Find gifts, bags and cards in one spot at Smyrna Cards & Gifts
“We like to say, ‘We’re your one-stop shop,’” said Woody Gill, who co-owns Smyrna Cards & Gifts with his wife, Karen. “You can get your gift, your bag, your card and you’re on your way.”
They opened the store in 2014 at 16 S. Main St., next door to Royal Treatments which Karen started a year earlier. While Royal Treatments specializes in home décor and furnishings, their newer store offers a variety of gift ideas for men, women and children.
“Our hottest sellers right now are Habersham candles,” said Woody. “Once you understand what it is, you’ll buy it again and again.”
The scented, decorative candles are called “wax pottery” and you don’t light them. You put them on display on a table, shelf or in a bathroom and they give off a fragrance for six months to a year. The candles have a variety of themes, like one embedded with sea shells or another that looks like small, succulent plants.
“When they start to dry out and the scent dissipates, you heat them up a little with a hair dryer and the scent comes right back,” said Woody.
Karen said people who buy one as a gift hear the person rave about it and then buy one for themselves.
The store has items that are personalized for “mom,” “dad,” “brother” and “sister” and sells toys, puzzles and stuffed animals for kids, along with holiday dishes, ornaments and decorations.
Smyrna Cards & Gifts also features Smyrna 250th anniversary memorabilia including ornaments, books, hats, shirts, flags, collectible coins and glasses. Proceeds from anniversary items go to the Smyrna 250th Anniversary Committee which organized funding for town celebrations throughout the year.
The Gills said joining in events like Smyrna’s anniversary is one reason locally-owned businesses are special.
They also like turning Small Business Saturday into a celebration.
“We have refreshments and give away the Small Business Saturday bags, pens and ‘swag’ provided by American Express,” said Karen. “It’s more of a party. We’ve had a really great turnout each year. People are excited about it.”
Woody said the store is usually busier on Small Business Saturday than on Black Friday.
“Small Business Saturday gives people a chance to get away from the big box stores and find unique items they can’t find at the big stores,” he said.
Store hours on Small Business Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.