By Lisa Truesdale Photos by Phil Mumford
Look to Adorn and Adornables for classy gifts for grownups, children and the home Ives Gentry is known among friends and family for being a very savvy gift giver. She even has what she calls her own “gifting manifesto.”
“I believe that gift-giving is a meditation on the people I love,” she says, “and a testament to the attention I’ve paid to them all year long.” Which is why the Longmont resident was happy to find Adorn, an intimate gift shop that opened downtown seven years ago. “I can always find something unusual and exquisite there, or something small but delightful, if it has to be shipped.”
Just as Gentry takes pride in always finding the perfect gift, Sharald Church—who owns the store with her husband, Scott—takes pride in cultivating the perfect mix of merchandise.
“I’m a super-picky buyer,” she says, “and I work hard to keep a fresh gift assortment on hand. Many items are one of a kind.” But, she hastens to add, “we never use that as a sales pitch, like, ‘You’d better buy it now or it will be gone.’ My regulars know that if they really want it, they should get it, or it probably won’t be here when they come back.”
Church travels to industry trade shows several times a year, and buys from nearly 100 vendors. She has also built up good working relationships with the sales reps for the lines she buys from regularly. “They know I will only buy if they protect me by not selling the same items to another store within a 10-mile radius.”
Adorn Home & Gift Gallery (303-651-6933) is located at 668 Fourth Ave., Longmont 80501. Adornables Little Ones Boutique (same phone number) is across the street at 661 Fourth Ave. Both are open Mon 10am-4pm, Tues-Fri 10am-5:30pm, and Sat 10am-4pm. They’re closed on Sundays, except for special holiday hours of noon-4pm between Thanksgiving and Christmas.