We have a You Tube Channel, Facebook Page and cool pin boards on Pintrest! It's True! Just click on the teeny tiny blue logos at the top of this page to see some of our home-made videos, product and idea videos and pins for inspiration and just for fun:) We are even on Instagram, and you never know what kind of special deals you might learn about if you follow our posts! you'll find our "What's New Wednesday," "Tip For Your Tuesday,""Flash Sales" and other exciting information;)
It all began when Susie Franklin walked into a store named "Fanciworks" in downtown Lodi, CA back in the early 1980s. To her, this store was "Heaven on Earth" with its rolls of stickers, colorful artwork & interior design elements and high quality toys, books, games & stuffed animals - working here would be her dream job!
The long and sometimes tedious path Susie took to getting her dream job has uniquely qualified her to create "Gifts from the Heart of Elk Grove" to be not only a fun and fanciful gift shop, but also a place for celebration, education, creativity and community!
Unfortunately, "Fanciworks" closed before Susie ever had a chance to work there. Fortunately, the gift store "Penny Lane" took it's place in Lodi's Downtown Mall and Susie worked there while attending Delta College and U.C. Davis. In addition, she was also invited to work at neighboring store "Chelsey's Clothes for Cute Kids." These positions gave Susie a great opportunity to learn the behind the scenes workings of the retail industry.
In 1994, Susie earned a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and immediately began teaching kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade in Lodi, CA. The same year, she married Thomas Roeser. When they moved to Elk Grove in 1998 she began teaching kindergarten at Elitha Donner Elementary School as well as teaching a variety of classes for the Always Learning department of the Elk Grove Unified School District. Her years in the education profession have prepared her for working with children and their families. She has spent years of finding creative ways to make learning fun and memorable for her students.
2003 marked the birth of Susie's son, and 2006 her daughter. Being a full time mom has truly opened Susie's eyes to both the wants and needs of the many young families that call Elk Grove home. 2006 was also the year Susie joined Heart 2 Heart Moms - a group that would hugely influence her personal growth as well as providing opportunities to hone her hospitality skills on a larger scale. Susie served on the steering committee for this group of 80-100 women as the Special Events Coordinator for several years before stepping down to let a new generation of mom's take the lead so she could seriously pursue starting Gifts from the Heart of Elk Grove. If you think you have a topic that would suit our little website please send me a guest post pitch through Rocket Guest Posting and I'll have a think. Only quality guest posters and guest bloggers please :-)
We are doing daily posts on Instagram & Facebook to help everyone stay Positive, Thankful & Creative while on "Staycation."
*Play Hide & Seek with Muffy Vanderbear
Even though you can't come into the shop right now, you can still feel like you're there by searching for Muffy in a daily picture post. Tell where you see her in the "Comments" and you will be entered in our "Staycation" care pack drawing on April 19th.
*See how the Vanderbear Family is spending their STAYCATION
Reality TV (almost) at it's finest! Get inspired by what Muffy and her family are finding to do around the house. Respond to the daily question in the "Comment" section for another entry each day for our care pack drawing on April 19th.
* Vanderbear STAYCATION Live!
(When Susie can get it to work;)
Monday - Friday at 2:30pm on Instagram Muffy and her family will will go more in-depth on ideas of things to do at home as well as "Socializing" (at a distance) with anyone who wants to participate! Now through April 19th.
lthough we can't place our entire inventory on line for you to shop from, we have photo slide shows below of some of our favorite Staycation Essentials along with their prices for you to peruse. If you see something you like, click on the Blue "Place an Order" button which will open an e-mail where you can request the items you'd like. If you are familiar with our store and know of an item you would like, you can request that as well. Susie will process your order and e-mail you with any questions or other needed information and confirm the time window when you can pick up your purchase. When you arrive in our parking lot to pick up your purchase you can call us at 916-714-0914 to let Susie know you are there. She can then come out and take your payment and bring you your purchase - All without you ever needing to get out of the car! If you have any questions, you can also ask those by e-mail- just clicking the button below.
Not sure exactly what you need, just know you need something to "Keep the Troops Entertained." NO PROBLEM! Use the button above to e-mail Susie and tell her how much you'd like to spend and the ages and interests of those you want to entertain and Susie will create a custom care pack just for you AND you will receive 20% off the normal price of everything in your order- just ask for the Staycation Special;)
There couldn't be a better time to pull out your postage stamps and put something in the mail to let loved ones know you are thinking of them. For this reason, our very own Card Crafter Extraordinaire, Darlene Crosby, has created a beautiful line of Spring themed cards sure to brighten anyone's day! Remember, these cards are one of a kind, so once they're gone, they're gone! These cards are eligible for parking lot pick up or flat rate envelop mailing. When you place your order, let us know how you'd like to receive them:)
If you have access to Face Time or Instagram, you can schedule a "Live" shopping trip via smart phone the morning of 4/14 and then pick up your order that afternoon. This way Susie can show you around the store and answer questions about products for you to help you find just what you want. Click the scheduling button to tell Susie your name, phone number and date/time you'd like to shop.
Although we can't place our entire inventory on line for you to shop from, we have photo slide shows below of some of our favorite Staycation Essentials along with their prices for you to peruse. If you see something you like, click on the Blue "Place an Order" button which will open an e-mail where you can request the items you'd like. If you are familiar with our store and know of an item you would like, you can request that as well. Susie will process your order and e-mail you with any questions or other needed information and confirm the time window when you can pick up your purchase. When you arrive in our parking lot to pick up your purchase you can call us at 916-714-0914 to let Susie know you are there. She can then come out and take your payment and bring you your purchase - All without you ever needing to get out of the car! If you have any questions, you can also ask those by e-mail- just clicking the button below.
We are a "You-Nique" young business right in the HEART of old Elk Grove. We offer quality gifts for all ages - especially the young and young at HEART. We also host free monthly family events and offer classes and party hosting unlike anything else in our area. Come in for a visit and see for yourself!