the Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center!

If you haven’t been to the Roundhouse lately you should get down there to check it out.  It just underwent an incredible renovation.  It’s a beloved community icon that’s now a world class aquarium as well.

All of the money we raised through Santa photos will go toward their teaching programs for under served kids in LA, and we think that’s pretty great.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori and Will

So much to do this weekend…

Hey Everyone,
There is so much to do this weekend in the South Bay.

Thank you so much to the cities of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach for offering 4 weeks Free Parking at downtown meters.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Look for the red bags, and park for FREE now through Christmas Day.
*Please make sure to pay attention to the posted meter time limits so you don’t get a ticket!

Today through Sunday…it’s the 26th Annual Sandpipers Holiday Home Tour.

I had the honor and pleasure to provide holiday decorations for an incredible home again this year.  We set up all day yesterday, here’s a sneak peek…

The home was designed by Shana Shryne and we love the lucky family who lives here!  It’s just a dream, you should really go see it.  Tickets are available at both of our shops, it’s fun to tour all the beautiful homes, and it’s all for charity.

Hermosa Beach Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting
Come down and sip and shop in Hermosa all day…there’s an Elf scavenger hunt in 20 participating businesses, rumor has it there will be a real live Elf cruising around town too!

We’ll be serving sips and treats at Gum Tree, and raffling off this solid 14k gold and diamond Zoe Chicco necklace!  We collaborated with Zoe for our 10th Anniversary this year, this is a special edition necklace, we have a limited quantity and when they’re gone that’s it.   But you could win one!  Valued at $378.

Every purchase in our shop Saturday enters you into the raffle, and gets you a FREE 10th Anniversary Gum Tree Canvas Tote!

At 6pm head down to the plaza for a Carousel ride, live music and the Tree lighting.  We hear Santa will come down Pier Avenue on a firetruck!  Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Beach Cities Toy Drive…each toy you bring gets you a free ride on the carousel.

Santa is back at Gum Tree for our last day of Santa Photos this year.  10am-4pm.

Pro Tip: The line is always long in the morning and always short after 1:00!  Please be in line by 3:30 as Santa has to head back to the North Pole at 4:00 on the dot.

Missy Marie is back to take the photos, $20 cash or check only, with EVERY PENNY donated to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation.  Last weekend we raised $5120, let’s beat that this weekend!

Your Santa photos will be emailed directly to you one week after you took them.

Sunday Afternoon…
Join the Jewish Community Center for a Celebration of Chanukah on Pier Plaza from 3-5pm.  Giant Menorah Lighting, hot Latkes, holiday crafts, and more.  They had me at hot Latkes!

Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Things to do this Thanksgiving Weekend…

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re getting ready to enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving day with your family and friends.  We’ll be eating ALL the turkey and gravy on our day off.

In case you didn’t skip town for a tropical getaway or to visit far off family, we have lots going on in our shops this weekend and we’d love to see you!

Black Friday

Skip the mall and shop small!  Take 20% off anything black in our shops all day.

Small Business Saturday

I recently read a great quote that went something like…
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy LOCAL, and that’s kind of the same thing.”

Well we’re here to tell you it’s true.  When you Shop Small you’re putting your dollars back into your community in many ways.  Small businesses in town employ local people, we give back to many fantastic community organizations, and we are supporting our families with these crazy dreams of ours.

At Gum Tree we’ll be serving up something bubbly, and sweet treats too.

Every purchase in both of our shops on Small Business Saturday enters you into a raffle for a $250 gum tree gift card!  We’ll pick a winner at each shop!

Santa Claus Sunday

Santa Photos are back in Hermosa this Sunday from 10am-3:30!  Photos by the fabulous Missy Marie Photography, $20 for a digital file, with every penny going to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation!

And just in case you can’t make it to our Sunday Santa Photo events in Hermosa this week and next, we’ve added a day!

Tuesday, Nov 27th at the Downtown Manhattan Beach Farmers Market, in front of the Gum Tree Airstream, from 11am-3:30pm.  With photographer Anne Marie Crotty of AM Photo, benefiting the Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center!

We’re so thankful for all of your support throughout the years, and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Building Community…

Hey Everyone,

We are proud to support the brand new South Bay/Manhattan Beach chapter of PFLAG with a shopping percentage day!

All day Monday, November 19th in our Manhattan Beach Shop, we will donate 10% of sales to this amazing group of supportive, accepting parents and friends of the LGBTQ+ community.  Their mission is to support families, nurture acceptance, and build community, and we think that sounds pretty great.

Everyone is welcome, come on down.

More information about this newly formed chapter of PFLAG can be found on their Facebook page here.

If you can’t make it, but would like to donate, please click here!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori and Will

Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival Starts Now…

Hey Everyone,

This weekend is the Downtown Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival!

We’ve got some awesome stuff lined up for you…starting with a trunk show with Jewelry by Cari.

This is my whole family in a necklace, we’ve been fans of Cari’s work for quite a while, and this weekend she’s bringing her entire collection down.  She’ll be here to help you pick the perfect piece.
Friday from 10-6 in our Manhattan Shop
Saturday from 10-6 in our Hermosa Shop

***We’ll be donating 10% of sales of Jewelry by Cari this weekend to the Humane Society of America to help aid the animal victims of the recent devastating wildfires.

We’re also hosting a Cashmere and Pajama trunk show with Subtle Luxury!
Friday/Saturday/Sunday in our Hermosa Shop…
Take 10% off any purchase of Subtle Luxury Cashmere or PJ’s!

We unpacked all the fabulous sweaters and wraps yesterday, and tried them all on. This one already came home with me, I love it!  Check our Insta stories for pics of more styles.

We have an awesome selection of their washable silky soft PJ’s and robes too, they make an amazing holiday gift!

Saturday and Sunday in Hermosa…we’re giving out a free 10th Anniversary Gum Tree Tote with Every Purchase!

Hope to see you this weekend downtown Hermosa to shop and dine at all of our eclectic locally owned businesses.  Now is a great time to Shop Small and shop Hermosa for the Holidays.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Let the Holiday Events Begin!

Hey Everyone,

This week we kickoff the holiday season in the South Bay.

Join us for one or both of these community events.

Wednesday, November 14th from 6-9pm
It’s the Downtown Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting and Holiday Open House!

In our Manhattan Beach shop we’ll feature live music from talented local singer songwriter, and recent South Bay Mag cover girl, Lisa Ritchie.  Festive drinks, passed appetizers, and treats too.  Pop in and see us on your stroll around town.  The pier lights up at 7pm.

Free Gum Tree Tote with every purchase during the holiday open house!

Then this weekend in Hermosa we’ll celebrate with the…
Downtown Hermosa Holiday Sidewalk Festival!

Lots going on in the Hermosa shop this weekend…

Friday through Sunday we’re hosting a Cashmere Trunk Show with Subtle Luxury!  We’ll have a big beautiful selection of cashmere sweaters, cardigans and robes to choose from, who wouldn’t love a little Cashmere for Christmas?  We have their gorgeous silk PJ’s and nightshirts too, come see.

Saturday we’re welcoming Cari Streeter of Jewelry by Cari.  She’s bringing her entire collection, including a brand new selection of one-of-a-kind gemstone rings.  You can work with her to style, mix, match, layer and customize the perfect piece.
*Cari will be in our MB shop on Friday too!

Free Gum Tree Canvas Tote with every purchase in Hermosa on Saturday and Sunday!

All of our neighbors are getting in on the fun, there will be live music and kids activities around town, it should be a wonderful weekend in Hermosa.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Santa Photos are back at Gum Tree!

Hey Everyone,
It’s the info you’ve all been waiting for, Santa Photos are back!

In Hermosa, we have 2 dates with the wonderful Missy Marie Photography, benefiting the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation!

And for the first time this year we’re adding a day in Manhattan Beach!
You can find Santa in front of our new Gum Tree Airstream at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market!

We’re thrilled to be working with Anne Marie Crotty of AM Photography for this day, and extra thrilled that this event will benefit the Roundhouse Aquarium!  By the way, the Roundhouse is reopening this weekend after a beautiful renovation.  Did you know that the Roundhouse operates solely on grants and donations?  This local treasure needs all of our support to continue to feed the fish, and to support their teaching programs for under served youth.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Ten Days of Deals at Gum Tree…

Hey Everyone,

In celebration of our 10th Birthday we’re trying something new and fun…

For the next 10 days we’re going to offer a new deal each day.  Each deal only lasts for one day, so don’t miss out!

Day 1 – Friday

Take 20% off all Jewelry in both of our shops!

We’ll be announcing each day’s deal over on Instagram, so make sure you’re following along!

See you soon,

Think Globally, Shop & Eat Locally!


It’s our 10th Anniversary, come celebrate with us!

Hey Everyone,

Today’s the day!  Exactly 10 years ago we opened our doors in beautiful downtown Hermosa Beach.  So many of you have been with us from the beginning, we are grateful to each of you, and we treasure the friendships that we’ve made in this amazing community.

Come celebrate with us today, our shops have been transformed.

At the Hermosa Shop, we’ll be serving up Champagne and fresh made Lamingtons.

And spinning the big wheel for discounts and prizes!

We’re also introducing our brand new Gum Tree Tenth Anniversary Tote Bag…

In collaboration with The Pacific Stranded we made a very special bag this year.  It’s free with any purchase today at both of our shops.  We love it, and we hope you do too.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop & Eat Locally!

Lori and Will


Gum Tree Fall/Holiday Calendar is here…

Hey Everyone,

It’s mid October, and while it still feels like Summer here in the South Bay, I swear it’s actually Fall!  And that means the holidays are right around the corner:)

We have some very exciting news…

Gum Tree Hermosa is turning 10 on November 1st!

It is because of you that we are still open and thriving, thank you!!!

We hope you’ll join us next Thursday in our Hermosa shop.
We’ll be spinning a wheel for discounts, and serving treats and drinks.  Rumor has it we’ll be extending the fun for the first 10 days of November…make sure you’re following us on Instagram for all the details.

To prepare for the big party, and to transform our shops into Winter Wonderlands, we will be closed on Halloween Day.  But the cafe will be open from 7:30-4.

We’ve got so many events coming up, so we thought we’d give you a handy list by month so you can mark your favorites down on your calendar.

Of course we hope you’ll join us this Sunday Downtown Manhattan Beach for the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk and the Pumpkin Races!  Don’t forget to pop into your favorite downtown MB businesses for some trick or treating, we’ll be ready for you and your trick or treater’s with candy!

Santa is back in Hermosa twice this year photographed by the fabulous Missy Marie Photography, with all proceeds going to HBEF!

And for the first time ever, we’ve added a Manhattan Beach Santa date!  

Tuesday, November 27th we’ll be pulling our Gum Tree Airstream up to the Manhattan Beach Farmer’s Market!  Our Santa will be there, yep the same one we’ve had every year, and talented local photographer Anne Marie Crotty of AM Photo will be taking the pics.  All proceeds from this day’s event will go to the Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center!

Thanks again for all of your support these past 10 years.  We hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Zoe Chicco Trunk Show today and tomorrow…

Hey Everyone,

Today’s the day…

Join us for mimosas and jewelry, we’re welcoming Zoe Chicco to Gum Tree Hermosa!

Today from 10-4 in our Hermosa Shop.

In addition to her gorgeous fall line, Zoe and her team are bringing their new charm collection and their engraving machine…

So you can personalize your piece right on the spot!

Can’t make it today?  Don’t worry, she and her team will be in our Manhattan shop on Saturday from 10-4.

Mimosas and shopping, what could be better?

Hope to see you all there.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

New for Fall…and a Zoe Chicco trunkshow!

Hey Everyone,

We’re busy opening tons of boxes of new product at our shops, it’s one of my favorite things to do!  This is the time of year when we get so many new items in for fall and the beginning of the holiday season.

Here’s just a little bit of what’s come in in the past couple of weeks…

So Many Pillows!  Especially in love with that mustard colored washed cotton velvet one.  It comes in 6 colors and 2 sizes and can be thrown in the wash!

Cashmere sweaters have arrived!  And new bags, hats, scarves and hair accessories too.

Fresh Restock on all of our cards!

And in our MB shop, we’ve got some darling kids clothes for fall up to size 24 months.

Mark your calendars…we are so thrilled to announce we’re having a trunk show with Zoe Chicco!  We will be showing her new personalized charm collection, and Zoe’s team will be on hand with their engraving machine to customize your piece right on the spot.

Her beautiful core collection will also be on display, and we can special order you anything that we may not have on hand, although there will be an incredible selection, so come see!

Looking for a new ring or two?

Love her pieces, classic and cool.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Silhouette Artist is coming back to Gum Tree…

Hey Everyone,

One of our favorites, Karl from Cut Arts is coming back to Gum Tree!

His silhouettes make the most wonderful gift or keepsake.

It’s like magic!  You, or your child, or your pet(!) sits in front of him for literally a couple of minutes, and he works magic with his scissors to produce an incredible likeness.

We are thrilled to welcome him to both of our shops…

Tuesday, October 23rd from 10:30-5:30
Gum Tree Manhattan Beach
324 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Wednesday, October 24th from 10:30-5:30
Gum Tree Hermosa Beach
238 Pier Ave.

You must make an appointment, and these fill up really fast!  So please don’t delay.  Click on the blue links above to sign up for your appointment now.

See you there!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Labor Day Weekend…Fiesta Hermosa Sale!

Happy Labor Day Weekend to you!

Starting today at our Hermosa Shop Only…

All Sale Items are 70% off!

And, now through Monday at 4pm, when you buy any SALE item…
You can take 20% OFF any REGULAR PRICED item.

Buy 2 sale items and take 20% of 2 regular priced items, and so on.  You get the idea:)

Hope to see you this weekend in beautiful Downtown Hermosa Beach.

For all the information you need about Fiesta Hermosa, click here.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale…Now 70% Off!

It’s on…at both of our shops.  Come see what we’ve got.

Outdoor rugs, beach bags, coffee table books, jewelry, and lots more, all 70% off.

Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale Starts Now!

Happy Summer Guys,

It’s time for the Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale!

This weekend, take 50-70% off all Sale Items!

And, ONLY in our Manhattan Beach Shop, Friday through Sunday…
Take 20% off all regular priced items too!

Doors open at 10am, see you there.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale Starts Now…50% OFF!

Hey Guys,

Our Summer Sale Starts Now!

At both shops…take 50% off all sale items.

And ONLY IN HERMOSA this weekend…take 20% off all full priced merchandise for the Downtown Hermosa Beach Summer Sidewalk Sale!

Remember 20% off all regular priced stuff is ONLY in Hermosa this weekend folks, special for the Sidewalk Sale!

Doors open at 10, hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summertime in the South Bay…

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re all having an amazing summer.  It’s been a while since our last email, so I thought I’d share some pretty pictures of some summery things in our shops this morning.

Hope it inspires you to head outside to soak up the sunshine wherever you are.

This hat, and gorgeous beach bag, and all those coverups, are waiting here just for you:)

In case you need some extra inspiration for your summer travels, we’ve got it courtesy of Lonely Planet, the very best.

Summer essentials!  I mean who doesn’t need glittery Unicorn Snot sunscreen?  And a giant beach ball filled with sequins?

Our friends from Right Tribe brought us a fresh batch of hanging planters this week.

And we’ve got all the goods you’ll need for the outdoor summer concerts happening all around us.  P.S. how cute is that little Chan Luu neck scarf?

A little something to read at the beach…

Did you know we have a selection of pesto, bruschetta, jelly, jams and mustard to add to your picnic basket?  I’ve taste tested them all, and trust me they are delicious.

We wouldn’t forget the kiddos!  That’s a wooden glamping trailer, and a cuddly pineapple with a face, and the cutest little trucker hats you ever did see.

Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Dad’s Day Gift Guide…

Father’s Day is right around the corner, June 17th, and we’ve got some great stuff in the shops that Dad’s like!  Maybe we’re not the first place you think of for gifts for the guys?  But, Will was with me at the New York Show and had a hand in picking lots of what you’ll find below.  We think you’ll like it, and he had more fun than he would probably admit to:)

Here it is,
The Gum Tree Father’s Day Gift Guide…
The Outdoorsy Dad…
Cotton Stripe Mexican Blanket $42, Feast by Firelight $22, Captain Brass Bottle Opener $17, Campfire Games $28, 25oz S’well Bottle $45, Best Dad Card $5.75
The Beer Drinking Mixologist Dad…
Recycled Cotton California Bear Blanket $165, Cocktail Multi Tool $32, Global Beer Tour $19.99, Glass Mug and  Leather Coaster Set $28
The Dad who’s great on the Grill….
Cotton Thunderbird Mexican Blanket $44, California Mug $16, Culinary Bro-Down Cookbook $26, Wood Whale Board $24, Laguiole Cheese Knives $11, BBQ Apron Tote Pro (comes with all the tools, so cool!) $44
Camping/glamping, whatever you want to call it, if Dad likes to do it he’ll love this Briefcase Sized BBQ!
Portable BBQ Suitcase $104, 50 Things About My Father $12.99
For the Adventurous Dad…
Epic Bike Rides of the World $35, Rad Dad Mug $16, Whisky Cocktails Mixing Glass $12, All Star Card $5.75, Oversized Beach/Picnic Blanket $44.
Lots more ideas in the shop, come see us, we’re happy to help.
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Gum Tree Gift Guide for Graduates…

Hey Everyone,

Graduation Season is in full swing, and we’ve got lots of gift ideas for all the Graduates on your list…basically it’s all the things I would have wanted when I was a young adult, so it’s heavy on travel inspo, fun but practical stuff, and pretty things.
Here’s hoping today’s graduates want to get out there and explore this wide open wonderful world too.
It’s the Gum Tree Gift Guide for Grads!
Essential 20’s Guide Book $14.95, Adventure Soap $10, Luck Triple Wrap Bracelet $46, Tracey Tanner Leather Pouch $49,  Tiny Gold Disc Necklace $28
Wanderlust, inspiration for hiking on legendary trails $60, Key Chain Compass $12, Inspiration Pocket Journal $7.50, Brass Bike Bell $13, Waterproof Torch $23, Multi Tool With Flash Light $17
The Bucket List $35, S’well Bottle Traveler $40, Key Chain Tool Kit $23, Cotton and Terrycloth Beach Towel $56.
My Favorite Fish Corkscrew $ 14, Waterproof Playing Cards $17, Make Some Noise $12.95, Travel Chess & Checkers $23, Party Time Card $5.25, Best Things in Life are Free $22.99
Wanderful $24.99, Baggu Packable Bag $12, Leather Luggage Tag $28 and Passport Cover $54, Aqua Chalcedony and Gold Fill Necklace $90
Travel Journal $23, 7 Year Pen $8.95, Graduate Letterpress Card $5.75, Gold Filled Shell Bangles $78 each, Ooh La La Cosmetic Bag $48
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Fiesta Hermosa…take 20% off everything!

Join us in our Hermosa Beach shop this weekend for Fiesta Hermosa…

Take 20% off all purchases, but please note, discount is only available in Hermosa!
Ride your bike down, hear some music, visit the charity beer garden, browse through the new local artist section, take the kids to the petting zoo, and shop with us!
We’ll have a sale table outside too, with lots of goodies at 50% off.
Hope to see you there.
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Summer Kick Off Party…Join Us!

Hey Everyone,  You’re Invited….

Some of our favorite neighbors are getting together on our patio for this party…
Cheese by Cultured Slice
Clothing by Beach & Beverly
Shoes by Details
And of course our shop will be open until 9pm!
There are rumors of a braid bar too, how fun.
So please come out and celebrate with us in beautiful Downtown Hermosa Beach
Tuesday night, May 22nd from 6-9pm.
On the patio at Gum Tree Hermosa.
238 Pier Avenue
See you there.
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Mother’s Day Ideas and a Misa Jewelry Trunk Show…

Hey Everyone,

I hope you can join us Thursday at our Manhattan Beach shop for a trunk show with one of our favorites, Misa Jewelry. We cannot wait to see what she brings us, her line is so beautiful and it’s entirely handmade in her Los Angeles studio.

There will be Mimosas and mini muffins, and so many other wonderful things for all the Moms out there. Mother’s Day is this Sunday after all…

So come treat yourself, or pick up something for your Mama.

We’ve put together a couple of ideas to get you inspired, or to forward to your family:)

For the Mama who loves to entertain…

For the modern surfer Mama…

For the classic Mama who has everything…

For the beachy bohemian Mama…

For the Mama who loves blush pink.

Hope to see you all soon. And a very happy Mother’s Day to you!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Mom’s Day Ideas from Gum Tree…

Hey Everyone,

Mother’s Day is coming, May 13th, and we’ve been busy opening boxes of beautiful new things for the shops.

So, I thought I’d give you a little peek into what’s new over here.   We think anything in these photos would make a great gift for Mom.

Mom could always use a new cover up or sunhat.  That fringed leather bag just in from Aussie brand Amigos de Hoy is at the top of my list.

We’re definitely the spot to shop for special jewelry.  Our longtime favorite Zoe Chicco is currently stocked up at both shops, come see.

Send her a card!  And while you’re at it, send one to your grandma, your best friend, and your mentor too.

That mug…Mama needs some coffee is right.  And maybe one of the new S’well bottles to keep her water ice cold at the ball field?

Like I said, beach season is coming!

This traveling jewelry case is brilliant, and it can be personalized with her own monogram!   Get your orders in before May 6th and we can make that happen on luggage tags, passport covers and more from one of our favorite new lines, Boulevard.  These make excellent graduation gifts too:)

Please mark your calendars for two upcoming events you won’t want to miss!  Both designers will be here, with beautiful pieces you’ll only see in person at these special events, join us!

*Chan Luu Trunk Show*
Thursday, May 3rd from 10am-1pm
Gum Tree Hermosa Beach

*Misa Jewelry Trunk Show*
Thursday, May 10th from 10am-1pm
Gum Tree Manhattan Beach

Pop in and see us, or give us a call.  We’re always here to help you find the perfect gift.  And if you can’t make it in, we’re happy to ship it for you!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale Starts Now!

Starting Now…it’s the Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale!

Take 20% off everything in our Manhattan Beach shop.
Sale Items outside at 50% off!
And select special jewelry inside at 30% off!
Come see us, now through Sunday at 6pm.
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford
*Sidewalk Sale discounts are not to be combined with any other offers*

April Rug Sale…take 20% off!

Come on in and let us help you find the perfect rug to freshen up your space for Spring!  Includes special orders from Dash and Albert and Fab Habitat, and of course all of the beautiful one of a kind finds we already have in stock!

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Spring Break is Coming Soon…

Happy Friday Everyone!

Our chilly weather aside, it’s almost Easter, which for those of us with kiddos means Spring Break is right around the corner!

So we thought we’d give you a preview of some great ideas for Easter Baskets, and show you some pretty new things you might need to add to your closet for the upcoming warm weather.

Here we go…

This look makes me want to hop a plane to Cabo…

For the sophisticated little princess.

Ojai anyone?

Bunnies and Unicorns and Pop Tarts!

Santa Barbara for the weekend?

For the littlest bohemian.

I’ll be taking all of this to Palm Springs.

We have Easter basket goodies for the little guys too.

These breezy pants can go anywhere.

Don’t Forget tomorrow is St. Patty’s Day!  And in Hermosa that means it’s the 23rd Annual St. Patty’s Day Parade!  One of our favorite traditions, we will be serving Green Lemonade in the Cafe and giving you all 20% off anything Green in the Shop!

And just for fun take 20% off anything Green on St. Patty’s Day in our Manhattan Beach shop too!

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so we thought we’d make you a helpful little Gum Tree Jewelry Gift Guide.  Perhaps you can pass it along to that special someone who might need a little help finding something just right for you?

Or to make it even easier on him or her, come on in and make yourself a wish list.

There’s a little something for everyone in this guide, enjoy!

Beachy Chic…

Gold Fill Shell Bangles $68,  Tess and Tricia antler tip necklace $62,  Shashi Mini Ear Cuffs $62, JLynn Moonstone Drops $58, 14k Gold Fill Shark Tooth $60


Golden Sun Keychain $16, Ten Things Tassel earrings $48, Chan Luu corded brass necklace $60, Girlfriend Stretch bracelets $28

The Silver Girl…

Chan Luu Sterling bird necklace $202, Chan Luu labradorite and diamond slice necklace $387, Kris Nations pave heart studs $41, Heart Hoops $30, Jewelry by Cari custom dog tag necklace, price on request, Gratitude circle necklace $57, Kris Nations heart & arrow studs $34

The Classic…

Ariel Gordon 14k gold Bracelets…Mama Bangle $1299, Heart on Chain $286, Sweetheart $595, Love Knot $265, Jewelry by Cari 14k personalized, price on request, Zoe Chicco 14k pave diamond A necklace $1166, Zoe Chicco 310 necklace with tiny diamond $396, Zoe Chicco Tiny Love necklace $295

Just a little boho…

Robindira Unsworth raw cut studs opal $69 and aquamarine $46, Misa Jewelry 14k & diamond sunrise studs $547, Lulu designs moonstone drop earrings $164, Communion by Joy Smith enlightened warrior bar necklace $1380, Lulu designs herkimer diamond necklace $101, Paige Sargison 10k gold and diamond initial/zodiac charms, price on request.

Stacking Rings!  All solid 14k with diamonds and semi precious stones.

We’ve got beauties in this pic from Ariel Gordon, Zoe Chicco, Communion by Joy Smith, and Jennie Kwon.  Feel free to give us a call or send your guy in and we’ll help him out:)

And don’t forget about the little girls…

Snack attack stud trio $22, Baby Buddies Elephant necklace $16, Rainbow necklace with bookmark $19, Beach babe necklace by Little Lux $23, Pom pom bracelet $15.

Hope you enjoyed our little guide today!

By the time you’re reading this Will and I will be hopping on a plane to NYC for the NY Now show.  Super excited about our twice yearly trip to the Big Apple.  Make sure to follow along on Instagram for all the shops, restaurants and goodies I find at the show!

See you all next week.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Downtown MB Sidewalk Sale Starts Now…20% off the whole shop!

Hey Everyone,

The downtown Manhattan Beach sidewalk sale starts now!

Come into our Manhattan Beach shop for 20% off EVERYTHING!

And 50% off all Winter Sale Items.

Now through Sunday, see you there.

*MB shop only.  Sorry no exceptions.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford


Our Kids Shop is Moving Home…and the HB Sidewalk Sale starts today!

Hey Everyone,

Lots going on here in Hermosa…The Winter Sidewalk Sale Starts Today!

Take 50% off all Sale items at our main shop!
And take 20% off all regular priced items as well! 

That’s in our HB shop only, today through Monday.

And now for our big news…
Our Gum Tree Kids shop is moving home.

We’ve had a wonderful 4 years at our kids shop space at 323 Pier Avenue, but we’ve decided to bring our kids product back into our HB shop.  It was a great experiment to have a free standing kids shop, and I loved that shop, loved to buy for it and to merchandise it, it was so fun.

But in the end, we feel like we will be better serving ourselves and our community by bringing the kids stuff back to where it started, as a part of our main store.

So, just as when we opened our doors 9 years ago, Kids will be available back in our flagship Hermosa Beach shop.  And of course you can also find Kids in our Manhattan Beach Shop.

And who knows, maybe this will open us up to another adventure?  Because those of you who know me know that I can’t sit still for long without a new project:)

I know it’s a little sad, and I’m not going to lie to you, this was a really hard decision to make. But, I’m much happier than sad at this point.  I’m happy we tried something new, I’m happy that many of you loved it and supported it, and I’m happy I learned everything I did.  I’m happy that we’ll be able to focus on making our two locations the best they can be, giving you back an easy one stop shopping experience.  We will not be carrying as much of the kids clothing, and I’m happy about that too, the clothing business is hard!  But I promise I will continue to source the cutest baby and kids gifts out there.  And I’m super excited about hitting the shows this month and next to find what’s new.

So having said all of that…
Come on in to Gum Tree Kids ASAP for 50% off ALL merchandise!
EVERYTHING in the shop needs to go, furniture and fixtures and artwork too. 

We plan to be open daily from 10am-5pm until the end of this month.  So don’t delay!

Again, thank you all so much for your support!  Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Winter Sale is On Now!

Hey Everyone,

Lots going on here at Gum Tree…
We’ve added tons of items to our Winter Sale at all 3 shops today!

Winter hats, leather bags, cashmere sweaters,  and more are all 50% off.
At Gum Tree Kids, take 50% off all Clothing, winter hats, backpacks and more!

Don’t forget that you can bring your Gum Tree Tote in all month for 20% off any full priced merchandise!

Come in now and grab some great stuff before it’s all gone!

Monday, January 8th our Hermosa Shop will be closed all day for inventory.
Tuesday, January 9th our Manhattan Shop will be closed all day for inventory.

The Cafe and Kids shop will stay open regular hours.

See you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

A Colorful Gum Tree Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

Only 6 more sleeps until Christmas!

Here it is, our last Gum Tree Gift Guide of the Season…and it’s a colorful one, with 50 ideas for everyone on your list.

1. hand woven hope tray $92, 2. hot cocoa mix $9, 3. fries ornament $16, 4. drinking game $22, 5. The Designer Says $14.95, 6. S’well bottle $45

7. pom pom throw $152, 8. exfoliating sugar cubes $22, 9. Tracey Tanner leather pouch $99, 10. Naturally Delicious $30, 11. good vibes tray $17, 12. rose quartz soap rock $14

13. zuni hemp throw $175, 14. herbs de provence $15, 15. hot dog ornament $12, 16. el sol dish towel $17, 17. olive wood salad hands $25, 18. mercury prism candle $14, 19. Lisbon cookbook $35

20. gold whale servers $32, 21. hand woven hope basket $72, 22. gold party cup $18, 23. The Yellow Table cookbook $24.95, 24. Moroccan pom pom throw $158

25. cotton stripe throw $92, 26. balsam & eucalyptus candle $35, 27. Jonathan Adler sun ornament $30, 28. olive spreader $11, 29. Good Taste cookbook $30, 30. The Chef Says $14.95

31. marine hand cream $28, 32. leather business card holder $46, 33. Old Faithful candle $44, 34. welcome tassel $60, 35. Chan Luu cashmere silk scarf $182, 36. Indian Vegetarian Feast $24.95

37. herringbone throw $96, 38. indigo dog collar $46, 39. hanukkah candle $36, 40. travel journal $23, 41. beaded coin purse $46, 42. leather coin purse $42, 43. Elemental Energy $32.99

44. recycled cotton herrinbone throw $175, 45. ceramic salt dish $8, 46. truffle salt $28, 47. mercury glass mistletoe candle $34, 48. agave ornament $16, 49. Salt cookbook $24.99, 50. marble tic tac toe $44

We hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season!
Don’t forget we’re open 9am-7pm through the 23rd, and 9am-4pm on Christmas Eve.
Cafe and Kids open regular hours.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

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
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.


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…


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.


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
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….
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
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
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,


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!


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!
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 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.

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…



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

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

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.


Winter White…


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



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



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



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



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.



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!

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


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


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


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


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


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!


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!



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!


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.


#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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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?

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

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