SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — In less than a year, Township Trading Co. has more than doubled up.
When the store at 421 Northern Blvd. opened in November, nine vendors had set up shop inside. Now, 20 local businesses ranging from a coffee roaster to a chocolatier and even a winery offer their wares inside, said Lisa Burke and Heather Percival, the venture’s organizers.
“We feel blessed,” Percival said. “That has been amazing that we’ve doubled.”
Burke and Percival hope to provide a special shopping experience inside Township Trading Co. by providing a space for a variety of local small businesses, most of them online or home-based. The two run small businesses themselves. Burke runs Luminosa Designs and produces soy wax candles, melts and other items, while Percival runs Grace Antony Boutique, which offers clothes, jewelry and more. The pair used to talk about having brick-and-mortar locations, conversations that ultimately led to the store in South Abington Twp.
The setup is a win for both retailers and customers, Percival and Burke said. Vendors there can keep all of their earnings while splitting the cost of rent and other expenditures, providing an opportunity for smaller businesses to have a physical place to sell goods to complement their online business, Percival said. Buyers can physically check out what they’re looking for, a definite advantage for all businesses but especially ones like Burke’s, which features fragrant fare.
“It’s a place for people to find products in person that they, prior to this, would have had to have gone to a vendor event for or been able to just purchase online,” Percival said.
While they’ve expanded the number of businesses inside the store, they’ve also expanded the number of services they offer there, too, Burke and Percival said. They offer gift baskets, where customers can come in and select items from vendors for Burke and Percival to arrange and wrap in a basket. They can also put gift bags together with guidance from the customer. A small event space in the rear of the business is now available for gatherings such as wine tastings and paint nights.
“We’re trying to encourage our vendors to do events or things they’d like to do here,” Burke said.
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Visit Township Trading Co., 421 Northern Blvd., Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check them out on Facebook, Township Trading Co., or on Instagram, @townshiptrading.
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