In 2003, PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe was established by Phyllis Mae and Janey Loree as a treasure trove for nostalgic products that feature a look from the past.

About Our Founders

In 1999, they started writing a children's story called Children of the Desert, which is a gathering of childhood memories of Phyllis' life in the Arizona desert. Knowing that a new Christmas story is needed, Phyllis Mae wrote "Twiglet, The Little Christmas Tree"TM.  At the same time, Janey Loree started creating greeting cards with a rustic, original look. 

In 2002, they came up with the name "PJ's Corner Cabinet" while on a trip to pick up a corner cabinet that Phyllis Mae had inherited from her parents. The "P" stands for Phyllis and the "J" for Janey. As they brainstormed all the way to Oregon and back, PJ's Corner Cabinet was shortened to "PJ's Corner." The long trip gave them the opportunity to finalize years of planning. 

In 2003, PJ's Corner was established by Phyllis Mae and Janey Loree as a treasure trove for nostalgic products that feature a look from the past. The idea of PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe formed during a car trip to Oregon to pick up a corner cabinet Phyllis had inherited. This mother-and-daughter team often spend their time creating small, handmade items and writing children's books.

A Family History of Paper Dolls

Phyllis Mae has been sketching and drawing since 1956, and to date takes to her pen to create another doll and a whole line of outfits. Her original inspiration was her family. She created a line of dolls to represent her granddaughters and daughter. The original dolls included Chrissy, Melly, and Janae, "The Family Friends Paper Doll". Over the life of the company, the paper doll collection has grown to over 100 paper dolls. The style and flair of these dolls was applied to a number of products made by Janey Loree.   

About Phyllis 

At 81 years old, Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher still enjoys playing with paper dolls. She is the seventh of eight children born in the Arizona desert, on the Jago Ranch in Arlington. Raised in Ajo, Arizona, Phyllis remembers plenty of good times and memories associated with her siblings. One memory is of Phyllis and her sisters making their own paper dolls. 

As a young teenager, Phyllis Mae's family moved to Redmond, Oregon. It was here that she went to school for commercial illustration and design. She graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. Currently living in Pecos, Texas, she still sits down at her art desk to work on her portfolio!

About Janey 

Janey Loree currently works with her husband and sons on their family ranch.  As well as designs and maintains the blogs, Facebook page and website for PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe.  It has been a real pleasurespending this quality time with her mother.

The Importance of Family

Family is very important to us. Phyllis Mae and Janey Loree want to express their deepest thanks to their family members who have worked behind the scenes to make the dream of PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe become a reality!!! 

To learn more about our family and business, please visit one of our blogs. 

Paper Doll Blog 
Personal Blog

Equine Blog
Children's Book Blog
Singing Blog