A newly opened Dollar Store in Shady Cove is just what residents need to make ends meet in this economy. After Sandy Myers-Hill, a petite blond, was laid off from her career as a crane operator, she looked for work. Finding none, she decided to open a store offering low-priced shopping similar to a store in White City. “I want to provide affordable goods for people in town—so many are losing their jobs,” she says with knowledge and sympathy.
Greeting customers as one enters the store is a rack of cards for birthdays and other events priced at 50 cents each. Snack foods, including chips made in America, candy, brand name shampoos and detergents, paper goods and a large wall of kitchen gadgets galore give shoppers plenty of items to browse through. The store is filled with products for every member of the family. There are baby things, personal care products, pet toys and even jewelry—all for a dollar as the store name implies.
There are goods for teenagers such as school supplies and makeup. Younger kids can find toys such as model airplanes and bird houses made out of wood. Other kid items include a full sleeve temporary tattoo that they will love, according to Myers-Hill. “Kids can come in here and actually get something for a dollar.” Toys, brand name gift bags, helium balloons and party things make fun inexpensive.
As the store gets known, Myers-Hill plans to expand into the other side of the building to provide staples for shoppers. The majority of products on that side will be food items such as pasta, rice and canned vegetables. Snack foods will be expanded also. Myers-Hill will supply what is needed by her customers. She is learning as she goes and says with a smile “I am learning just how much I don’t know about business.”
Customers are pleased with what is already available at the Dollar Store. Shady Cove residents, Sue Phillips and Brenda Lightbown are excited about this newest shopping opportunity. They feel it will be great for the Upper Rogue community.
A grand opening is scheduled for October 2. There will be hot dogs, pop, music and fun, says Myers-Hill. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with Sunday hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The grand opening will be at regular store hours. For more information call 541-878-2002. The store is at 21226 Highway 62 near the Chevron Station.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent