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Rabbits and roses provides decor
Melody Gunderson didn’t magically just pull her her gift shop’s name – Rabbits and Roses – out of a hat.
They are the two things in the world Gunderson loves most – besides her family which includes daughter Violet who does much of the interior decor in her shop on the Hart.
“The name came to me easily. I’ve always owned a rabbit and I love roses,” Melody told the Free Press. “I’ve just always wanted to do this. We started with just old and antique lace, most of it comes from England, and it just went from there.”
The shop has a wide variety of interesting items from original works done by local artisans, china place settings, glassware, pillows, candles, jewelry, books, scarves, pet beds and accessories and sparkly chandeliers.
On Wednesday, fine furniture pieces include old oak armoires, arm chairs, carved dining room table and matching buffet, and dressing tables. They even sell quality chocolates.
“I just love beautiful things,” said Melody, looking around the shop which has eye-catching things everywhere.
“That’s why I got into this [business] I always find interesting things for the store and I do take in some consignment pieces from customers. I like to display things made by local artisans too.
“My daughter Violet helps me out. She arranges things, puts them into displays and makes them look nice.” Melody laughs.
“I’ll set things out – and then she comes along and changes it all and makes it look much better.”
She’s noticed there is a growing interest among her customers in an eclectic look in design. Modern or straight-lined 50s’ and 60s pieces mixed with old antiques, a look especially popular with young people who want a unique decor for their homes.
“A lot of the wood furniture in my store is over 100 years old and they are going to last for another 100 years,” said Melody. “Older pieces have real character and quality. They are unique so they are a good addition to any home.”
Rabbits and Roses gift boutique is located at 3955 Hart Highway. Store hours are Wed. to Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone 778-415-1698.