Emerald Tree Boutique in Davis fosters connections while offering unique items that give back.
With a background in fashion arts and design, Wendy Wood-McClung runs her store with a passion for art and creativity. When sourcing items, she especially loves the ones that give back, whether it be to the community, local artists, or the Earth. “I focus on choosing products that make me feel good at the end of the day. It’s not perfect, but I try to make those choices,” she says.
Emerald Tree Boutique opened in November of 2019—not long before the pandemic hit. “I am really happy to be here after that,” she says. The small Davis store contains a plethora of unique items, from functional jewelry made out of usable items—a necklace with a working compass, for example—to a wide range of sustainability products like beeswax wraps and Swedish cloths.
One of the shop’s main goals, however, is to serve as a safe and welcoming place for all guests that walk in. “People can be different, but our hearts are all the same,” she says, “and I wanted to create a space where we can connect. It’s a happy space, and everyone’s invited.”
When it comes to future goals for the shop, Wood-McClung would love to open up more space for a personal studio, giving her the room to get back into clothing design. Basically, she says, she’s looking to move forward to “the next great something. Whatever that means.”
A Few Things we loved from the Emerald Tree Boutique
Alcohol Infusion Kit
Add some spirit to your spirits with a fruity alcohol infusion kit from Aged & Infused. These all-natural kits make it easy to add a little something extra to your bar cart without a fuss or extraneous bottles. It’s as simple as pour, wait, and enjoy. Assorted flavors. $28
Crayon Rocks are a non-toxic, vegan coloring tool for children working on fine motor skills. These soy wax crayons come in 16 unique colors, are great for practicing a strong tripod grip, and bring creativity to the world. The cloth drawstring bag makes it easy to take them with you wherever they may be needed. $11
Assorted Dryer Balls
These adorable dryer balls from Friendsheep add a touch of whimsy to any laundry room while helping you give back to the Earth. As an eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets, the handmade, 100 percent organic wool balls gently soften your clothing while removing static and lint. Assorted designs. $5.50 for one, $20 for 4, and $29 for six. You can also find one in our Fall 2021 WV Loving Local Box.