Personalize It now on the Web
- Written by Marilyn Harkrider
Personalize It, a delightful boutique, is located on W. Lake Houston Pkwy. just south of Kingwood Town Center. Owner Tracey Gibbs brought the store to this location six years ago. After many years in the corporate world, she decided to work for herself. And now she is expanding to another new site – a website. The physical shop is bursting with items of pottery, fabric, paper, leather, crystal and more. Not only are these treasures lovely just as they are; they will be made more unique with personalization. Monogramming is only one of the techniques offered in order to make a purchase more special. Engraving, individualized printing, woodcarving and hot leather stamping are available as well. Gibbs’ wares are carefully chosen. “I believe in buying items made in America if possible. My suppliers are manufacturers and individuals of the highest quality.” The merchandise is trendy and sophisticated at the same time. Cashmere throws are a step away from hand- painted china and classy totes. Seasonal items are mixed among the regular stock; with this season showing stockings waiting for a child’s name, and ready to be hung. With a location that caters to individual and company needs, the launch of the website in January will be another large venture. “I was thinking about launching the site earlier, but I wanted to make sure that we were ready to handle the volume well.” Gibbs is not content to have her business rest on its successes and this site will allow access to her store throughout the world. “It has taken a long time to get the site finished, but I am a perfectionist. I am very excited. I am telling everyone I know, and I hope they pass the word. I want people who find out about the site by word of mouth to know that it is, like the actual store, a quality site.” Others who happen upon the page will, no doubt, find at first glance that it is professional and easy to navigate. When entering the website, one finds a colorful well-organized page. Each item can be enlarged by clicking on the picture. When choosing a font or color for personalization, Gibbs’ tasteful touch is evident. “I want people to know exactly what they are buying, and I want to help guide them. I will, for example, offer only colors for personalization which will go with a piece. Each piece is looked at individually for color match before the choices are posted.” She is determined to offer premiere customer service and quality products, while making sure the customer can easily purchase through a secure site. “We have found a very secure method for charging, and I am very pleased that people can feel safe when buying our items.” Gibbs makes time for family as the shop is closed Sunday and Monday. Hours for Tuesday through Friday are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. If one is not fortunate enough to go to the store in person, the new website visit at personalizeitkingwood.com Photo: Owner Tracey Gibbs brought the store to this location six years ago.