Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CLOSING our Local Scrapbook Store. Moving back home...

Dear Friends,

Two years ago this past August, my husband and I took thebearyscrap.com on an entirely new journey and opened The Beary Scrap Boutique in our local community.  It took two months to prepare the little corner store space that we would call "Home" for The Beary Scrap.  We celebrated our Grand Opening October 8, 2008.

Sadly, a struggling economy has backed us into a corner.  We have been forced to make some very difficult decisions concerning the fate of our local boutique and the financial well being of our family.  I am sad to say that The Beary Scrap's brick-n-mortar store located at 128 North Main Street, Shavertown, PA. is closing and we will be moving back home where it all started over 6 years ago.

Over the past few weeks, we have been running our annual "Fall Clearance Sale" that will now lead into an inventory reduction/closing sale.  We simply don't have enough room to keep it all.

This weekend starts our Closing Sale at our local boutique.  We have slashed prices 40% to 60% off most items.  You will also receive a generous 20% off newer inventory and and inventory that we will continue to carry at thebearyscrap.com.

As a special treat this weekend, our own Beary Sweet Celebrity Susan from our Design Team will be coming in from Maryland to help. *waving at Susan* - Thanks Sweetie!

You may have a few questions about how this is going to effect our local business and our website.  We have compiled a few questions and answers below.  If you have a question that is not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Are you closing thebearyscrap.com?

NO, we are not closing the website.  We will continue operating thebearyscrap.com as usual.  We are excited to be able to bring in new inventory and add to our Beary Sweet Designs collection.  We are only closing our local boutique.

How will closing effect our on-line store?

On Friday, October 22, most of our inventory will temporarily be removed from the website so we can liquidate locally and perform inventory.  We strongly encourage our on-line friends to take advantage of our drastically reduced prices before Friday.  Merchandise that we will continue to carry will remain on the website.

As we begin moving inventory to it's new location, we will update our website with current stock, new stock and let you in on some more of our exciting plans for new lines and products.

Will shipping my on-line order be delayed during the closing sale and move?

We do not anticipate any delays in processing on-line orders during this time.

I shop at the local boutique. Can I still get my supplies from you?

Yes!  We would hope that our local patrons will continue to do business with us.

Orders may be placed with us at thebearyscrap.com.  We will gladly ship your merchandise to your, or make arrangements with you for pick up.  We will NOT have retail "walk-in" hours since our new location is our family's home.  Our home is NOT structured or zoned as an "open to the public business".  All orders will need to be placed through thebearyscrap.com or by phone.

We are still a local business.  That will not change.  I will work on arranging classes, or you can invite me to your crop or gathering to teach. Please allow us some time to get restructured and settled in to new location.  We are excited to have this opportunity to be able to craft with you, attend local craft shows and crops.

Can I use my Rewards Card during the closing sale?

We really appreciate your loyalty.   Since all merchandise is on sale, rewards cards may not be used on your purchase. 

When are you closing the Local Store?

As soon as possible!  The doors open at 10:00am on Friday. Merchandise is priced to liquidate this weekend.  Come in early for the best selection.  After this weekend we will begin packing up inventory to move home.

Susan will be joining us around noon for those of you that are eager to meet her, and I know some of you are.  Personally, I'm tickled that she's coming up.  She has been my support and backbone in all of this.  *hugging Susan - I {heart} you!!!*

Is my rewards card valid for future purchases?

No. Since will will no longer be burdened by a vast operating expenses, we will be able to keep our prices below cost and stay competitive.

What are your hours this weekend?

Friday:  10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday:  10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday:  12:00pm to 5:00pm

All sales are final.

Can I still use my credit/debit card this weekend?


Are you selling any paper racks or display?

Yes.  Our displays, paper trays and paper racks are only 2 years old.  They are in immaculate condition.  Some of them will be staying with us, but a majority of them are available for purchase.  Paper Trays, Racks, and displays are on a first-come first-serve basis.  You may inquire about purchasing these items after this weekend.  Merchandisers will be available for pick up before our final days.   The sale of these items is CASH ONLY.  All sales will be final.

In closing, my family and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your patronage, support and friendship.  We have met so many fabulous people over the past 2 years since opening the local boutique.  I've talked to many of you personally at the store, not to mention the numerous artists we have come to know locally, from across the country and around the world.  We will always be phone call away.

Before I get too teary-eyed, I personally want you to know how much I have enjoyed this journey with you.  I hope our friendships will continue and grow.

For now, Dave and I feel this move is the best decision for our business, our family and our loyal customers. We are embracing this opportunity to rebuild, re-brand, and restructure in this economy.  We believe everything in our lives happens for a reason and new doors of opportunity open every day.  We are excited for the future and look forward to the time when we can re-open the local boutique.

Yours Truly,

Kimm & Dave

1 comment:

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear of the closing... I was just thinking of asking hubby to make a pit stop on our way to Disney in Nov if it was kinda in route.

I too believe things like this happen for a reason. As you said you can still make friends & have local pick ups & teach at crops and whatnot... You will have the best of the best - you get to make money from home!
Best of luck to you & Dave - Everything will work out fine, you have a great group of people surrounding you ie; customers, dt members, bloggy friends, etc.

xxx, Staci