On the Road: Exploring Our Local Scrapbook Stores-Harjo’s Ben Franklin in Pigeon, MI & PRIZE GIVEAWAY

Harjo’s Ben Franklin

1) How many years have you been in business? How did your business get started?

We’ve been in business for 11 years this July.  HarJo’s is the fulfillment of owner, Annie Eichler’s goal to bring a craft and variety store back to the charming town of Pigeon.  Annie enlisted her daughters, Gretchen and Heidi, to help get things going back in 2004.  Her girls simply never left.  So, most days, you’ll find at least one or two of this mother/daughter trio up to no good at Pigeon’s big, green, variety store.  HarJo’s Ben Franklin pays homage to the stores of Annie’s youth:  The small-town shops that pumped lifeblood in to the surrounding community.  In fact, HarJo’s is named after Annie’s parents, HARley and JOsephine Walker.  It’s a nod to the two who made Annie’s growing-up years in a small town much like Pigeon so wonderful.  HarJo’s is all about nostalgia and honoring the past.  However, that’s not to say we are behind the times regarding our inventory.  We heavily favor scrapbooking here, and keep a pulse on paper crafting trends.

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Small town charm, big city inventory!

2) What makes your store unique?

HarJo’s Ben Franklin is unique as one of the few remaining Ben Franklins-a cherished retail name.  Additionally, we have a HUGE variety in MANY crafts.  This benefits scrapbookers, who often pull from other genres for materials.  Our art, beading, and sewing departments only enhance the paper crafter’s possibilities.  Another unique and fantastic benefit HarJo’s offers is our punchcard.  It saves you 25% after you spend $100! No WHERE else does such a deal exist.  That’s on top of our weekly specials, too!

Mixed media supplies for crafters of all kinds!

Mixed media supplies for crafters of all kinds!

3) How do you promote your store?

HarJo’s has a web presence on Facebook as well as our website www.harjosbenfranklin.com.  We also send postcards to promote special sales and we advertise in local newspapers as well as on local radio stations.  Of course, we always advertise in Michigan Scrapbooker, too!

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Come find the perfect paper for your next page at Harjo’s.

4) What is the biggest challenge that you face as an independent business owner?

Independent businesses face particular challenges.  Our culture promotes an autopilot type mentality where “big box” stores are the programmed default shopping stop.  We strive to remind people to think locally, and check locally-owned first.  It’s so easy to get in the habit of skipping downtown.  We want HarJo’s to be the first place people think of when they need or want something.

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Find an albums for every occasion at Harjo’s…

5) Contact information:

HarJo’s Ben Franklin
9 South Main St. Pigeon, MI 48755
989-453-2323

www.harjosbenfranklin.com
harjos2004@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/harjosbenfranklin

Gina Karas, our guest blogger, is a traditional scrapbooker with a passion for photography. She works full-time as a Sales Assistant in the construction industry, but spends her spare time crafting with her mom and crazy friends! “Scrapbooking keeps me sane!” she says. See her projects and posts about scrapping & crafting on her blog, California Scrappin’.

NOW FOR THE PRIZE GIVEAWAY!

Harjo’s has generously donated a $25 gift card for one lucky winner to use in their store! To be entered in the random drawing you must COMMENT below about why you would like to visit Harjo’s and who you would bring with you! DEADLINE to enter:  Monday, August 3rd at noon!

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On the Road: Exploring Our Local Scrapbook Stores-The Scrapbook Korner in Archbold, OH & PRIZE GIVEAWAY

The Scrapbook Korner

1) How many years have you been in business? How did your business get started?

The Scrapbook Korner will celebrate 16 years in business in October of 2015!  In October of 1999, sisters Bette and Cheryl, who enjoyed scrapbooking, were frustrated with needing to drive a distance to purchase supplies.  Knowing that there were others in our area who shared this hobby, they took the plunge!  The husbands ‘jumped in’, and got to work creating a 400 square foot retail store from part of a garage!  After a short 18 months, The Scrapbook Korner needed more space and moved into a ‘real’ retail store.  With the increase in room, The Scrapbook Korner began to offer more product and services, including classes and weekend crops. In 2007, Bette purchased Cheryl’s interest in the store and in 2009 The Scrapbook store was once again bursting at the seams!   We moved to an even larger space within the same building and now have 5,000 square feet of retail space plus two class/crop rooms.

The Scrapbook Korner is bursting at the seams!

The Scrapbook Korner is bursting at the seams!

2) What makes your store unique?

The Scrapbook Korner, Archbold, Ohio, is an independent, locally owned and operated, full-service retail store, carrying an extensive line of Scrapbook and Rubber Stamping supplies from many of the top brands in the industry. Located in Northwest Ohio, just over the Michigan-Ohio State line, we are well worth your drive, no matter where you are traveling to or from.   Our large store offers many choices of product for the scrapbooker and stamper, regardless of skill level.  Archbold is a unique, quaint small town with much to see and do and is ‘home’ to Sauder Village, The Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe, many gift shops, an antique mall, great restaurants and of course, The Scrapbook Korner! The goal of the experienced staff at The Scrapbook Korner is to help you preserve your precious photos and memories and create cards and gifts you will be proud to give! Our friendly, knowledgeable staff enjoys helping our customers and loves the opportunity to meet new customers from far and wide, and to re-connect with familiar friends!  We look forward to assisting you in exploring the ‘creative you’!

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Aisles and aisles of supplies—where to start?

3) Do you offer classes, crops, weekend retreats, and other events?

We invite you to shop as well as come and learn at The Scrapbook Korner. Classes are designed and taught by our talented instructors who enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and love of the craft. Crops are always on our calendar! Join us for our FREE Crop-n-Shop on Friday (no reservations, first come-first served) or one of our Saturday or Sunday Crops.  Complete information can be found on our website calendar, www.scrapbookkorner.com/calendar.

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Plenty of room to stretch out in the Scrapbook Korner’s crop room!

4) How do you promote your store?

We offer a Frequent Buyer rewards program, have sales periodically and send out a newsletter via email to keep you up-to-date on our specials, promotions, open houses, demo days and happenings.  You can find The Scrapbook Korner on Facebook and Pinterest.

5) What is the biggest challenge that you face as an independent business owner?

Our biggest challenges as an independent retailer is getting the word out that we are here and ready to meet you, serve you and provide you with quality scrapbook and card-making supplies.  We would love to have you to stop in and see what we are all about!  Scrapbookers, Card-makers and Crafters are textural people and love to touch and feel the product they are purchasing.  Unlike on-line sites, we provide that opportunity! We encourage you to support independent businesses, so they can be there for you, assist you, and build a relationship with you!  Independent retailers support your schools, your churches and your communities! The Scrapbook Korner carries a lot of product—but we also realize that we cannot stock it all!  We love to special order product that you might want, and it usually leads to adding that product to our store’s inventory!

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Graphic 45 goodies at The Scrapbook Korner!

6) Contact Info:

The Scrapbook Korner
1411 S. Defiance Street
Archbold, Ohio 43502
419-446-9439

www.scrapbookkorner.com
email:  contactus@scrapbookkorner.com

Gina Karas, our guest blogger, is a traditional scrapbooker with a passion for photography. She works full-time as a Sales Assistant in the construction industry, but spends her spare time crafting with her mom and crazy friends! “Scrapbooking keeps me sane!” she says. See her projects and posts about scrapping & crafting on her blog, California Scrappin’.

NOW FOR THE PRIZE GIVEAWAY!

The Scrapbook Korner has generously donated a $25 gift card for one lucky winner to use in their store! To be entered in the random drawing you must COMMENT below about which picture in this blog post makes you most excited to vist The Scrapbook Korner! DEADLINE to enter:  Monday, July 27th, at noon.

BE SURE TO SIGN UP TO FOLLOW OUR BLOG! This way you won’t miss any of the future posts and contests coming soon. When you sign up we’ll send you a quick email with a short preview of the post to let you know something new is on the blog.

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