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Shop Hermosa for the Holidays…A Gum Tree Guide!

Hey Everyone,

The Holiday Season is upon us, what better time for another edition of my Hermosa Guide?

I thought I’d introduce you to some great new shops in town, and reintroduce you to our old favorites, just in time for the Holiday Sidewalk Festival!  

Come down this Saturday and get a jump start on your holiday shopping at any one of our amazing local boutiques.  Bonus…Santa will be at Gum Tree from 10-4!  Live Music and Kids Activities too.

Meet the Newcomers…

Beach and Beverly…
This one is so new that it’s not even open yet, but I am so excited for it.
Soft opening this Saturday…Women’s Clothing, Finally!


The Cooley Brothers of Wicked+ fame, are getting into the women’s biz.  Look for lines like LNA, AG jeans, For Love and Lemons, and Sol Angeles, to name a few.  I’ll take one of everything from the LNA boxes I peeked through today please.

Lavish Gift and Home…
Opened last week by two lovely South Bay Ladies, it’s a great addition to Upper Pier Ave.  In the former home of Mani Pedi Cutie (Ally we miss you), they’ve really transformed the space.

Look for beach themed gifts and home decor.  Pop in after your morning juice fix at the nearbySource Cafe.

Shryne Design…
Looks like Downtown Hermosa is becoming the go to spot for Home Decor and Design!  Shana opened up in the former Bath Bar space a couple of months ago, and the place looks amazing.

She had me at that Zebra wallpaper.

The Familiar Favorites…

Curious…
Bryce and his amazing team always shine, but especially during this season.  I was laughing so hard at the Holiday cards today that I was crying…

If you need a White Elephant gift, you have come to the right place!  Look for their free photo booth this weekend.  Sexy Santa photos will follow in December, do not miss it, trust me.

Maison Luxe…
The queen of beach chic decor, no one does it better than Carrie.  I got to visit my dream chandelier in there today.

Pick up a little piece of the magic that is Maison Luxe, those sparkly votives make a great hostess gift…

Details…
Booties? Check!  Party Shoes?  Check!

Lots of great shoes, and cute accessories too.

Sol Baby…

Super fun stuff for the Rock and Roll kids you know!  My kids favorite, Natives shoes, are in stock…and the Hermosa Beach Tees are too cute, I got one for little Will today.

Wicked +
If you need a great guy gift, look no further…

Well curated selection of just plain cool stuff, and great books too.

Stars Antiques…
We are so lucky to have this amazing business downtown, from the iconic old barn, to the goodies inside, it’s classic Hermosa.  Who needs the Rose Bowl Flea market, I got to browse through tons of vintage treasures today, and it’s just up the block!

A trip to Hermosa is not complete without a stop into our iconic Surf shops…

Becker Surf…
Skateboards, surfboards, wetsuits, gear, they’ve got it.  But today for me, it was all about their socks, loved them all!

Spyder Surf…

I cannot image you could ever find a better flip flop selection than right here on Pier Plaza, looks like the spot to get your Uggs this year too!

Uncorked…

A good Pinot Noir is a must have for your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinner, and their knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you pick the perfect one.

Of course we’ll be open too, at Kids, the Cafe and our Shop.

Gum Tree Kids…
We’ve got great gifts for all the kids on your list!  A  real live elf will be making balloon animals from 10-4 in the shop this Saturday!

Elf on the Shelf is back too:)  We have girls and boys, come grab them now so they can magically arrive at your house on Thanksgiving Morning!

Gum Tree…

We’re all set for Thanksgiving at Gum Tree…Pick up a cookbook for some inspiration, some servers for your holiday table, or a great hostess gift.

Now’s a good time to add a pretty piece of jewelry or a Clare Vivier clutch to your Wishlist too!

Don’t Forget—-Santa is here this Saturday from 10-4, it’s our 6th Annual photo event with Lauren Pressey photography, with all $$ going to the HBEF!  Our photo last year was priceless…

We hope to see you Downtown Hermosa soon.  Come spend the day in our funky little beach town, there’s lots more to see!  

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Kids Turns One Today!

Please come down and Celebrate with us Today.

Don’t miss the Princess Story Time and Singalong, From 10-1!

All Day Today…

  • 10% off any Purchase at Kids
  • Free Jute Tote with Every Purchase

We spent the day yesterday giving the shop a complete makeover.
Holiday is here, come see what’s new.

Thanks for all of your support during our first year, we wouldn’t be here without You!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Kids Turns One!

Our youngest family member, Gum Tree Kids, turns one next week!

All day, Wednesday, November 12th we’ll celebrate…

From 10am-1pm we’ll host
a Story Time and Singalong with a Special Guest Princess
you will not want to miss.

Which princess you ask…well it’s a surprise…
A couple of hints…she likes it pretty cold, has a hard time “letting go” and even our 3 year old son runs around the house in his sister’s long sparkly cape singing her theme song…

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping that day with 10% off anything in the shop,
and a Free Gum Tree Jute Tote with any purchase!  

Mark your calendars for Santa Too!  Our favorite local photographer Lauren Pressey is back for the 6th year in a row, and once again every penny raised goes to the HBEF!


We hope to see you there,

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

 

It’s Our 6th Birthday!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Can you believe tomorrow, November 1st is our 6th Birthday???  It feels like just yesterday we moved into that empty house, Lily was a toddler, and we started our new life in Hermosa.

It’s all thanks to YOU that we’re still open and thriving.  We have loved getting to know all of you, it’s been extremely rewarding to be a part of this fantastic South Bay community.

So please, join us this Saturday for a birthday party all day.

  • 10% off all purchases in the Shop and Cafe!
  • Complimentary Champagne while you shop!
  • Get a new Gum Tree Jute Tote with any shop purchase!


Please note…The shop will be closed today while we transform into a winter wonderland!


The Cafe and Gum Tree Kids will be open, so feel free to pop in for a visit! 

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Upcoming Events at Gum Tree…

It’s that time of year already, Fall has arrived, it’s almost Halloween!  Where did October go??? And that means the holidays will soon follow.   

It’s our favorite time of the year, and we have a full schedule of events coming up at Gum Tree…

First on the list…Tuesday, October 28th…


Halloween Day… the Shop at Gum Tree will be closed for the transformation to our winter wonderland!  The Cafe and Kids Store will both stay open.

Saturday, November 1st…It’s our 6th Birthday!  
Come join us for a special celebration all day.  Details to follow soon…

Santa Claus is coming back to Gum Tree…2 dates!  
The big guy will join us on two festive Downtown Hermosa Days…
Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival…Saturday, November 22nd from 10am-4pm.

Small Business Saturday, November 29th from 10am-4pm

Lots more to follow, mark your calendars for a fabulous fall season in Hermosa!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Join Us Tonight!

Please join us tonight for a special evening at Gum Tree…

Art + Shopping + Food + Cocktails + Charity

Featuring new work by local artist Jessica Alley

with 10% of all sales going to
The LA25 Foundation for the Arts

We’ll be open until 9pm, serving complimentary cocktails and nibbles.
The shop is full of new fall finds, come take a peek!

 

Hope to see you there,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

 

And So It Begins…

Our first shipment of Nate Ricketts Shell Trees has arrived!


Be the first to come down and take your pick!

‘Tis almost the season:)

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

You’re Invited…

Gum Tree is proud to support The LA25 Foundation for the Arts!

Please join us for what’s sure to be a fun evening at Gum Tree…

jessica alley big

 

Hope to see you all there, it’s sure to be a great night for a great cause!

To learn more about the LA25, please click here.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

A Gum Tree Guide to Paris…

Bonjour Everyone,

I’m back from an amazing trip to Paris, it couldn’t have been better.  I’m feeling energized and inspired, and I think you’ll see that at Gum Tree in the coming months.

I often have people ask where I’ve stayed, shopped, and eaten…so I thought I’d put together a Gum Tree Guide to Paris for you.  I’ve also posted it to our Gum Tree Blog!  It will live there forever so you can reference it whenever you’re planning your next trip to the City of Lights.

I should start by telling you that I was not alone on my adventure, my dear friend, shopping partner, and trusted mentor, BJ Gedney was my partner in crime.  I worked for BJ and her husband Bill for 7 years at their wonderful company, Hat Attack, and in that time we did quite a few of these trips for inspiration.  It is thanks to her planning and prodding that I took this trip, so thank you BJ!  It was a quick one, 5 days including travel time…but we fit a whole lot in…

Stay…
We stayed in a little one bedroom apartment, with the world’s most comfortable pull out bed, right on the banks of the River Seine just opposite the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Here’s the view from our apartment window…

You can check out the AirBnB listing here…
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/52550?euid=f3ffe222-d4da-950f-f0c0-9c43e57a6834

It’s location was amazing, just between the Pont Neuf and Pont St. Michel.  Key to why we picked this location was the St. Michel Metro/RER station that sits just outside the apartment door.
I took the RER train directly from the airport to the St. Michele stop, an easy 30 minute trip that you can’t beat for 9 Euros!  St. Michel is a big metro hub as well, so you can get anywhere you need to go from here.  The place would comfortably fit 4 people, I would even consider it for my family, it had a little tiny elevator for luggage too!

The apartment sits between the two key neighborhoods that we love to shop and eat in…The Marais and St. Germain.

A couple of other hotel options we’ve stayed at in the past that we loved…both in the beautiful St. Germain neighborhood on our favorite street, Rue St. Sulpice.
Hotel Louis 2
Hotel Odeon St. Germain

Shopping…
Day 1…The Marais
I landed around noon and got to the apartment about 2:30…dazed and confused from very little sleep on the flight.  We headed straight out toward The Marais neighborhood.  Just across the Pont St. Michele we walked toward Rue de Rivoli and took a right.  Rue de Rivoli has many of the great french fast fashion chain stores including my new favorite Oysho.  It’s like a combination activewear/loungewear/sleepwear/lingere store.  It’s where I found the adorable kitty cat slippers you’ll see in the photos below.

We took a left on Rue du Temple and wandered around all the great little streets on our way to our ultimate destination… Merci.  Merci has been featured on every design blog I follow, and I was dying to see it.  It’s a beautiful shop full of everything from clothing and accessories to housewares, and amazing jewelry.  Incredibly well edited, it did not disappoint.  The little red car sits near the entrance to the shop in a beautiful courtyard.


Other notable shops we popped into were Gag & Lou, a darling little jewelry shop andL’Eclaireur, a high end fashion concept shop worth taking a look at just for their wild decor.  If you have kids to shop for, you must stop into a Bonton.  It’s a gorgeous kids lifestyle store that carries everything from clothing to toys to bedding, just beautiful.

Now remember, we started at 2:30 and shops close at 7…I’m sure we could have spent another 2 days in The Marais, and in fact BJ did while I was at the show… a couple of her favorite clothing stores that I missed are Shine and Surface to Air.  You can also find all the big fashion houses in the neighborhood, and it’s always fun to dream in Chloe and Valentino!

BJ also made it to the world famous Colette.  Not in the Marais, but on Rue de Honore.  I can’t believe I missed it this trip, but there was just not enough time.

Shopping…
Day 2…St. Germain
This is our old favorite shopping neighborhood, we shopped here for years before the Marais even became a destination, and it felt as fresh as ever!

Start at the intersection of Rue St. Sulpice and Rue de Seine and walk toward the Cathedral of St. Sulpice.  It took us about 3 hours to get down this two block stretch!  Vanessa Bruno has a beautiful 2 level shop, (why didn’t I buy that jumper?).  There’s an outpost of my favorite Japanese shop Muji which sells everything from tiny staplers and pens, to really well priced basic but cool clothing.  Antik Batik is always a favorite for bohemian beaded and embroidered looks, (why didn’t I buy that bag?) along with American Vintage, classics with a french twist that are well priced, and a beautiful little jewelry store Claire Naa.  Claire’s lovely mom helped us, I’m working on bringing her line to Gum Tree, stay tuned.

I was blown away by one store in particular called Mes Demoiselles.  The merchandising was incredible, the colors were just so beautiful, the 4 rugs layered on the floor were to die for.  It was fabulous.  Here are some pics…

Oh, how I wish it would get chilly, so I could throw on one of those pale grey sweaters…

Swing a right on Rue Mabillon for another two amazing shops right next to each other.  Sandra Seraf is one of the most well edited women’s clothing stores ever, absolutely beautiful, well priced jewelry and higher priced clothing, lots of beautiful Isabel Marant here, along with some lesser known French brands.  The children’s shop just next door, Laurette, is full of modern yet whimsical decor, and great gifts.

Head to Rue du Four, swing a left, and stop into Patrick Gerard, another spot-on clothing store.  Then swing another left onto Rue des Canettes and hop into Aridza Bross, which looks a little wacky and disheveled, but has great affordable finds.  These last two streets are also littered with inexpensive shoe stores, where you can find really well priced classic leather sandals, ballet flats and boots.

It was a productive day for me…here’s the evidence…

Sunday Morning trip to the Flea Market
I never take a trip to Paris without stopping at the quaint little flea market at Porte de Vanves. It’s a bit outside the center of town, but still an easy 15-20 minute metro ride.  It’s small and manageable and you can find so many wonderful little treasures.   For me it would be torture to walk one of those big famous markets, with all that antique furniture that I would never be able to get home…I prefer to collect tiny treasures and artwork at this little market that easily fits in my suitcase.

Some of the Treasures of the day…

Eat and Drink…and Drink…
There’s nothing like a good baguette with butter and jam to start your day, or a pain au chocolate for that matter!  When in France I do not deprive myself of bread in all it’s forms, just go with it.  There are endless beautiful bakeries in Paris, but when in doubt you can always stop at Paul, a french bakery chain that’s been operating since 1889, with lots of locations and delicious quiche too.  And don’t forget about the crepes!

We did start one day with a true sit down breakfast at an old classic Le Danton.  It’s on the way to our St. Sulpice shopping destination, on Boulevard St. Germain, and the Croque Madame, fresh squeezed orange juice and espresso hit the spot.

Same goes for the end of the day, no holding back, we drink lots and lots of French wine…this trip was all about the Cotes du Rhone.

We had some wonderful dinners on this trip…
Le Caveau du Palais
At 17 Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cite, this restaurant sits on a quiet 17th century courtyard.  The lettuce in our Cesar salad was finely shredded and served with little tiny croutons that melted in your mouth.  God only knows how long they soak those little croutons in butter, or duck fat, or whatever to make them taste like that!  Again, try not to think about it.  Dinner was the classic Steak Frites and it did not disappoint.  Apple tart for dinner, we went traditional this evening and it was wonderful.

La Palette
This evening we went the charcuterie and wine route, with lots of crusty french bread of course.  Tucked on a tiny street near our apartment at 43 Rue de Seine, we were surrounded by locals puffing cigarettes (yuck, but this is Paris and everyone smokes) and the food was divine.

Au Bon Accueil
This is a tiny restaurant situated on a quiet little side street, with a killer view of the Eiffel Tower.  The food is impeccable, it’s  said to be the favorite Parisian restaurant of Ina Garten, you know, the Barefoot Contessa?  Well we loved it, in fact this is the second time I’ve been to this restaurant and it was fantastic.  Those tiny croutons showed up again, this time in a cold cauliflower soup, delicious.  Sitting outside we were treated to the twinking light show on the Eiffel Tower that takes place every evening at 9pm…magic.

Another one of our favorite restaurants that we missed this time is Le Machon d’Henri.  It’s always casual and packed and loud and delicious.

The Show-Maison & Objet…
Well I’m here to tell you that I have seen a lot of shows, but nothing I’ve ever seen compares to this.  It was huge, gigantic, completely overwhelming.  Also absolutely beautiful and totally inspiring.

Here’s a shot of a tiny part of one of the 8 halls…see those big letters hanging down, well this one hall had rows A-Z…

There were clear themes that stood out for me as I walked and walked for 3 straight days…It turns out that I love everything Danish, who knew?

Stars are on everything!  From leather goods, to baby bedding, to jewelry, to housewares, it was really fresh and fun.  

Lots of natural wood mixed with copper and brass and white stood out in the home decor section.

This photo just about sums it up…what a beautiful display!

I ordered everything I loved…and we’ll just have to see if my new European friends decide to ship me!  I got a lot of “not really sure how to ship the the US” comments, but fingers crossed we will have boxes and boxes of beautiful things arriving in a couple of short weeks!

So that’s it, my Paris guide for you.  I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you get to take a trip to this magical city soon.

Merci to you for reading it!

We’ll see you all at Gum Tree,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

New For Fall…And a trip to Paris!

Hey Everyone,

Hope you’re enjoying the last weeks of summer…because Fall is coming up quick!  We’ve got so many beautiful new things in for the upcoming season, with more arriving every day.

And I have some big news…I’m leaving this afternoon for PARIS!  

It’s been a dream of mine to attend the Maison & Objet show for years, (it’s THE Home and Gift Show of Europe) and I’m finally doing it.  I’ll be Instagramming and Facebooking my experience, so please follow along if you like!  Just click on the highlighted words above to find me and follow.

Megan, Pam and the rest of our wonderful staff at Gum Tree will be in the shops ready to help you.  They are very busy today opening lots of boxes in both shops!  Here’s a little preview of some of what’s new…

At Gum Tree…

At Gum Tree Kids…

Meanwhile don’t miss the last couple of days of our Summer Sale…all Summer Sale items are now 70% OFF!

See you all when I’m back next week.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale Continues…and a cafe refresh!

summer sale board
An Update For Our Fabulous Customers…

Our Cafe will be closed Monday, August 25th for a little refresh…a new paint job for the upcoming fall season!  We will re-open bright and early Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, both Shops will be open…and our Summer Sale Continues at 50% off!

We hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Sidewalk Sale This Weekend…Now 50% OFF!

 

summer sale 50% off
Starting now at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids…

Take 50% off all Sale items!

It’s Sidewalk Sale this weekend in Hermosa…
Now through Sunday at 5pm, buy any sale item at 50% off, and take 10% off any regular priced item.  

10% off cafe purchases all day Saturday and Sunday too!
With s’muffin samples while they last.

There will be Live Music outside Java Man all day Saturday.
And don’t miss Lukas Nelson & The Dustbowl Revival…Sunday at 5pm for the Summer Concert Series on the sand, just south of the Pier.

We hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale Starts Now! 30% off…

Our Summer Sale Starts Now!
Check out the sale at both Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids…
30% off select merchandise.

Hope you can make it down!

Happening this weekend in Hermosa….
The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week Fin Fest!
With live music on the beach just south of the pier all day Saturday and Sunday, and interactive exhibits on the plaza that will be great for kids…
a shark petting zoo, you can’t beat that!

For more information, including the musical lineup and activity schedule, click here

Don’t miss it!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

New in Hermosa…

Hey Everyone,
I hope you’re enjoying this amazing summer we’re having in the South Bay!

It’s way past time for one of my “New In Hermosa” emails, there’s so much new down here, it’s incredible!  The food scene is booming, there’s a new yoga studio, and a guitar shop that’s one of the coolest retail concepts I have ever seen.
Here’s a little preview for you…

Dia De Campo…

From our friends at Abigaile and Little Sister comes Dia De Campo.  A modern surf lodge, fish house and raw bar.  The food is super flavorful and different, I would expect nothing less from this crew.  Atmosphere is great too, and the classic margarita was delicious.  Ask for their homemade hot sauce!

The Hook & Plow

We’ve been here twice, once with the kids and once without, and both times we had a great experience.  Trust your server and get the panko crusted avocados with lime cilantro dipping sauce…  You will not be disappointed!

Paradise Bowls

This is the second location for Paradise Bowls, (the first is the super popular place with the line downtown Manhattan Beach).  We’re so happy they came down to Hermosa Avenue, this is the perfect snack after you finish your workout next door at the next place on our list…Soho Yoga.
My children both devoured their bowls, they thought it was desert, only I knew better.

Soho Yoga

Of course I haven’t taken a class yet…but I swear I’m going to start this week!  The studio is beautiful, clean and brand new.  The people who work there are lovely, they have a darling retail section in front, and they have a special running…$30 for 30 days for new students!

The Standing Room

We haven’t been to this new location yet, but we loved the burgers we tried at their original location in the back of a liquor store in Redondo!  Next date night this is on the list.  

Two in one…The Greenbelt and Project Taco

Two completely different businesses, but they both fit in one photo!
Project Taco serves quick and easy, delicious tacos a la carte that you can eat at their little table out front, or take to the beach.
The Greenbelt just opened, and while I haven’t been there yet, it’s getting rave reviews from lots of customers coming in to Gum Tree.  The menu looks small but yummy… appetizers, salads and pizzas heavy on the veggie ingredients.  And they serve beer and wine!

And last but not least…

@Mike’s Guitar Parlor

I just popped in to this place directly across the street from us, for the first time today, and I am completely blown away.  Mike was there of course, and couldn’t have been a nicer guy.  It felt like the hip living room of a really cool musician you wish you were friends with.  Anyone and everyone is invited in, to purchase or just to PLAY any of Mike’s personal collection of guitars, electric and acoustic, from the 50′s to today…He sells new Gibson acoustic guitars too.  Prices range from $1,600 to $20,000.
The sign on the door says the best days to buy are Wednesday through Sunday, and best days to play are Monday and Tuesday.

Hope you can make it down to one of these awesome new spots.

#90254tothecore

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Check out Gum Tree Kids!

Happy Summer Everyone!

Have you made it into Gum Tree Kids yet?  Just in case you haven’t, here’s a peek inside….

We’ve got gorgeous bedding and decor for your new baby’s room…
We even have a Mommy Registry!  Ask anyone on our staff for help setting one up.


And great gifts for baby too!


We’ve got gifts for kids of all ages in here!  Clothing goes up to 2 years, but gifts abound for 12 and under!


Pop in to check us out.  We should have something perfect for any kid on your list!

Does your kid have a birthday coming up?  He or She can make her own wish list at Gum Tree Kids too!

Gum Tree Kids is located at 323 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach.  310-376-5107
(a couple doors up from Becker Surf)

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

World Cup Fever Strikes Hermosa…

Tomorrow at 9am the LA Galaxy will host a World Cup Watch Party at the Hermosa Beach Pier when Team USA takes on Germany!

We’ve got Soccer Fever too…so we’ve worked up some specials in the cafe…


Pop in early on your way down and get some free mini muffins with any coffee purchase.

There’s nothing more American than a hot dog!  Our version comes on grilled ciabatta, with a 100% all natural Kosher Beef dog, caramelized onions, shredded aged cheddar, sliced avocado and Sriracha ketchup.

And don’t miss the Red, White and Blue Lamingtons!

Visit my wife next door for 20% off anything Red, White or Blue in the Shop too.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Will Ford

Go Team USA!

It’s Officially Summer Time in Hermosa Beach!

This Thursday, June 26th at 9am the LA Galaxy will host a World Cup Watch Party at the Hermosa Beach Pier when Team USA takes on Germany!

Because we have Soccer Fever too…All day Thursday at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids….

Take 20% off anything Red, White or Blue!

In the cafe, Will is going to be cooking up some classic american dishes, with our Gum Tree twist!  Can you say grilled hot dog on a toasted baguette with caramelized onions and shredded aged cheddar?  And don’t miss the Red, White and Blue Lamingtons!

We hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Father’s Day is June 15th!

Don’t forget the Big Guy this Father’s Day!

We’ve got some great gift ideas for your dad.  Pop in and visit us,
we’ll help you pick something just right.

If you can’t make it in, last day to order for guaranteed ground shipping
is this Sunday, June 8th! 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

 

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at Gum Tree!

memorial day 1Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

 

Mom’s Day is this Sunday…

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Come in and grab the perfect gift for your Mom this week!

This Sunday in our cafe…

All Mom’s will be treated to complimentary Mimosas.  Bring the family down for brunch on our patio.  It’s going to be a beautiful day.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

What’s New…and a Jewelry by Cari Trunk Show!

Hi Everyone,

Spring is in the air, and that means Mother’s Day and Graduation are coming soon!  We have an amazing Trunk Show happening this week with Jewelry by Cari

Rory and Cari will be here custom stamping any of their charms right before your eyes, they’ll have chains, stones, and more for you to work with, don’t miss it!

Friday and Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd…

10am-4pm both days

jewelry by cari may 14

 

As always, with Spring comes lots of beautiful new things here at Gum Tree…

new-mother's-day-2014We’re sure to have something for any Mom or Grad on your list!

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

 

Spring Break!

Spring Break Season is Here…Are you going anywhere fabulous???  We’ll be heading to the desert for a couple days and I’m busy packing!

We’ve got some beautiful new things for your warm weather vacation here at Gum Tree!click.jpg

Grab yourself a Cotton Tunic $53-$57, The perfect Beach Bag $88, Hats from $39-$81, Mexican Beach Blankets $44, Beach Paddles $29 and so much more…

Pop in to check out what’s new.  We hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Feeling Lucky…20% OFF!!!

Happy St. Patty’s Day Everyone!

Today in our shops…Take 20% OFF anything Green!

I never realized how much green we had here…

It’s popping up everywhere!  Even across the street at our Kids Shop!

Yes, if it has any green on it, at all, anywhere you can take 20% OFF!

There’s a little something for everyone.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Jewelry by Cari GOLD…15% off this month!

Happy Monday Everyone!
Have you been coveting a custom piece from Jewerly By Cari in Gold???

Today through the end of March…
Take 15% off any special order from Jewelry By Cari of her GOLD or MIXED METAL pieces!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Last Minute Valentine’s Gift???

Need a last minute Valentine’s Gift for your lady…We’ve got you covered.

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Free Beer Tomorrow on the back patio for all you last minute shoppers! And gift wrapping is free as always.

Hope to see you soon!

Lori Ford

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Valentine’s Wish List…

Come in to Gum Tree to create your very own Valentine’s Day Wish List!
We’re sure your Valentine will appreciate the helpful hints.

Just in case you need some inspiration, here’s what some of us are wishing for…

LORI’S WISH LIST…
Chan Luu Cashmere Silk Scarf – $179
14kt Gold Jewelry by Cari Custom Necklace – price on request
What Matters Most Book – $16
Chan Luu Beaded Necklace – $96
Sea Charm Bangles – $62 – $147
You’re A Fox Card (for my foxy husband) - $5.25

VANESSA’S WISH LIST…
Block Printed Frame – $46
Heart Spice Measuring Spoons – $36
Jonathan Adler Salt & Pepper Shakers – $50
Faithfully Yours Card – $5.25
Cognac Tray – $29
Chan Luu Bracelets – $28 each
Silk Pom Pom Scarf – $148
MEGAN’S WISH LIST…
Sweet Cravings Gluten Free Baking Book – $18.99
Floral Journal – $15.50
Pink & Neon Spun Scarf – $53
Chan Luu Love Bracelets – $105 each
Herringbone Throw – $87
Jonathan Adler Candle – $43

KERITH’S WISH LIST…
Lafco Duchess Peony Candle – $60
Crushed Swarovski Leather Bracelets – $36-$46
Chan Luu Beaded Necklaces – $174 each
Gold Leather Baggu Tote – $184
Pink Vintage Kantha Pillow – $142
We hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Will You Be My Valentine?

And of course you can always visit us in our shops for the perfect gift.  We have new things arriving daily… just yesterday I opened boxes of new spring scarves and jewelry from Chan Luu,  a box of new bangles from Kai Luxe, and some darling heart shaped hair clips at Gum Tree Kids too!  

I’ll be in New York for the show tonight through next week, follow me on Instagramor Facebook to see all the fun new stuff that will be coming to Gum Tree soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

 

Happening Now in Hermosa…

Three things happening right now in Hermosa Beach…

ONE: A quick reminder… Hermosa Beach will continue to have FREE 3 hour parking at all silver meters downtown until January 31st! A Big thank you to the City of Hermosa!

TWO: Jute Tote Promo – Bring your Jute Tote in to one of our Shops from now through January 31st and receive 20% OFF any purchase! Have you been eyeballing that Moroccan leather poof, a NEW Chan Luu necklace, or bedding for your new baby’s nursery???! If you’ve got your Jute Tote… this is your chance to get your 20% OFF!!

THREE: With the New Year comes New Arrivals! Pop in to see new shipments coming everyday.

And on the Cafe Side…
Bring us your tote and get a FREE drip coffee or iced tea!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

20% Off…With Your Jute Tote!

Happy New Year!!!

We want to Thank You for shopping with us during the Holidays!  

If you spent $100 in November and December and took home one of our Jute Totes…

Bring it in to our Shops from now through January 31st for
20% off any purchase!

In the Cafe…bring us your tote and get a FREE drip coffee or iced tea.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Merry Christmas!

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Hope to see you soon,

Lori and Will Ford

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Gum Tree Kids Gift Guide!!!

Kids are what Christmas is all about!  

Take a Peek at our First Annual Gum Tree Kids Gift Guide
For some last minute shopping ideas…

Baby Girl…

Baby Boy…

2 years…

3 years…

5 years…

Stocking Stuffers…

Pop into our new shop for a visit this weekend.
You can find us at 323 Pier Avenue

A couple doors East of Becker Surf.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Gum Tree Gift Guide!

Hey Everyone,
It’s time for our 5th Annual Holiday Gift Guide!
We’re sure to have something for everyone on your list…

Gifts Under $20…

Gifts Under $50…

Gifts Under $100…

Gifts to Splurge on…
Happy Happy Holidays!

We have extended our hours for your holiday shopping…

Today through Sunday, Dec. 15th…
Gum Tree 8am-6pm
Gum Tree Kids 9am-6pm

Monday, Dec. 16th to Dec. 23rd…
Gum Tree 8am-8pm
Gum Tree Kids 9am-6pm

Both Shops will be open Christmas Eve from 8am-4pm!

Don’t forget we have a wish list too, make sure to put your wishes down and make it easy on the gift givers in your family.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Cyber Monday…Take 20% off!

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***If you’d like to pick up, please write PICKUP in the notes section when ordering.
Your card will not be charged the amount for Shipping if you write PICKUP in the notes section, I promise!  Items will be ready for PICKUP at Gum Tree on Tuesday at 10am.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun!

Happy Almost Thanksgiving Everyone!
We want to thank you so much for always supporting us, thank you for coming down to check out our new shop Gum Tree Kids, and thank you for all the nice comments!  It’s been incredibly rewarding to be a part of this wonderful community.  We have a lot to be thankful for this year.

If you’re in town and looking for something fun to do this weekend, pop down and see us! Santa will be here Sunday!!!  

Black Friday…Sorry no deals on Big Screen TV’s….But we’re getting into the action in our Gum Tree way!
Take 15% off anything Black in our Shops all day Friday, November 29th.

Small Business Saturday…
***Now this one was made for us.  Get out there and support your local businesses on Saturday, November 30th.  We’ll be serving Free Hot Cocoa at Gum Tree all day.  Enter a raffle drawing at both shops for some great prizes.  Hermosa is full of Small Businesses, it’s the perfect place to shop small!

Sunday, December 1st… Santa Claus is coming to Gum Tree!http://www.gumtreela.com

Frosted Cupcakes will be serving their delicious mini cupcakes while you wait, and we’ll have some hot cocoa for you too, don’t miss it!
We love to hear from the kids that Gum Tree is where the “Real Santa” comes!

Santa Tip….it’s never as busy in the afternoon…maybe come after nap time or that soccer game?

We’re open today and tomorrow for all your last minute Chanukah and Thanksgiving Hostess Gift needs.  Closed on Thanksgiving day.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Jewelry by Cari Trunk Show!

We hope you’ll join us today and Saturday for a Trunk Show with the gorgeous personalized line Jewelry by Cari...


Nov 1 & 2, 10am-4pm

I love this line, but I also really love their story.  Cari and her “Kiwi” husband Rory are the team behind Jewelry by Cari.  They’re coming all the way from Hood River, Oregon for this party!  Cari and I share the common bond of living and working with our Husbands from Down Under…  lucky lucky girls as the boys would say!

Cari is the Designer of the line, while Rory does all the hand stamping and diamond setting.  They will have their entire line here both days, Cari will be available to help you select your perfect piece, and Rory will hand stamp it, and if you choose, set the diamonds, right before your eyes.

If you’re looking for a really amazing personalized gift, don’t miss this event!
We hope you can make it down.

Remember, it’s Our 5th Birthday today!   We’re having live music on the patio, free lamingtons all day, and the start of our holiday decorations.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

It’s our birthday, and you’re invited!

Gum Tree is turning 5 on November 1st!! Can you believe it?
Please join us for the party…
We’ll be serving Free Lamingtons all day!
Talented local musician, Paul Lemire, will be playing on our front patio.  And, we’ll be raffling off some amazing jewelry by Renee Garvey and Ten Things!

Also on November 1st and 2nd… we are hosting a special Trunk Show with Jewelry by Cari. A beautiful collection of jewelry that is skillfully hand-stamped, one letter at a time. Create your own personalized necklace with words or names that have special meaning to you. They will be stamping right here while you wait!

To get ready for the party, and to get our Winter Wonderland in order,
our shop will be closed on Halloween.
The place will be transformed when we reopen
Friday, Nov. 1st for our big birthday bash!

We hope to see you November 1st for our birthday festivities.

Stay tuned for the opening of Gum Tree Kids…
COMING SOON to 323 Pier Ave!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

 

New Fall Arrivals!

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… With more shipments coming everyday…

Stay tuned for your invitation to Gum Tree’s 5th Birthday Party!
Jewelry by Cari Trunk Show, Live Music by Paul Lemire and Free Lamingtons all day…
Friday, November 1st… mark your calendars now.

We’ll see you soon,
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Introducing…Gum Tree Kids!

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The Lease is Signed, the Product is ordered and the Construction has begun!  We are so excited about this new opportunity, we’ve been waiting quite a while for the perfect space to come up, and finally it has.

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We’ll be opening at 323 Pier Avenue in early November if all goes to plan.  It may look a little rough now, but the finished product that exists in my mind looks really beautiful!  I had the best time at the shows the last couple of days.  I have always had to edit myself so much when ordering kids, we just had that tiny space to fill, but this time I got to go completely wild.

We hope to be your go to gift shop for kids and baby.   We’re adding some carefully selected baby clothing, tons of gorgeous toys, swaddles, and the best board books to start their library.  For the older kids, the selection will really expand, we will have the perfect gift for all those birthday parties!  I’m working on some fun new signature gift wrapping too, it’s going to be awesome.

We’ll also be adding some beautiful kids decor, there will be a crib, and gorgeous bedding, whimsical throw pillows, moroccan leather poofs in every color of the rainbow, and for the walls, my favorite vintage french educational plates of the circus, the zoo, and the city, oh my!  Along with nearly the entire animal menagerie collection from Jonathan Adler, and some kids sized versions of classic mid-century chairs.

I hope you’ll pop in for a visit.  I’ll be spending lots of time there with my hard hat on for the next month.  And I promise to take tons of pictures of the transformation, and blog for you as it happens.

As soon as we have our true opening date there will be a big party, and you’re invited!

See you all soon,

Lori Ford

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

 

 

New for Fall at Gum Tree…

Hi Everyone,

The kids are back to school and it’s finally cooling off, pretty soon it will be Fall!
We’re busy opening boxes of new things every day.  Here’s a peak at some of the newest…

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I am in love with all of our new pillows.  We’ve got gorgeous Vintage and New fabric options from House of Cindy, and some beautiful knit pillows from cult sweater line Goddis.

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If you’re looking for the perfect hostess gift, or some new serving pieces for your table, come take a look at what I’ve found!  We have a whole new crop of amazing cookbooks in too…

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Our new jewelery is steadily streaming in.  She.Rise, Chan Luu, Shashi and JLynn, just to name a few.  We also just opened a beautiful box of hair accessories, and some darling little embroidered zipped bags to store it all in.

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In the kids room we’ve added a whole section of new art supplies, gorgeous books and the cutest tooth fairy pillows ever!

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If you were following my Instagram or Facebook posts from the New York Gift Show you would have seen me obsessing over the Washi Tape booth.  Well, it’s here!  Along with notebooks, carve your own wooden post cards, and lots more fun crafty bits.

Pop in for a visit to check it all out!  We hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford
 

Summer Sale Now 70% off!

Gum Tree_Summer_SaleThat’s right, our Summer Sale items are now 70% off!! Jewelry, stationary, picnic essentials, and much more. Swing by and take a peek… and get these steals while they last!

 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Summer Sidewalk Sale!

Hi Everyone,

Our Downtown Hermosa Summer Sidewalk Sale is this weekend!

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We have lots of amazing stuff on sale at 50% off, we’ve even added more this morning!

And starting NOW through Sunday…

Buy any sale item and take 20% off any regular priced item!  Buy 2 sale items and take 20% off 2 regular priced items, and so on…

In our Cafe all weekend…

Get a Free Order Of Mini Muffins with any purchase!  Bring the kiddos down, they will love it.

There are great deals to be had at all of our downtown shops…

Click HERE for details and special offers from our neighbors…

Heck, you could come down just for the live music outside in front of Java Man all day Saturday, or the last Summer Concert of the season on Sunday at 5!

So make a plan to come down and shop and eat local this weekend.  We hope to see you here.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

It’s Picnic Season!

Make sure to swing by Gum Tree (& Gum Tree Cafe) for your picnic essentials…

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The Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts are our favorite summer event!  Taking place the next 3 Sundays in August, 5pm start time.

Our cafe will be open till 5pm each of these Sundays…Call ahead and place your order, we’ll have it ready for you to pick up on your way down!

Cafe:  310-376-8733

Pop into the shop to grab all the goodies pictured above…

1. beach radio $46

2. classic panama fedora $98
3. striped beach blankets $39 to $48
4. govino plastic wine glasses $16 set of 4
5. ham and brie sandwich at Gum Tree Cafe
6. Colorful knife and fork $9 each
7. tassel hand towel $17.50

 

park-picnic-gum-tree-1Or are you planning to picnic at the Hollywood Bowl or hoping to check out the Beatles cover band at Polliwog Park’s summer concert series??

If so you may want to grab a couple of essentials before you go!

1. sunnylife beach sounds radio $46

2. govino plastic wine glasses $16 set of 4
3. my drap reusable napkins $33
4. traveling cheese board with knives $22
5. striped cotton tablecloth $48
6. mixt reusable wine bag $12

Now get out there and enjoy the summer picnic season.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Summer Makeover at Gum Tree…

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re all having a wonderful summer.  I cannot believe it’s half way over, makes me feel like I need to get to the beach right now!

We took some time last week to move some stuff around in the shop…
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Sometimes I get a “bee in my bonnet” as my husband says, and I just have to rearrange!

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This usually happens early in the morning at home, I start on a cleaning binge and Will follows me around making a buzzing sound.  Thanks honey…

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I know by the look on the girls faces in the shop that they feel the same way, they are just more polite in dealing with my crazy behavior.

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BZZZZZZZZZ….

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Pop in to check out the results!

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Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford


Wedding Season…Part One

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Remember we’ll gift wrap it too!

Stay Tuned for Part Two…What to give your Bridal Party…coming later this week.

Happy Summer.

Lori Ford

Happy Almost Fourth of July!

Happy Almost Fourth of July Everyone!

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Do you have big plans?

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We’ll be hitting the beach…

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With the crazy crowds and our kids in tow!

We’re open today and tomorrow, but we’ll be closed on the 4th…

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford



Gwyneth Is Back…

Seriously, who doesn’t want to be Gwyneth?

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Her new cookbook is back in stock in the shop.  Come get it while it lasts!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Father’s Day Is This Sunday!

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Don’t forget the big guy, Father’s Day is this Sunday!

If we don’t have it at Gum Tree, you’ll surely find something great at one of our neighbor’s shops!  We are surrounded by amazing spots to get a guy a gift…Pop into one of these fine establishments…
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Really unique stuff here, Linus Bikes, amazing bike accessories, even cool bath and body products for the guys…

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Deep Pocket Jean Company
Will loves his Deep Pocket Jeans!  They also have great leather accessories, beautiful shirts, and a vintage barber’s chair, you can get your guy a gift certificate for the best haircut and shave in town.

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Curious…
One of our favorites, a little bit of everything in this shop!  Perfect for the Dad with a great sense of humor.

Happy Father’s Day everyone.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford


Follow Gum Tree!

Hi Everyone,
Just thought I’d email a hello to you all today.  I’ve been spending a lot of time in the back office lately and haven’t seen many of you in a while.  But it’s all for a good cause….I think…

I’ve been on Pinterest for about a couple of months now, and I’m completely obsessed, are you?
Here’s one of my dream kitchens….
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It’s so much easier to have a digital pin board for all my ideas…for the home, what to wear, stuff for the kids, even haircuts!  Talk about a time sucker though, I could do this for hours, and often do in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.

And last week I finally figured out Instagram
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This is fun!  So easy to make pictures pretty, and to share what’s new in the shop.  Seriously if I can do this then anyone can, I am tech challenged.

And I’m working on updating our Blog a little more often, thanks for reading this!  My last post is fun, I have a client in New York who needed gift bags made for her girls weekend in the Hampton’s, you can check out what those lucky ladies got here
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If you feel like following us, you can click on any of the links or pictures above.  We’d love to have you!  Of course you can also follow us on Facebook :)

Hope to see you all soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford


Gifts for a Hampton’s Girls Weekend…

Recently I had a client of mine in New York call to get some gifts for her girlfriends…

They were heading to the Hampton’s, and she wanted to welcome them in style!

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I had so much fun with this project!

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I mean, who wouldn’t want a beach bag full of all this great stuff?  A turkish cottton towel, Gum Tree travel candle, Chan Luu sequin bracelet, La Natura lip balm, pony bands, and a little canvas coin purse.

Call me anytime to help with party favors, I could do this all day!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

 

Local Love for Memorial Day…20% OFF

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

We want our South Bay Locals to feel the love this Memorial Day weekend!

Come in to the shop today through Monday…
Show us your South Bay Drivers License…

TAKE 20% OFF ANYTHING IN THE SHOP!

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Can’t make it in?  Shop www.gumtreela.com

Enter promo code MEMORIALDAY at checkout for 20% off all online orders!

Remember, Fiesta Hermosa is on, so walk down or ride your bikes! 
Bring the kids down to ride the big slide, play some games, and listen to some live music. 

FYI—The shop and cafe will close at 4pm all 3 days!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Shop What’s New Online!

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Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Mother’s Day BBQ at ours…

I thought I’d share a bit of our recent Mom’s Day celebration at our house.  I don’t get to set a pretty table that often, so I took some pictures!

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Our house is tiny, but we’re blessed with some amazing outdoor space.  If you’re coming to eat our house, bring a sweater, you’ll be dining outside!

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Lily helped out with decorations…

She dressed herself, do you like her ankle accents?  A tiny stylist in the making…

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The buffet table waiting to be filled…thank you to my mom for those amazing flowers!

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Kid friendly appetizers…

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Thank you to my amazing husband for the working the BBQ!  He is the man.

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It was delicious.

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Baby Will thoroughly enjoyed those chicken skewers.

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And mini cupcakes topped it all off!

Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day too.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Sargeant Creative Photography…

Recently I had the need for an updated head shot.  I’ve joined a group called LA25 and they wanted a shot of me in my element for the profiles page of their website.

As luck would have it there’s a talented lifestyle photographer, Paul Sargeant, of Sargeant Creative Photography in this group too.

Paul came down to Gum Tree last week and shot some pics, he was so personable, and professional.  Really a joy to work with.  I hate, hate, hate to be photographed, but he made it easy on me.  He was quick and funny and the picture turned out cute too…

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While he was there he was game enough to throw Will into the mix…

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Paul photographs lots of couples on their big day.

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My husband takes such a good picture!  Isn’t he cute?

Thanks Paul for coming down, the pics are great!

If you’re looking for a photographer for a special occasion, visit his website at www.sargeantcreative.com.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

 

Mimosas for Mom’s Day

Celebrate Mom on Sunday at Gum Tree!

We’ll be serving complimentary Mimosa’s with your cafe order to all Mommies and their guests…

21 and over of course.

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Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

New Chan Luu…

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Just arrived in the shop…$27 each.  Call us or come in to get yours today.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

We love Moms!

Mother’s Day is Sunday…

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Some Moms love jewelry…

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Chan Luu anyone?

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Some Mom’s love to entertain outdoors…

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Some Moms are great cooks…

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And some Moms like to decorate.

What kind of Mom are you?  Come on in and make your Wishlist this week!
Because you deserve it:)

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Shop Gum Tree Online for Mother’s Day!

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Just click on the numbers above to shop!

Orders placed by this Sunday, May 5th at midnight are guaranteed to arrive in time for Mother’s Day.

And we’ll gift wrap everything for FREE!  (Just drop us a note in the Notes section of the order with your message to your Mom).

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Mother’s Day Gift Guide!!

Happy Friday Gum Tree Friends!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner… so make sure to browse our handy gift guide and get your mom the perfect gift!

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shop away!

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Have a great weekend!

Oh Baby…New Kids Stuff at Gum Tree!

Hi Everyone!

Today I thought I’d share some of the amazing new baby and kids stuff that’s just in…
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 These adorable wooden toys are eco friendly and handmade in the USA!  Available in lots more animals and colors, even a set of mini dino’s!

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 Seriously cute hooded towels, of course we have the unicorn and the shark at my house…they make a great gift for a new baby or a big kid birthday!

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 Love these books for the new mom or dad to be…
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 Everyone’s favorite baby gift, Trumpette socks are back in stock.  The Skater Jenny’s are too cute!

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 How much do you love the iconic Jonathan Adler Giraffe?  The Seal is the newest addition to the Menagerie collection, and the Elephant Bank is one of our favorite baby gifts for the sophisticated mom to be.

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Searching for a party activity that’s also a party favor?  Here it is, set of 8 pirate hats or princess crowns that you color in, brilliant.

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

President’s Day Sale!

Today Only…25% off ANYTHING

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OR BLUE.
 

Come into the shop or shop online!

For online orders use Promo Code PRESIDENT.

Happy President’s Day and Happy Shopping!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Valentine’s Wish List

Hi Everyone,

It’s official, there are only 6 more days till Valentine’s Day.  We’ve got our wishlists ready, do you?  Here’s a peek at some things the girls at Gum Tree are wishing for…


This is my wish list…Jonathan Adler Queen and King vase, a new long Chan Luu necklace and this beautiful Gem and Stone book to add to my book collection.


Here’s what Kerith is wishing for this Valentine’s Day…this great new cookbook just arrived, a new Beach House candle from Lafco, the scent is incredible, and some very pretty glass drop earrings from Ten Things Jewelry.

 
Courtney is wishing for the Loma Scarf in orange, this brand new hot pink leather zip pouch and this tiny little gold dipped love ring from Dogeared.


Megan would love another Chan Luu cashmere and silk scarf in violet, this beautiful long Chan Luu necklace and some pretty pink serving pieces from Sabre France.

And last but not least my 6 year old made a list of her own…

Of course we’re obsessed with Unicorns, cupcakes and bracelets, so these all work!

Come on in and make your wishlist today.  We have a great selection of beautiful Valentine’s Cards, and sweet little gifts for everyone on your list.

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Gum Tree Jute Tote = 20% OFF!

Happy January Everyone!

If you shopped with us during the holidays and took home one of our
Gum Tree Jute Totes

Bring it in from now through January 31st for
20% off anything in the shop!

New merchandise is arriving daily, pop in for a visit soon…

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Sale is on at Gum Tree!

Our Semi Annual Sale is On!

Take 50% off all Sale items.

Buy any sale item and get 20% off one regular priced item!
Buy two sale items and get 20% off two regular priced items…
You get the picture…

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Merry Merry Christmas!

On behalf of everyone here at Gum Tree, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

It is only because of your support that we are here, and we are so very thankful.

We’ll be closed today and tomorrow, back on Wednesday, bright and early.

Thanks for Thinking Globally, and Shopping and Eating Locally!

Merry Merry!
Lori and Will Ford

4th Annual Gum Tree Gift Guide!

Hey Everyone,

It’s time for the 4th Annual Gum Tree Holiday Gift Guide!
We are sure to have something for anyone on your list.

$20 and under

Cashmends $13.50, Viv and Ingrid studs $18, Gum Tree travel candle $11, Mister Seahorse board book $8.99, USB Hubdog $12, Jonathan Adler horoscope dish $16, 50/50 pencils $11.50, Robot Pen $9.25, Block printed frame $18.


Bike Bell $8.50, Laser Cut Bamboo ornament set $19, Glitter Tall Ship ornament $8, Santa Brand oversize matches $5, 7 Year Pen $7.99, Starburst coasters $9.50, Keep Calm and Carry On $8.99, Demitasse spoons $4.50 each

$60 and under


Flight 001 Laundry Bag $27, Ruhlman’s Twenty $40, Sequin Clutch $50, Dogeared Hammered Hoop earrings $53, Set of 4 Marble Coasters $46, Tracey Tanner Leather Zip Pouch $46, Oversized Cotton and Silk Scarf $53.

$100 and under


Shupaca Alpaca blanket $85, Bracelets from Tai and Sucarra $69 to $89, Brightly Twisted hand dyed modal scarf $98, Beaded Clutch $87, Hat Attack faux fur trapper hat $69.


Buji Baja long necklace $82, Jade Tribe cosmetic bag $78, Tai bracelets $45-$74, Agate Trivet $69, Catherine Weitzman Starfish Studs $60, Ten Things double drop earrings $69, Chan Luu set of 3 bracelets $96,

The splurge…

Sea Bags metallic leather anchor tote $180, White Clam seashell tree $165, Chan Luu wrap bracelets $156 -$224, Chan Luu earrings $112-$317.

Happy Holidays!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Holiday Shopping Hours

Hey Everyone,

Starting now…the shop at Gum Tree will be open from 8AM to 8PM through December 23rd.

Christmas Eve we’ll be open 8AM to 4PM.

We will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Happy Happy Holidays!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally.

Lori Ford

‘Tis the Season!

‘Tis the Season!

Can you believe it, the holidays are right around the corner, where does the time go?

At Gum Tree, we’ve transformed into a winter wonderland.


The trees are up, ornaments are here, and we’re serving some yummy seasonal drinks in our cafe next door.

We have the best hostess gifts and stocking stuffers around.  Pop in for a visit and get your holiday shopping started.

P.S…if you can’t make it in, never fear, you can shop Gum Tree online!

We’ve just launched our holiday section. And we’ve added lots of other amazing new things to the site… scarves, coin purses, those cool french servers from my last email, and more!

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford
 

 

Upcoming Events at Gum Tree…

Hi Everyone,

We’ve got some really great events coming up here at Gum Tree, get your planner out and take down these dates!  Yes, Santa is coming back, see below:)

Friday, November 30th—11am-1pm
We’re hosting an Elf on the Shelf book signing here on our patio at Gum Tree!

Bring your Elf and his book down to be signed by the author Chanda Bell.  Don’t have an elf yet, what are you waiting for???  This is an awesome Christmas tradition, we have them here for purchase, trust me, your kids will love it.


Complimentary hot cocoa and mini muffins for the little ones.

Santa Claus is coming back to Gum Tree!
Our favorite event of the year is back, two days, one fabulous photographer (Lauren Pressey), the best Santa ever, and every penny goes back to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation!

 

***Thursday, December 6th is also the Downtown Hermosa Tree Lighting ceremony, so fun, make it a night to come down early, grab dinner at your favorite downtown Hermosa spot, and head over here to take your picture with the big guy.  Pets are welcome too!
$5 for a 5×7 print, $20 for a print and the digital file.

We hope to see you all downtown Hermosa soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

New for Fall at Gum Tree!

Hi Everyone,

Just when we’re getting used to these 80 degree days it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming fall season!

We have some beautiful new arrivals in for fall….come on down and check them out.

Gorgeous new modal scarves from Mangrove.
mangrove modal scarves

Fun fall hats from Hat Attack.
hat attack fall hats

Amazing new long chunky necklaces from Chan Luu.
chan luu long necklaces semi precious stones

Beautiful new clutches from Monserat de Luca.
monserat de luca calf hair clutches

Check out these vintage book boxes from Drainsfield and Ross.  I’m taking home the orange one to stash our remotes in on our coffee table.
vintage book boxes

Vintage Kantha Throws in gorgeous colors.
vintage kantha throw

An incredible selection of new block printed frames
block printed frames

And funky composition books for back to school!
decomp books
Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Downtown Hermosa Summer Sidewalk Sale!

Hi Everyone,
This weekend is the 2nd Annual Hermosa Beach Summer Sidewalk Sale! Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-6pm.  There will be live music and kids activities to enjoy around town, along with tons of specials from participating businesses.
At Gum Tree…Take 50% off All Sale Items! 


All Dana Kellin Jewelry—50% off

dana kellin jewelry
All Green girl totes—50% off.

green girl totes
Tiny totes—50% off


Chan Luu Scarves—50% off

chan luu scarves
All Caskata tableware—50% off

caskata tableware
3 Sprouts hooded towels and canvas bins—50% off

3 sprouts organic storage bins and towels
Tkees flip flops— 50% off

tkees flip flops

And lots more!
PRESALE STARTS NOW, come on in and look for the orange stickers. 
See you soon,
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

First Thursdays on a Summer Night

Hi Everyone,
This Thursday night we’ll be celebrating First Thursdays on a lovely summer evening! From 5-8pm… We’ll have an Aussie BBQ on our patio with live music, complimentary Sangria and a Henna Tattoo artist, just for fun…hope you’ll stop by and join us.
Some great new bits have arrived in the shop this week…
tai bracelets

New Tai bracelets are here, and the evil eyes are back by popular demand…
hand block printed cotton scarves

Hand block printed cotton scarves, $27!
cotton printed tunics

New cotton printed tunics are here, it’s our last shipment of the summer, come grab them quick!

Cute new cotton canvas totes by Vine Street Market, they fold into themselves for easy packing, made in the good old USA, $46.
elum design kids thank you notes

Tired of sitting for hours making your kids write their thank you’s?  Here’s a simple and very cute solution…My First Thank You Note Kit, comes with stickers a stamp and 16 almost written thank you’s, your kids just fills in the basics.  Brilliant!  $23.
vintage sea life bottles by Morea Rose Designs

A beautiful new selection of vintage sea life bottles from Morea Rose just arrived, these are all handmade by local artist Heather Swerdlow of Hermosa Beach!  Prices range from $34-$92.
anchor doormat by kikkerland design

Anchor Doormats are back in!  Super durable and only $28.
Hope to see you all soon,
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

new for summer…

Hi Everyone,
I hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! At Gum Tree, we’re having a little jewelry sale!  Come on in and check out our case of fabulous pieces at 30% off.  From Melissa Joy Manning, Robindira Unsworth, Wendy Mink and more.
We’ve got some bright and fun new stuff in the shop this week…
From the iconic French brand Laguiole, rainbow colored spreaders.  Makes me happy just to look at this photo!
A new line from a very local company, Mixt Studio in Redondo Beach, yay!  These reusable wine bags are made right here in LA, and they make that bottle of wine you’re taking to the party so much more interesting.
govino wine glasses, govino champagne glasses, govino decanter Speaking of wine, now there’s an adorable decanter from Govino, maker of everyone’s favorite plastic stemless wine glasses.  Stemless champagne flutes too.  A concerts in the park essential!
love beads by rich hippie Perhaps my favorite new find, these are called Love Beads, and are made by a company called Rich Hippie.  They had me at Rich Hippie:)  These are jewelry for your home, and come with a sweet message of love, peace and hope. love beads by rich hippie love beads by rich hippie Draped around a lamp, over a mirror, on the arm of your favorite chair, or placed in a basket or bowl on your coffee table, they are meant to be a “daily reminder of where your HOPE rests, where your PEACE comes from and where your LOVE will last forever”.
Here’s my nod to the neon trend…I love these boxed letterpress notecards from Hammerpress.  They are sunny and happy, who wouldn’t love to get a handwritten note in their actual, real life mailbox?
pocket posh Last, but not least…something to throw in your beach bag to keep yourself entertained…crosswords, word jumbles and more!  Good for the plane ride to your fabulous summer vacation spot too.
Hope to see you all soon. Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

happy almost 4th!

Happy Almost 4th of July everyone!
Come on in for all your last minute party and beach needs, we’re open all day today…
Gum Tree will be closed all day on the 4th, see you at the beach…
We’ll be back open on the 5th bright and early…7:30am in the cafe, 10:00am in the shop…. And we’ll be open till 8pm for FIRST THURSDAYS!
From 5-8pm this Thursday, July 5th… In the Cafe, Will is bringing back the Aussie BBQ.  We’ve got live music and complimentary sangria too. In the Shop, take 20% off anything Red, White, or Blue!
Hope to see you all soon.
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summertime!

Hi Everyone,
It’s official, Summer has begun!
We’ve got so many great things in to get you ready for the best season of all.
For all the upcoming picnics your’e about to go on… Insulated picnic basket $39, turkish cotton beach blanket $35, bamboo cheese board with knives inside $34, Govino plastic stemless wineglasses $16, My Drap cotton napkins on a roll $33, whale bottle opener $14
Classic panama fedora $96, Stripe cotton tote $82, Beach sounds, put your ipod inside and hear your music at the beach through the great little speakers! $42
Traveling with the kids this summer?  Make sure you’ve got some good distractions for the car or plane! Classic card games $9.50, Hello Books $11.50, Travel dominoes $11.50
For your 4th of July party… My Drap cotton napkins on a roll, dinner $33 or cocktail size $31, paper straws $8.50, wine glass markers $9.00, tube of sparklers $18
To keep you warm on a cool summer night… Beautiful new scarves from Brightly Twisted.  Each one is hand dyed in the USA, so every single one is unique.  Super soft modal, $98
And just for fun, tons of new Chan Luu earrings and wraps have arrived!
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

don’t forget dad!

Hi Everyone,
Dad’s Day is this Sunday, don’t forget the big guy!
We’ve got great cards and gifts for all kinds of dads…
Enviro Dad…
These just arrived from Maine…Door Mats made of recycled lobster rope.  Every mat is unique, made of 100% recycled material, is mildew resistant, easily cleaned with a hose and mighty durable.  If the rope survived the Atlantic…
Gourmet Dad…
    Fruitwood cheese board and a great book…or a slate cheeseboard that comes with soapstone chalk, for the dad who entertains!
Sporty Dad…
   Game used bats made into bottle openers, we have cuff links made of old stadium seats too! And for the bike riding / gadget loving guy, a cool tool.
Rocker Dad…
Who doesn’t love Ozzy?  And Whiskey?  And Beer and Wine?
Cool bracelets from Chan Luu and Rebecca Lankford.
Mod Dad…
Jonathan Adler paperweights for his desk…
Come on in and we’ll help you find the perfect gift.
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Just in from Australia!

Hi Everyone,

I’m so
excited to say that a bunch of the fabulous stuff I found on our Australia trip
has finally arrived in the shop!

Samantha Robinson

Her ceramics are all hand made in her studio in
Sydney.  Each piece is completely unique, what a beautiful gift!

Kirstin
Ash Bespoke

I’ve been searching for a personalized line that is
different from the many that are already out there.  This one is so delicate,
there are loads of choices so you really can make the perfect one for
you… from initial charms in gold vermeil to tiny sterling hearts and keys, to
crystals to add to the mix.  And the pricepoint is fantastic!  I’ve been wearing
mine since the moment it arrived.

And the Little Dog Laughed

A little something for the kids, these handmade dolls
have great personalities.


And their sweet jewelry and hair accessories are just
adorable.

Come on in and take a peak at all this and much more.
We
hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat
Locally!

Lori Ford

20% off Tonight!

Hey Everyone,
Tonight is
First Thursdays and from 5-8pm only we’ve got a deal for you…
Take
20% off ALL womens Bags, Hats and Scarves in the Shop!

It’s going to be a great night…bring down your
friends and family.

Just in time for Summer we’re bringing back
the Aussie BBQ on the patio too!

Will is busy in the kitchen
prepping all the steaks, chicken, prawns, and sausages, with a couple of fresh
salads and our famous Mac and Cheese for the kids.
$12 for adults, $5 for
kids 10 and under.  While the food lasts!

Live Music by Justin
Dzuban and complimentary Sangria too!

Hope to see you
tonight.
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori
Ford

Mom’s Day is coming!

Hello Everyone,

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, May 13th!  We’ve got the perfect gifts for mom…


Mugs $14, Jonathan Adler needlepoint “MOM” paperweight $46.


Pretty cotton printed tunics, $42.


The perfect picnic basket for 2…$94 and a blanket to
sit on $35.


To keep her warm on the picnic, cotton tassle scarves
$52.


And just for fun, Katie Diamond rings starting at
$115.

In other news…Next week is First Thursdays!  We’re bringing back
the BBQ, Live Music and Free Sangria for the summer months, hope you can join us
May 3rd from 5-8pm.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori
Ford

What’s New in Hermosa…

Happy Friday Everyone!

It’s time for another edition of What’s New In Hermosa… 

I’m always thrilled to see new businesses opening up down here, and today I’ve got some great new
ones to tell you about.

Abigaile

Occupying the former Union Cattle space, this place is serving up some really fantastic food in a
completely revamped atmosphere.

On a recent evening we enjoyed a beautiful sunset, some great small plates, and my favorite “Mary
Zen” cocktail. 
Pictured below are the roasted medjool dates and kale salad, and burrata with roasted mushroom duxelle.

I have been dreaming of that burrata dish ever since, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have a
spot like this to pop into after work.
If you need even more reason to get to Abigaile here it is…next Tuesday the 3rd Abigaile is hosting an Open House.  From 5:30-8:30 you can meet their new chef and brewmaster, and enjoy complimentary tastings of their amazing food and house-made craft beer.  Yes, that’s right, it’s free! 

www.abigailerestaurant.com/

 

The Plank Space

Located in the 200 Pier building (directly west of us) The Plank Space is a new women’s shop specializing in yoga, pilates and active inspired loungewear.  The space is darling, the girls are sweet and most importantly the product is incredible!  These are some beautiful workout/run around town clothes, watch out Lulu
Lemon…

My 4 favorite pieces pictured here…

www.theplankspace.com

 

Curious…

OK, technically not new but recently Expanded!

My dear friend Bryce took the leap and secured the space next door to his darling shop to bring you more of what you love about Curious…A really great selection of furniture, gifts, irreverent cards and that super cool Pop Phone!

Check out these vintage lamps!  My favorite part of the new space is his workshop in the back.  You can watch him back there making/refinishing all this great stuff, brilliant.

www.curiousworkshop.com

 

DermStore

Just opened at 1316 Hermosa Ave this is the flagship location of the DermStore, you know that little website dermstore.com that sells all kinds of the best beauty products out there.  But it’s not just a pretty store with great products, it’s also a hair salon and spa specializing in some really good looking facials.

Just for our Gum Tree fans they’re offering 20% off of treatments booked before 4/30
and a free gift! 
Give them the code GT20OFF when you call to book.

We’ve got lots of great new stuff arriving daily at Gum Tree too.

You might want to pop in for one of these fun new bracelets from Tai before you leave on that
Spring Break trip!

 

Hope you enjoyed our little tour of Hermosa’s newest, see you down here soon.

 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

 

Lori Ford

Australia and Fiji!

Hey Everyone,

We’re just back from a wonderful vacation filled with family, adventure, fun and even some relaxation.  Here’s a little overview of the trip and a handy guide for Sydney in case you’re headed there soon.

After three flights and 24 hours we arrived in Whyalla, South Australia!  This is home base for the fabulous Ford family and we had 5 days of really fun family time.  Here we are trying to have a family portrait done, hopefully the photographer got one shot where we’re all looking at her?

After Whyalla we hit Sydney.  I have to say that Sydney could be one of my favorite cities I’ve ever been to, I could live here easily.  It’s a beautiful mix of city and beach culture, amazing food and even better shopping.  I returned with a big stack of Australian home magazines, they are so well done.

We stayed in the Woollahra neighborhood at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel on Queen Street.

This was the perfect home base for us, the neighborhood was amazing.  Tons of shops and cafes in walking distance and very easy access to public busses that took us everywhere we wanted to go.  And their restaurant was fantastic!

While in Sydney I attended a gift show called Life in Style.  I’ve always wanted to carry more Aussie product in the shop and this was an exploration into that.

It was a beautiful show, very well curated.  I wish I could have ordered more, but with the Aussie dollar almost even with the US dollar, and the exhorbinant cost of shipping and customs I was a bit limited.   Never fear though, there will be some amazing pieces in soon!

One of my favorite Aussie artists is Samantha Robinson.  Her ceramics are so beautiful, every piece hand made.  Look for these to arrive at Gum Tree in time for Spring…

 

The window of her shop in beautiful Double Bay,  and a wall full of her signature teacups…We’ll be carrying these, plus her vases, some incredible votive holders called Illuminators and her famous Watermelon bowls.

http://samantharobinson.com.au/

Do not miss the Double Bay neighborhood for shopping.   They also had a wonderful little Farmer’s Market on Friday mornings with a petting zoo, pony rides and a bounce house.  It was a highlight for Lily for sure.

Back to the Woollahra/Paddington neighborhood…

Shopping and Dining—

Donna Hay is the Aussie version of Martha Stewart and her magazines Delicious and Donna Hay are incredible resources.  Here’s a peak inside her new General Store.

We’ll be carrying a selection of her new cookbooks soon.

Along Queen Street there are some beautiful little shops…

Body by Dainy Sawatsky , I bought my new favorite dress here.

http://www.body.com.au/look-book

Terrace Outdoor Living

Best outdoor furniture, dinnerware, hanging planters, umbrellas.  It was very inspiring.

Seed, This is a darling shop for both women and kids.  Their kids clothes are to die for and I snapped up some adorable shorts for myself.  It’s a small chain so you can find them throughout Sydney.

 

A couple of our favorite eateries…

Bill’s Woollahra….Bill Grainger is a fab Aussie chef and the food was delicious, open for breakfast and lunch only.

Spicer Street Cafe…. this was Will’s favorite, so simple with perfect coffee.

In fact we had perfect coffee everywhere we went.  It was uncanny, those Aussies really know their coffee and not a Starbucks in sight.

Big Mamma”s… a wonderful Italian restaurant we accidentally wandered into for dinner one night.  Probably the best authentic Italian food I’ve had since living in Florence in 1996.

On Oxford street in Paddington…

A couple of iconic Aussie brands have shops here, this used to be a great shopping neighborhood but is now a little dated.  Having said that, it’s still worth it to check out these spots…

Country Road carries clothing and homewares, I wish I could have brought back the salad bowls and glassware and rugs, simple and clean and cool.

Dinosaur Designs carries resin jewelry and housewares.  They have a shop in New York and I always loved to window shop there too.

Paddington Market…Saturdays from 10-4…you’ll find lots of cute inexpensive clothing and a smattering of real gems.  I bought a pillowcover  made out of a vintage tea towel for baby Will’s room, and a gorgeous leather clutch handmade in Sydney, fingers crossed we’ll have these in the shop soon.   The little food market toward the back is so so good.  Juices and pressed sandwiches, thai food and a cute hipster girl playing the yukelele while you sip your perfect flat white.

Love Supreme…this is a pizza place with some of the yummiest Pizza I’ve ever had, perfect thin crust, great wine and fun atmosphere too.

Westfield Bondi Junction…this is one of the best shopping malls I have ever been in.  It was raining so that was my excuse for being in a shopping mall while on vacation!

If you’re in this mall don’t miss Kikki K.  I love this paper store, i’ve never seen anything quite like it and I wish we had one here in LA.  Check out www.kikki-k.com.

Family Fun—

Do not miss the Taronga Zoo!  Take the ferry from Circular Quay and make sure you go early as you could easily stay there all day.

You catch the aerial tram up to the top of the hill and then work your way back down to the water.  And the views of Sydney Harbor cannot be beat!

Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens…We walked through here in the late afternoon and just at dusk the fruit bats come out in full force.  Lily is still talking about the fruit bats, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

Bondi Beach…fun to hit this iconic spot.

I’m sure there are more mellow beaches to go to, but when in Rome…  The kids loved it.  The water was warm and the people watching was great!

Now I know this is not the insiders guide to Sydney..but with 2 kiddos and only 5 days it’s a quick guide to work from and we had a blast…

And now onto Fiji…A quick 3.5 hour flight from Sydney we loved Fiji!  Thank you to everyone at Treasure Island for making our vacation absolute perfection.  I don’t think we’ll take a family vacation without a Kids Club again until they’re teenagers!   We had 6 days on this perfect tiny island and could have easily stayed for 6 more.

http://www.treasureisland-fiji.com/

And that’s it for now.  Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori

Countdown to Valentine’s Day

Hello Lovers,

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!

We’ve got lots and lots of great stuff in for anyone on your Valentine’s list…

 

For the girl who has everything…

 

We’re proud to say we’re now carrying the FEED line. 

With the purchase of the FEED love bag you’ll be donating 25 school meals through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in countries with high rates of HIV/AIDS, $57.

The FEED Guatemala Pouch will provide 5 school meals, and has the added benefit of being handmade in Guatemala by Nest, a nonprofit organization that empowers female artists around the world, $35.

 

Gorgeous new cotton tasseled scarves have just arrived, $55.

Back by popular demand, Tokyo Milk!

Travel candles $14, Cosmetic pouches $16 and their amazing scents $32 each.

 

A little something fun…

Measuring cups $7, Love on Toast $5.75 and Love Listography $16.95.

 

For the kids, we’ve got adorable valentine’s cards for their class. 

32 cards, plus 2 teacher cards all for $6.50 a box!

 

For the sports fan in your life…

We love the line Tokens and Icons…

Cuff links made from original stadium seats or game used hockey pucks…Bottle openers made from game used Baseball bats!

 

We also have beautiful letterpress Valentine’s Cards…my favorite…

 

As always we have a great selection of beautiful jewelry. 

Make it easy on your sweetie and come make a Wish List!

 

Hope to see you all soon,

 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

 

Lori Ford

Santa Claus is coming to Gum Tree!

Hi Everyone,

It’s our favorite event of the year…

This Thursday and Sunday…

Santa Claus is coming to Gum Tree! 

Come on down to get a gorgeous picture of your loved ones with Santa.  

EVERY PENNY RAISED GOES TO THE HERMOSA BEACH EDUCATION FOUNDATION so you can feel good about it too!

 

This Thursday evening is also First Thursdays and the Hermosa Beach Tree Lighting at the foot of the pier.  Festivities start at 6pm, singing kids, carolers, Ukelele performances, and more.

The Hermosa Beach Young Professionals mixer will be at Sangria and entry is a new, unwrapped toy for the Beach Cities Toy Drive!

Shops will be open till 9pm so you can get some things crossed off your list.

Make a night of it downtown Hermosa!

 

Hope to see you all there.

 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

 

Lori Ford

small business saturday!

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.  It’s my favorite holiday of the year, I cannot wait to cook and eat that turkey!

 

I’ll be working off all that stuffing in the shop on Friday…come join me and kick off your holiday shopping!  Bring me your list and I’ll do my best to help you find the perfect gifts.

 

18 boxes arrived yesterday, yay!  some highlights…

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New bottle openers, a great hostess gift!

Sparkly sequin clutches

Sparkly sequin clutches for all your upcoming holiday parties, $44!

And, gorgeous new cookbooks to help with your holiday entertaining!

 

This Saturday, November 26th is the 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday sponsored by American Express.  They’re asking millions of people to Shop Small at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy.  Register your Amex at www.smallbusinesssaturday.com and then shop small and get a $25 credit on your next statement.  When we all shop small, it will be huge!

 

At Gum Tree we’ll be serving complimentary hot spiced cider all day while you shop.  We have so many wonderful new things in… Great stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, gifts for your best friends, the office gift exchange, your mother in law who has everything, and many more.. 

 

If you’re still wondering where to get your tree look no further!  Do the super green thing and rent your live tree from www.livingchristmas.com.

They deliver and pick up, brilliant!  Enjoy the scent and look of a beautiful real tree without the guilt.  We have one of their beauties on the front patio at Gum Tree, make sure to stop in and make your wish on it.

 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

 

 

Lori Ford

What’s New in Hermosa?

Hi Everyone,

We’re so excited to invite you all down to the

2nd Annual Downtown Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival!

This Saturday, November 19th from 12-8pm.

At Gum Tree, we’ll be serving complimentary hot coco for the kids. 

And in the shop and café take 10% off everything all day! 

We’re delighted to announce that our Gum Tree Jute bags are back in a pretty new color.  From now till Christmas Eve spend $100 in the shop and get a sustainable, reusable, chic Gum Tree jute bag.

I hope you can make it down during this holiday season to shop Hermosa.  Some amazing new stores have just popped up…here are my 4 new favorites!

 

Wicked+

Run by the fabulous Cooley brothers, Wicked+ started as a full-service communications, interactive marketing and design firm with offices at 145 Pier Ave.

When the brothers moved in and realized how many curious people passed by every day, they decided to open up a shop, stocked with their favorite things.  This includes the super cool line of Linus bikes and some of the best bike accessories I have ever seen.  Check out the leather wine bottle carrier on the picture above!

These two have an incredible eye for design, and are now stocking great gifts for the guys in your life.

http://shop.wicked.is/

 

Deep Pocket Jean Company

Speaking of guy gifts, this new shop directly next door to us at 200 Pier Avenue is amazing.  They not only have their own label of jeans made downtown LA, beautiful well priced shirts and all manner of man gadgets…

 

But your guy can have a hot towel shave or a haircut in one of their vintage barber chairs, or pick up a cigar and smoke it on their private outdoor patio.

 

Brilliant!  Look for the owner, David.  He’s the designer of the aforementioned Jeans, and all around very cool guy.  Thanks David for bringing some style to the men of the South Bay!

www.deeppocketjeancompany.com

 

Tarsan

OK, there must be something in the water down here…another great one for the guys!  Tarsan is a brand new paddle board shop at 936 Hermosa Ave.  I swear everyone I know has been out paddling but me.  I will for sure get to it this summer, and when I do I’ll be renting my gear from Tarsan!  They give lessons too.

www.tarsanstandup.com

 

Uncorked

Finally, a beautiful little wine shop downtown Hermosa!  They have a great selection and knowledgeable staff, host wine tastings and private parties, and serve cheese and charcuterie plates by a little place called Gum TreeJ

 

Oh, and if you’re missing the darling girls from Oliovera, which I know you all are, never fear, they have a selection of their products for sale here!

Uncorked is in the great corner spot at 302 Pier Avenue.

www.uncorkedhermosa.com

 

Hope to see you all down here soon. 

Remember to shop Hermosa for the Holidays…

 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

 

Lori Ford

Get your place ready…

Come on in to Gum Tree for a hot bowl of our chicken fennel soup and a peak in the shop.

We’ve got some beautiful new things in to help you get your place ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

The Laguiole carving set is essential for the turkey.

Don’t forget the hostess gift if you’ll be a guest.

These gorgeous herringbone throws would cozy up the living room.

And a pretty soap or candle in the bathroom goes a long way.

 

Enjoy this beautiful Fall day.

 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!