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Basket business prepares for holidays

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

The local gourmet gifts and basket business, Gratitudes of Lake Tahoe, has expanded its showroom, which currently features its annual holiday boutique through mid-December.

The mother-daughter business, operated by Sue Moule and her daughter Julie Tenorio, has been growing at a rapid rate in the past two years, and the two are busily preparing creative and unique gift packages and baskets for the holiday season.

Their gifts are put together and personalized for different people and are just right for a variety of functions. Clients order gourmet gift packages for family, friends, business associates, employees, hotel guests, conventions, new homeowners and more.

“We don’t use your average, normal baskets,” Moule said. High-end gifts are packaged in anything from a leather trunk to a treasure chest.

“We’re trying to make it easy for people to pick something out and we take care of the rest. We package it up and ship it and make sure it gets to people on time.”

Moule and Tenorio bought the business five years ago and originally ran it out of Tahoe City. They now operate Gratitudes out of a Prosser home, and the showroom is set up in a living room.

“We’re best friends,” Moule said. “I do the creative end and (Julie) does mostly the business end and it works out great. We’re lucky that we’re such close friends. She tells me if I’m spending too much money and I usually listen.”

The baskets and gifts typically include all different kinds of gourmet foods and other gifts that complement different themes.

The Deluxe Lake Tahoe Basket, for example, includes a photo essay hardbound book by local photographer Larry Prosser, eight four season notecards designed by local watercolor artist Miriam Biro, one pound of locally roasted coffee, etched glass bottles of Wolfdale’s oil and vinegar, Tahoe House Restaurant’s baked cookies, local baker John Perkin’s famous bread loaf, chocolate truffles from Snooks Tahoe City Candies, two porcelain coffee mugs depicting a Tahoe scene, piano serenades CD by local pianist Tim Callicrate and a hard-carved wooden bear.

“Right now is our holiday season where we do gifts for individuals and whole families in one package,” Moule said. “We try to pick something that involves mom, dad and the kids.”

The Holiday boutique is located at 12375 Prosser Dam Road.

For information, call 587-6858. Gifts and gift baskets can be viewed and ordered on their website, tahoegiftbaskets.com.


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