Merriman and Pfister has learned that its gift store at the Delmar Four Corners is a win-win for those accessing unique gifts for resale.
In acquiring inventory, Merriman and Pfister focuses on finding smaller production vendors — those who may be looking at the ordinary in a different light. Sometimes, it’s the artist’s story that is the draw. Other times, a suggestion from someone will spur interest in a product. Ultimately, it’s the artistic piece itself and its unusual character that drives the pursuit of the acquisition.
However an item arrives through the door, it takes its place amongst its peers. Some are from local artists who haven’t yet sold to the general public. When those items sell, excitement flows, especially when an urgent call is made to the artist to restock. Other items elicit an expression of joy or of surprise from a customer at first sight. Good for a soul to experience whimsy and delight, good feedback for staff. It may be the particular sentiment of the gift, for that purchaser, that creates a positive vibration. Some of the store’s vendors are the cause for a feeling of community that might be felt.
Merriman and Pfister’s beauty and body care products are developed and sold by people who advocate for safe cosmetics and practices. One of the many benefits to seeking out hand crafted items is to support traditions of skilled work, keeping close to the resources and activity of creating and maintaining a tighter community.
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