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Shop plans expansion

March 25, 2013

PLYMOUTH — L&K Serendipity Shoppe in downtown Plymouth will soon be expanding into 1,000 square feet next door.
Shop owner Lori Manning said she plans to start selling larger items such as furniture and antiques. To do that, she needs the space that formerly housed Ely Lane next door to her shop.
“We still have people coming in for the first time,” said Manning, who co-owns the shop with her daughter Kati Manning.
L&K has been open for about a year. It’s a consignment shop where local crafters can rent out a space to sell their products. Lori started the shop after having what she calls a “mid-life awakening.”
“Some people turn 50 and have a mid-life crisis,” said Lori. “Not me. I’ve always been a creative person and I do various items in the shop myself. I’m committed to showcasing some of the many talented people we have in our area.”
There’s no liability for Lori and Kati if vendors don’t sell their items, since they pay to rent the space no matter what. Lori said that some people are hesitant to try consignment but she hasn’t had any negative feedback yet.
“Some of the people (that sell at the shop) already have a business, but others are just people who do crafts and they’ve never sold anything before,” said Lori.
With the expansion, Argos resident Dorothy Pippenger will be bringing in some antique items.
“Eventually she will have her own shop, but right now she is moving into the Ely Lane space,” said Lori. “We will be making the main entrance of Ely Lane an emergency exit only, and opening the door between the current L&K and the new space.”
All of this is solidifying the plan to market the “Plymouth Downtown Commons,”
an area that includes the shops in and around L&K.
“We are pulling it all together as the downtown commons with a lot of little businesses on the side,” said Lori.
The expansion will be completed by the end of April, and at that time L&K will host an open-house event to celebrate both the expansion and the shop’s one year anniversary.
Lori said she’s looking forward to have more space and bringing in more artists.
“There’s a lot of things I’ve seen that we haven’t had in the shop yet,” said Lori.
The venture that started out as a risk just a year ago is now turning into an ever-growing opportunity not only for Lori and Kati, but also for many local people who now have a permanent outlet for their goods.
“(The vendors) are renting the space — I’m just the shopkeeper,” said Lori. “I went with my gut (when opening the shop) and I think it’s a good thing.”
L&K Serendipity Shoppe is located at 100 W. Garro Street, near the Plymouth Post Office. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Contact Lori with questions, 574-250-6023.

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