Sunday, October 16, 2011

More critical mass for the retail core

Another retail establishment arrived in "The Village" late last week, adding depth to Madison Park's shopping district and helping to reinforce 43rd Avenue's role as part of the district's retail scene.  Park Bench Gifts, a couple months in the planning, officially opened for business on Friday in the Villa Marina building.

Manager Jan Yoder reports that Day One interest from passers-by was strong, and she says she's optimistic that the new store will quickly find its niche.  She describes the shop's merchandise as being primarily home decor, accessories, and seasonal items (such as the Halloween and Thanksgiving things currently on display).

It's a pretty small location from which to operate, and the 400 or so sq. ft. of retail space is unusually configured to boot.  But the store seems to work well in the cozy space, with plenty of room for displays and a nook-like feel for each of the two sections of the shop.

The new store is owner John Sheard's third retail operation in Madison Park (the others being Cookin' and Red Wagon Toys).  With the arrival of Madison Park Gifts in the building, Villa Marina's available retail space is now full.

Madison Park Gifts is located at 1928 43rd Avenue E. Store hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Monday-Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

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