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Massages, spa services, vendors define Shoppes On Trade

Published on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Shoppes On Trade offers $5 massages on Fridays to lure customers to its store.

Jim Fair

Shoppes On Trade offers $5 massages on Fridays to lure customers to its store.



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Kendra Glenn, left, worked social media to find a variety of vendors to lease space at the Shoppes.

Jim Fair

Kendra Glenn, left, worked social media to find a variety of vendors to lease space at the Shoppes.



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The chevron pattern on these purses is a contemporary design that is in favor with consumers this year.

Jim Fair

The chevron pattern on these purses is a contemporary design that is in favor with consumers this year.



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Plates painted as sunflowers can be used as outdoor garden decorations or bird feeders.

Jim Fair

Plates painted as sunflowers can be used as outdoor garden decorations or bird feeders.



A transformation has taken place with The Shoppes On Trade.

Kendra Glenn, Shoppes General Manager (211 Trade Street), has 37 vendors selling a variety of merchandise and $5 massages on Fridays. More vendors are expected to display their merchandise in the coming weeks.

“It’s all about generating people,” Glenn said. “(Massagges) are a way to get people in and it works.” Glenn said walk-in traffic has increased on Fridays because of the massages. “We saw four new customers the first Friday and last week there were 14 more.”

Glenn is adding spa services beginning in April.

“I wanted to broaden the merchandise and traffic coming into the store. It’s been a lot of hard work,” Glenn said. “I want to appeal to everybody and want everybody to find something.”

Scott Green, who grew up in Blue Ridge, said he visited downtown and found Shoppes to his liking. “That’s a great place to take my mother-in-law. She would love to shop there,” Green said.

Glenn became the new manager in February when Wanda Garcia resigned to concentrate on destination shopping events. Some vendors left while others remained to offer a core group in which to build.

“I knew I had to get it filled quickly,” Glenn said. “I went to social media and contacted people through Facebook. That’s how I made contact with a woman from Michigan who wanted to sell her doll clothes here. She came in as a customer and left leasing space.”

Glenn said she is still thinking about offering limited deli sandwiches. Shoppes has a kitchen in the rear of the building.

The Shoppes are open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call Glenn at 469-9885 or visit here for more information. 

Shoppes vendors

AM Glass Recyclers

Art Life

Artis Tree Revealed

Bella Chiot

Boxed Up!

Brio Trio

ChickSprings

Chocolate Dreams

Country Chic

Fabulosa Jewelry

Floral Designs & More

Happy Day Presence

Ista Tees

Jamie Sue Designs

Juxtaposition

Karisma by Kara

la mia cucina

Lolia Jewelry

Lori Chick

Massage Therapist – Kendra Wein

Mx2 Designs

Oliver’s Fancy

Once Again Sam

Outdoor Creations

Patti Manning

Pjelly

Screaming Horse Iron Works

Slickwear

Soap Dish Company

stellaEM Haberdashery

Stone Lotus Pottery 

The ButterBath Co

The Owlet Boutique

Vintage Rose

Willow

Yellow Bird Photography

Yellow Hype Custom Invitation

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