Ex­pe­ri­ence an escape at Auld Kirk­town

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Shan­non MacCuaig, owner of Auld Kirk­town Gift and Home Dé­cor Shoppe in South Lan­caster, notes that, ”At its core, shop­ping lo­cal sup­ports the busi­nesses who spon­sor and sup­port events and ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mu­nity where you live, work and play. Not to men­tion keep­ing your tax dol­lars in your own com­mu­nity.”

“Since its in­cep­tion 30 plus years ago, AK has been known for taste­fully se­lected items, dis­played in a way to al­low the cus­tomer to imag­ine in his/her own space. This is our num­ber one goal. We want peo­ple to have an ex­pe­ri­ence of escape when they walk in the door, to dream about how their home could look, af­ford­ably. We love hear­ing how ‘dif­fer­ent’ our se­lec­tion is from other stores,” she says.

“By far our most pop­u­lar items re­main our se­lec­tion of bed­ding. I love to hear how many peo­ple re­mark that we're their first stop when re­dec­o­rat­ing their bed­rooms! Our cozy line of bam­boo cloth­ing -- leg­gings, tank tops and now sweaters -- are my favourite thing to take home and to rec­om­mend as gifts. They truly are heav­enly soft and com­fort­able to wear.”

As for trends, “I can't speak to how peo­ple’s tastes have changed over the years, but I can at­test to how dif­fer­ent the game of re­tail is. I think ‘cheap and cheer­ful’ is ev­ery­where and avail­able in ev­ery big box store. On­line shop­ping has changed the re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence to elim­i­nate hu­man in­ter­ac­tion and cus­tomer re­la­tion­ships. And that's OK. I'm open to the chal­lenge of find­ing ‘dif­fer­ent’ qual­ity, well-priced mer­chan­dise and evolv­ing along with the tech­no­log­i­cal changes. We're cur­rently build­ing our own e-com­merce web­site, but I like to think there is still room for a bal­ance of ‘on­line’ and ‘brick and mor­tar’ in re­tail,” she writes.

“Peo­ple work hard for their money and de­serve to walk into an es­tab­lish­ment which truly ap­pre­ci­ates their busi­ness. Hope­fully that's the ex­pe­ri­ence we give them.”

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