Rainbow Gifts to mark 10th year in business Saturday

A RAINBOW OVER Rainbow Gifts of Norway, which will have an open house Saturday to celebrate 10 years in business. (Submitted photo)

NORWAY — Rainbow Gifts will celebrate its 10th year of business with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Rainbow’s End Alpacas at W6139 U.S. 2, on the west side of Norway just west of the Norway Spring.

Rainbow Gifts started in 2008 in a small 195-square-foot building the business quickly outgrew. The store moved into its 1,700-square-foot facility in 2010, now filled with an array of unique items. Their specialty is alpaca apparel — sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens, children’s wear and their most popular item, socks.

They also carry a wide variety of yarn, from acrylics to alpaca. Last year, they added a line of country décor and Christian products.

They still offer the attraction of their friendly herd of alpacas as well, plus their little dog, Sophie, to greet visitors at the door.

Along with the store’s anniversary, owners Mary Lynn and Dave Verley are celebrating that Dave is here after being severely injured July 24 when struck by a tree while doing maintenance work at Fumee Lake Natural Area. To honor and thank Airlifeline, which flew Dave to Milwaukee the night of the accident at no cost, those who donate to the organization will be entered for a drawing for a Rainbow Gifts basket.

The event also will debut Kathy Kuczek’s children’s book, “A Field Trip to the Alpaca Farm,” based on life at Rainbow’s End Alpacas. Kuczek will be on site to autograph copies of the book.

Cake and hot cider will be served as well.