PLYMOUTH — This Saturday is the last day of business for Ely Lane, located at 110 W. Garro Street in downtown Plymouth.
Owner Erin Yeager has decided to close her shop, which features her handmade or restored furniture, gifts and accessories. Yeager also provided a space for other local crafters to sell their wares.
“This is so I can be home with my family during the day,” said Yeager, who has two sons ages 7 and 3. “Also I think this will give me more time during the day to go out and find furniture, instead of being stuck in the store all day.”
Fans of Ely Lane merchandise still have an opportunity to shop, however. Yeager plans to market her items at Dutch Village Market in Nappanee.
“(Dutch Village Market) is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” said Yeager. “That will be better for people I think since Ely Lane was closed some days of the week. Now people will have more opportunity to go and purchase the items.”
Selling at Dutch Village Market comes with the benefit that Yeager won’t have to be on premises to sell her stuff.
“I just take it there and they handle it,” said Yeager.
Yeager also hopes to fill her online Etsy shop with more handmade items. Her Ely Lane Facebook page — which currently has more than 800 followers — will stay open and Yeager plans to update the page often with new products and information on craft shows she is attending.
“(The Facebook page) will still be my main marketing page,” said Yeager.
Ely Lane first opened in downtown Feb. 14, 2012. Yeager said she enjoyed her time as a downtown merchant and appreciates the support from customers.
“I really enjoyed the community feel downtown and I felt like the merchants really worked together to bring people here, especially during Second Fridays,” said Yeager. “The customers that came in were supportive and really wanted to see the downtown succeed.”
Betty Glaub-Gibbs of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce said, “We are sorry to lose (Ely Lane) — they were wonderful Chamber members.”
She continued, “Erin (Yeager) created our Second Friday logo and I always bounced ideas off her, so I will be sad to see her go. I’m glad she will still be in business in a different place. (Ely Lane) is really a great little store and I think (Yeager) will be successful in whatever she decides to do.”