By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: April 2009
New sales associate Merissa Nuse and Becky Baker, longtime sales associate at J & J Pharmacy and Gifts, are excited about the unique home décor and gift items available for the many upcoming spring occasions.
If you’ve never stepped through the doors of J & J Pharmacy and Gifts, located in the Ne-Mar Shopping Center in Claremore, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. In fact, if you didn’t know the store’s name, you just might think you were in a wonderland of unique gift ideas.
For those who are familiar with the store’s reputation for carrying one-of-a-kind gift items and exclusive lines, they know that owner Patsy Daniel and her sales associates are always striving to please customers. “We have the items that others don’t have,” says Daniel. “We shop for niche items and try to discover upper-end gifts with competitive prices.”
Gifts that won’t put a dent in your pocketbook include a new line of t-shirts, caps, scarves, note cards and key chains from Fight Like a Woman. “This is a new encouraging line for women going through a challenge in life,” says Daniel, “not just breast cancer, but it could be used for that too. Women face many challenges, like losing a child or another loved one.”
With many special occasions coming up, J & J has a variety of gifts for Easter, Confirmation, Mother’s Day, prom and graduation. A new personalized jewelry brand, Pure Sanctuary, complements the monogrammed jewelry of Waxing Poetic. “The Pure Sanctuary line is a reproduction of vintage European crests, which are trendy, fun and very popular right now,” says new sales associate Merissa Nuse.
Nuse is replacing Becky Baker, who will be moving because of her husband’s job transfer. “She will be missed,” says Daniel, who also mentions that Nuse will be co-managing the gift portion of the store with long-time employee Helen Stratton.
Another gift idea is Ashleigh George jewelry from South Africa. “She designs handmade inspirational crosses and other unusual pieces that are not mass produced,” says Daniel.
The store also carries Vera Bradley products, featuring four new patterns in the spring line, as well as Lug Line, offering quality airline-approved travel accessories. The accessories are practical, inexpensive and make nice gifts. “These products are on Oprah’s list of favorite things,” says Daniel.
If you’re looking for a special wedding present, the store carries Macryl crystal and Arthur Court pewter, as well as the Nell Hill home décor books by Mary Carol Garrity.
Another new product that is great fun is The Box Girls, a unique set of games that are age appropriate and can be used for wedding or baby showers, family fun, slumber parties, or for other occasions.
Whether you’re looking for home décor, unusual gift ideas, unique or one-of-kind jewelry, or just need your J & J fix, you won’t be disappointed when you walk into the friendly environment. You feel welcomed as soon as you walk through the doors.
J & J Pharmacy and Gifts 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.
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.