OLD About Us
We are Ulli and Joerg “George” Burghardt & we welcome you to The Osprey!
Since January 2020 we are the lucky owners of The Osprey in Naples, FL.
We have over 30 years of experience in the world of fashion, most of which was spent finding styles and products worldwide to bring to the European market.
Ulli honed her natural eye for trends at the world’s largest mail order retailer QVC. Anticipating tomorrow’s fashion and bringing it to the customer is her greatest passion.
Joerg, on the other hand, gained his experience at a top watch-industry brand. The time spent there taught him the foundation of big business.
Combining our talents, we formed our own company in Germany and focused on the distribution of watches, jewelry, and accessories while always striving for cutting-edge styles for our customers.
Having spent nearly every vacation for the past 20 years here in Naples, we would dream of life in Florida. So, once our daughter, Michelle, got married to her husband in Savannah, Georgia, we started crafting our plan for the big move. And finally, in the summer of 2018, we decided to move here permanently from Germany.
After establishing a small novelty shop in Naples, we were fortunate to meet Mary Marsden. We were mesmerized by her ability to create lasting friendships with her customers and her passion for running her store since 1986.
In January of 2020, we purchased The Osprey from Mary.
“They are wonderful people to be around and work with. It was the right opportunity at the right time,” says Mary.
She was so impressed with our excitement and eagerness to grow the business that she agreed to sell. Of course, Mary remains a vital part of our team to bring top women’s fashion brands like Lulu-B, Jess and Jane, and Gretchen Scott to the ladies of Southwest Florida and beyond!
Since many residents of Naples spend their summers in the northern states of the US or in Canada and return for the season starting in October, we have created this online store. That way, we can stay in touch with our customers and continue to provide them with their favorite styles.
And as always, we will be offering your favorite brands, Lulu-B, Jess and Jane, Gretchen Scott (and more!) at our physical store in Tin City, Naples!