Take one step into Bumble & Wren, and you’re compelled to stop and take a deep breath. Located at 231 East Main Street in Medford, the store has been a welcomed addition to the unique shopping experience in the downtown area. High ceilings and rustic brick walls welcome you into the bright space, and tables of treasures beckon you to explore. Named loosely on the word humble and a play on Cindi’s granddaughter’s middle name, Bumble & Wren opened their garden, home and outdoor store with thankfulness and excitement.
“I don’t have one favorite thing here,” says Cindi Poling Hickey, owner of Bumble & Wren. “This place is more like a collection of my favorite things.”
Looking around, you can sense her statement is true. Fermob furniture from France graces the space, and towards the back of the store you can feel Cindi’s love of all things garden. Air plants, house plants, indoor and outdoor planters and bird baths are mixed with gardening tools and aprons. It’s a garden lover’s paradise. She even stocks everything you need to design your own terrarium. Combined with home decor, books, cards and precious gift ideas, Cindi’s inventory pairs perfectly with the atmosphere she has curated here. Situated on historic East Main Street in Medford, Cindi is proud to forge a new chapter in the old building, while also honoring its history.
“We are very fortunate to have purchased the building and feel a responsibility to be good stewards and take care of it,” says Cindi. “John Nuich did some amazing remodel work in the 1970’s, which brought back it’s old charm.”
Cindi also discovered that one of her ski buddies from 30 years ago did the stucco work on the exterior in 1978.
“I love how life connects us,” she smiles.
In fact, Cindi believes deeply in connection, especially when it involves the customers who wander into her shop.She says she has developed some wonderful friendships during this journey and deeply cherishes them. She also loves it when customers share their inspiration and suggestions, and she uses that information to improve and grow.
One important detail that Bumble & Wren customers love is the shop dog, Myah. Many people already knew Myah from hanging out at Blue Door Garden Store in Jacksonville. She is a seven year old chocolate lab, who takes her job as a shop dog very seriously. Cindi adopted Myah when she was almost two years old, after she was rescued by Cindi’s stepson from a stressful environment.
As the owner of Bumble & Wren, Cindi clearly shares Myah’s enthusiasm. She has combined friendship with a love of gardening and home decor, and the pairing couldn’t be more inspiring.
“We have enjoyed opening our doors in downtown Medford. We love it here,” says Cindi. “The community has welcomed us with open arms, and the business support we’ve received has been very encouraging. I am truly humbled and grateful.”