Where you’ll find the perfect present for the friend who has everything or for the college coed who has, well, nothing. Where a doe-eyed man can walk in with ten minutes to spare and walk out with his wife/daughter/mother-in-law’s dream gift. Where seasoned shoppers stumble upon pieces they’ve never seen before. A place where unsuspecting guests find themselves spending hours admiring the trove of treasures at their fingertips.
It’s a neighborhood spot, but also one that welcomes visitors from afar who stop in simply to experience the remarkable collection of items. Peridot is where you’ll find a gorgeous serving platter for the hostess with the “mostest” a few steps away from humorous cookie cutters for your kooky uncle. A pricey country French cupboard one room over from an inexpensive collection of local jewelry. Hundreds of candles, soft sleepwear, furniture, china, lanterns, canine accessories, handbags, rugs, classic children’s toys and so much more…all under one roof.
Dina Woodruff is the woman behind it all, having conceptualized Peridot in 1989 and kept it thriving and growing ever since. Her intentions back then were simple—to create a casual, friendly place where you could walk in and find an ideal gift for anyone (or yourself). There would be unusual and unexpected items, classic pieces, and goods from near and far, and the staff would be like a family. More than 20 years later, the business has blossomed and expanded, but Dina’s original hopes remain fulfilled.
As a true Atlantan, she ensures that her stores reflect the spirit of the city—its energy, diversity, history, and uncanny ability to deliver something for everyone. Much like spending a day in one of Atlanta’s charming, walkable neighborhoods feels like a getaway from urban life, stepping inside Peridot feels like an escape…yet the city lights are still within sight.
An expert gifter, yes, but Dina is also an entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother, and natural renovator and builder. Even as a young girl, she could often be found rearranging and redecorating her bedroom. She appreciates the impressive things (a striking string of lanterns on a porch) as well as the unassuming (a dainty light in the corner of a room) and hopes everyone that sets foot inside her stores will, too.