For the next month or so, I’ll be showcasing family-owned businesses and small business owners.
This is an effort to show the amazing creativity thought up and fully executed by some incredibly talented individuals. Owning a small business requires an artistic streak and a beautiful imagination. A small business holds the owner’s heart and soul. They’re giving us full access into their creative thought process every time we walk in the door.
Whether it’s a chef, a bar owner, a photographer, a painter or a farmer, by owning a small business, they’re showing the world their canvas.
Small businesses tend to produce better products. Their name is on the business and they know it. They know the vast majority of the people who walk through the door. They maintain ongoing long lasting friendships with many of them. The sense of community in a family-owned business is very telling.
PLUS: Shopping local greatly increases town revenue which =more local jobs=local manufacturing=higher wages=more money for the consumer.
The owners of local businesses are more likely to make darn sure they’re handing you a great meal, great service or strong long lasting products.
Large corporation owned businesses, generally don’t have the same mindset. Just ask a cashier at a chain store (if you can find one), what a certain item does or where it’s made. Ask how long that item is said to last and who you can call when it breaks. Will the phone-call require you to have your phone not only charged, but plugged in so it can outlast the wait time? Remember… we get what we pay for. Saving to buy a sturdy item from a local business, is obviously better for our wallets. Being pulled in by dollar delights, means we generally just bought more junk. In no time at all, we’ll be running back to replace that same junk.
So without further delay, let’s talk gift shops!
Yes. That’s the name! etc. is a quaint family-owned gift shop, located in the heart of downtown Amherst, Ohio.
At first glance, this little shop is full of color and vibrancy. From clothing and accessories, to cards, gifts and decor, it’s honestly just chuck-full of fun! Personally, I’m rather fond of the jewelry. There are just so many unique and genuinely creative items to choose from. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find a one-of-a-kind gift. And the vintage lovelies? Oh my! Of course, my readers know, I have a thing for vintage decor and old-world style. And this place has plenty.
For those of us who love visuals, I’ve included some photos below:
For more information on etc. or to browse their products: www.shopatetc.net , stop in at 215 Park Ave. Amherst OH 44001 or call: (440) 985-1999.
And a big thank you to the owner, Erin Link, for allowing me to photograph her wonderfully creative brain child. (And I think I left my coffee on a shelf).