Sad Loss of Vintner Joseph Phelps

I had the good fortune to meet Joseph (Joe) Phelps a number of times.  He passed away on April 15th after an amazing life founding one of the premier wineries in Napa Valley.  His Insignia wine was one of the first wines that helped create the category of what is...

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Ten minutes to the south of GiftTree’s headquarters is the nation’s best Cinco de Mayo celebration. 152 years ago, Mexicans successfully fended off an invasion by France’s Napoleon III. 30 years ago, Portland, Oregon became the...

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This special month dedicated to those who have been affected by breast cancer was first celebrated in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and the company now known as AstraZeneca. It was established to remind everyone...

Back to School

My children would absolutely hate me for wanting to blog about this subject, but, like death and taxes, it must be done. Parents and retailers everywhere are already thinking about this upcoming event. I am not speaking of Labor Day or Grandparents Day. Nope, the day...

Songs of Summertime!

Summer. Just the word makes me want to shirk all of my responsibilities and head out to go camping or go to the beach or just lie around and become stagnant! I think this all results from the summers when I was in school. I would pretty much get out of school on the...
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