Oct 19, 2008

Follow Your Dreams...

Mary Ann's gift shop, Ebabe's Gifts, is now officially open.  Saturday we welcomed our first customers.

It all began because Mary Ann wanted a change from the employment situation she found herself in a couple of years ago.  We discussed what she'd really like to do.  It began as an online undertaking -- an eBay store that delivered fine quality giftware.  She developed a clientele looking for new items at reasonable prices.  Mary Ann's unique touch included personal notes to each buyer, superfast shipping, gift wrapping, and a piece of chocolate included with every item.  The business took off.  Within three months, she was a "power seller" on eBay.  She continues to take her eBay business very seriously and is justifiably proud of her 100% favorable feedback rating.

A little over a year ago we knew we had to do something to accommodate an ever-growing mountain of wholesale merchandise that was taking over the house.  As we were talking about our need to either rent or build a storage building, the property adjacent to our home became available.  If you have been a regular reader of this blog, you have watched and read about the construction and landscaping that have occupied us for the last several months.  And now it has come to fruition.

The merchandise covers a price range from $10 items -- coasters and coozies -- to cookie jars costing over $300.  We carry well-recognized brands that Mary Ann has carefully selected and qualified to carry:  Silvestri giftware, Abas leather goods, Isabel Bloom statuary, Carruth garden sculptures, Camille Beckman skin care products, WoodWick scented items, Knobstopper wine stoppers, Mandy Bagwell ceramics, Our Name is Mud ceramics, Picnic Time picnic accessories and baskets, Maggie Bee fabric goods, Fitz & Floyd ceramics, Christopher Radko Christmas items, and many others.  

The store is a tribute to Mary Ann's vision and hard work.  It's a fun place to be.  I personally hope and believe that it will be a successful business enterprise.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

This is terrific and so exciting. The shop looks great!