There’s something infinitely appealing stepping through the doors of a well thought out shop, especially during the holiday season. With all the sights and scents that spell Christmas, Belle Cottage in Mechanicsville is pure eye candy for shoppers in and around the greater Richmond area.
Tables, shelves, and racks fairly burst with selections from some of the best and brightest designers in fashion, shoes, jewelry, bedding, and home décor, offering up thousands of items to make your holiday shopping enjoyable and effortless. Every inch of the shop’s 4000 square feet is filled with delightful must-haves and whether you are 18 or 80, there’s something here for everyone!
The gift shop, located in the Bell Creek Shops, offers a full selection of Vera Bradley handbags and accessories, quality shoes from Dansko and Allegria, Tervis Tumblers, Kameleon and Halia jewelry, Hen House linens, luxury bedding, and a host of other items that will dress you and your home just in time for the holidays. They will even gift wrap that special gift for an extra special touch!
Belle Cottage’s outstanding customer service begins the moment you enter and sets the shop apart from many department stores where knowledgeable sales staff is hard to find. Store manager Susan Arland and floor manager and merchandiser Andrea Erb take great pride in this facet of the business.
“Customer service is our primary goal for all who enter our front door,” says Andrea. “We invite everyone to experience what customer service used to be like in the boutiques and gift shops of yesterday. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff is thrilled to assist you with your selections or, if you are one who would prefer to browse and discover, we are always available to answer any questions that you might have.” With a staff of eleven full and part time employees, there’s always someone available to assist.
Shoppers will love the many special events Belle Cottage offers throughout the year, offering their guests the opportunity to see the latest in fashion and home décor and to appreciate their prices. Social media fans can sign up for email and Facebook page offerings, sidewalk sales are always a fun way to pick up great items at bargain prices, and their much anticipated Christmas and Spring Open Houses are annual traditions many patrons look forward to each and every year.
The staff is especially excited about this year’s “Christmas by the Sea” 2013 theme for the upcoming Christmas Open House to be held on November 22 and 23 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Whether you own a “Rivah” or beach house or just love the sea, this year’s theme will be sure to inspire you. This is also the beginning of extended shopping hours to help make your Christmas shopping a little less hectic.
With an array of gorgeous gifts, stunning Christmas trees and unique decorations, Belle Cottage’s goal is to infuse you with the holiday spirit. One of the latest trends in the retail industry is the “reclaimed” phenomenon.
“Our ‘Reclaimed and Retold’ theme will feature a vintage Santa and the retelling of stories from Christmases past. Frosty the Snowman will add a whimsical touch and new this year will be our fabulous ‘Nature’s Wonderland’ Christmas tree, featuring the breathtaking beauty of nature and a bounty of woodland creatures.”
Live entertainment will be presented during the evening hours of Open House. John Tracy Wilson, a Charlottesville songwriter, musician, and author will help staff and shoppers alike to remember the true reason for the season. His talents and renditions of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs will bring the Holiday spirit to our hearts. “Come join us!”
Another aspect of service, unique to Belle Cottage, is the free in-store design consultations they offer. Andrea, floor manager and designer, loves to help people with interior design solutions. She is also available for in-home consultations if more guidance is needed in design decisions. Please call the store for more details on this service.
Belle Cottage offers the very best in one-stop shopping and an endless supply of reasons why a trip to Belle Cottage will be sure to delight at any time of the year. Their goal to create an atmosphere of friendliness, beauty, and professionalism is foremost in their mind and they invite you to visit the shop’s web page and sign up for their emails.
“Andrea adds: Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with our promotions and specials throughout the year. So the next time you find yourself wondering where you can find that perfect gift, remember us at Belle Cottage. We are close to home, conveniently located just off I295 South at the Pole Green Exit. We look forward to seeing you soon! Happy Holidays!