SOUTHBURY — Proprietors Matthew and Christine Curtis formally launched their online lifestyle store, Piper and Dune, in December 2019.
Their carefully curated shop collection focuses on New England artisans and manufacturers. The pair have now opened a Holiday Shop through December 24, Christmas Eve, at Suite 50-E in Bennett Square, 134 Main St. South.
The Holiday Shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Piper and Dune takes its name from the sandpipers and sand dunes that distinguish the New England coastline.
Offering a side variety of specialty gifts, which are hand-picked by the Curtises, Christine notes, “even though we sell our products online nationally, when we look for products we want to carry, we look for things that would appeal to people living in this region; so, we don’t sell cowboy boots or Aztec jewelry (although we love that stuff!) We like comfortable, casual things.”
Some of the products evoke memories of summer days spent in the region, eating lobster rolls, toasting marshmallows over bonfires, smelling the salty air, appreciating the wildlife along the shores, and snowy winters filled with sledding, hot cocoa by the fireplace, pond hockey and skiing.
The store carries a collection of made-in-New England and other artisan goods and a large assortment of brands that are eco-friendly and/or benefit environmental protection and social causes.
Christine commented that she works hard to find lines to offer extended sizes too. For example, they sell some sterling silver rings in sizes 5-13 and pullovers for men and women in sizes XS- 3X.
The Curtises want everyone to be able to walk in the store and find something for themselves or others.
The inspired product selection includes organic maple syrup, a coffee mug emblazoned with knot-tying instructions that comes with ropes for practice, U.S. flags made in Maine, ocean wave rings, oyster shucks, tartan throws, hats, accessories for the whole family, gifts for children, Piper and Dune branded products and much more.
The store will wrap a gift in tissue and cellophane wrap upon request.
The Holiday Shop store in Southbury allows customers to order online or call in an order and pick it up curbside or make a private shopping appointment.
There’s free shipping for online orders of $75 and more and free delivery to Southbury, Oxford, Middlebury and Woodbury residents.
Piper and Dune is the realization of Matthew and Christine’s shared ambition to open a business that pays homage to the place that was the backdrop to their lives: New England.
Christine felt so strongly in her vision for Piper and Dune that she chose to leave a corporate career in favor of becoming an entrepreneur.
She co-writes a weekly blog with her daughter, Sarah, that connects with her readers. Those interested may subscribe to the blog on piperanddune.com.
“The states up and down the coast of New England shaped the people we are and the values we hold that are centered on family and simple pleasures,” explained Christine.
“Over the years, we’ve come to realize that there are countless people who consider the region their home away from home and who have cherished memories of vacationing there; they love the region and so we’ve curated products that appeal to a New Englander.”
“Through our marketplace, we want to share the essence of New England with all those who appreciate its lifestyle, traditions and natural beauty,” added Matthew.
“We carry items that we hope stir memories and bring a smile to customers’ faces in the course of their otherwise hectic and busy days.”