Wednesday, December 01, 2010

'Tis the Season: Gum Tree

[This is an independent, unsolicited and uncompensated post.]

Yesterday I mentioned the wonderful twig serving utensils I purchased at Gum Tree, and because it's December already (whoa), I thought I'd share more about my local destination for gifts, snacks and inspiration. Last year we bought nearly all of our holiday gifts at Gum Tree; every selection was perfect and we couldn't have felt better about supporting the business.

Owned and operated by Will and Lori Ford -- whose story is as charming as their shop/cafe -- Gum Tree is situated in a historic Craftsman home with a broad porch and lovely patio. The concept behind it is, "Think globally, shop and eat locally," and the Fords nailed it.

Lori uses her keen eye to stock the shop with irresistible finds for kids, adults and home, and she's always happy to special order or gift wrap something. In the cafe, restaurateur Will puts an Aussie spin on fresh California cuisine and serves the best coffee. On weekends we like to bring the Hounds for breakfast on the dog-friendly patio.

If you're in the area, don't miss it. They're offering complimentary hot apple cider to holiday shoppers, which is worth it alone. As are the Lamingtons.

If you're not local, call or email Lori for assistance with personal shopping, gift baskets and shipping. You won't be sorry.

Last weekend I picked up these handmade shell trees to decorate for Christmas.
We don't dare put up a real tree this year with a wild puppy on the loose.

Gift wrap is always offered and always complimentary.

Cutest. Eggs. Ever.

Dog-friendly patio.
Dog-friendly treats.

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