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In August 1970, The Ribbon Gardner™ first opened its doors as a specialty retailer of ribbons, lace, and buttons under the name Gardner's Ribbons & Lace™ , in the first mall ever built in Arlington, Texas. After three years of operation, it was evident that lengthy mall hours were not a desirable feature of the location, so the shop was packed up and closed. Everything was put in storage until July 1979, when Gardner's Ribbons and Lace™ reopened in a retail strip center in Arlington, Texas.
Picture of antique ribbon barrels and box circa 1902-1912.
 
 
Antique ribbon barrels and box circa 1902-1912
 
The concept of the business, as well as the space requirements, was greatly increased upon reopening. The focus became a much broader product mix, that included color and width selection in ribbons, many more types of lace trimmings, as well as bridal laces, and a vast selection of buttons. A heavy emphasis was placed on quality--- only the finest in domestic and imported merchandise was included. Vintage ribbons, lace, and buttons were also added to the product mix. With the exception of antique buttons, none of the antique merchandise has ever been retailed before--all are original shelf stock. Along with the increased product lines and categories came an expansion in square footage--from 500 to 1400 square feet. Within a few years of reopening, an extensive line of Czech bugle and seed beads were added to the selection.  
Picture of antique dry goods store fixtures containing ribbon.

Gardner's Ribbons & Lace™ has moved three times since its reopening in 1979, and with the most recent move in July 2001, came the change in name to The Ribbon Gardner™. Now owned by Deb Gardner, the daughter of the founder, R. C. "Coleman" Gardner, the shop is situated in a quaint old

 
Antique ribbon cabinet - floor model with swing out doors
Picture of antique ribbon cabinet  - floor model with swing out doors.
 
 
Antique dry goods store fixtures
 

historic home built in 1911 in Arlington, Texas.

With the 2001 move came three additional staff and family members. Cousin Frank Gardner, who can be found in the shop on most Saturdays, builds and maintains the website, helps with sales, and fixes all sorts of annoying things that break. His 30 years of experience as a manufacturer's rep in the fabric industry is also a great asset to The Ribbon Gardner™. Marmalade, a robust, friendly orange male, and Toast, a sleek, dark brown, bashful, female tabby, complete the family and hold important staff positions in public relations. Marmalade has even recently opened his own boutique inside of The Ribbon Gardner™.

 
Picture of one corner of one of the rooms where grosgrain stripes are located.
Beside maintaining the standards set for offering the finest quality and best possible selection of merchandise west of New York City, The Ribbon Gardner™ now offers classes, designs projects and writes feature articles for Creative Needle Magazine, and offers its classroom space to outside users, such as the Wednesday Weekly Crazy Quilters (open to anyone interested in crazy quilting) and the Westminster Presbytarian Church Banner Ladies. The Ribbon Gardner™ will also occasionally custom design and stitch wedding garters and ring bearer pillows for individuals.  
Hundreds of grosgrain stripes
 

If your travels ever bring you to the Dallas - Fort Worth area, a visit to The Ribbon Gardner™ is a must! These pictures and the items in our Online Boutique are but a brief glimpse of what is available at The Ribbon Gardner™.

Thank you for visiting our website. To those of you who already shop with us, we appreciate your business. To old and new customers alike, we look forward to serving your ribbon, lace, button, bead, and trimming habit.

Deb & Frank
Marmalade & Toast!

A picture of some silk ribbon displayed on antique paper roll holders.
 
A picture of a framed private collection of new and antique buttons.
Selection of silk ribbon for embroidery - displayed on antique paper roll holders
 
The "stacked" version of The Ribbon Gardner logo, store address and phone numbers
 
Framed private collection of
new and antique buttons
 

 

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