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Shoppes on Market: Dolores Reidenbach

Sep 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, Lead Article, People

The former Roth’s furniture building has been vacant since the furniture store owner’s death a few years ago, save a brief period in which it was occupied by a short-lived retailer.  Soon the building will be home to the Shoppes on Market, a multi-vendor retail consortium.  Leading this endeavor is Dolores Reidenbach.  She has over 25 years of business experience and has held multiple senior level positions in both small and large for profit companies. She currently owns and operates her own consulting company (Focused Future, LLC) providing consulting and services for relational based team and leadership development for companies focused on new ways to improve their bottom line.  The umbrella organization and beneficiary of the Shoppes on Market is Jewel David Ministries, which she founded. She, along with three other Master’s level therapists, provide the sliding scale counseling services and programs for the Jewel David Christian Counseling Center in Elizabethtown. Dolores lives in Elizabethtown with her husband and one of her grandchildren.  The Elizabethtown Journal recently caught up with Dolores and asked her a few questions about the Shoppes on Market.

EJ:       Could you briefly describe the relationship between Jewel David Ministries and the Shoppes on Market?

DR:     Jewel David Ministries, Inc., a Pennsylvania based 501(c) 3 Christian ministry, offers hope and healing to traumatized men & women and families through affordable Christian counseling and support services. We currently provide counseling and services to motivated individuals on a “pay what you can afford” model for a four county area (Lancaster, Dauphin, York and Lebanon) at the Elizabethtown office.

Jewel David Ministries, Inc. (JDM) owns and operates the Lights of Hope Thrift Shop on E. High St in Elizabethtown and the THRIFTEE, a FREE, widely distributed monthly positive content paper magazine. The revenue, after operating expenses, from these entities will be used to subsidize the sliding scale counseling center owned by the ministry.

Our intention is to build a self-sustaining not for profit organization that utilizes small businesses to generate a portion of the subsidy income needed for the not for profit, support economic development where possible, and engage the community in our mission.

Jewel David is opening a retail operation in the building formerly known as Roth’s furniture to expand its presence, increase its ability to earn additional primary subsidy income for the ministry and to encourage enjoyable community engagement in our mission.

The retail site offers approximately 35 or less affordable co-operated rental spaces on the first floor for entrepreneurs, new business incubation or small business expansion.  We also intend to relocate, expand and rename the Lights of Hope used furniture business and add consignment furniture for sale at this location.  It will be called “Still Good” used and consignment furniture.

Our goal is provide Elizabethtown with a fun indoor shopping location or a “mall without walls” that will be a mixed retail/food operation primarily featuring an arts and crafts/green combination of providers.

The Lights of Hope Thrift Shop will remain in its current location and continue to operate as usual. The local community has been and continues to be extremely supportive of this shop. We are grateful for their support.

 EJ:       What vendors are currently committed?  Are there others that are likely to join?

DR:     The following are committed:

  • Still Good Used and Consignment Furniture – Formerly Lights of Hope Used Furniture (donations accepted by the ministry-now adding consignment options for donors)
  • ReMix Styles: Upcycled and Repurposed Creative wearable art -Clothing & Accessories
  • Redeeming Qualities: Refinished and Repurposed Wood Furniture
  • Outside the Cakebox Bakery featuring stunning wedding and special occasion cakes and desserts and a wide variety of interesting sweets
  • Pinterest Crafters Consignment-featuring lots of Pinterest Crafters selling on consignment.
  • Hand poured soy candles and spices and sauces from Pour Daddy
  • Country Designs by Sandy Martin
  • Foods: Bulk Candy and packed Deli (prepared off site)
  • For the Love of Art
  • Painted metal designs and lawn ornaments
  • Gift Baskets by JABEL ~  Scentcy/31 Consultant
  • Masonic Village greenhouse and farmers market

Lots of interest including: Hand crafted jewelry, antique glass, repurposed home décor, handmade burlap handbags, handmade scarves and delicious artisan bread and more. We will feature a number of monthly events including special events with BYOB in front of the Market Street windows.

EJ:       What is the estimated opening date for Shoppes on Market?

DR:     Thursday, October 11.  Hours will be Thursday Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm. We expect to be open for a sneak peek on Etown’s Second Friday on Sept 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.

EJ:       How should a potential vendor inquire about renting space in the Shoppes?

DR:     Stop by for open house and tour: Sept 7 and 8 and Sept 21 and 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. or call 717-701-7503.

 EJ:       The organization of the retail space is similar to some marketing cooperatives.  In a true marketing cooperative, the vendors (some or all) own a piece of the business.  Is this a model which you considered?

DR:     All space holders will lease their space. There is no ownership in the Jewel David project.  Each business owner will own and operate as individual businesses.

EJ:       What role do you see the Shoppes playing in the overall development of downtown Elizabethtown?

DR:     As mentioned above, our desire is to offer an opportunity for the community to come together in fun ways that supports engagement and investment by residents, show support to new and small businesses and support our mission all at the same time. If small or new businesses utilize this affordable opportunity to incubate their business and are successful, that will very naturally help with the downtown economic development if they move out to their own space.  We are grateful to have the opportunity.

We hope to see the community continue to come together to develop and market our downtown as a fun, safe place to be.  We hope the SHOPPES will attract other interesting retail and food establishments that will help to revitalize our community space.

EJ:       I understand that the Food Bank may use some space at the Shoppes.  Is that a done deal?  How will it change the operation of the Food bank?

DR:     This is still being explored. If the United Churches decides to move forward, we would simply be leasing the space to them. They, like all businesses in the SHOPPES, will manage their own businesses.

EJ:       Thank You.

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