ROYAL OAK –
People often ask Lisa Gleeson how her store manages to stay open 12 months a year. No, this is not about the economy. The query comes from the fact that the site specializes in gift wrapping. And while December is crazy busy, there are many reasons why customers seek out Gleeson’s expertise throughout the year.
Gleeson has become a go-to resource for anyone looking to make the presentation as important as the gift. That could be an executive seeking the perfect thank you present for a new client. That same executive may tap into Gleeson’s expertise on special event planning to coordinate the details of a major conference or her advice on international etiquette on gift giving when planning a trip to Asia.
Spring 2008 marks the fourth year for Gleeson’s Gift Wrappers on Woodward in Royal Oak. Maybe you’ve seen the bright orange and green awnings just south of 13 Mile, and wondered what she does between holidays.
Gleeson has created a resource for professionally wrapped gifts – personal or corporate – and for the do-it-yourself wrapper, offering wrapping and gift consultation, pick-up and delivery and shipping services on custom orders.
The store offers discriminating shoppers 700 ribbon choices, 175-plus styles of wrapping paper, unique gift tags and tie-ones, cards and gift items. In addition to gift-wrapping Gleeson offers classes each spring and this year she is branching into more paper arts. Classes always include “The ABCs of Basic Wrapping and Bow-Tying,” which details the basics of creating stunning gifts – just in time to kick off the season of gifts that starts with Mother’s Day and bridal/baby showers in May and leads into weddings and graduations in June.
New classes this spring are “Creating a Gift Bag,” “Creating a Japanese Origata Envelope” and “More On Envelopes.” For more information, visit http://www.gleesonsgiftwrappers.com.
Lisa’s Gift Wrappers classes are held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays: May 3, 17, 24 and 31.
May 3: ABCs of Basic Wrapping and Bow-Tying
May 17: Creating a Gift Bag
May 24: Creating a Japanese Origata Envelope
May 31: More On Envelopes
Owner Lisa Gleeson has also created “Girls Night Out To Wrap and Rap” for woman to socialize at the store after hours. The evening for up to a dozen includes instruction, demonstrations and refreshments.