Retirement Sale at The Playful Garden!

Dear Playful Garden Customers,

ret-sale-1I’m so excited to let you know that I’m retiring!

Eight years ago I had a dream that came to fruition, which was to open a garden art shop in Downtown, Napa. I opened the store just as our economy began to tank. I was probably (well, certainly) somewhat naïve. I knew it would be a lot of work, but I believed I would be successful and I was up for the challenge. Making a profit was not my main priority—making people smile and bringing a little joy into their lives was. I’m forever grateful to my husband, Mike for supporting me in every aspect of operating a successful retail business. Without his support, The Playful Garden would have never survived the myriad of challenges we faced with the economy and renewal of our Downtown.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot—from how to run a credit card to how to stage a window display. But more importantly, I learned a whole lot of life lessons: respect for money, respect for people’s personal space, when to listen to my intuition and act upon it, forgiveness (including forgiveness to self), how to go with the flow and trust …the list goes on and on. I have to say that it’s been a great adventure and a lot of fun, and I feel that it was worth every moment that I invested. Working at The Playful Garden most often felt like play as opposed to work… that’s what happens when you love what you do.

As an adjunct to the lessons, I also made sacrifices in relation to taking good care of myself and in relation to my family by not being as available as I could otherwise have been. I’m nearly 70 and at this stage in my life, I am no longer willing to make those kinds of sacrifices. I want to spend more time with my loved ones, be as healthy as I can possibly be, and experience even more things in life that bring me joy.

I am taking with me the very best that The Playful Garden has had to offer. I’m proud of what was created and extremely grateful to those who helped along the way. Even though The Playful Garden won’t exist anymore as a brick and mortar, the joy that I believe it brought to others will last way beyond what is tangible. The “Garden” will live on in thousands of gardens and homes, both local and beyond.thank-you2

Best of all, I will carry in my heart all of the friendships I’ve made—and at the top of the list are my amazing employees! Yasuko, Shon and Nancy (and Lorna part-time)–your loyalty, dedication and outstanding work ethics were/are beyond what I could have ever imagined. I attribute much of The Playful Garden’s success to your friendliness and stellar customer service! To all of my friends: In the midst of my business day you brightened my life with your smiling faces, shared your hearts with me, boosted me up when needed, and enlightened me with your loving wisdom. Who could ask for more? I feel blessed many times over that you are all a part of my life.

Last of all, I want to let you know that in my retirement I’m planning to donate some of my time in the healing world of gardening with those who are grieving or lonely. More to come on that later!

So that’s it. This Saturday, December 3, the big “Retirement Sale” will begin and on December 31, 2016, The Playful Garden will close its doors. Please stop by to say farewell and grab some deals on our products as well!

With much love and appreciation, I say farewell and thank you for the gifts you brought MY way…

Happy Holidays!

Mimi Glavin, Owner

The Playful Garden, 1201 First St., Napa, CA 94559  707-258-8880

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November 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Napa Live: Inside at The Playful Garden!


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Have you ever heard Bohemian Nouveau? This wholesome, home-grown genre was created by local musicians John Kelly and Jennifer Jekel. Come to The Playful Garden this Sunday from 1-4pm to experience the music of this awesome duo! John’s vocals of traditional Celtic songs accompanied by Jennifer on mandolin, or Jennifer’s melodic and sensual mandolin accompanied by John’s bass-y and clever guitar will bring a smile to any audience, whisking the listener away to some far corner of the world through song.


We are thrilled to be showing the work of three new local artists at The Playful Garden:Crane

Juliane Poirier

Juliane uses watercolor, gouache and colored pencil to create highly stylized images of nature. An artist since childhood, she was influenced by her mother, Mary Jane Poirier and grandfather, Adelard Daniel Poirier, both highly-skilled representational artists. Juliane believes art is a spiritual path; she creates images purely for the sake of bringing joy and comfort to herself and others.


saguaro&woodpecker_dove_edited-1Kathy Dennett

Kathy has been painting Pennsylvania-Dutch hex signs (folk art in the round) for over 15 years. Many locals will remember (and may have purchased!) her beautiful, symmetrical signs which were displayed at the former Pearl Restaurant in Napa. In addition to painting in the round, Kathy also started painting with oils on canvas. “Loosing the rules of symmetry is quite freeing!” she says. Her oil paintings are colorful and stunning. You may see some of them incorporated into wine labels as well.

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Deborah Childress is a mixed media sculptor born in Marin County. She captures the elegance of botanical elements in her rich, detailed mirror frames, panels and boxes.

Deborah’s products are made using natural materials for impressions, then making two to four molds before going into production. Each minutely-detailed piece is hand cast individually in fiber-reinforced gypsum, hand detailed, then patinaed with four to six layers of metallic pigment. The result is a structurally strong, relatively light product that looks and feels like metal.

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Deborah will be setting up a large display of her work at The Playful Garden especially for Sunday’s “Napa Live” Event and she will be offering a 10% discount to attendees!

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We look forward to seeing you this Sunday afternoon at The Playful Garden, 1201 First St. at the corner of First and Coombs!


June 3, 2016 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Artist Juliane Poirier — Opening Reception

Rooster Head (2)Please join us this Saturday, May 7 from 1-4pm for Juliane Poirier’s Opening Reception and the debut of her new watercolors!

Juliane uses watercolor, gouache and colored pencil to create highly stylized images of nature. An artist since childhood, she was influenced by her mother, Mary Jane Poirier and grandfather, Adelard Daniel Poirier, both highly-skilled representational artists. Juliane believes art is a spiritual path; she creates images purely for the sake of bringing joy and comfort to herself and others.

Enjoy live music, coffee, tea and cookies while you admire her delightful artwork (which would make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!).

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May 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Pottery Gift Show at The Playful Garden!

seeds of gratitudeHello from The Playful Garden! This Saturday, May 2nd from 10am-3pm, four ceramic artists are coming together for a very special Pottery Gift Show at The Playful Garden! Ellen Sachtschale, Eva Sachtschale, Miriam Jewell and Julie Langley have created unique and thoughtful gifts for Mom and other special people in your life. Their pottery is perfect for Mother’s Day, Graduation and gifts for all occasions. (We also have many other fun products at “The Garden” that are perfect for Mom!) Hope to see you at the show!

Best wishes,

Your friends at The Playful Garden

Pictured above: Seeds of Gratitude…a lasting and memorable way to tell someone what a difference they make in your life. Just write a heartfelt message on the paper that is rolled up inside to thank someone for an act of kindness, or for their friendship and love.

April 29, 2015 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment

Downtown Napa $500 Shopping Spree!

shopping spreeThe merchants in Downtown Napa want to thank those who are making the effort to shop, sip, dine and play downtown during construction of the new sidewalks, so we’re giving away a weekly $500 SHOPPING SPREE! Ask for a registration form at the businesses on First St. and enter for a chance to win a weekly drawing for $500 in gift certificates from downtown businesses. One winner will be drawn every Monday for a period of four weeks. Entry forms and sweepstakes rules are posted at The Playful Garden and most all of the businesses listed below. Last date to enter is Sunday, 6/1/14.

SHOPS & SERVICES: Amica Studios, Anette’s Chocolates, BOHO Lifestyle, Brunilda’s Bridal, Darin’s Gun Exchange, Inti, Kohl’s, LeMelange, Lucero Olive Co., McCaulou’s, Miyamo, Napa Bella, Napa Cigars, Napa Tourist Information Center, Napa Valley Casual, Napa Valley Jewelers, Napa Valley Olive Oil, Replay Sports, Sala Salon, The Beaded Nomad, The Mustard Seed Clothing Co., The Napa Valley Toy Co., The Playful Garden, West End Napa, Williamson & Company Men’s Clothing, Wildcat Clothing Co., Yarns on First

RESTAURANTS: Andaz Napa, Bounty Hunter, Don Perico, Eiko’s, Empire Napa, Jax Diner, John Anthony, Naked Wines, Norman Rose Tavern, Oenotri, Ristorante Allegria, Shiro, Small World Restaurant, Starbucks, Subway, Sushi Mambo, Tarla Mediterranean Grill

ARTS & CULTURE: Artist of the Valley Gallery, Gordon Huether Gallery, Napa County Historical Society, Napa County Landmarks, Quent Cordair Fine Art, Thomas Kinkade of Napa Valley

WINE TASTING ROOMS: Capp Heritage Vineyards, Ceja Vineyards, Cult Following, John Anthony, Mark Herold Wines, Naked Wines, PureCru, Square One, Trahan Winery, Vermeil Wines

Good luck and thank you for visiting our businesses and supporting our Downtown!

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May 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm 2 comments

Win a $500 shopping spree in Downtown Napa!

Dear Playful Garden customers and friends,

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Thank you so much to those who have continued to shop at The Playful Garden and in Downtown Napa during the recent reconstruction of our Downtown! At this point (from now until after Mother’s Day), the sidewalk is not torn up in front of our store and on our block. Yea! We’ve checked the parking lot in back of our building (at Coombs and Second Street) and there is consistently plenty of available parking there.

If you’d like to shop at The Playful Garden for Mother’s Day gifts, we’d of course like to encourage you to do so despite the construction going on Downtown. For you ease, plan your shopping trips Mon.-Fri. between 10am-12pm–or the late afternoon, as the construction workers wrap it up around 3:30pm on weekdays. We’re open until 5:30pm, but if you can’t make it in by 5:30, give us a call at 258-8880 and we’ll stay open for you.

The Playful Garden is filled with special gifts for Mom, from jewelry to garden art–and wrapping is always complimentary.

We are extremely thankful to our customers for helping us get through this challenging time. As a way of saying, “Thank You”–we hope that you’ll take advantage of our 10% Construction Discount while the construction is going on. Just ask for the “Construction Discount” when you check out!

In addition to our promotion, starting today 5/7, you can enter to win a $500 Shopping Spree in Downtown Napa to be given to one lucky winner once a week for the next four weeks!  Enter at The Playful Garden and most all of the First Street (and nearby) businesses in Downtown Napa!

Hope to see you soon–

The Playful Garden Staff, 1201 First St., Napa, CA  707-258-8880

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May 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Please vote for us!

VOTE frogThe Playful Garden has been nominated for BEST place to pick up a hostess gift in the S.F. City Voter contest. With only a few days left to vote, we’re presently running a close 2nd. Your vote could make a huge difference! Would you take a moment to vote for us?

Thank you so much for your help!

The Playful Garden Staff

February 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

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