Branching Out

Gum Tree’s Lori Ford held a special affinity for the store’s location.

Gum Tree’s Lori Ford held a special affinity for the store’s location.

“I always wanted to have a shop inside a house, with each room of the house decorated as that room and with everything for sale. And I really always wanted to have this house in particular,” she shares. “I grew up in Manhattan Beach and remember this house going through so many changes…it was really a miracle that just as we wanted to move back to the South Bay and open a business that it happened to be available!”

Lori and her husband Will opened Gum Tree in 2008 and the adjoining café in 2009, bringing a delightful mix of unique gifts, home décor, and relaxed dining to Pier Avenue. “It’s a casual and fun place, beachy and sophisticated at the same time,” says Lori. “You can grab a gift for $5 or $200 and it will always be chic and different.”

The kid-friendly café makes a delicious spot for a lunch break or leisurely weekend afternoon. All the ingredients are organic and locally sourced, the soups and dressings are made from scratch, and they offer the best artisanal breads and cheeses available.
Adds Lori, “We are so lucky to have an amazing loyal and local clientele.”

Gum Tree
238 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach
310-376-8744, gumtreela.com

The café is open for breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.