The holidays are certainly the time of year for giving and Northeastern Pennsylvania offers an array of options for busy holiday shoppers.
Luzerne and Lackawanna boast a plethora of locally-owned gift shops and boutiques. While it’s hard to narrow down the selection of retail venues to visit this season, we’re highlighting three businesses that feature gifts perfect for giving any time of the year.
Rustique first opened in 2014 and has grown by leaps and bounds over the last three years. The specialty store recently expanded and relocated to a new dynamic space at 900 Rutter Ave. in Forty Fort. Rustique offers refinished antique furniture, home décor, and unique gifts for everyone in your life.
Owners Jamie Flack and Richard Eckman began demolition in their new store, which is located in a former gym, on October 1, 2017, and opened their doors one month later on November 1. Their grand opening was held on the 10th, and the high ceilings, chandeliers, and open space are so fitting that you’d never know this space was anything but theirs.
Their goal at Rustique is to produce unique items that you can’t really find anywhere else in the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton marketplace. Here, you’ll find distinct and interesting items to match your lifestyle. Their new location has an open floor plan allowing Jamie and Richard to create displays that inspire their customers, something that Jamie loves doing and is clearly reflected in their store’s décor.
A stroll around the store captures specialty Christmas trees with unique ornaments, beautiful serving pieces, bowls, photo frames, and other specialty houseware gifts. Baby clothing and stunning scarves are some of the apparel selections. One of their unique offerings and services include Annie Sloan chalk paint and Annie Solan Chalk Paint Workshops each month. In these classes, people have the opportunity to learn different Chalk Paint® techniques and advanced painting methods, all while enjoying selected wine and refreshments. This paint, available in a variety of colors, can be used with no prep work to the surfaces and can be used on wood, glass, walls, and more!
The new merchandise and marketing changes Rustique has planned includes at-home furniture restorations, partnerships with more local businesses, and a new and improved website.
If fresh, new ideas and home decorating options are your forte, Matterns, located at 447 Market St. in Kingston, is the place for you! The landmark store also specializes in floral arrangements for events including weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, along with gifts, an array of décor and holiday items, housewares and furniture all displayed in their beautiful storefront showroom. You can learn more about each offering on their website.
With constantly changing inventory and beautiful floral arrangements, Matterns is an area tradition that recently transitioned from owners Maria and Tom Mattern to the new owners, Michelle and Nick Valentino.
Michelle and Nick bought the business this year after learning the Matterns were retiring and the building would be sold. Michelle has specialized in wedding and general floral design for five years and it was her dream to have a retail facility and platform to showcase weddings and grow her passion project.
The Valentinos are pleased to continue working with several key Mattern employees, including Heather Hospodar. A 20-year veteran of the business, Heather will be continuing as Matterns floral design manager. Along with the veterans, a new smiling face will now greet customers as the storefront manager. Elyssa Chakiris will be joining the team and looks forward to building relationships old and new!
Michelle and Nick will also maintain the Matterns name; however, they’re shortening it to just “Matterns” rather than “Matterns Floral and Gift.” Why? Because their offerings are going to expand. The Valentinos look forward to continuing the experience of shopping at Matterns with a few additional offerings.
Matterns is now featuring large wedding rentals, at-home decoration services, partnerships with local businesses, and so much more in the days and years to come.
Located in the heart of the Wyoming Valley at 2407 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township, Dundee Gardens is devoted to serving its customers as it has for nearly 70 years. Today Dundee Gardens proudly serves the NEPA community as a third-generation, family-owned and operated Pennsylvania small business. A true lifestyle destination Dundee Gardens provides the perfect combination of both home and garden inspiration.
With its simple approach of learn, grow, and live (and that everything begins with a small space) Dundee Gardens embraces a wide variety of ever-changing seasonal offerings to unite family and friends through indoor and outdoor living selections.
Maggie Zembruski and her husband, John, have been the owners since 2015 when they returned home from the New York City area. Over the years, Dundee has grown from a traditional garden center to a hub that offers a vast variety of lifestyle enriching products and services to customers. The personal connections that Dundee personnel make with each customer is something that you can only experience at a local, family-owned business.
While maintaining its true garden center roots, Dundee fulfills much, much more of your complete lifestyle needs. To name a few, they offer an outdoor grill center, indoor/outdoor patio furniture collections, a vast array of curated decor and, of course, their expert staff is always available to customers. With edible gardens, perennial pathways, landscaping gateways, indoor/outdoor home products, gifts, and clothing, there is certainly something for everyone at Dundee Gardens.
The future holds vast opportunities for broad growth at Dundee Gardens as the store continues to partner with the community and other locally-owned businesses. This holiday season, for example, they teamed up with the Grateful Roast Café and Coffee Roaster to offer their delicious coffee to shoppers on weekends and special events.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.