Home and Garden Decor and Gifts
Our philosophy and the aesthetic standards apply when Teresa Buchanan, Garden Center Manager, CNLP and Designer and Merchandiser, Mary Gurtler, travel throughout the country to conventions featuring thousands of pieces of art, craft, gifts and garden-‐related and home-‐enhancing products to provide you.
Mary explains, “We want our clients to know we understand they are searching for items that are beautiful yet enhance their enjoyment of nature. Our objectives are to find gifts that are nature-oriented and of exceptional quality, but provide good value. That means they’ve been designed to be functional and fit the style and taste of anyone passionate about finding something unique, captivating and beneficial to our area’s environment.
“We ourselves are passionate about stocking quality products which are environmentally-friendly, hand-crafted, made locally or nationally, or Fair Trade Licensed. That is, they reflect a craft or art or product indigenous to a country. This way, Lockwood’s Gift Shop highlights what’s been made through the ages to sustain a people culturally and economically.
“Our shoppers can rest assured the people who have perfected the product benefit directly from their purchase. Our customers want this. It’s clear they’re giving back while receiving the best and the most beautiful items of enormous quality and utility, locally.”
While all this is beneficent and laudable and even inspiring, what about the nitty-‐gritty? What happens when two formidable buyers in the whirl and swirl of a convention disagree? Tacky is in the eye of the beholder. What goes on when Mary thinks Teresa’s eyes aren’t seeing straight, and Teresa wonders if Mary is joking or she has no idea how nutty “that thing” looks? Mary reveals the complex negotiation technique they’ve hammered out, “We each get a ‘wild card’ to use. It works!”