In the center of historic Gettysburg stands one of the most unique shops that is certain to please those searching for the perfect gift. The eclectic and fabulous Lark is located at 17 Lincoln Square. Owner Timbrel Wallace wants her store to have the perfect mix of just about everything, with a price range to match every budget.
Timbrel has a gift for finding what people like, from the historic to the modern. After working in retail for years for Crate and Barrel, she owned and operated the well-known Smokehouse Crafts for six years before opening Lark downtown. For four years, Lark was located on Baltimore Street. Timbrel needed more space for her growing clientele and additional room for an increasing inventory of amazing selections.
It was her father who came up with the name for her business. “We wanted something that reflected light and happiness, and easy to remember. When he said, ‘How about Lark?’ I knew that was the name, because I also love birds.” Timbrel’s flair for all things aviary is evident throughout the amply filled, visually impressive array of items at Lark – as well as her eye for color, arrangement, and for variation. Every item has a story. A display of beautiful handmade baskets from Africa, for example, are made available from an American company who travels regularly to Africa and pays the people there a fair wage for the product. There are gift items from many lands, but the majority are offered from the United States, including many local craftspeople – mostly small business owners who offer exceptional goods. Some include Spiritiles, S’well beverage containers, s.e.hagarman greeting and note cards, Heirloom seeds, glass cylinder votives, an enormous array of colorful socks, clever anecdotal signs, jewelry, candles, household items, and furniture. There are the traditional items too: such as the popular Mister Ed’s candies, post cards, and other Gettysburg fare.
Artwork is also ubiquitous at Lark, with artists visiting often to visit with the public. For First Friday, May 5, photographer Keith Emmerich will meet with the public from 5-8 p.m.
Lark is open daily, and only closed four days per year – on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Easter – so that Timbrel and her helpful staff can be home with their families on these holidays. Business hours are Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 10-7 on Friday and Saturday, and 10-5 on Sunday. Major credit cards are accepted. Call 717-334-5275 or visit the website at www.larkgifts.com for more information.
Lark must be seen to be believed, and plan to spend some time there in order to view all of the amazing selections offered, and at prices that can fit every budget. Timbrel has been at her new location for two years and claims that “I’m not going anywhere else!” With the growing popularity of this award-winning shop, it appears that Lark will be a part of Gettysburg for many years to come.