Today we are going to take a peek into a fun shop in Gilbert Arizona. I just love Heidi's energy and the shop looks adorable.
Name of your store:
Polka Dots & Popsicles
How long has your store been in business?
September 1, 2010
Where are you located?
2206 East Williams Field Road, Suite 104
**in SanTan Village, next to Famous Dave’s**
Heidi Doyle & John Braden
What makes your store unique?
We carry artists from all over the world, and have an abundance of amazing stories! From jewelry that supports villages, items made from veggies & paper from a war zone, treasures that support single Mom’s, Angels that each have their own story & of course the very beginning of our store was a call to Amy after wearing her necklaces for many years I knew her treasures would be a HUGE part of our dream. We also have a wonderful kids area that has a palm tree & lighted pussy willows behind the picket fence and a Man Cave guaranteed to make one giggle!
What is something you would like customers to know about your store?
When you walk thru our doors we truly believe it’s an experience that you will want to take time to savor, from the wonderful way it smells, to the messages that touch your soul bringing goose bumps & giggles all at once! Laughter & tears are daily occurrences at Polka Dots & Popsicles; we believe we have brought the best of the best into one location; we did the traveling for you!! You will feel welcomed & reminded of some of life’s simplest, yet most remarkable joys as you meander through our whimsical & inspirational gallery.
Do you give back to your community? How?
YES!!! We participate in many local charities. We collected dresses for the Cinderella Affair, participated in the Boys & Girls Club annual fundraiser, we are involved in a Hope & a Future & closest to our heart is our own non-profit organization called Sharing Hope, that was started in the name of my 9 year old daughter & helps collect electronic gaming systems to help kids that are hospitalized by providing them with something to keep them busy & keep their minds off of the ordeal they are facing.
Do you have a Facebook, Blog or website?
Our Website. (Check us out, currently you can browse about and take a peek at who we are! We hope to be up & running for online purchasing any day now!
And I am working on getting our Blog underway!! Amy has told me it’s a must.
How long have you been carrying Amy Peters’ Studio jewelry?
Since Day 1 of course
How did you first discover Amy Peters’ Studio jewelry?
I found her treasures in Fireworks Gallery in Seattle. I have loved her wonderful work forever! I own many of her pieces, my 2 matte chokers: Follow Your Heart & Life is a Journey, are pieces I never take off, as they are constant reminders to me of 2 very important messages I believe to be integral in keeping me on track in my journey through this crazy thing we call life.
Which collections of jewelry do you carry from the Amy Peters’ Studio line?
We have the Matte Chokers, the mini fortunes, the Be True To You bracelets, Simple Secrets, the Stacking Rings & the amazing pewter pieces that allow people to create their own story in a unique piece of jewelry!
Share a fun/interesting/heartfelt story about Amy Peters’ Studio jewelry:
Amy was truly the very beginning of my journey to this dream that is now a very real reality called Polka Dots & Popsicles. When I decided I was truly going to go for it, quit my big girl job & cash in all my chips, my very first baby step was to remove my Follow Your Heart choker from my neck & flip it over to see who the amazing artist was that I had been wearing around my neck for so many years. Amy was my first call to inquire if she would even consider allowing a girl with a dream to carry her beautiful treasures! Not only did she agree but helped point me in the direction of many other wonderful artists & even more importantly wonderful people!! We visited Amy on our journey searching for what was to become Polka Dots & Popsicles she was so warm & wonderful & spoke words of encouragement that kept me going & I do believe I also gained a wonderful new friend.
(Oh!! And guess what Amy & I discovered a few weeks ago we share the same Birthday!! How ironic is that! And, we are both 21)
What other collections do you sell in your store?
Soul Soup by Kristen Jongen AMAZING art from another amazing lady!!
Barret DeBusk amazing metal sculptures
My Tribe, an amazing line of clothes that is gorgeous & so very soft & twirly to wear
Angel Frost & She Bloom, amazing Baby treasures
Razzle Baby, the softest baby blankets EVER & now they are making them in our size J
Bottoms UP!! Delightful & leggy Vino glasses sure to make you giggle!
Thanks so much Heidi for giving us a look into your fun shop!
If you NEED to see more from her cute shop..
The shop was recently featured on TV in her local area, you have to watch...so cute.
Their daughter Hope is pretty amazing too! You MUST read the inspiring story of how Hope brought hope to a girl in the hospital!