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R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery

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ValleyFor wrote a review Jul 2020
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania453 contributions57 helpful votes
You will not be disappointed. This place is a dream of a gift shop. Definitely worth a peek as you amble over from the Inn.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Tomsopinion wrote a review Aug 2019
Oranjestad, Aruba102 contributions24 helpful votes
Joan and Robert run a wonderful gift shop just a few steps away from the The Inn. They have a carefully curated collection of French, European and American items. We were shocked yet delighted to see Napoleon’s bumblebee insignia champagne glasses. We have a set we bought in Corsica at Napoleon’s birthplace and hoped to find more during a trip to France. Alas, that trip is no longer necessary (OK Paris is ALWAYS necessary but not for these glasses) because Joan has the original manufacturer AND she has matching 12 and 16 oz glasses plus others which we had never seen before. So we enhanced our champagne glass collection, added 12 oz glasses and a few other items like those wonderful French table linens and placemats that wipe clean!!! So when the sloppy kid of guests spills stuff it’s no longer a teeth clean clenching activity like with table linens. Do NOT get carried away with the wonderful gifts and ignore the gallery! Robert has gorgeous art displayed there with a range of artists that is just lovely! We unexpectedly bought a delightful painting totally on a whim and based on an idea we learned years ago - when it’s something you like, you have to go for it. There’s no coming back or an Amazon solution. Joan and Robert are delightful people and have been in business for I think 22 years. Their success is due to their great taste! Bravo Joan and Robert! We really will be back!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from joanieb2013, Owner at R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery
Responded Aug 21, 2019
Dear Tom, Thank you so much for your kind words about our shop & gallery. It was a pleasure meeting you and your lovely wife. We are delighted to hear you both had such a memorable experience while visiting our town. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely, Robert and Joan Ballard
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hscpa22 wrote a review Jul 2019
Roanoke, Virginia21 contributions4 helpful votes
My wife and I were staying at the White Moose Inn and walked next door to this store. L ots of different interesting gifts and home wares. The owner was very pleasant and showed my wife some very nice comforters, which she purchased. Lots of items with a slight French flair. Gifts from the French region as well. A nice shop to frequent and enjoy.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Mama Mia wrote a review Jul 2019
New Jersey231 contributions100 helpful votes
I visited Joanie Ballard at the shop for the second time this past week....from New Jersey. When visiting the area almost 4 years ago, I purchased an amazing and interesting birch wreath that is always a conversation piece when folks approach our front door in the Fall and Winter. I signed up for their emails when there in 11/15 and have purchased several items since via the internet or a phone call, including a gorgeous and large Le Jacquard Francais tablecloth. I realized once the tablecloth arrived that it was not the finish I wanted (my error), and Joanie could not have been more professional and tolerant about exchanging it, once I mailed the return back. There was no hesitation...she wanted me to be happy. You simply don't forget people who do business with you in that way! I bought via email and had the Ballards hold a small piece of art last month; when we returned to this gorgeous part of Virginia this week, we stopped in to retrieve it. We ended up also buying an adorable wool Himalayan cat bed -- and we HOPE our quite independent cat will come to appreciate our generosity. :-) Beautiful store. Great service. Wish they had an outpost in NJ, but buying online is so easy!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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MargieAnnB wrote a review Jul 2019
Centreville, Virginia41 contributions6 helpful votes
Happened to be in town for my birthday and time was getting closer to the shop closing, but I knew I wanted to get to the shop as I had been there once before in January and knew the owners were nice and the shop was amazing inside - cozy and inviting and lots to see! There are great finds of all kinds inside! Well, I got there just before closing, and the owner let us stay after closing - never mentioned closing and chatted and waited! She didn't nudge us to leave nor buy just encouraged us to stay! A welcoming good place!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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