Gift shop Arabesque on ‘25 Gifted Retailers’ list

Shelburne boutique Arabesque has been selected by Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine as one of its “25 Gifted Retailers” in the U.S. for 2017.

The magazine is a leading trade publication for the retail giftware industry with a circulation serving retailers, manufacturers and vendors. It publishes the annual list to recognize independent gift stores that are “using innovative approaches to marketing and merchandising that are making a difference in their communities,” according to a statement from the publication.

Arabesque is the only store in Vermont, and one of only three in New England, to be included on the list.

Store owner Tracy Stolese said she was stunned by the recognition. “We’re way up here in this small town in Vermont, and you don’t necessarily expect to be noticed by your industry,” she said.

Stolese said she hopes her shop’s mention brings attention to Shelburne in general. “Our little town is full of wonderful local stores with incredible owners,” she said.

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