SALEM — When Shawna Roberts determined to maneuver her enterprise to a storefront as a substitute of assembly on-line prospects in space parking tons, Quakertown Merchandise got here to be final month.
The store providing a variety of reward gadgets, residence decor, distinctive merchandise and licensed merchandise for sports activities groups and U.S. army is positioned at 277 E. State St. in downtown Salem.
As a hometown lady and 1993 graduate of Salem Excessive College who nonetheless lives in Salem, the thought of opening a storefront enterprise within the metropolis meant one thing to her.
“Once I was rising up, downtown Salem was the place to go,” she stated.
She remembers all the companies that was within the downtown and has observed different retailers attempting to deliver the downtown again. She thought she may as nicely be part of the hassle, providing some merchandise that Salem doesn’t have.
Roberts has a full-time job elsewhere, however began this aspect enterprise about 4 years in the past, promoting at flea markets in Rogers and Hartville and on-line by means of Purchase, Promote & Commerce websites and thru D & S Novelties on Fb.
She determined to include her hometown into the title of her storefront enterprise.
“I really feel that we provide high quality merchandise,” she stated.
Quakertown Outlet presents quite a lot of merchandise, together with face masks, ball caps, flags, winter hats for Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Ohio or simply plain, gloves, socks, mobile phone equipment, toys, residence decor, hand cleaning soap, sanitizers, bathe gel, scented candles and instruments. Licensed merchandise embody U.S. Navy, NFL, NCAA, MLB, NBA, providing such gadgets as license plates, indicators, clocks, blankets, tumblers, key chains, tiki totem statues and group mascot statues.
“I attempt to get a range,” Roberts stated.
She secures most of her merchandise from wholesale corporations and makes positive her costs are cheaper. Even with the decrease costs, she stated she’s nonetheless in a position to earn money whereas providing prospects merchandise distinctive to the world for much less.
Whereas stocking gadgets for followers of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh sports activities groups, just like the Browns and Steelers, she additionally carries different groups from exterior the world. She’s additionally attempting to get extra Harley Davidson merchandise. She obtained a deal on coloring books, so she’s promoting them.
The shop has keychains, magnets, NFL and school group automobile decals, rugs and doormats, Again the Blue rugs, novelty indicators, backyard flags, lanyards, lapel pins, jewellery, insulated tumblers, ear buds, knives and stealth mugs that maintain drinks heat or chilly.
“Come and test it out,” Roberts stated.
Hours are 11 a.m. to five p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to five p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Orders can be taken in individual or on-line at D & S Novelties on Fb.
Roberts depends on her buddy, Deon Bowers, to assist function the shop, alongside along with her mother and father, Howard and Eileen Roberts, who used to have a greenhouse enterprise within the space. Name Shawna at 330-692-1491 or Deon at 330-692-2341 for details about the enterprise or to put orders. If an merchandise isn’t within the retailer, Roberts stated it may be ordered for pickup.