Our story literally jumps off the pages of ‘The Next Always’ by New York Times best-selling author and owner of GIB, Nora Roberts. From the first book in the Boonsboro series we read, “Now that the Gallery moved out of that space, Mom wants a gift shop to tie in with the Inn.”
Madeline Kramer is the gift shop manager in the trilogy, based directly on our manager, Natoma Vargason, who has been here since the shop opened. She has managed art venues for almost thirty years, including a gallery for the Washington County Arts Council. She currently sits on the Board of Advisors for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, where new talent is constantly passing under her eye. Her wealth of experience covers knowing artists from every type and genre imaginable, and a keen eye for the unusual and exciting. Her sure touch is evident from the moment you walk by the front window and all through the displays in the shop. Every nook, cranny and wall space is alive with an eclectic mix of quality handcrafted work created by local and regional artists.
Natoma has brought Nora’s vision to life, just as it says in the book- “From the yellow walls to the pretty little wall-hung sink.” Nora’s commitment to ‘Buy Local’ is echoed throughout the staff of the shop, handpicked by Natoma for their dedication to finding the most exquisite crafts, the most exciting artists, and to helping our customers find the most perfect treasure.
Our mission has been to showcase local artists and their work from the very first items featured in our shop- the handcrafted soaps and body care products selected for the Inn. Cedar Ridge Soaps uses gentle, nourishing and naturally inspired ingredients for all their products; they are a perfect example of the artisans we love to work with.
Gifts Inn BoonsBoro is an integral part of our neighborhood – from artist to consumer to community. We want take the energetic connection of regional artists and their work and bring it to this area, giving our community the chance to choose products made locally.
Gifts Inn BoonsBoro features gifts for nearly every occasion. Among the wide array of art and gifts displayed are functional crafts, interior design accessories, custom built furniture, fiber art, contemporary custom design jewelry and fine art. Customers can count on Gifts Inn BoonsBoro for a friendly greeting, neighborly customer service and a choice among many quality hand-crafted gifts.
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