MEET THE TEAM

Find out some fun facts about our wonderful team at The Present!

Louise Rolfe

The Big Boss

How long have you worked at The Present?  

I’ve worked at The Present since our opening day in 2001!

What are your favourite things in the shop?

Aah! How can I choose! It changes every week! I think at the moment it has to be the Crystal Healing Mala bracelets. They speak to my inner hippie. I love that they are handmade and that each one is made with different crystals to inspire and support you with different aspects of life. We all need a bit of positivity don’t we?!

What do you love most about working at The Present?

The amazing staff I have had here over the years - many of whom I can genuinely call ‘friends’, meeting and chatting to customers every day - I have got to know their  children, grandchildren, dogs etc! I love hearing how a gift has been received after I’ve helped a customer choose, going to see new stock and buying trips and imagining it all displayed beautifully in my shop, walking into this lovely building every day and feeling grateful and lucky that I get to work here!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Running my own business there’s not a lot of it! Spending time with my two boys, watching them play with their bands and playing sports, spending time with my partner, days off and out with my partner in crime -  the other Louise, getting some fresh air and walking in Trent Park, cafe brunches, seeing friends and family.

What are your dislikes?

Racism, homophobia, discrimination, snobbery, public toilets, laziness, selfishness, moaning about something but not doing anything  to change it.

Who is your favourite singer?

Too many to mention!  Elvis, Paloma Faith, I’ve recently discovered Hope Russell Winters (she’s from St Albans!) - I love how she takes a song and makes it her own and I’m really liking George Ezra at the moment!

What is your favourite film?

Has to be Shawshank Redemption doesn’t it?!

What do you do to relax?

Yoga, pj and sofa evenings, watching a good thriller drama series with my partner, watching The Apprentice with my boys but the place where I really get to relax and breathe is by the sea. It’s in my heart and soul and when I am near it I feel really at peace.

Louise Franco

She Thinks She's The Boss

How long have you worked at The Present?

I’ve worked at The Present for 6 years and counting and I’ve loved every minute of it!

What are your favourite things in the shop?

My favourite things in the shop absolutely have to be the Five Dollar Shake prints and the Falling Star prints, they have the most wonderful affirmations, sentiments and they constantly enlighten and bring a big smile to my face (I’ve got at least 5 different ones around my home!)


What do you love most about working at The Present?

It’s not like a normal job, it’s a way of life. It’s making great bonds with all your fellow staff and taking the time to get to know valued customers, merchandising and working in gifts and home accessories is definitely my passion, you can sell things that you truly know can brighten someone’s day and make their house a home.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love visiting markets and taking inspiration from all cultures and unique items, salsa dancing, long country walks, holidays in the South of France and spending time with my daughter Sofia.

What are your dislikes?

I dislike rude customers, laziness, celery and nail biting!

Who is your favourite singer?

Elvis Presley is my number 1 favourite singer, I’ve been listening to him for as long as I can remember and just can’t get enough of his voice.

What is your favourite film?

My favourite film is Pillow Talk with Doris Day and Rock Hudson, I love the era!

What do you do to relax?

Chilling out on the sofa and feasting on tea and chocolate!

Clara

Our Sunday Girl

How long have you worked at The Present?

I have worked at the Present for just over a year, I had to leave to do a year abroad in France and now I am back!

What are your favourite things in the shop?

My favourite section in the shop has to be the Katie Loxton section, I am addicted to all the bags and can’t help but get one in every colour!

What do you love most about working at The Present?

I love working at the Present because it’s such a lovely environment, with lovely staff and lovely customers!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I like meeting up with friends and shopping, I really enjoy learning languages and I am currently studying French at Kings College London.

What are your dislikes?

Coffee!

Who is your favourite singer?

Ed Sheeran

What is your favourite film?

My favourite film has got to be Pretty Woman, can never get bored of it!

What do you do to relax?

Going out for nice long walks with my dog and going out with friends.

Lisa

Our Glam Girl

How long have you worked at The Present?

I have worked at The Present for one and a half years.

What are your favourite things in the shop?

Katie Loxton bags, scarves and The Present candles.

What do you love most about working at The Present?

The friendly customers and the team I work with.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Going out for dinner with the girls.

What are your dislikes?

Rudeness.

Who is your favourite singer?

Elvis Presley.

What is your favourite film?

Outlander - romance - period dramas.

What do you do to relax?

 Nature - walking - travelling.

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