Owner, Gum Tree Shop & Cafe
Lori Ford was born and raised in Manhattan Beach. She earned a BA in Art History at the University of Kansas and went on to a career in product development and design in New York City. New York is also where she met her husband Will, and they had their first child Lily.
In 2008 the family decided to head back to Lori’s roots in the South Bay. Here she is realizing a lifelong dream as the owner of Gum Tree, a gift shop and cafe housed in a 1911 craftsman bungalow on Pier Avenue in Hermosa. Lori runs the shop, doing all of the buying and merchandising, and Will runs the Aussie inspired café. The Fords have added a son William to the mix, and are a happy family of 4 who reside a couple blocks from their business in Hermosa.