2012-05-03 / Front Page

Primitive Decor Shop Opens

Grand opening this Friday; monthly bake sale Saturday
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Michelle “Shelly” Messinger, seated, owner of “Meme’s Primitives’’ offers a wide variety of primitive and home decor. The business will hold a grand opening this Friday. Michelle “Shelly” Messinger, seated, owner of “Meme’s Primitives’’ offers a wide variety of primitive and home decor. The business will hold a grand opening this Friday. Having suffered a devastating house fire in the late spring of 2011, the Messinger family found themselves not only downsizing in their personal lives but also prioritizing and taking stock of their future. Divvying up their funds for the purchase of a new home, Michelle “Shelly” Messinger and her husband, George, also set aside money for what they deemed the “necessities” in life. For George, it was a new garage and replacement tools to offset what had been lost in the blaze. Meanwhile, Shelly began redecorating their home off Pump Station Road in Harrisonville and forming plans for her first business venture.

Operating under the name “Meme’s Primitives,” Shelly’s shop, located at 113 North First Street in McConnellsburg Borough, offers a wide variety of primitive and home decor items. With similar shops in McConnellsburg closing in recent years, Meme’s Primitives is one of a few locations in Fulton County where residents as well as travelers can find that perfect house-warming, wedding or birthday gift.

From quilts and dish rags to lamps and wall art, Meme’s Primitives has been a true surprise for shoppers. According to Shelly, a Fulton County native and lifelong resident, visitors have been commenting since the store’s opening on April 12 on the store’s tasteful decor, gift selection and reasonable prices.

It’s likely those same reasons is why Shelly is seeing repeat customers these days. However, it could also be the fact that she can order any specialty item the store doesn’t currently carry in stock, whether it be curtains, wallpaper or even switch covers.

“The fire was devastating, but so much good has come of it,” said Shelly, 42.

After weighing options regarding the possible opening of a bakery and restaurant, Shelly said she finally settled on Meme’s Primitives.

“I’ve always been very crafty. This is how my own home looks,” stated Shelly of her new store, which she now occupies daily except for Sundays. She noted after hearing comments from her customers, she expanded on her hours of operation to meet clientele needs. Meme’s Primitives is open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Always looking for new things to try and ways to draw in customers, Shelly said a special grand opening of Meme’s Primitives has been scheduled for this Friday, May 4. Refreshments will be served, and raffles for door prizes will also be featured.

In addition, as part of a oncea month special, Meme’s Primitives will offer baked goods, sandwiches and drinks. Meme’s Primitives very first on-site bake sale will get under way Saturday.

Meme’s Primitives can be reached at 485-3002 or by visiting the store at 113 North First Street.

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