A store that looks like home
MUNCY – After selling online for five years, Nikki Williams decided it was time to open her own shop. Finding the right location took some time and when the old Grange News building became available in Muncy on N. Main Street, she jumped at the chance. “I looked at many places,” said the Hughesville native. “My dad informed me of this place,” she said. The building’s nostalgia is a perfect background for her gently new and used inventory of many household and name brand clothing items.
“I like this because it has a ‘general store’ feel to it,” she replied. For the past five years she has coordinated sales on Rt. 405 across the street from the Luminary and Shopper office, and decided to put her efforts into a more permanent location. “I now want this to be a home town store,” Nikki added, “with a look that we desire like home.” Williams is renting the space from the former owners, the Ohnmeiss family and would someday possibly like to purchase the building.
Williams also likes to give back to her community. On Saturday, November 14th she held a clothing giveaway in front of the store. “It was very successful,” Nikki replied and explained how six tables full of clothing and coats were given away to families in need. “There were tons of people carrying bags away,” she said. “It was great. There was lots of traffic that day.” Nikki’s is also a collection site for Toys 4 Tots this month.
Williams also said she tries to carry name brand items that she knows will sell well, especially the children’s clothing and furniture. She started selling these items from her home before realizing there was a business out there for new and used name brand items. “We make it affordable here.”
She visits other stores, auctions and house sales on Wednesdays and Sundays for merchandise when the shop is closed. “These are my biggest days for shopping.” She visits places in Danville, Harrisburg and Scranton and prefers to stop at places along the back roads, especially traveling on Rt. 405 towards Milton. She goes early in the morning for best selections. “We work together as a family,” adds Nikki who also gets her two young sons involved. “My five year old can almost cash out.”
She also has some part time help from Jane Wodrig and Bill Bogart from the area when she can’t be in the shop, and her husband Al is also a big support. Storage can be challenging. She now uses her parent’s basement, and “we have storage units.” The new space also helps for storage as inventory is forever changing since the official opening in September.
She has a Facebook site and a request board in the shop to tell her what customers want, and she will try to find it. “We welcome anyone to come in and sit down and have lunch with us. We love guests. We love company,” she said of her shop located at 21 Main Street, Muncy.