About Us

What is a Bowerbird?

 From Webster:

noun bow-er-bird \ ˈbau̇(-ə)r-ˌbərd 

any of a family (Ptilonorhychidae) of passerine birds of Australia and New Guinea in which the male builds a chamber or passage arched over with twigs and grasses, often adorned with bright-colored objects, and used especially to attract the female.

 

 

 

 

Company Overview

Established in 1989, The Bowerbird in Old Lyme, Connecticut represents the quintessential family shopping experience. The Bowerbird strives to offer products and services that reflect quality, uniqueness, affordability and fun with an emphasis on superior customer service.
With over 4,500 square feet of "impulsive necessities" from over 2,000 vendors, their vast selection of great gifts includes; decorative home and garden accessories, toys, baby gifts, stationery, jewelry, gourmet food; all that's fun, special, and trendy. Worth the trip from anywhere!

The Bowerbird Gift Wrap Donation Program

The Bowerbird in Old Lyme recently wrapped up their 2017 gift-wrapping campaign to raise funds for the Waterford Country School located in Waterford, CT. The Bowerbird presented Waterford Country School with a check in the amount of $4,496.00 representing 3,253 packages wrapped. The Bowerbird charges a nominal fee for gift-wrapping purchases and donates 50% to local non-profit organizations.

The Bowerbird pioneered 'cause' marketing when they created their gift wrap donation program in 1992. In the past twenty-six years, The Bowerbird has donated over $87,000 to 30 statewide and local non-profits, proving that small businesses can make a difference.

The Bowerbird has selected the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center (a chapter of the Connecticut Audubon Society) as the recipient of the proceeds from their 2018 gift-wrap program. The program runs from November 1, 2017 through October 31, 2018. 

Please keep reading for a complete list of past recipients.

  • 2016-'17  Waterford Country School  $4,496.00   3,253 packages
  • 2015-'16  Read to Grow, Inc.  $5,335.00   3,897 packages
  • 2014-'15  Connecticut Children's Medical Center   $5,360.00   4,019 packages
  • 2013-'14  Eastern Connecticut Ballet   $5,228.00   4,000 packages
  • 2012-'13  Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club   $4,883.00   2,870 packages
  • 2011-'12  The Connection   $4,921.00   3,571 packages
  • 2010-'11 Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment   $4,611.00   3,326 packages
  • 2009-'10  American Heart Association   $4,161.00   2,795 packages
  • 2008-'09  Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT   $4,302.00   2,940 packages
  • 2007-'08  Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation   $5,307.00   3,481 packages  
  • 2006-'07 Estuary Council of Seniors based in Old Saybrook and the Alzheimer Association Connecticut Chapter   $5,638.00   3,675 packages
  • 2005-'06  Charter Oak Chapter of the American Red Cross   $4,171.00   4,153 packages
  • 2004-'05 Old Lyme Affordable Housing and Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern CT   $4,354   4,302 packages
  • 2003-'04 Connecticut Forest and Park Association and Old Lyme Conservation Trust   $3,984.00   3,936 packages
  • 2002-'03 Visiting Nurse Association Inc. Old Lyme   $3,905.00   3,872 packages
  • 2001-'02 Lyme Fire Department and Old Lyme Fire Department   $4,486   4,427 packages
  • 2000-'01 Literacy Volunteers of America Valley Shore and New London Chapters   $2,378.00   4,905 packages
  • 1999-'00  Pet Connections, Inc.   $2,820.00   5,357 packages
  • 1998-'99  Shoreline Soup Kitchen   $2,388.00   4,734 packages
  • 1997-'98  Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut   $1,413.00   5,153 packages
  • 1996-'97  High Hopes, Therapeutic Riding   $1,172.00   4,178 packages
  • 1995-'96  Lymes' Youth Service Bureau and Old Lyme Children's Learning Center   $1,139.00   4,065 packages
  • 1994-'95  Lyme Senior Center   $725.00   2,880 packages
  • 1993-'94  Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, Old Lyme   $495.00   1,000 packages

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