Ginkgo employee Holly Harvard (left) shows Saville Sullivan (center) how to process a purchase on the computer, while store co-owner Colleen Sullivan (right) looks over some inventory. (Staff Photo: Brad McEwen)
ALBANY — Albany shoppers have a new place to look for holiday gifts this year as local retailer Ginkgo has opened its doors to the public.
Specializing in home decor and gift items, Ginkgo is a locally owned and operated retail store, located at 2206C Dawson Road, in Northwest Albany.
The store is owned by good friends, Nancy Margeson and Colleen Sullivan, who have known each other for more than 20 years. Both, had left the workforce to raise families and recently decided to go into business for themselves doing something they both had a passion for.
“We talked about doing this a year ago and decided to give it a try,” said Margeson. “We definitely wanted to own this type of business. We felt we could fill a niche and we wanted to give the community something with a different feel.”
Margeson said customers will be able to find a variety of items in a wide range price range to suit any budget, something the two owners strived for.
“We definitely want to be a store that everyone enjoys coming in and feels welcome in and can get what they need,” said Margeson. “We have a wide price range of gifts and home decor. We hope we can provide customers with good shopping options.”
Sullivan concurred and added that in addition to the wide variety of products, the two owners want to ensure Ginkgo becomes know for having outstanding customer service.
“We really want to provided good customer service; that’s so important,” said Sullivan. “We want anybody to be able to pick up the phone and say ‘hey, I need a gift in this range; this is what the person likes, just wrap it up and I’ll pick it up later.’ We want to get to know our customers and have relationships with them.”
In addition to great customer service, Ginkgo also offers a variety of home decor and gift items, such as jewelry, rugs, Christmas ornaments, children’s toys and clothes, bar ware and artwork.
When it comes to art work, in fact, the store is proud to be the only store in Georgia to carry the works of nationally known, Texas based artist Austin James.
Along with pieces by James, the store will also be hosting a trunk show featuring the work of renown artist and jewelry designer Liz Legg on December 12.
Even though the store had only been open about 10 days, the owners already feel like it’s been a success.
“So far, so good,” Sullivan said. “We’ve been very steady and everybody’s been very encouraging and supportive, which is great. It’s very exciting.”
Ginkgo is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.