A little bit about us....
The English Garden is an inspiring boutique located in the historic town of Danville, Pennsylvania. Exceptional gifts are our specialty! Whether the gift be for yourself or for a special person in your life, you are sure to find something perfect at The English Garden.
For those of you who lived in the Danville area anytime between 1972 and 1994, you probably remember The Village Sampler. John & Debbie Rejmer purchased the historic train station in 1973 and quickly remodeled the building to make a new home for their gift shop. The business grew with their family, and in 1977, they purchased the Susquehanna House, a large brick building sitting in disrepair across the street from their shop. Again they remodeled and turned the building into a beautiful business and home for their family. The business thrived during the eighties and early nineties, and was a destination shop for customers seeking high quality country gifts and home decor. After John's death in 1991, Debbie lost her passion for the business they had built together, and in 1994, she decided to close.
Fast forward seven years to 2001. Abbey, the youngest child, graduated from Messiah College and moved back to Danville, unsure of her future. Debbie had reopened the business on a smaller scale and named it The English Garden, but her heart wasn't in it. Abbey soon began to help in the store, and quickly realized she had inherited her parents' passion for retail. In January of 2003, she purchased the business from her mom, and slowly began to make the store her own.
As we've mentioned, The English Garden is a family owned business. These days, you'll see a lot more family there than ever before! Abbey's husband, Ken, takes care of all the maintenance and their 4 children "help" with all sorts of projects!
As the decades passed and styles changed, The English Garden has evolved to meet the desires of our customers. Currently, you'll find an expanded home decor offering that trends toward a farmhouse style with some touches of industrial and a lot of vintage. Clothing has also taken off at The English Garden. We gravitate toward a very neutral color pallet and styles that are feminine yet simple. We are still known for our extensive selection of Vera Bradley Bags, Brighton Jewelry and Handbags, Chamilia Beads, and whatever the current jewelry trend is. Although these are the brands that tend to draw new customers to our store, once you get here, you will find our selection of one-of-a-kind items and newly emerging brands equally appealing. We pride ourselves on finding the newest and greatest trends and being the first in our area to offer them.
Our goal is, for each of the brands we carry, to have the best selection in our area. We are thrilled that our community has embraced us and is supportive of a local, family owned business, and in exchange, we strive to offer them the most extensive selection and best customer service we possibly can!
In addition to offering great products, we have also been burdened to do something more meaningful. While we love what we do and enjoy the relationships we build with people in our community everyday, we also recognize that we don't sell anything that is a 'necessity'! The products you purchase from us will most likely make you or someone else happier in the short term, but they won't change your life. And our ultimate goal is to change lives. For this reason, we have partnered with Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization.
In Luke 10: 30-37, Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. A man fell into the hands of robbers who stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead. Everyone passed by and ignored him, except for a Samaritan man, who took pity on him. He bandaged him and took him to an inn, where he gave the innkeeper money and asked him to look after the man. At the end of the story, Jesus tells us "Go and do likewise." He can't make it anymore plain than that. We are commanded to help those who are less fortunate than us! Samaritan's Purse has been doing just that for over 40 years.
Here is their mission statement: Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In partnering with Samaritan's Purse, we pledge to give a minimum of 1% of our sales to this organization.* This might not seem like a lot, but imagine how it will add up over time and what a difference we will be able to make in the lives of hurting people!
*Beginning July 1, 2011. The English Garden reserves the right to reappropriate our donations to other charities as we see necessary.