We would love the chance to introduce you to some of our merchants! We are thrilled to have Anderson Japanese Gardens participating in the 2016 Wine, Women, and Purse’s event! Please take a few minutes and get to know Kara Smith!

  1. Who are you?
    1. Name: Kara Smith
    2. Business name and location: Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford IL
    3. Where are you from: Born and raised in Burlington, Illinois
    4. How long have you lived in the area: Just over 1 year
  2. Describe your business: A variety of Traditional Japanese items, such as sake sets, tea sets, sushi sets, and Japanese Snacks. Garden Accessories, such as Garden Stakes, Books on Gardening, Gardening Tools, Wind Chimes, Rain Chains. Gifts: journals, jewelry, home decor, photo frames, children’s items, scarves, lucky charms Anderson Japanese Gardens Logo Items: t-shirts, coffee mugs, sweatshirts, hats, stones.
  3. What inspired you to open your business: I was not the inspiration behind our business. But, I am thankful for the opportunity to work in such a beautiful location, and to be able to share our location with Rockford and surrounding areas, and to have the chance to meet guests from all over the world. 
  4. What is your favorite thing about what you do: I love that I have the opportunity to meet guests from all over the world! I love that adults and children have the chance to visit such beauty in this area! I enjoy ordering new products, and merchandising our Gift Shop! And having the first chance at the new “hot” products for the seasons!
  5. When you’re not running your business, what are you doing in your “spare” time? I play on a couples bocce league with my boyfriend. I’m a huge hockey fan, and I love the Blackhawks and Icehogs! In the off season, I work  in the box office for the Icehogs.
  6. How many years have you participated in Wine, Women & Purses and what do you like about this event? This will be my first year participating, but I believe we have participated before. I am really looking forward to networking with other stores/vendors in our area! 
  7. What item, trend, or product are you most excited about this Fall? Jewelry, accessories, scarves! There are so many fun new ideas out there, I am very excited to see what new items are coming out, and what the hot colors will be for fall!