NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Linda Tribuna, of Berkeley Heights, unveiled the new name of her gift store, formerly TMC's Boutique, at a ribbon cutting ceremony in New Providence last week. As soon as Mayor Al Morgan cut the Grand Re-opening ceremonial ribbon, balloons were lifted to unveil the new name, "Linda's Creative Gifts."
Tribuna, who opened her doors in New Providence two years ago, said that she wanted the name to reflect more about herself. She started her boutique about a decade ago out of her home until she opened her first store on Main Street in Stirling in 2009. The original name "TMC's Boutique" represented the initials of her three children -- Tori, Mike and Chris.
Since moving her store to New Providence, she said it was time to re-brand to reflect more about herself. The butterfly in her logo symbolizes her mother's presence since her passing in a tragic car accident six years ago. "I want to bring the butterfly into the logo, so she is always with me even in my name. That's why I am who I am." The new color scheme of blue and silver reflects the vibrancy of her artistry and works well for gifts for guys or girls, she said.
She has three new artists that have been added to her rolling collection. "We are always trying to find new gift items," she said. There is a new woodworker and an artist who designs temporary tattoos with inspirational phrases.
"I try not to just buy," she said of the products in her store. "I like the inspirational meaning behind the artists," she said as she pointed to the different pieces. The new pocketbooks and wine carriers are old recycled tarps from the marines. She pointed to silver bracelets and said, "this artist is from California, they work with home based moms who can not afford daycare." While many artists are local, Tribuna will purchase products from around the world if the artist's story is inspirational. "That's why we are different," she said.
A large crowd that included Tribuna's family, friends, artists and customers gathered outside her store as Mayor Al Morgan cut the ribbon and the balloons lifted to unveil Linda's Creative Gifts.
"Two years and TMC's become a cornerstone of the downtown. We needed a gift shop badly and you provided it," said Mayor Al Morgan. "What is even better, Linda, not only being a great friend, she is a terrific community partner -- always getting involved with the business community and we thank her for everything. We wish her re-grand opening the best of luck."
About Linda's Creative Gifts located at 1259 Springfield Avenue in New Providence: My dream became a reality when I opened my store in 2009. I moved two years ago to a larger space to accommodate all the artists and currently carry the works of 40 local, U.S. and Fair Trade artists. As hard as it is for artists to sell their creations, Linda's Creative Gifts is a warm, inviting, comfortable place to shop. ~Linda Tribuna