By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: December 2008
Sales associate Becky Baker wears a Christine Alexander jacket, made with real Swarovski crystals, and stands next to the beautiful Christmas tree decorated with Old World Christmas ornaments at J & J Pharmacy and Gifts.
Longtime customers drive from Tulsa and Pryor, and from as far away as Coffeyville, Kansas, to purchase holiday gifts and decorations at J & J Pharmacy and Gifts, located in the Ne-Mar Shopping Center at 979 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in Claremore.
Sales associate Becky Baker attributes this customer loyalty to “a friendly atmosphere.” Owner Patsy Daniel agrees. “We also offer unique exclusive items that you won’t find elsewhere in Claremore,” says Daniel. “We really try hard to offer a wide variety of quality gifts that fit everyone’s pocketbook.”
New gift ideas this year include Lollia bath and body products, including bubble bath, hand cream, sachets, perfume and candles. “It has been featured as one of Oprah’s ‘O’ list favorites,” Daniel adds.
Another popular “O” list product carried at J & J is the Barefoot Dreams line of luxurious robes, throws and hoodies. “They are very popular,” says Daniel, “and very nice.”
J & J Pharmacy and Gifts is geared up for the holidays with a wide selection of unique gift ideas and Christmas decorations.
Other new products at J & J include Macryl, a new 24 percent lead crystal line from Poland that includes decanters, biscuit jars, serving pieces and martini sets, P.J. Harlow casual loungewear and pajamas, and Waxing Poetic, a monogrammed jewelry line. “Although we have a wide variety of monogrammed pieces in that line,” says Daniel, “you can still place a special order through December 10.”Another unique idea, especially for the male on someone’s gift list, is a product line made in Ponca City by Oklahoma Castings. “These make great gift items for men,” says Daniel, “and the quality is exceptional.”
“We have other nice gift ideas for men, including key chains, money clips, men’s fragrances and shaving brush sets in the Caswell and Massey lines,” says Daniel. “Collegiate items are also appealing to men.”
Other Christmas gift ideas at J & J include Christine Alexander embellished clothing items, Vera Bradley soft-sided quilted luggage and purses, Bearington Bears plush stuffed bears, Arthur Court aluminum serving pieces, and Lug Line, a quality airline-approved travel accessories line. “We’ve sold many accessories from the Lug Line because they are practical and nice,” Daniel says. “People like the Nap Sac,” adds Baker, “because it is a travel blanket and pillow in a handy carrying sack and is perfect for travel, concerts, stadiums, car rides or at a home. The pillow is inflatable.”
For holiday decorating and entertaining, J & J carries Christopher Radko collectible ornaments, the Old World ornament line, Ne’Qwa special edition ornaments in a gift package, Caspari, an upper line of holiday paper products, holiday silk florals and greenery, Tyler, Trapp, Archipelago and Aromatique decorative fragrances and candles, as well as a variety of holiday gourmet foods, including candies, coffees and teas, and dips and salsas.
J & J Pharmacy and Gifts has been a popular holiday shopping destination since 1985. They offer free gift wrapping and a convenient layaway plan.
J & J is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Beginning December 1 through Christmas, the store will extend their weekday hours to 8 p.m. and their Saturday hours to 5 p.m. for holiday shoppers.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.