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Spring 2024 Home Decor Trend: GREEN
Thursday Feb 29 2024
Why is green so often associated negatively? It’s not easy being green. Green with envy. The jealous green-eyed monster. Truth is, green is a very POSITIVE color, especially when used in your home this year. Spring is fast approaching, and our friends at Down to Earth are here to share a ...

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Holiday Traditions to Try With Your Family
Wednesday Dec 13 2023
Traditions make the holidays extra special. They give us magical moments to look forward to and cherished memories that stay with us long after the season has come to an end. At Gardner Village, we LOVE being a part of your various traditions throughout the year! We also cherish the stories ...

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Halloween Porches of Gardner Village
Wednesday Sep 27 2023
This Halloween season, you’re in for a treat – tricked out front porches and outdoor decor ideas! The locally owned shops at Gardner Village have pulled out all the decorating stops to set the ‘Ween scene before you ever set a pointed shoe inside. The following porch pretties are definitely ones you'll want to ...

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Get Road Trip Ready at Gardner Village
Wednesday Jul 12 2023
Summer = Road Trips! With summer at its halfway point, now’s a great time to discuss how to get yourself travel ready. From your attire to the in-transit action plan to the all-important snack menu, we’ve got you covered with all the essentials. Plus, don’t forget to treat those on ...

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10 Ways to Make Mother's Day at Gardner Village
Tuesday May 9 2023
“Mum’s” the word at Gardner Village. Treat your special lady to a full experience, all in one convenient and unique stop. Here’s a quick look at just some of the many ways you can make mother’s day this May:   Image credit: Annekah T. Photography  1. Give your gal a shopping spree at ...

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Treats for Your Sweets
Wednesday Feb 8 2023
Q. Does Gardner Village put the SWEET in sweetheart? A. Totes!   This time of year, Chocolate Covered Wagon and Happy Camper Deli and Bakery at Gardner Village are your go-to spots for Cupid-level cuteness.   DON’T GO BREAKIN’ MY HEART Actually… on second thought… a little heartbreak will add some serious fun to Valentine’s Day gift giving ...

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Wanderlust Will Help You Check Off your Travel Bucket List
Wednesday Jan 25 2023
What far-off places top your travel bucket list? Wanderlust at Gardner Village carries treasures purchased directly from countries all over the world. A stop at this darling shop is a wonderful way to taste, hear, smell, feel, and, of course, SEE things from your dream destinations. Ready to put your travel ...

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In Loving Memory Of Gardner Village Founder Nancy Long
Wednesday Dec 21 2022
As this year comes to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on more than just the past 12 months. Our entire Gardner Village history is top of mind with the recent passing of our fearless founder, Nancy Long.   As sad as this loss is, we take comfort in the fact that ...

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Magical Holiday Photo Sessions at Camera Shy
Wednesday Nov 9 2022
Smile! The magic of the holidays just got even more magical with a variety of unique and adorable photo opportunities available at Camera Shy at Gardner Village this season.   NOTE: All images featured in this post courtesy of Camera Shy Whether you choose from the groovy goodness of the VW bus setup or ...

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A Sweet Piece of Utah History at Chocolate Covered Wagon
Wednesday Jul 6 2022
Did you know you can see the Great Salt Lake from space? Did you also know ALL taffy pulled at Chocolate Covered Wagon is made from salt taken from this great Utah landmark?   Since July is a month to celebrate not only our national history but also our state origins, we thought now ...

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Gardner Village Comes Full Circle
Wednesday May 4 2022
It’s often said one shouldn’t reinvent the wheel. That isn’t the case at Gardner Village. Where wheels once turned to power one of the earliest flour mills in Utah, they now turn to both honor that history and add to the historic atmosphere. The MILL-ion Dollar Idea Okay, so perhaps Nancy Long’s ...

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How to Serve Up an Amazing Tray Gift this Mother's Day
Wednesday Apr 27 2022
Rather than wrap a gift for your mom this Mother’s Day, serve her an entire experience with a tray-based present. The design experts at Down to Earth have three clever ideas that will turn your surprise into a whole vibe.  HOW TO GIVE A TRAY-CHIC GIFT   Step 1: Start with a base. You ...

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Favorite Spring Things, and they’re on SALE!
Wednesday Mar 23 2022
Besides the longer days and warmer weather, a highlight at Gardner Village this time of year is the much-anticipated Spring Sale. Our three flagship stores, CF Home Furniture & Design, Down to Earth, and Layers Bedding, are offering big savings on fresh looks for your home. Let’s look at some ...

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Top 10 Must-Read Children’s Books of 2022 with Storybook Nook
Wednesday Feb 23 2022
In a shop FULL of books, it seems nearly impossible to select a Top 10 list, but Allison Smith, the owner of book and toy store Storybook Nook, has managed to do so. With timeless choices for tiny tots to young adults, she’s included a brilliant assortment of must-read titles. In no ...

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Christmas Traditions from Around the World with Wanderlust
Wednesday Dec 8 2021
Grab your passport. We’re about to take a trip around the world in something even better than first class… Santa’s sleigh! This global journey is thanks to the talented traveler-turned-shop-owner behind Wanderlust, Courtney. She opened Wanterlust after spending time crossing continents, falling in love with the various cultures, and wanting to ...

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Three ChristMust-Dos That are Good for the Soul
Wednesday Nov 24 2021
It’s official — the Santa hat is in position upon the water tower. Let the holiday season begin! Some may look at this as a time of added to-dos and over spending, which can feel overwhelming. To counter that, we thought we’d present you with a list of ChristMust-Dos that ...

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Small Businesses Bring BIG Magic to WitchFest
Wednesday Oct 6 2021
Looking for some brilliant Halloween decorating ideas? We’ve got you covered! How about some happy window shopping? Yup, we’ve got that too. Hop aboard our broomstick for a flight of fancy that’s as inspiring as it is FUN!   This time of year, much of our focus is on the enchantment of ...

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Ricochet Canyon - Fun for the Entire Family!
Wednesday Sep 29 2021
Welcome to the Wild Witch West! Ricochet Canyon is now open. Just in time for WitchFest, this happy spot takes what used to be Six Hags Witches Adventure and adds SO MUCH to it for our youngest guests and their families. The Train Shoppe at Gardner Village is behind this rootin' ...

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Grab Your Passports, Wanderlust is Now Open
Wednesday Jun 2 2021
Pack your bags and grab your passports! We’re about to embark on a trip around the world without even leaving the Salt Lake Valley. After its success as a Gardner Village pop-up shop, Wanderlust has permanently opened its doors for business!   Wanderlust gets its name from owner Courtney’s love of far-off ...

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Our Woodland Fairies Are in Full sWing
Wednesday May 26 2021
Last week, we introduced you to our 2021 Woodland Fairies. Have you had a chance to visit? Did you see them? Seeing is believing, after all. Actually… it’s the other way around. When you believe in the fairies and look closely, they’re known to reveal themselves to you. It’s a ...

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Do You Believe In Magic? The Woodland Fairies Are Here!
Wednesday May 19 2021
We’ve entered an extra enchanting season here at Gardner Village. With the blossoming trees and blooming flowers, the Woodland Fairies enjoy a little spring fling of their own. It’s the one time of year they lift the curtain that otherwise keeps them concealed, giving humans a glimpse into their whimsical ...

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Celebrating 41 Years of Connections and Memories Made
Wednesday May 12 2021
It's our 41st year in business! While the big 4-1 isn't your typical milestone, it feels extra significant, as it seems to be a year focused on connection. If there’s one thing we’ve learned these past four decades, it’s that business is about so much more than profit margins and inventory. The people who ...

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10 Gift Ideas Guaranteed to Make Mom's Day
Wednesday May 5 2021
Every day feels like Mother’s Day at Gardner Village. Not only is the place to enjoy quality time as a family, it’s also Mom’s destination for all of her favorite things. From fashion and home items to beautiful flowers and tasty treats, this is your one stop for a huge ...

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Now Open: The Crystal Fairy at Gardner Village
Wednesday Apr 28 2021
Every spring, the Woodland Fairies call Gardner Village home. It’s an annual event that fills the air with sweet wonder (and a bit of fairy dust!). So it’s no wonder we’re thrilled to welcome our newest shop, The Crystal Fairy, which brings a year-round fairy feel to The Village!   You’ll find The ...

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Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List
Wednesday Dec 9 2020
Unless the Gardner Village elves spill the beans, we’ll likely never uncover the secret to Santa’s magical pack. (Just HOW does he fit everything in one dazzling duffle?!) Even without Santa's magic, you can create your own brand of gift-giving brilliance, thanks to Storybook Nook, Lulu’s Boutique, and Wanderlust at ...

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Three Decorating Trends and a Holiday Sale
Wednesday Dec 2 2020
Decorating for the holidays tends to go one of three ways:   A. You’re a sentimental purest, creating the same sweet vibe year after year. B. You like to mix things up, based on current looks and the latest trends. C. You like to add a few new pieces to your established base.   Where do ...

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Sofa Styling & Buying Tips
Wednesday Aug 26 2020
Looking for a memorable shopping experience in the local Salt Lake area? CF Home Furniture & Design at Gardner Village is located in a landmark flour mill, built in 1877 by one of Utah's original settlers, Archibald Gardner. Today, the structure, which now sits on the National Historic Register, is home to an impressive ...

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Meet Debi, the New Owner at Spoiled Rotten Children's Boutique
Wednesday Feb 26 2020
“This is kind of my… second act. After raising a family of five children and living out of the country… it’s my turn.”  These words came from a smiling Debi Martin, the new owner of Spoiled Rotten Children’s Boutique. Welcome to Gardner Village Village, Debi!  Debi has a background in women’s fashion. ...

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10 White Elephant Gift Ideas Guaranteed to Get a Laugh
Wednesday Dec 4 2019
Eep! There’s an elephant in the room. Don’t worry, this doesn’t necessarily mean awkward air clearing is in order. Not when that elephant is white. Be the star of your upcoming holiday gathering/gift exchange with a hilarious white elephant gift. Lulu’s Boutique at Gardner Village has many knee-slapping choices. Take a look!  Oh, Dr. Suits, ...

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Tour the Latest Event Venues at Gardner Village
Wednesday Aug 14 2019
This is news we’re wheel-y excited about—the Wheel Room is open! This is the newest event space at Gardner Village, and it’s something to see!    The Wheel Room isn’t the only new thing happening here. The Cottage has also been transformed into a chic meeting/bridal space.    Come on, let's take a look ...

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The Fairy Best Shopping in Town
Wednesday May 22 2019
Each spring, fairies call Gardner Village home during the annual Woodland Fairy Festival. To make our flying friends feel at home, the Gardner Village shop owners go all out, both in decorating their stores and in offering fairy-themed merchandise. It’s a wonderful time to flutter about The Village and see ...

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Your Map of Fairy Crafts and Classes
Wednesday May 15 2019
It’s no secret—fairies are skilled craftswomen. I mean, look at the phenomenal homes they’ve built for their spring layover in Gardner Village! So it’s no wonder fairy crafts are a major part of the Woodland Fairy Festival 2019. There’s so much to see and do while you’re here. Consider this ...

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A CF Home Store Remodel Means BIG Savings for You!
Wednesday Mar 27 2019
CF Home is undergoing a remodel. Gardner Village's three-story flagship store, located in the historic Gardner Mill, is closing off its lower shopping level (more on why that is in a min.). Because the store is losing some real estate, inventory needs to go. This means MAJOR markdowns on the lower level, including the complete line ...

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A Unique Way to Experience Pioneer Day
Wednesday Jul 11 2018
Every day is Pioneer Day at Gardner Village. After all, in 1853, one of the original Utah Mormon pioneers, Archibald Gardner, built the mill that currently sits at the heart of The Village. What was once an industrious flour mill in Utah is now home to Archibald’s Restaurant and CF Home. The ...

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Meet Emily Dern, the talented owner of Willow Hill Yarn Co.
Tuesday Feb 20 2018
Emily Dern didn’t start her career thinking she’d be the owner of a yarn shop in Gardner Village, but The Village was home to one of her first jobs. In high school, she worked for The Village Whites Shoppe. Of course, she never imagined at that time that she’d one ...

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From a Tiny Newspaper Ad Came Utah's Time Capsule
Tuesday Aug 15 2017
Gardner Village wasn’t always the "village" you see today. There was a time it was an old flour mill, sitting on otherwise open land.    It took founder Nancy Long’s vision, much hard work, and even a small newspaper ad to make The Village what it is today. Yes, a classified! This ...

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10 Tips to Give Your Home
Tuesday Aug 1 2017
Throw that confetti. Twirl that baton. One of the most highly-anticipated parades of the year is in town—the Salt Lake Parade of Homes! And CF Home Furniture & Design at Gardner Village is on parade throughout one of the gorgeous dwellings.  On the parade route, you’ll find this awesome abode!    Inside, items from ...

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It's a Wing Thing--Fairy Fashion and Parties at Gardner Village
Tuesday May 16 2017
It’s time to party Woodland Fairies style, and the shops at Gardner Village are here to give you your wings.    Fairy Fashion at Spoiled Rotten Children's Boutique First, find your fairy fashion at Spoiled Rotten. Here, wings, wands, tiaras, and tulle tutus are just a few of the options that will have you arriving in ...

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Welcome to Willow Hill Yarn Company
Tuesday Feb 7 2017
Meet the newest member of the Gardner Village family—Willow Hill Yarn Company! Wait just a minute… At first glance, this shop might look familiar. That’s because it is. It was formerly Kamille’s, and long-time Kamille’s employee, Emily Dern, purchased it when Kamille decided to sell a few months back.    The wonderful thing ...

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Your Guided Tour of Gardner Village Social Media
Wednesday Aug 17 2016
If you’ve visited our website, you’ve probably seen this: It’s an invitation to stay connected with us online through our various social media channels. These symbols are far from foreign these days, but what do they actually mean where Gardner Village is concerned? Let’s find out! Consider this your key—both an ...

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