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New shop puts The Woods in Woodbury

The Woods Gifts will have a variety of items on display. Grand opening events are set to begin Thursday. Submitted photo

A new gift shop has found a home at Tamarack Village and plans a grand opening celebration Thursday.

The Woods Gifts will open its third Minnesota location in Woodbury, following Maple Grove and Edina.

The Woods of Woodbury will be on par with the spaciousness of The Woods in Maple Grove with 4,600 square feet of floor space and about twice the floor space as its Edina location at Southdale Center. The Woodbury location marks the second largest store the company has ever opened.

"We are very excited about the new location because it will give us an opportunity to tap the eastern Minnesota market," said David Looney, owner of The Woods Gifts. "This new store is bigger and better; we can bet you've never seen anything like it."

Returning customers can look forward the same high-quality handcrafted gifts they've come to love, but with even more of a selection, company officials said.

Customers will still find the products and brands they're used to, including WoodWick Candles, wooden signs, Baggallini Bags and more.

The store will be broken into multiple sections to highlight merchandise. A pantry area will feature food products, and there will be expansions of the jewelry and accessories selections.

The gift shop is asking the community to help it celebrate its grand opening with special deals and discounts throughout the store, as well as a few giveaways.

Starting Thursday, Aug. 1, a free tote will be given away with each purchase, while supplies last. Also, buttons, with a discount coupon included, will be given away with purchases.

On Saturday Aug. 3, Hap the Bear will make an appearance between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. During the same time frame there will be food samples, balloons and a floral demonstration by another local business, Sweet Pea Floral. At the end of the session, someone will win a floral arrangement.

Donations will also be accepted for the Christian Cupboard food shelf.

The new store will have an open ceiling, rustic beams, stained concrete floors, and an overall more modern look, company officials said. The spacious location has room for its expanded inventory.

Also going on during the month of August in all The Woods Gifts locations is the annual "Christmas in August" event. This sale allows customers to enjoy discounts off all Christmas items.

The Woods dates back more than 25 years, when it began as "Davlins - Fine Crafted Gifts of Wood." It has since grown to three locations around Minnesota. Its merchandise now includes pottery, candles and home accessories. The company said it continues to expand its collection of unique, high quality merchandise in its stores and online.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.