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Bergen gift shop set for Saturday opening

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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 12:02 am | Updated: 12:09 am, Fri Nov 23, 2012.

BERGEN — Chris Sackett and his wife Lori Johnson-Sackett enjoy shopping for antiques and finding distinctive items for their home.

Now the couple is excited to share that passion with the debut of Barn Hollow Gifts. A grand opening is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 7451 South Lake Rd.

“They are unique, one-of-a-kind, inspired gifts. They’re not big box,” Johnson-Sackett said while prepping the shop Wednesday. “It taps into your creativity, setting up displays and deciding how to set it all up. We just got in Nov. 1.”

The couple has leased the site, which formerly housed Wonders of Wood for 25 years. At 2,000 square feet, it is a deceivingly deep property with lots of space for merchandise.

There will be seven show rooms to start, with plans to gradually fill four more and an upstairs loft, thought to serve as a year-round Christmas room. In the meantime, those show rooms will offer shelves full of Yankee Candles; Pavilion Gift Co. hand-painted glass plates, figurines and other collectibles; Jacquelyn Longhany’s SophronieRose and Shabby Chic fabric goods such as purses and pillows; Julie Kilby’s Boggy Creek Primitives featuring various wood and metal stars, wreaths and other country-esque decor; Jewelry by Shell’s beaded and Swarovski crystal bracelets and more; and organic soaps from Black North Goat Soap of Holley.

There are also framed photos of nature by Johnson-Sackett; hand-painted wood and tin ornaments; assorted angels, animal cut-out chalkboards, ceramic teapots nestled in big color-coordinated tea cups and seasonal decor.

Yankee Candle ought to be a big draw, she said, and she is hoping that a holiday delivery glitch will be overcome by the weekend. If products are not in by Saturday they are to arrive soon, she promised.

There are plenty of other things to peruse, including the vintage Coca-Cola vanity trays; the rustic, iron cut-out lantern; whimsical snow ladies figurines and other decor etched with sayings about friendship and family; and the new and used book room and reading nook, she said.

Her goal is to feature local artisans and support the “small business” concept. On that note, the couple is looking for an artist who works with pottery.

As a former beauty salon owner, Johnson-Sackett knows that it takes a lot to have a successful business. She operated Oxygen in Batavia and closed about four years ago due to the economy and a lot of competition.

She opted to rent space at other salons before joining forces with Sackett. A retail manager at Barnes & Noble in Brockport, he too has always wanted to run his own business, he said. He will be the business manager at Barn Hollow while his partner will work on store lay-out and displays.

“In the corporate world you’re structured to doing certain things,” he said. “We can try new things here. Stop in and check us out, and get a coupon for your next visit.”

Free Zweigle hot dogs will be available at 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors will also be entered to win a free gift basket of goodies.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (585) 494-2146.

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