Beth Davidson of Dragonfly Shops & Gardens knows how to bring folks together. Formerly an executive recruiter for 20 years, Beth has assembled an amazing roster of artisans and retailers under one roof at 260 North Glassell next to Rutabegorz. The result is a fascinating mix of offerings that includes plants, jewelry, stained glass, garden art, homemade shawls and hats, classes, workshops, book clubs, refreshments and a place for oldfashioned gatherings.
Everything blends together and each vendor weve added is a piece we were missing but didnt know it, says Beth. Its unique with lots of hidden treasures. Theres a little something for everyone.
Converted to a retail store, the vintage 1920 home is the former location of longtime Orange retailer, Organic Art Plants. When Beth purchased the home, a convergence of talent began to develop. Visitors who stopped by soon became friends and lent their painting and decorating skills to the project. Some even became vendors.
What has happened is that people who have come here have become part of the Dragonfly story, says Beth. Bev Klopfenstein and her husband Mark fauxpainted the house and created their wall murals. Then Jeanine Fondacaro dropped by and ended up designing our logo and sign. The store is now filled with her artwork.
Like one big family, different vendors occupy different rooms. Annalea showcases beautiful stainedglass pieces, while D.J. Giles, brings lovely wraps, shawls and hats to the mix. Anne is The Barefoot Gardener with a nursery in the front, interspersed with garden art & statuary from the Elegant Garden. Linda Kouri Designs features Mark Roberts beautifully crafted fairies.
A bead jeweler, Beth showcases a bead buffet that also serves as a beadmaking classroom and place for beading parties. Featuring monogrammed pieces and wedding accessories, A Room To View offers an infantclothing line called CEO, or Chief Executive Offspring.
Dragonfly is a place for visitors to come and relax and enjoy a glass of lemonade or a bagel, said Beth. We are also very much into fundraising and plan to offer the venue for events, but mostly, we are a great gathering place thats warm and welcoming for everyone
Published in the Aug/Sep 2007 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review
Written by Karen Anderson, Photograph by Mike Escobedo
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