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Tree House Shoppes open in Donegal Township

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Linda Harkcom | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Living Treasures Animal Park marketing director Donna Tidwell and baby kangaroo Max stopped by The Tree House Shoppe to check out the items offered by various vendors who have rented space in the new business. Tidwell and her husband Tom Guiher who owns the zoo next door to The Tree House Shoppes are personally caring for the 8 month old joey until it is ready to live at the zoo. Photo taken July 2013

When The Tree House Shoppes was opened recently in Donegal Township, the area gained more than one new business.

“We have multiple vendors with a wide variety of different products,” said Mary Singer of Indian Head, who opened the business in a building she owns located at 274 State Route 711 South in Jones Mills next to Living Treasures Animal Park.

Several years ago, Singer and her late husband had a restaurant and craft shop in the building, but the couple closed the businesses when he became ill, she said.

“Since I had the craft shop before, I thought it would do well, and there is nothing like this up here,” Singer said.

The new business is home to five retail operations including: Fern Mist Gallery, Wilson's Caeli Place, Lamp Shades by Diane, T&A House of Treasures and the Catz Pajamaz Consignment Shoppe.

Singer said all the space currently available inside the building is rented, but on Saturdays and Sundays the parking lot will be transformed into a flea market with spaces available for $10.

“People can just show up, but if they want a particular space, they can call 724-454-7044 for advance reservations,” Singer said.

Diane Truell of Lamp Shades by Diane said she has been selling her custom, handmade lampshades on eBay since December.

“I needed a storefront to showcase my lamps, and I didn't need a lot of space,” Truell said.

The new business has also allowed Tony Knopsnider and Amber Golden, owners of T&A House of Treasures in Connellsville, to expand their business.

“We live right down the street, and there are a lot of people that come through here on the way to Seven Springs,” Golden said. “We thought it would be a great place to put some stuff.”

Joy Monticue of Stahlstown and her family moved their business, the Catz Pajamaz Consignment Shoppe, to the Tree House Shoppes. Monticue said the first floor location makes it easier for customers to access the store.

“Since its more of a ‘fleatique,' people will come in to see me who can then go see what other vendors have, and when the people come in to look at the other vendors, they can come see my stuff, too.”

Singer said a grand opening is being planned for sometime in August.

Details will be posted on the business's Facebook page: The TREE HOUSE Shoppes.

The Tree House Shoppes are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.

Singer said she hopes to offer expanded hours in the near future.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.