For tourists, there are lots of cool places to get gifts, souvenirs, trinkets and memorabilia to recall their time on the Eastern Shore. But for those in the know, there’s a 750 sq. ft. treasure trove tucked away in the Village of Fenwick Shopping Center, off Maryland Avenue, that offers a diverse collection of exquisite items virtually guaranteed to commemorate your impeccable taste instead of merely a trip.
Blue Heron Gifts has made its name for being different — an oasis of precious eclecticism in a sea of mass-marketed generica — and that’s just the way owner Anita Worley intended it.
“We didn’t want Blue Heron Gifts to be like every other gift shop,” said Worley, a veteran graphic designer who launched the store with her sister, Tina Gartland, in 2008. “It was important to my sister and me that it be unique, offer something special and feature American-made products as much as possible.”
The difference is apparent from the time you enter the premises. Worley’s copious experience as a graphic artist has been brought to bear palpably in her chic boutique, simultaneously capturing the eye-popping aesthetics and joie de vivre for which hip urban outlets are so frequently cited.
Part of this effect stems from Worley’s annual buying trips, where she acquires uncommonly interesting and beautiful items — many of them handcrafted in the U.S. and elsewhere from around the world.
For the home, Blue Heron offers avian-themed enamel-on-copper sculptures for the wall and table in addition to a large selection of Peggy Karr glass and fused-glass sculptures that include everything from tabletop to hanging sculptures.
Worley also works with local artisans like David O’Neill, who handcrafted sleek-lined wooden entry tables for Blue Heron in cherry, walnut and sapele, which are nicely complemented by the copper-and-wood clocks created by NY designer Leonie Lacouette.
But Worley and Blue Heron are also stocked with the latest trends in repurposed items, including wallets, iPad cases, computer bags and messenger bags made from recycled bike inner tubes. While you’re there, be sure to check out the recycled wine-barrel tables, wine racks and trays as well, which, in addition to many other attractive selections on-hand at the store, make for ideal wedding and bridal-shower gifts.
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