Written by Jennifer L. Grazioso
Guess who’s two? Ivy Cottage Gifts is celebrating its second year in Forked River on February 12, 2017. They want to share this wonderful celebration with you during their birthday week, February 12-18, 2017. So, come on in and wish Ivy Cottage a ‘Happy Birthday’ and get a free gift with purchase. Plus, check out their Facebook posts sharing sales during the whole month of February.
Ivy Cottage has had many highlights throughout the past two years.
Since 2015 Ivy Cottage has remodeled their sales floor giving them more floor space, which enabled owners, Diamond and Rob Frandsen to add new product lines as well to expand customer favorites.
Two new product lines, Peaceable King and For Tea Sakes, have been added to the store. Peaceable Kingdom is a line of kids’ cooperative games, in which players compete against the game and not each other. This company is all about putting down technology and connecting with your family. It is family-owned and based out of California. For Tea Sakes offers a unique, distinctive, and high quality tea blends. They select only the top 5% of the crops yields from all over the world.
Ivy Cottage has also been able to expand their Stonewall Kitchen line to include Gluten-Free and Organic. Some of the gluten-free items include pancake and waffle mix mix, herbed pizza crust mix, cornbread mix and many others. Some of the organic items are: maple apple onion jam, Maine blueberry cherry jam, sweet chili jam, and many others. In the past two years, Ivy Cottage was invited to join Stonewall Kitchen’s “Jam Tour”, which is a wonderful accolade.
Diamond has expanded the services available for weddings. Newly engaged brides are encouraged to set up a free consultation. During the consultation, Diamond and the bride (as well as groom and other members) will explore likes/dislikes, theme, the Bride’s Pinterest boards. Diamond can assist brides with the following services: Gift Baskets, favors, place cards, signs (Bride/Groom/Use our Hashtag), seating arrangements, bridal shower, wedding day set-ups, decor and design work.
Brides can customize Gift Baskets to make their wedding day even more memorable. Ivy Cottage offers Gift Baskets for the “Out of Town Guest”, “Bridesmaid/Groomsmen”, “Flower Girl/Ring Bearer”, the ideas are endless.
Let’s not forget that brides, mother of the bride, bridesmaid, etc., can shop in the wedding department at Ivy Cottage for many beautiful items like the bride and groom champagne glasses, wedding cake forks, a variety of frames, and so much more to use throughout the whole wedding celebration.
When you walk into Ivy Cottage Gift Baskets for the first or second or tenth time you can expect excellent customer service with a friendly face. They offer unique gifts with an ever-changing line-up of to fit the upcoming seasons and holidays.
“We can assist someone with their idea by gathering, creating and sourcing it,” said Diamond
A matter of fact a customer, Judy, noticed on the window outside of Ivy Cottage the Esty sign. Judy decided to come in and ask for some assistance. She wanted personalized labels to put inside the handmade sweaters she knit for her grandchildren, but was unable to navigate Etsy. Diamond sat with her and found a designer she liked; and the labels are shipping in a couple of weeks. Here is an example of going above and beyond for the customer; note there was no charge for the service for Judy.
Their gift baskets are exceptionally crafted. You can select from the already made gift baskets or you can collect products and create your own. There is a basket for every occasion: birthday, sympathy, new home, and more. Speaking of new home, Diamond offers house accounts to realtors (and any other professionals) to create and deliver gift baskets to their clients as thank yous.
Diamond Frandsen, past President of Rotary Forked River, supports her hometown by participating in the Rotarian Thanksgiving and Elf programs as well as many other programs throughout the year. She donates to the Lacey Foodbank each month. Ivy Cottage is in a partnership with GreenBriar Women’s Club donating to their Fashion Show, which the proceed go towards local scholarships. She is also in a partnership with Lacey High School DECA club, in which students work at the store to learn about entrepreneurship. Ivy Cottage gives donations to many of the cheer teams, basketball teams, as well the PTA; to name a few. Diamond’s husband, Rob, is a volunteer fireman, 3rd generation, for Forked River with 24 years of service.
“We really are a hometown gift shop. We’ve seen the community change and reflect the needs of the community. As much as we support the community we want the community to support us back,” Diamond stated.
Ivy Cottage will be at Manahawkin Holiday Inn on February 19 for the Elegant Bridal Show from 1-4pm.
Ivy Cottage Gift Basket is located at 407 Lacey Road, Forked River and is open 7 days a weeks; 609-693-1914. They deliver locally and ship nationally.