Siblings return to Mt. Pleasant, open 'unique' boutique
By Linda Harkcom
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:29 p.m.
Two former Mt. Pleasant siblings are investing in their former hometown by opening the Uniquely New Consignment Boutique on Main Street.
“I opened the store to help revitalize my hometown. It was actually my Mother's idea. I thought it was a good idea. I talked to my sister about it and everything happened rapidly from there,” said Patty Cheek, the business's co-owner who is a resident of Lorton, Va.
Cheek and her sister Cindy Yeskey-Heald of Dickerson Run opened the new store at 505 Main St. recently.
The shop features new and gently used clothing, home décor and gifts as well as new craft items.
“We figured that there is a large market especially for children's clothes. They don't wear them that long and many people have things they don't want around the house,” Yeskey-Heald said. “Used clothing is a big trend and you even have movie stars in the retro stores looking for used clothing.”
Yeskey-Heald brings around 30 years of sales and merchandising experience to the business.
She has worked in management for several different area stores including Gabriel Brothers and the first Family Dollar in Pennsylvania.
She plans to use that experience to help residents sell the items they no longer need or want.
“We take 30 percent and they get 70 percent which is really good because most stores take 40 percent to 50 percent,” Yeskey-Heald said.
Checks are paid on the 7th of each month. Items are accepted on consignment by appointment only by calling 724-466-9111. There is a one time $5 set up fee.
Word spread quickly about the new store and with in just a couple of weeks from the time the sisters made the decision to open, there racks were nearly filled.
They have designer clothes and handbags including Juicy Couture, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Co. and Dooney & Burke. They also have Lenox collectibles and stem wear.
“We've really got a nice selection here so far. I'm very impressed,” Yeskey-Heald said. “Everyone's attitude has been very positive about this.”
At the center of the new store is a fixture that will bring fond memories to many who grew up in the area, the glass and marble CandyLand counter.
Cheek had always wanted someday to return to Mt. Pleasant and buy CandyLand and was disheartened when she learned it had been sold as well as its contents.
The opportunity to own the CandyLand counter fell into Cheek's lap when she learned Doug Hauser had purchased the counter during the CandyLand auction.
“He had saved a piece of Mt. Pleasant history. A piece of Mount Pleasant history that I wanted to bring back to Mount Pleasant. You'd be surprised at how many people remember that counter from their childhood,” she said.
“People ask just to come in to see the counter. And it is still as beautiful as we all remember. Mt. Pleasant owes a debt of gratitude to Doug Hauser for keeping it safe. Maybe someday, it will be used as a lunch counter again.”
Cheek hopes others that have moved away and done well will remember their hometown and invest in revitalizing Main Street.
“I live just outside of Washington DC and I've seen what Mt. Pleasant could be. Just walk down the streets of Georgetown and you'll understand. The buildings are old and older than Mount Pleasant but they're all painted nice and full of boutiques and specialty stores that draw such large crowds that parking is impossible to find and the sidewalks are covered with shoppers, restaurant goers, and people socializing. Mt. Pleasant could be another Georgetown,” she said.
Store hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.
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