New Scottdale business features Pennsylvania-made products
Tom Bailey is hoping state pride will bring a lot of foot traffic through the door of his new business that recently opened on Spring Street in Scottdale.
The PennMade Outlet will carry products that have been made in Pennsylvania.
Four years ago, Bailey started an online directory listing only Pennsylvania manufacturers and agricultural producers. That endeavor was the beginning of the idea to open a local retail outlet of those Pennsylvania products.
“I was the market manager for the Scottdale Farmers' Market for four years and I saw that people liked buying local products because they were better quality and people liked the face-to-face sales.“
The online directory is still active at PennMade.com.
Visitors to the site should follow the directions and link directly to the business' website.
Bailey said he opened the retail business because he found that people wanted to see the product and hold it.
“I also wanted to show pictures of the business and employees,” he said. “I want to show that the buy local market exists, so I'm putting my money where my mouth has been for years.”
At the retail business, located directly across from the Scottdale Public Library, visitors can buy corn brooms from Freeport, work gloves from Brookville and pizzelle and mountain pie irons from West Newton.
Bailey also sells Red Ribbon Soda Pop from Natrona, Clover Creek Cheese from Williamsburg, envelopes from National Envelope of Scottdale, home-cleaning products from Sun and Earth in King Of Prussia, Radius toothbrushes from Kutztown, Pennsylvania native plants and Pennsylvania cheese and music from local musicians.
Bailey said his main goal is for more people to sample the quality products manufactured in the state.
“Pennsylvanians have the power to buy quality products and help our local economy at the same time,” he said. “We don't need government programs to do that.
“I want to see a strong local economy that will provide more jobs and more civic pride within our Pennsylvania communities,” he said. “We can take care of ourselves and recreate a state where young people want to stay and work in their hometowns.”
The fall hours will be Thursday 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.