Heart to Please aims to please last-minute Father's Day buyers


If Father's Day finds you with no card, no gift and no idea what to do next, you might try Heart to Please.

It's a new card and gift shop in the 62-year-old Tudor-style shopping center at the corner of Regester Avenue and York Road in Stoneleigh. And here's the crucial part -- it opens at 10 this morning, early enough so that you can stuff the kids into the tTC car, sneak over there, shop and get back before the actual Father's Day gift-opening ceremony this afternoon.

"Father's Day is a very last-minute thing," says owner Vickie Burrier, a resident of nearby Rodgers Forge. "It's also one of the toughest holidays of all because fathers are so hard to buy for."

The shop has an extensive card selection, "from what I call alternative card companies," she adds. "I buy from artists that make their own cards and other fine art cards."

It also has lots of jars filled with little novelty gifts that start at just 10 cents. Even kids with the littlest bank account will be able to find a gift. "A lot of parents will allow their children to pick out their own gifts here," Ms. Burrier says. "The salespeople will help them."

There are also picture frames, jewelry, games, toys, "Superdad" buttons, original prints of Memorial Stadium, toiletries, note pads and Father's Day balloons. "Kids will get that because they like balloons themselves."

Father's Day gifts often involve Ms. Burrier's other store, a candy shop next door called the Stoneleigh Shoppe, which she co-owns with partner Darrell Simpson. Often people will get a fancy box or other container from Heart to Please then take it over to the candy shop and fill it with hard candy or custom-ground coffee. Heart to Please has the gift wrap and cards to complete the package.

"As much as they're separate shops, they also run together, kind hand-in-hand," she says.

The owners make custom gift baskets for different needs from birthday gifts to teacher's gifts to new baby presents. The shop also has stationery, soaps, candles and toys. There is even a science corner for kids (perhaps big kids?) with things like a magnifying box for bugs. Ms. Burrier has a large selection of crafts on consignment.

The Stoneleigh Shoppe is like a '50s-style old-fashioned sweet shop with a Wurlitzer jukebox and a soda fountain in addition to penny candies and chocolates.

Ms. Burrier used to own a shop in Harpers Ferry selling handmade Christmas tree ornaments and decorations. She wanted to move closer to home, so when this space in the little shopping center came up for lease, she took it. For many years it had been an eclectic gift shop called Joss.

The Stoneleigh Shoppe, located at 6907 York Road, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The telephone number is 377-2733.

The hours of Heart to Please are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Heart to Please is located at 6909 York Road.

The telephone number is 377-6432.

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