New store in Multnomah Village offers cards, gifts and much more

by: CONNECTION PHOTO: DREW DAKESSIAN - Petrel 'Petie' Farkas, owner of Peachtree Gifts.

In July 2012, Multnomah Village lost one of the mainstays of its business community, Birdie’s Teas, Cards & Gifts.

The following month, Multnomah resident Petrel “Petie” Farkas, owner of The Wedding Cottage invitation and accessory boutique in Beaverton, was taking a stroll through the neighborhood and lamented the loss of Birdie’s offerings. by: CONNECTION PHOTO: DREW DAKESSIAN - Wedding gift ideas abound at Peachtree Gifts and The Wedding Cottage.

“I thought to myself, ‘Where am I going to go to get my card?’ and I thought, ‘This area needs another card and gift shop.' And so I looked at my husband, and he goes, ‘Uh-oh, I know what that means,'” Farkas recalled. “Once I had the idea and felt like I could contribute to the community that way, one thing led to another and here we are.”

Farkas decided to move The Wedding Cottage to a vacant store space in Multnomah Village and open Peachtree Gifts, a card and gift boutique, in the storefront.

“I was ready to expand and wanting to do more than just weddings … but I knew that if we did that under the name ‘The Wedding Cottage’ it would be very confusing,” Farkas said. “That’s why we wanted to have that kind of store-within-a-store.”

Make no mistake: This is not your mother’s gift shop.

“You can get a card for $1.50, and we’ve got pewter measuring spoons that are $79,” Farkas said. “It’s just … a lot of fresh products that maybe people haven’t seen before, but we’re mixing it with things that people really loved.”

It can, however, be your mother-of-the-bride shop.

“It’s not just for people who are getting married,” Farkas said. “Maybe you know your niece is getting married, or your brother is the father of the bride, and how fun would it be to get him socks that say ‘father of the bride’ on them — because where else are you going to find those?

“I think people perceive it as you have to be getting married, but really, if you know someone who’s in that time of their life, it’s fun to get them a tumbler that says ‘bride’ on it.”

It seems fitting that Peachtree Gifts and The Wedding Cottage opened on Small Business Saturday.

“There’s a niche here, people want to shop local,” Farkas said. “And if we can provide what they’re needing in the neighborhood, I think they will prefer to do that rather than go out to the big-box stores.”

Even though it’s “hard being a small-business owner with this economy the way it is,” Farkas said. “We hope that we can become a part of this neighborhood for the long haul.”

That doesn’t mean it will fall into a rut, though. Farkas is expecting a baby this summer, and for that reason, plans to start selling baby items around the same time.

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