Zense is a gallery of local, national and global emerging artisans.
All our items are expertly handcrafted and limited to provide a true individual quality to each piece. Our upscale boutique is located on El Paseo, in Palm Desert, California.

Meet Penny & Melissa

Penny Gundry established ZENSE in 2003 in order to bring a unique shopping experience to Palm Desert, California. The inspiration for her boutique came from her many shopping excursions around the world.

“I love to shop in Europe especially, as do many fashion conscious women of the desert.” Penny said. “I would get frustrated when I couldn’t find truly unique items, especially handbags and other fashion adornments in the desert. I decided to open my own boutique and bring fashion forward accessories here.”

Penny is joined in this quest for the highly unusual by her daughter, Melissa Gundry Perko. “I have taught her everything I know about retail and Melissa has effectively taken over the managerial side of the business.” And now, Penny and Melissa are both recognized as the leading sources in the United States for one-of-a-kind artisans from around the world.

In addition, ZENSE is reflective of a bold, energetic and dynamic shopper where customer service remains personal, warm and exemplary. Friendly smiles and on-trend merchandise remain the hallmark of ZENSE, where customers are greeted by name, become our friends and return season after season for our curated, exceptional styles.