About Cooper's Gifts
Hi there, Kate here. I am the Shopkeeper here at Cooper’s and I am so excited that you landed here today and want to know more about Cooper’s and what makes us tick.
We are a true-blue Mom & Pop, locally owned and operated small business. I am a second generation business owner. My Dad was an incredible visionary. He dreamed of having a gift shop that would be a good added attraction to his furniture store. He had an affinity for old barns, so he sketched out his ideas and had an architect draw up the plans. Then he bought 2 tobacco sheds from town, dismantled them and brought all the lumber to this site. He built this awesome building from 80% recycled materials in 1973, long before that sort of thing was “in”.
Mom was asked to be the book keeper, just until he found someone else. She did the books for 25 years. (Dad was also very convincing.) I grew up here, coloring at the wrapping counter after school and I worked in the shop all through high school. I was in college for Nursing when Dad asked if I would come back to Cooper’s as Manager, just for the Summer. That was in 1988. Once I started doing more than just sales, the buying, the merchandising, the marketing…I was hooked.
Kate Gourde, Shopkeeper
Art Leary Jr., Kate’s Dad
Joan Leary, Kate’s Mom
Kate on the Cooper’s Construction site
Cooper’s Construction 1973
Way back when, we were just gifts. Over the years, Dad added curtains. Today, Cooper’s is not just a store – it’s a destination! Unlike almost anything else in retail today, Cooper’s is a shopper’s oasis, where you can select from trendy clothing, gorgeous window fashions, distinctive home furnishings and exquisite gifts. We are serious about style, yet you will find this shop unpredictable, quirky and alluring. We want to be something exciting and new every time you visit, because we strive to be your favorite store.
The shop doesn’t model perfection or prescribe one style like some retail stores. We don’t just assist the customer by selling an unprecedented mix of merchandise – furniture, table top, apparel, window treatments, gifts – we provide a range of ideas. Whether searching for the perfect hostess gift on your lunch hour or hoping to furnish an entire room, you are sure to be pleased by the selection at Cooper’s. Let one of our personal shoppers help you find that special something or put together a complete outfit! Our friendly staff is standing by ready to enhance your shopping experience. You might just be surprised by the outcome.
We invite you to browse the website, visit our beautiful store, follow us on one of the social mediums listed below and treat yourself to the inspirational journey of shopping at Cooper’s. Thanks for stopping by, we hope to serve you soon.
Kate & The Cooper’s Crew