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Yes, we are aware this blog is published in March. And yet, we know you will want to plug the following date into your schedule -- Sunday, May 6th -- the Leura Harvest Festival. It's the day for those who love Chooks, Chocolates and Competitions along with colourful trees. Each autumn, The Mall is filled with food vendors, fresh veggies, plants and beverages (local cider and wine). Chefs from the upmarket hotels prepare samples of their unusual cuisine and we are eager to try.

 

      

 

Cooler weather has arrived and the Leura Village Association sponsors the Harvest Festival to celebrate your return to the mountains.  A Chocolate competition and the 'most beautiful Chook' competition keep the crowd engaged. You will be amazed by these charming chooks -- stunning. 

 

   

 

The Scarecrow display is held in the charming garden of Birches of Leura (Gardens & Gifts Nursery) off the big Leura carpark. All are made of scrap materials or in the current language, of recycled materials. The scarecrow competition winner is announced on Sunday 6 May

 

   

 

Weather permitting, the Harvest Festival brings back to Leura all the wonderful traditions we think of nostalgically.

 

Cambridge Dictionary tells us the meaning of this familiar adage: "The child usually has similar traits or skills as his or her parent."

 

It's quite nice to hear a positive ‘growing up’ story – of positive parenting and terrific role modeling. 

 

Gifts n Things owner, Jo Davidson followed in her father’s footsteps – that of a Katoomba retailer. Learning the ropes from her dad, looked for a different career, moving out into the commercial world of banking for seven years. With some time out to raise kids, she realized that retail was in her blood – this was her career choice. She had grown up in the industry mentored by her dad and she knew the business best.

 

What is special about Gifts ‘n Things?

 

 

This Leura shop with an Edwardian feel is an upmarket women’s emporium perhaps typical of Leura’s early days.  Women’s apparel, jewellery and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries and fragrances near the counter – the shop is a charming labyrinth. A fireplace in the store’s centre is memorable and charming on mountain winter-days.

Around a corner, we spot homewares displayed beautifully – Jo seems to have a knack for choosing handsome and charming ‘beauties’ for the house: cushions, rugs, wall art and amazing Allen Design clocks.

 

The range of Metal Animals are such a hoot! The entire ‘flock’ seem to have just ‘flown in’ and landed on ‘the porch’. . . 

 

We asked Jo about her strategy for Gifts ‘n Things. Like a savvy retailer, she is aware of the outside forces which impact her business: chain stores, the local and global economy. Of course, online shopping is a worry, but the individuality and great customer service at Gifts ‘n Things keeps locals returning and visitors seeking out the charming shop on The Mall. She often hears from internationals, “We were here last year.”

 

 Beautiful and Charming . . .  the unusual and the wearable at Gifts 'n Things.