Part of the fun of our recent Send Us Your Receipts contest was seeing all the stores where you're finding Gooseberry Patch cookbooks & calendars.
We've chosen a winner and her name will be announced in November's edition of Feather Your Nest, arriving in inboxes tomorrow! As part of the celebration, we're shining a spotlight on the store where the winner purchased her book...it's a brand new kind of feature!
Tell us a little bit about your store and the town where you're located.
The store was established at its current Bettendorf location approximately 35 years ago. It began as a Hallmark party goods store and eventually became a Hallmark Gold Crown Store. My wife, Ann & I have owned the store the last 10 years and basically changed it’s focus from cards, candles and collectibles to a more boutique feel, offering home décor, fashion accessories & gourmet food. Six years ago, we opened a second store location in East Moline, IL.
Bettendorf, Iowa is a town of approximately 35,000 people on the banks of the Mississippi River and it's about 3 hours west of Chicago on I-80. It's one part of what is known as the Quad Cities metropolitan area and has a total population of about 380,000. The Rock Island Arsenal, Alcoa & John Deere are major employers in the area.
How long have you been carrying Gooseberry Patch cookbooks & calendars?
We’ve carried Gooseberry Patch about 2-1/2 years and it’s proven to be great gift item. They complement our other gourmet food offerings.
Which title is your customers' favorite lately?
A current customer-favorite title is 101 Autumn Recipes. Our readers seem to favor the spiral-bound titles with color photos of the completed recipes. Another popular item are the smaller, spiral-bound Our Favorites series...these seem to go well as add-on gifts.
Anything else you'd like to let our readers know about your store?
Our associates have personally made a lot of the Gooseberry Patch recipes with great success. It's made sales a relatively easy activity for them!
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Check your inboxes tomorrow to find out WHO won this contest...we'll announce it in the November edition of Feather Your Nest! Heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered.
Stay tuned for more chances to win!