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What a wonderful addition to the Dunwoody scene! Drop by Under the Pecan Tree in the Shops of Dunwoody, and you’ll understand that reaction. Owned by Amanda and Davis Scoles and their daughter Annie, the shop is filled with gifts and accessories for every occasion. The Scoles live in Brookhaven near Marist where Annie went to school, so they’re a natural fit for Dunwoody.

The first time I visited, I was greeted warmly by Amanda and enjoyed a pleasant 30 minutes exploring the shop. There are chair backs, doors, windows and other vintage wooden items hanging on the walls, all hung with merchandise. The clever arrangement draws you in and makes you want to investigate.

You’ll find items for yourself and plenty of gift options. My second visit was all about finding the perfect necklace for a particular dress. Amanda has built her jewelry selection around artisans from across the country. I spied piano wire necklaces, bracelets and earrings created by Atlanta’s Sea Lily, and Amanda pointed out earrings and necklaces from Couture Jems, a jeweler in Jacksonville. You can also find Julio Designs from Texas, Theia jewelry from San Francisco and Old Blood items from Pennsylvania. And there’s more, much more. I wasn’t successful in finding just the right necklace, but I had a ball looking at the varied selection.

If you’re hosting a party, you’ll want to check out the line of artistic paper placemats and runners for a fun way to set the table. Combine these settings with unique serving pieces from Annieglass and Beatriz Ball, and you’re on your way to a distinctive look.

As you wander the shop, look for sections dedicated to men, babies, grandparents, weddings, grilling, and the South. Wooden signs about love and marriage are among the wedding gifts. The corner of baby clothes and accessories will trigger ideas for that special shower gift. The men’s area is stocked with wooden bowties and beard oil and balm by Two Guys. Next to it is the grandparents’ corner with humorous tea towels for Mimi and Grandma.

There’s another wall in a back corner hung with more tea towels with every saying imaginable; you’ll chuckle as you read them and easily find one to suit everyone on your shopping list. Next, you’ll be tempted by the section dedicated to Southern delicacies: Pecan Pie in a Jar from Texas, seasoned pecans from Mississippi, Wisham Jellies (fruit pepper jellies great as grilling glazes or just on a cracker), and Lauri Jo’s Green Tomato Pickles and Peach Salsa from right here in Georgia. Turn around and you’ll see the grilling nook. Just think, you can grill the perfect dinner accompanied by Southern salsa and pecan pie and serve it all on the paper placemats and table runner.

They also carry brands you’ll recognize like Rewined candles and Illuminara Diffusers. I was so entranced by the diffuser with the scent called Patience, that I may just have to go back and get one.

Complete your gift with a handwritten note on the Wrendale stationery and cards imported from England. Or if you appreciate calligraphy—Greek for beautiful writing—you’ll want to look for the hand-lettered notecards and canvas signs from Georgia artisan C.V. McIntire, who also fills custom orders. I’ve already commissioned her to make signs and stationery for two gifts.

Rest assured, the hostess, the wedding couple, the high school or college graduate and anyone else on your gift list will be delighted with whatever you choose from Under the Pecan Tree.

Kathy Manos Penn is a Sandy Springs resident now happily retired from a corporate career in communications and leadership development. Find more of her musings at TheInkPenn.blogspot.com or contact her at kathymanospenn@gmail.com.

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