The Fairy Store, located in Lakewood, is in the business of bringing joy to others. For over eight years, The Fairy Store has been spreading magic not only throughout the South Sound, but also on a global level. Their popular website eFairies.com is known internationally as a main resource for all things fairy magic. From artwork and garden supplies, to apparel, costumes and collector’s items, this store truly has something magical for everyone and carries more than 6,000 one-of-a-kind, carefully curated products.
But The Fairy Store is so much more than a regular retail business. To Shirley Ritter, owner of the shop, her store is a sanctuary for all who step through the doors. Between the relaxing atmosphere with soothing music playing in the background, to the friendly faces who run the storefront and products that bring a smile to the faces of the young and young at heart, many find themselves paying a visit to The Fairy Store to escape the ordinary, even if just for a little while.
Debbie Barham, who helps Shirley manage The Fairy Store, knows firsthand that this place is special to all who discover it. From the regulars who stop in frequently for gifts or collectors items, to the people who stop in by happenstance, both Debbie and Shirley confirm that this is no ordinary shop, but rather a place that regularly creates meaningful relationships.
“One day mid-morning, Shirley and I were doing our thing packing orders that came in during the evening hours the night before, when we heard the doorbell ring,” Debbie tells us. “A couple of seconds later, a very pleasant older gentleman walks into the store with a smile on his face. He walked right up to Shirley and said, ‘Do you guys gift wrap?’ Shirley responded right away with, ‘Yes, we do offer gift wrapping.’
“The customer, pleased as punch, says, ‘Okay, I will be right back! I need to go grab the gift I bought my son.’ Shirley and I exchanged a sideways glance at each other, as we do offer gift-wrapping, but typically just on items purchased at The Fairy Store,” Debbie laughs. “Hilarious! Shirley proceeded to explain this to the customer when he said, ‘Oh, I see, I only asked because I Googled ‘gift-wrapping service’ and The Fairy Store came up!’ He pulled out his cell phone and showed us what he was referring to, and lo and behold, he was right! Needless to say, we did wrap the golf club that he bought for his son, and while he waited, the man ended up shopping and bought an entire fairy ensemble for his granddaughter. Very nice man and we were happy to help him!”
And that’s just the perfect example of how The Fairy Store goes the extra mile to lend a helping hand or help brighten someone’s day.
Most who order from eFairies.com, don’t realize that just two women in Lakewood, Washington, are running this operation, fulfilling shipments worldwide throughout the week, and paying close attention to detail with each package that they ship. Customers from all over the world send back notes of gratitude exclaiming, “I wanted to take a minute and tell you what a delight is was to open my package. Your attention to detail is fantastic. Care in presenting my order all the way to the fairy dust in the packing slip. Thank you so much!”
Susie Venable, a devoted customer at The Fairy Store exclaims, “This place is a treasure indeed, run by two lovely people. The Fairy Store has a marvelous collection of beautiful mythical images, tastefully selected by a wonderful person with a great imagination. Look around and you cannot help but be reminded that if you keep your eyes wide open and your imagination huge, then anything is possible.”
With the holiday season upon us, many have made it a tradition by stopping by The Fairy Store to pick out the perfect gift for their loved ones. Start a tradition for yourself by paying a visit to the shop, where you are sure to find something truly unique and special for everyone on your list. The Fairy Store carries coloring books, activity kits, dolls, puzzles, fantastic novelty items for the youngest fairy magic lovers, and everything from tasteful home decor, to Tinker Bells and tutus. Choose from a variety of captivating books, enchanting music, and unique jewelry. Discover beautiful clothing and accessories in store, from jewelry and scarves, to umbrellas and bags.
No trip to The Fairy Store is complete without being sprinkled with sparkling fairy dust by Shirley who in-store is better known as The Fairy Godmother.
“Fairy dust inspires us to believe in our dreams and expect the magical,” Shirley says. Each customer gets to choose from a variety of sparkle colors, and is guaranteed to leave with a smile, even on their worst day. “We have people come in simply because they just need to have a fix of magic. There is just a lot of bad stuff that goes on outside in the world and people need a safe haven.”
The Fairy Store is known throughout their community for being thoughtful, kind, and giving; also acting as a refuge for all who step inside and immerse themselves in their fantastic world of whimsy.
Enjoy all of the beauty, magic and enchantment that The Fairy Store has to offer this holiday season by visiting their shop at 2202 84th Street S in Lakewood, or place an order online at the eFairies website.