Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Today's the day! 

Our boxes are unpacked and our pictures hung. The Gardner Village blog has officially moved into its new space on our website! We're thrilled to have everything together under one roof at gardnervillage.com, where our weekly blog posts will continue. Expect more of what you love--giveaways, decorating tips, shopping guides, events info, behind-the-scenes Village views and so much more! Come along for the fun!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gifts for Dads, Grads, and All Who Are Rad!

Ready for a little pomp and circumstance? Not quite? Don't sweat it! We've got your back with a line-up of gift ideas for those awesome dads, smarty grads, and all other rads. Let's take a look around Gardner Village and see some of what's up for grabs.

Archibald's Restaurant

Give Dad a break from the grill and let Archibald's do the cooking over Father's Day Weekend (closed Sundays). Or go for a post ceremony celebration. There is plenty of group space available. Bring the entire family!

While you're visiting, take time to check out the updates being made. The outside of Archibald's just got a fresh coat of paint and will make such a pretty backdrop for a celebratory family photo!

Celebrations by Modern Display

Celebrate the class of 2016 with a special ornament.

There's space to personalize on this one.

Offer up some words of wisdom with one of these cool prints.

Give something special for your grad's shelf.

Get straight to the heart of things with a framed photo. These magnet boards add a fun twist to the traditional frame option.

Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon

This calming spa should add Man Cave to its title. This newest addition to the salon is a special, sectioned-off area  that will keep your favorite fellas feeling like men, even when being pampered like the best of 'em.

Isn't this a cool space?

And it has some very unique gift ideas inside, including sophisticated shaving sets (love!).

Get your grad dorm ready with a basket of hair and body care items.

The sweet ladies at Cottage Retreat are so informative and nice. They can help prepare the perfect mix for your person.

Down to Earth

Tick tock. The clock is ticking. Save time and make one stop at Down to Earth for gifts for dad's den or your grad's new space.

I wish my dad were a sailing enthusiast just so I'd have an excuse to buy this detailed boat accent. Maybe it needs a home on my shelf instead.

If your student is about to make a new space his or her home, set the coolest table on the block with a set of these chairs. At under $100 each right now, this is an affordable and awesome gift possibility.

Add some cool lighting to seal the chic deal.


Handmade gifts are always well received. If you knit or crochet, come in for a collegiate hat pattern.

Or create a special throw of some sort so your loved ones can wrap up in your love.

Not a knitter? No prob. There are classes and helpful hands, ready to get you started.

Layers Beautiful Bedding

Add an extra special layer to your gift giving. These gorgeous blankets are great for the grad who's heading out on their own in the coming months but are also nice for pop and those remaining at home.

Follow your arrow with cool bookends.

Lulu's Boutique

This sweet shop should change its name to Lulu's Book-tique. It has SO MANY cool book options.

I'm told this is one of the most popular at the moment. Makes sense. It is a cool idea to add to your grad gift.

If your grad will be setting up their own kitchen in the fall, some fun supplies and a cookbook are your recipe for gift success.

Gift cards are go-to grad gifts. Dress up any gift card you may be giving with a special, heartfelt token, like this key to success.

Naborhood Bakery

Are you hosting a post-ceremony celebration or shindig for Dad? Let Naborhood Bakery take the work out of that equation. Pick from their full menu of dessert items. Yum!

Natural Joy

You'll find a number of darling make-up bags newly stocked. Grab one (or two!) and fill it up with some of the finest, naturally-made personal care items.

Plum Dandy

Need something new to wear to the big ceremony? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. I spotted this pretty ensemble outside of Plum Dandy and thought it looked like just the thing. It's light enough for outdoor ceremonies but dressy enough for indoor shindigs.

Sock City

Set your grad off on the right foot with some school-themed socks.

There's an entire wall to choose from, so even if your student is out-of-state bound, you may find the sock you seek.

And they've got papa covered, too. There are so many quirky and cool choices. They're as fun to buy as they are to give. (I know from experience.) ;)

Storybook Nook

The story is dad and granddad. There's a delightful display of sweet book options for both, including books that provide journaling prompts, so you and your kiddos can add an extra personalized touch to your surprise.

Let's be honest. Dad is just a big kid in disguise. Make his heart happy with gifts he can enjoy WITH his kiddos. Storybook Nook has so many of his favorites, from Star Wars and Hot Wheels to fun yard and board games.

These little, metal, snap-together models are so cool! There are several to choose from, too.

Don't leave without something for that star student. These are popular grad gifts. Pick one up, write a heartfelt note on the inside, and give it to the one who has you beaming with pride.

Upon the Shelf

The time is right to give your grad or dad a cool new clock.

Add a special card and/or magnet set, and you've got one attractive gift.

This summer, let Gardner Village help you take your gift giving to the head of the class. And to all who are making the great walk in the coming weeks, we wish you a heartfelt congratulations. Way to go, class of 2016!!

Megan Hoeppner

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Our Woodland Fairies are Named! (Contest Winner Announcement)

It's a big day! Our lovely springtime guests no longer have to wing it without names. Thanks to you, our Woodland Fairies are celebrating the fact that they all officially have names! And fantastic names, at that! We've just loved reading your entries in response to our Name the Fairies contest. There were so many creative and unique ideas. We wish we could give the fairies four or five names each to include all of your awesome ideas.

After much thought, our fairies have been given the following fabulous names:

Congratulations to our 15 finalists, listed below:
1. Fleur, named by Brooke B.
2. Luna Stargazer, named by Rachel M. and her daughter
3. Oleta (meaning "winged one"), named by Avril, McKel, and Alicia
4. Lilybelle, named by Lezlie
5. Treela, named by Amalia
6. Coco, named by Kathleen W. 
7. Freckleberry, named by Sayuri
8. Rosebud, named by Maygen
9. Rain Blossom, named by Kortnie and Emmalee
10. Dragonfly, named by Easton
11. Honeysuckle, named by Margo
12. Kira, named by Emily W. 
13. Nester, named by Maile C. 
14. Azalia, named by Jyri
15. Laila (meaning "angel appointed to guard spirits at birth"), named by Leila

Each of our 15 finalists were entered into our Grand Prize Fairy Giveaway. But here's a sweet twist! Thanks to our generous friends at the Chocolate Covered Wagon, every finalists walks away a winner. 

The Gardner Village location of The Chocolate Covered Wagon has a list with our 15 finalists' names and pictures. If you're one of those 15, simply stop in between now and the end of May 2016, give them your name, and you'll receive a free fairy chocolate pop of your choice. Congratulations! 

Photo Shout Out
We've had as much fun reviewing your great photos as we have going over your name suggestions. Thanks for visiting and taking time to share pics of your cute faces with our fairy friends. Here's a sampling of some of the happy snapshots we've received as part of our contest. 

And the Winner Is... 
Now, what you've been waiting for. It's time to announce our grand prize winner. The following name was selected from our list of 15 finalists... 

Rachel came up with such a clever name for our sleepy little love. Now we understand why she has a little extra twinkle in her eye that we rarely see (since she's so often napping during the day); she's up all night, star gazing. 

Rachel, you will receive an email with information on claiming your grand prize, outlined below, which you'll need to claim before the end of May, 2016: 

* A VIP Farm Package for Two Children (and parent): Includes a long pony ride, petting zoo admission, and bags of animal feed for both two children.
* Fairy wings, wand, and halo from Spoiled Rotten
* Two Fairy House Tours at Georgell Doll Shop
* Two Fairy Garden Kits from Aunt Elsie's
* Two fairy bracelet make-and-takes at The Bead Farm

Meet Your New Friends & Make a Wish
Now that you know the names of our friendly fairies, it's time you pay them a visit. You have until the end of May to introduce yourself to them before they head north for the summer. With free displays set up throughout Gardner Village, this is an absolutely enchanting way to spend a day! And make sure you add your wish to our Wishing Bridge so they can be gathered up by our bitty guests before they depart. 

The Farm
This time of year, we couldn't go without first giving you another look at The Farm. So many adorable animals have joined our family. There isn't a cuter time of year to visit with your young ones  and meet ours. 

A baby llama kissing a baby lamb?!? You can't make this cuteness up! 

Happy spring!
Megan Hoeppner