Simply put, Drees is all of my favorite things: beautiful cards, pretty gift wrap, yummy candles, French linens, beautiful throw pillows, unique gifts, beautiful glassware, fabulous fabric, one-of-a-kind jewelry, wonderful scarves and more – all of the highest quality. My favorite wedding gifts were from Drees.
It is lovely, lovely, lovely. Arguably one of the best gift shops in the country! There’s nothing quite like it.
Located in Olympia, Washington, Drees was first started by Jimmie Drees in 1929 in the height of the Depression. It has survived and thrived thanks to the complete commitment and dedication of its current owner (for the last 34 years), my good friend, former employer, mentor and “auntie” Ruthann Panowicz Goularte.
Today I drove to Olympia for Drees’ 75th annual holiday open house. I don’t know many retailers who have had the great fortune to celebrate that many years. It is truly a treasure and a destination for the best gifts for a friend, your home or yourself!
For years, I have been telling my friends, acquaintances, anyone who will listen about Drees – this special jewel in Olympia. I always get a puzzled look and the response– “in Olympia?” So I bring you these images so you can see for yourself how wonderfully amazing Drees is. Enjoy!
DECKED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
THE NEW HOLIDAY COLLECTION FROM ROSANNA
FRENCH LINENS - OOH LA LA!
PRETTY, PRETTY GIFTWRAP
A WHOLE ROOM DEDICATED TO CARDS!
FRENCH-INSPIRED HOME DECOR
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, ME WITH RUTHANN,
THE CREATIVE RETAIL GENIUS BEHIND DREES.