Know the Neighbors
Dragonfly Shops & Gardens
Beth Davidson (front) has created an enthusiastic community of artists and patrons at the Dragonfly Shops & Gardens in Old Towne. From left: Libby, Anne, Dani, Lisa and Linda.

When Beth Davidson first opened Dragonfly Shops & Gardens five years ago, she envisioned a place where like-minded artists could come together to showcase their wares, offer unique gifts and merchandise, conduct crafting workshops and teach gardening classes.

Today, Beth’s vision has exceeded all expectations, transforming the vintage home on 260 North Glassell into a homespun destination for the local community.

“There’s a really cool vibe in our shop and we have a phenomenal customer base that is so loyal,” enthused Beth. “We’ve created a really nice environment that people want to be a part of.”

A former executive recruiter for 20 years, Beth knows how to network and bring people together. After setting up shop in the historic 1920 home next to Rutabegorz, she opened her doors to neighbors and visitors, who soon became friends and added their artistic touches to the interior and the gardens. Vendors and artisans began occupying different rooms, and before she knew it, Beth was featuring up to 30 different artists showcasing items for home and garden and offering classes in beading, mosaic tiling, fairy gardens and even cheese making and summer craft camps.

“What sets us apart is that we have our own parking lot for easy access, plus we have ample space outside to try lots of different things such as our marketplace, gardening seminars and birthday parties,” Beth said. “There’s always something new going on here. I’m really open to fresh ideas, and I jump right in. We laugh, we have fun, and we work really hard, too.”

Beth, who teaches beading every Tuesday and Thursday in the morning and evening, says patrons like to visit, have a conversation and share their latest creations.

“The shop has evolved so much, and I just keep flowing with it,” Beth said. “The Dragonfly family is why this works. We love drawing new friends into our little circle.”


260 North Glassell, Orange, CA 92866 / 714-289-4689

Published in the Mar/Apr 2012 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review

Written by Karen Anderson, Photograph by Jeanine Hill

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