The shop is a second job for Stanford and his spouse. He’s a banker, and she or he’s a Realtor. They stay in Stafford County, and bought the enterprise in December 2020. COVID-19 laws prevented them from having a correct grand opening.
However with most restrictions lifted, the Stanfords are holding a grand opening June 26 at 10 a.m., a little bit of an ironic second for a retailer that dates again to 1914.
Stanford defined that whereas he and his spouse had operated retail clothes shops within the space, they weren’t ready for every thing they would wish to know. The store sells every thing from lottery tickets to souse, and gives greater than 100 various kinds of mushy drinks.
The earlier proprietor stayed on through the transition, spending greater than a month explaining the ins and outs of working a traditional nook retailer.
“Certain, we’ve received the cigarettes, beer and snacks that carry visitors in, however we’ve additionally received fruit, some greens, bologna that we slice and the souse that some prospects drive an hour to come back get,” Stanford mentioned. “And if we see prospects on the lookout for one thing and never discovering it, we ask them about it so we are able to get it the following time they’re in.”
One latest evening, customers got here in for beer, smokes and ice cream. One got here in particularly for Dole strawberry lemonade, an merchandise the client had requested on a earlier go to.