By Meagan Friberg
Discover the Art of Shopping when you step inside Up Front Gift Store, located inside Studios on the Park at 1130 Pine St. in downtown Paso Robles. This one-of-a-kind marketplace features unique, handmade creations including baskets, greeting cards, ceramics, glass, jewelry, scarves, wood products, bags, and more. Find that perfect gift for a special occasion or special someone…or treat yourself!Up Front: Good Cause, Great Gifts
Sales Manager Elaina Stangle oversees the store, and counts on Assistant Meagan Robbins and a slew of volunteers to keep Up Front running smoothly. Over the past few years, they have helped move the store from a smaller space in the back of Studios to a larger space that is, well, right up front!
“It’s been amazing to see this space grow and evolve,” Stangle said. “Ninety percent of the store features art by local artists, and families really enjoy our selection of children’s items and gifts.”
Best of all, a gift from Up Front is also a gift to the local community – all purchases support arts programming for children, teens, and adults including Kids Art Smart. Good Cause, Great Gifts!
Up Front: Good Cause, Great Gifts “Our main focal point at Studios is to support Kids Art Smart,” Stangle said, “and forty percent of the sales from Up Front go towards this; the other percentage goes to the artists who have their items on consignment. We are completely a non-profit organization, so any donations we receive such as sales from the store, or sales from the main gallery, go towards keeping Kids Art Smart running. During the school year, a bus shows up each morning to Studios, and artists and volunteers donate their time to bring art to local
children. All of that takes money, of course. It is an awesome program, and we are all quite proud to be part of this.”
Stock is rotated on a regular basis, with seasonal items added throughout the year. The colors and fabrics of the handbags and scarves change with the seasons, and the price point on all Up Front items are easy on the pocketbook!
Stangle and her crew will gladly wrap up your purchase in seasonal colored tissue paper, and place it in a logo gift bag complete with ribbon. Don’t forget to stock up on hostess gifts – those holiday parties are right around the corner! Shipping options are also available; ask for details while shopping. For more information, call 805-238-9800.