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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 6 months ago

Driftwood Market bringing gifts, art to downtown Winter Garden

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The owners of the shop in College Park are opening a second location on Plant Street in early May.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

Does the idea of creating hand-lettered signs or hand-painted wine glasses sound like a fun evening out? Come May, such a business is opening in downtown Winter Garden.

Driftwood Market currently has a storefront in College Park and soon will open a second location at 46 W. Plant St.

The specialty shop is owned by the mother-daughter team of Donna Price and Bonnie DiCocco, who currently are working on a calendar of art classes for Winter Garden.

But the store will offer so much more, DiCocco said. She and Price are putting together a collection of unique gift items and home décor and are excited about supporting local artists, including painters, a candle-maker and a potter.

Sections in the store will include bath and beauty, stationery, wedding, baby, gourmet foods and the Parisian line of Lampeberger scent burners. A garden section will offer succulents, ferns and planters. A men’s gift section will include wooden watches, personalized flasks and Daneson flavored toothpicks, which DiCocco is always popular.

The holiday department will change regularly.

DiCocco said they plan to hold several community events each month. At the College Park store this month, they had a vendor with a peddle cart selling craft doughnuts and coffee. Last weekend, green beer was available on St. Patrick’s Day.

“One of the most fun things we do is we have a space where we teach art classes, usually like a ladies night,” DiCocco said. “Wine-glass painting, lettering classes are very popular, we do succulent terrariums, bath bombs. It’s just fun stuff. Ladies come, men can come too, we serve wine, and they leave with a beautiful piece of art.”

Price and DiCocco teach some of the weekly classes, but they also contract with local artists to vary what’s offered. Private classes for six or more can be booked, as well.

 

MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEAM

The pair originally opened a shop in Artegon Marketplace, in Orlando. When that closed, they found a location in College Park, but their goal has always been to open a store in Winter Garden, where they live.

The mother-daughter team of Donna Price, left, and Bonnie DiCocco is opening a second location for its gift boutique.

“I love Winter Garden,” DiCocco said. “It is my home. My end goal was always to be in Winter Garden, but it’s hard to get into Winter Garden. We always knew we would have a store there, we just didn’t know when and where.”

When they heard a gift store in the heart of downtown was closing, they realized they had their opportunity. They hope to open in early May.

They will maintain both stores. The two are quite the team, as DiCocco has four daughters and the two take turns watching the girls when the other is working.

Driftwood Market will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

In the meantime, visit driftwoodmarket.net to get a glimpse of what the new store will offer Winter Garden shoppers.

Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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