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Spring is upon us - Make Your Gift Giving Thoughtful

Spring is here although the temperature is not very Spring-like!  There are so many celebrations in Spring - Easter, Passover, Earth Day, Secretary/Professional Administrator's Day, Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Year End, communions, confirmations, weddings, births, graduations, Father's Day, hostess gifts, and more I am sure.

Let us make your custom Easter Basket filled with items  that we have here at the store and if you bring us your chocolate bunnies and Peeps, we will include them in our basket.  If you are short on time, you can choose from an array of pre-made gift baskets here at the store.

 I have always loved to give (and receive) gifts but specifically to give gifts that are reflective of the recipient and their interests. For many years, in my prior career, I did quite a bit of business traveling. When visiting other cities, I was under-whelmed by the sameness in malls from city to city. There were the same chain stores with the same merchandise and nothing different. Most of the merchandise was imported with less and less being made in the USA.

So, I always sought out the small independent boutique that had the rare find and supported US artists. I usually had my holiday shopping done way before the holidays because I would find the perfect gifts for friends in my travels – gifts that were thoughtful and reflective of each friend’s personality. As gifts were presented and opened, it was gratifying to see the enjoyment that they brought because of the thought put into them.

When, I decided to transition into a new career, I realized that I loved to give gifts and I loved things that were creative and unique. So, I opened an eco-conscious specialty boutique that features gifts, jewelry and wearable art that are Made in the USA and functional art made from recycled and repurposed materials. Each gift is artfully wrapped to make a great presentation.

In our fast paced, computer driven world, where people have little time to shop, I can work with you to find the perfect gift for friends, family or business associates. I will help you put some thought into each gift. Believe me, the recipient can tell when someone just thoughtlessly bought a gift because they had to. Make everyone feel special – give the gift that shows you cared.

So think of me as "Ecogal, Your Gift Guru. I will save you time, effort and make you look good!

Posted by Kathryn Longo on March 22, 2013. Continue Reading

I Gotta' Gift!

 In the words of Robert De Niro, I gotta' gift!  My gift is knowing how to choose just the right gift for everyone on your list and we have so many unique choices here at Eco Galleria. Give me a call, or stop by to see everything here at the Oradell Train Station.  I will help you to find just the right gift every time!

 Don’t have time to shop? Don’t like to shop? Tired of running gift errands for your spouse or your boss?  Let me help you.  I have been doing personal shopping for customers for years and maintain records of their gift giving  on our computer so that they don't repeat anything.  We are known for our great personal service and can save you time and effort to keep your time free for the necessary things in life.

Posted by Kathryn Longo on October 19, 2012. Continue Reading

Eco Galleria Named Best Shop for Hostess Gifts in 2012 Readers' Poll

 I want to thank everyone for voting for Eco Galleria in the 2012 Bergen Health and Life Readers' Poll.  We won for Best Hostess Gifts in Bergen County and  named runner up as Best Gift Shop.  We are in full gear for all of you early holiday shoppers and ready to beautifully wrap all your holiday gifts!  Hope to see you soon!

Kathryn (and Yoda!)

Posted by Kathryn Longo on October 19, 2012. Continue Reading

New Press on Eco Galleria in Bergen Health & Life Magazine

 For those of you who do not receive Bergen Health & Life Magazine, they wrote a great article on Eco Galleria.  Here is the link to the article:

And while you are on their website, please vote for Eco Galleria as Best Gift Shop in Bergen County in their 2012 Reader's Poll.

Posted by Kathryn Longo on April 18, 2012. Continue Reading

Spring at the Train Station

 It has been great having the store in this charming 112 year old  train station.  With the trains going by, it has a European flavor.  But Spring at the Train Station has been particularly pleasant.  Instead of remaining indoors all day, I can sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun, watch the robin red breasts which abound and observe the geese as they pair off to get ready to mate.  I can't wait to see those cute fluffy goslings that should appear in about a month or so.  I have already placed my folding chair outside the front door where I can greet the arriving commuters and invite them ti experience Eco.  Well, here comes another train and more customers to greet!

Posted by Kathryn Longo on March 22, 2012. Continue Reading

"Like" us on Facebook and You Tube

 We hope you have had a chance to check out our video on You Tube.  Here is the link:

We would very much appreciate it if you would "Like"it on You Tube, and if you have shopped at Eco, please share your comments on your shopping experience. Also, it would be fabulous if you could send the link to your friends on Facebook and share your shopping experience with them.

Eco is also now on FourSquare and have some rewards there if you tell friends when you are here.  And, you can follow us on Twitter @ecogalgiftguru

So, if you love Eco, help us to go viral!  And, thank you!





Posted by Kathryn Longo on February 07, 2012. Continue Reading

Eco Galleria on You Tube

 Well, I am finally getting the hang of all the social media stuff, so here is our new You Tube video.  Check it out and "Like" it!



Posted by Kathryn Longo on January 25, 2012. Continue Reading

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf demonstrated in 4.5 Minutes!

This is a great You Tube video 4.5 minute demonstration on 25 ways tp wear a scarf!  For those of you that receive a scarf as a gift and just don't know how to stylishly wear it, keep this video and you can refer to it whenever you want to look stylish wearing a scarf!


Posted by Kathryn Longo on November 20, 2011. Continue Reading

Got Gifts!


Don’t have time to shop? Don’t like to shop? Tired of running gift errands for your spouse or your boss? I gotta’ gift – my gift is knowing how to choose just the right gift and we have so many unique choices here at Eco Galleria. Give me a call, or stop by our showroom, or send me an email and I will help you to find just the right gift every time!

Posted by Kathryn Longo on June 17, 2011. Continue Reading

Fire & Light - For the Bride that wants something unique and special

 Something for the eco-conscious bride, Fire & Light hand-poured colored glass tableware has a way of drawing the eye, enchanting the viewer with the unique play of light that filters through its rich spectrum of colors and textures.

In 1995, Fire & Light formed as a partnership between the Arcata Community Recycling Center in Humboldt County, California, and a group of local investors who wanted to develop an innovative plan for using crushed, recycled glass. The founders decided to turn their recycled glass into a raw material, manufacturing distinctive products for sale in and out of the immediate area. The group decided upon a distinctive line of colored glass dinnerware which would be created by melting crushed glass in furnaces, adding pigment, and pressing the molten glass into bowls, plates, and glasses.

Fire & Light colored glassware is a product whose history is a kind of future, where age-old craftsmanship meets innovative manufacturing, utilizing post consumer glass as a resource. But it’s the beauty that will get you, the twinkle of light on the surface of a watery blue bowl, and the knowledge that the artists get as much happiness out of making the colored glass bowl as you will from having it on your table.

At Eco Galleria, we stock many pieces of Fire & Light giftware and tableware and custom order the dinnerware. We always have a sampling of the colors in the stock.

Posted by Kathryn Longo on June 17, 2011. Continue Reading