Pa­trick’s new place

Cov­ing­ton in­sti­tu­tion opens new lo­ca­tion

The Covington News - - Business -

Pa­trick’s, a gen­eral store and a New­ton County in­sti­tu­tion in busi­ness for 60 years, cel­e­brated the grand open­ing of its new store this week.

Lo­cated on the Cov­ing­ton By­pass, the store is roughly the same size as the one on Pace Street in Cov­ing­ton, which is now closed.

Own­ers Jan and Gary Pa­trick said they de­cided to move their store be­cause they wanted to be closer to more res­i­dences and peo­ple, which they feel they’ve achieved with their new lo­ca­tion near East­side High School and sev­eral sub­di­vi­sions.

“We’re not a tourist at­trac­tion. We ac­tu­ally earn our liv­ing as an old-fash­ioned gen­eral store,” Jan said. “It’s been said if you can’t get it here or at May­field’s, you don’t need it.”

When their cus­tomers learned of their move, Jan said a num­ber of them wanted to make sure Pa­trick’s would still be the same store res­i­dents have come to love over the years.

“Ev­ery­body was afraid we were go­ing to change when we moved,” she said. “But we haven’t changed a thing.”

Jan said Pa­trick’s would con­tinue to sell the old-fash­ioned Christ­mas candy it has be­come so pop­u­lar for and would still to­tal cus­tomers’ re­ceipts on pa­per bags.

“We try to do ev­ery­thing as much as we can as in 1948 when [Gary’s dad, E.L. Pa­trick] opened the busi­ness,” she said.

Though lo­cated in a brand new build­ing, Pa­trick’s still main­tains its old-timey feel with ceil­ing fans, a ce­ment floor and its wooden dis­play shelves, which are all hand­built by the Pa­tricks.

Pa­trick’s fea­tures a pop­u­lar line of jarred pre­serves, rel­ishes and mus­tards as well as its own unique bar­be­cue sauce, ‘In the Sticks,’ which is a fam­ily recipe.

In the spring and fall, Pa­trick’s turns into a full-ser­vice gar­den cen­ter, sell­ing all of the plants and seeds one would need for start­ing up a veg­etable gar­den.

At Christ­mas­time the store goes full out.

“It’s like step­ping back into the 1800s,” Jan said.

Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, Jan said the store typ­i­cally sells 45-50 tons of Christ­mas candy. Though the store will carry 125 fla­vors, some of its most pop­u­lar candy items in­clude

Fa­mil­iar faces, dif­fer­ent spa­ces: peanut clus­ters, old-fash­ioned chocolate drops, bon­bons, mac­a­roons, su­gar stick pep­per­mint candy and divin­ity candy.

Gift bas­kets are an­other pop­u­lar item for the store. Last year they sold 5,000, Jan said. Cus­tomers can cre­ate their own bas­kets or buy prepack­aged ones.

Muf­fin mixes, grits and pan­cake mixes are sold dur­ing the hol­i­days, but Jan said they are usu­ally the first items to sell out dur­ing the sea­son. The store also sells Su­per­buck deer food plot mixes.

Pa­trick’s car­ries old-fash­ioned ched­dar hoop cheese that comes in mild, sharp and su­per sharp fla­vors. Coun­try ham and crack­lins are sold as well.

There is a full ser­vice quilt shop in the store with about 4,000 bolts of fab­ric to choose from Jan said.

New ad­di­tions to the store’s wares in­clude a line of cook­books and a full as­sort­ment of dog col­lars and chains. Pa­trick’s also re­cently be­gan car­ry­ing a line of home­made cakes.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Pa­tricks’ own­ers Jan and Gary Pa­trick stand among the wide va­ri­ety of mer­chan­dise avail­able in their new lo­ca­tion off of the Cov­ing­ton By­pass.

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