Great New Gift Shop in Freeman

Posted: April 28, 2010 in Opening Business in Spokane Valley

   I pulled off the Highway 27 at the Freeman Convenience Store to receive a phone call last Saturday and discovered a brand new gift shop in the quaint building to the rear. It is called Bertha and Brambles and features the work of several of the shop owners’ work as well as large array of vintage collectables.

 The new owners, sisters Robin Foutch and Kari Patterson from the Fairfield area, come from an artistic family that has a lot to offer. Kari is a talented graphic designer with a line of children’s fabric called KP Kids and Co. that is popular around the world. Another sister, Lori Lynn,  is a popular a children’s photographer. Robin and a sister-in-law make jewelry, a niece makes pins and another makes magnets. Their mom makes those cute little topsy-turvy dolls that have a sleeping head on one end and bright eyed one on the other, with the dress in the middle hiding which ever end is held down.

    Additionally, they let some of their friends have some shelf space. Spokane soap maker, Sandy Tarbox, has her line of olive oil handmade Greencastle Soap on display. Another friend has a line of handcrafted scented candles called Bungalow Candleworks, Mary Joe from Montana has a display of photographs and another friend makes furniture.

    Beyond all these great gift ideas, there is Kari’s vast collection of vintage collectables, which Robin assured me only a small portion could be displayed and so it seems the inventory will  constantly be replenished as they empty her storage space and tap their friends and family for more and more of their hand crafted treasures.

The stores phone number is 291-3728

  1. Melissa K says:

    My mom and I discovered Bertha and Brambles during our Farm Chicks weekend. It was a fun place to stop, and we enjoyed chatting with Robin. I’ll be back!

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