Wednesday, May 23, 2007
DALLAS -- While Guy's Hardware has changed hands, the Guy family still owns Guy's Gifts, recently remodeled and re-christened Plain and Fancy Gifts.
Owners Janis Keuscher and Judy Friesen are the grown daughters of Frank and Rosalyn Guy. Keuscher and Friesen took over full ownership of the old gift shop earlier this month when Gary Boughn sold Guy's Hardware and gifts to Ray Hobart.
The Guy sisters closed the old shop's doors, reworked its style, and reopened last Saturday under the new name.
"We've expanded in all of our areas. We've added European soaps. We still carry the Willow Tree angels, but we've added new garden accent pieces, quilts and country accent decor pieces," Friesen said.
The women said they felt Dallas was in need of a pure, 100 percent gift shop that carried seasonal items as well as year-round gifts.
Friesen said she aims to provide customers with unique gifts in every price range. When the old store closed, she and her sister agreed that it was finally time to pursue their dream.
"I've always loved retail. I love the people. I love the community here. I love that every day is different, and that every day is a real challenge," Friesen said,
In addition to ownership continuity, Friesen and Keuscher have brought back the staff from Guy's Gifts - Maryann Higashi and Matie Barnes.
"They have been with us for years and they're just wonderful employees. I want the people of this community who support us to know they are still around," Friesen said.
Plain and Fancy Gifts has a different ambience than Guy's Gifts. It's more like a cozy boutique - spread out over a large floor plan. Friesen admits that the shop reflects her own personal tastes. "Probably more than it should," she said with a laugh.
"But, we try very hard to give our customers a wide variety of ideas. We expanded our scented candle selections, and we get new items in the store almost daily. We want to be a well-rounded shop," Friesen said.
Plain and Fancy Gifts is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.