Mother’s Day is just around the corner, but there’s no need to fret about where to go to get her that special something because Gift Chixx has got you covered.
No matter what your budget is, owners Shelly Brodie and Karen Sklawer guarantee to have you leaving their one-stop gift shopping destination satisfied with your purchase. They offer free signature, custom gift wrapping on request, as well as tasteful gift basket arrangements. The uniqueness of their items is a priority and seldom will anything in their store be found at chain retail outlets.
“We felt like there were no places like this anymore, where you could find oldfashioned customer service with people who actually welcomed you when you walked through the door, helped you and took care of you,” says Sklawer. “We take a lot of pride in hand-selecting our inventory and we keep our loyal customers in mind when we make selections for various occasions.”
Brodie and Sklawer, lifelong friends for 35 years, are celebrating their third year in business. Regular attendees of gift markets in Atlanta and New York, they constantly keep a keen eye out for items to bolster their already eclectic inventory of gifts that suit any occasion, whether for graduation, weddings, engagements, baby or bridal showers, corporate gifts, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs or anniversaries. They also boast a full line of monogram-ready products, including spa robes, travel accessories, garment bags, aprons and fleece throws.
Although their original plan was to do business solely online and through seasonal, vendor-run special sales at their homes, when a spot opened that they both agreed was ideal – perfect size with ample parking and easy accessibility – they shifted gears and opened the store a month later.
“We opened when the economy was really at its lowest point because we felt that, no matter what, people still need to celebrate the good times and give gifts,” says Brodie. “Most people our age are riding off into the sunset, playing golf or tennis, and here we are, creating something from nothing, staying very active and absolutely loving bringing joy to people’s lives.”
Their throwback-style boutique represents over 300 gift lines and is made up of various items that appeal to a wide range of age groups. They prioritize purchasing from American vendors and businesses run by women. A small sample of their collection includes linen satchels, adorable feminine toolkits, novelty flasks, decorative cutlery, custom-designed carving boards, whittled salt and pepper shakers, novelty bottle openers, humorous greeting cards, jewelry, figurines, a wide array of handbags and purses, and a subtle, tasteful selection of religious keepsakes such as menorahs, mezuzahs and crucifixes.
To round out their diverse in-store inventory, they also facilitate online and mailorder options, which are perfect for registries. They are capable of processing and turning around orders in a matter of days. An email list that keeps clients up to date on upcoming holidays and events, such as jewelry trunk shows, is sent out regularly to subscribing customers.
Gift Chixx is also very active in the community and gives heavily to various charities and fundraising events benefiting groups that include the JCC, area churches, Relay for Life, the FIU medical school, breast cancer awareness and Palmetto schools.
“As a gift store, we are all about giving and we feel it is far more important to give than to receive, so we try to support many important causes,” says Sklawer.
Gift Chixx is located at 8245 SW 124 St. and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 305-232-3214 or go to www.giftchixx.com