Shop Local at The Village Shoppe
TThe first impression you get when you walk through the doors of The Village Shoppe is one of warmth and something special to explore. Whether it is the expanse of old glass windows salvaged from a downtown factory in the 70’s, the old telephone switchboard, the space itself or the warm greeting from owner Susan Rabb, you just know you are going to find something special.
The Village Shoppe is Susan’s first foray into business. Having experience earlier in life working for the government as well as a career as a mother and homemaker Susan was inspired to try something different. She had a dream to open a small gift store in a little town since she was a child, she has lived in Richmond for 25 years and The Village Shoppe is a result of that dream. “I also wanted to do something where I was happy and energized at the prospect of getting up and going to work. I love providing something people need.” Like most first time small business entrepreneurs she admits the experience was a big learning curve. Her advice to others with similar ambitions, “you have to just keep trying.” Susan feels she has been very fortunate with the amount of local support received in Richmond. Customers like the fact they don’t have to leave Richmond for everything as well as the ample parking at the store.
Browsing through the merchandise for sale you can’t help but be attracted by the quality, uniqueness and local origin of many products on display. These are things you just don’t find in big box or chain stores. New, unique and hard to get items arrive weekly. Susan makes it her mission to promote Canadian product and in fact stocks items from about a dozen local crafts-persons. She particularly likes fair-trade and “up-cycled” products like the unique and nostalgic bracelets made from old silver plated tableware. Alpaca products are also a hit for many customers. In fact those products have a family connection with son Benjamin Rabb, owner of the Jock River Alpaca & Llama Farm, supplier of high quality fleece and yarn.
Whether you are looking for a special gift or that something special for your home you will be glad you checked out The Village Shoppe. A final thought from Susan, “I want people to come in and not feel stressed, just drop in.”
Carrying that theme forward, The Village Shoppe also rents space in a loft upstairs where Yoga classes are currently offered on Tuesday afternoons by Kim Bolton. Email Kim [email protected] for further information or call 613-697-6329 to register. There will also be a Red Cross Babysitting Course offered January 26th from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Students can register on line here. Contact Susan directly for more information on rentals of this space.
You will find The Village Shoppe at 6054 Perth Street in Richmond, ON. Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, telephone 613-444-0218.
Editor’s Note: This is the first of what will be a continuing series of articles promoting support for local business, service groups and institutions in the Richmond area. I hope you enjoy them, feedback is welcome at [email protected]