THE best time to shop is, no, not during the Christmas season when the malls are crowded and the traffic is terrible, but right after the festive but stressful holidays. In January. No more crowds. No more waiting in long lines to pay for your purchases. And if you are a professional chef, baker, foodie or cooking enthusiast, there is a new place for you to shop to your heart’s desire—Gourdo’s Glorietta.
Gourdo’s at Glorietta is not really new. It used to be a small, 26-square-meter home and kitchen store beside Food Choices at Glorietta 4. Although the compact store efficiently catered to its clientele, management deemed it better to move to a bigger space so it can widen the product lines that it carried and grow its market, as well. Last November 2019, the new Gourdo’s store in Glorietta opened its doors to the shopping public, and it is ten times bigger than the original store in the mall.
Within the warm, French-inspired interiors, expect to find premium names in kitchenware, cookware and bakeware, such as Wilton, Wusthof, Microplane, Lodge, Ballarini, Swissmar, Libbey, Tovolo and Trudeau. Gourdo’s also has its own in-house labeled products, which proudly stand beside these highly respected brands.
For those who are setting up the house or garden for a casual or formal get-together, the store offers value-for-money options of dinnerware, cutlery, glassware and linens. For buffet setups, serving tools such as chafers, buffet plates, grazing boards and service sets are easily within reach. The merchandise is so wide and versatile that shoppers can also find fondue sets for cheese or chocolate fondue, paelleras, cazuelas and, yes, even ingredients for a Spanish spread.
Also available are tools for bartending, such as copper cocktail shakers and stemware. For coffee and tea lovers, there is a selection of accessories, coffee beans and tea brands, including Twinings, Tipson and Basilur.
Even baking ingredients are available in the store—Wilton fondant and food coloring, chocolates for pralines and truffles, colored dusting powder for sugar crafts, cookie and cupcake decorating. Local gourmet chocolates—Auro, Malagos, Manila Chocolatier, and Theo and Philo are well represented.
Having proven itself to be a reliable source for the best homeware from all over the world, Gourdo’s carries electric kitchen appliances under the labels Kitchen Aid, Oster, Kenwood, Vitamix, Braun, George Foreman, and Russel Hobbs.
“Our kitchen section is the most popular, but we also carry items for other parts of the home,” explains Susan San Miguel, general manager of Gourdo’s.
Over at the bed and bath corner, shoppers can find beddings, pillow in various shapes and sizes, towels, and bathroom accessories, plus a selection of soaps, sprays and candles. The terrarium bar likewise beckons with its row of succulents and stash of tiny shovels, pots, potting mix, pumice, rocks and pebbles.
For frequent Gourdo’s shoppers, the iloveGourdo’s (ILG) card is a must-have. For every Php300 purchase, the cardholder earns a point which has a value of Php1.00 and may be used in succeeding visits. Aside from providing access to a reward system, the card is also key to special discounts and exclusive privileges. There are two ways to get an ILG card: present a minimum single receipt purchase worth Php3,000 to get a card for free, or fill up an application form and pay Php150.
Good news for marrying couples: Gourdo’s has a gift registry. Simply sign up and draw up a wish list of items from the store that you want to receive from your guests on your wedding day. This way, your guests can pick a wedding present within their budget and be assured that they are giving you something that you really want or need. What’s more: They get to avail of a 10% discount on any purchase of regular priced items from the registry list. They can also take advantage of a three-month installment with 0% interest offer. Everything bought by your guests for you are entitled to free gift wrapping service, and Gourdo’s can make a one-time delivery of all gifts for the registrant as long as it is within Metro Manila.
Gourdo’s now has a total of 12 branches with two located at Alabang Town Center, and others in Uptown Mall and SM Aura in Taguig, Megamall and The Podium in Mandaluyong, The Promenade in San Juan; and Trinoma, UP Town Center, Gateway Mall, and Robinson’s Magnolia in Quezon City. Scheduled to open this 2020 are outlets in SM Fairview and Mall of Asia.
For more information, follow @gourdos on Facebook and Instagram, log on to www.gourdos.com or call the 24-hour customer care hotline at +632 8812 3022.