By Portia Williams
NEW BOSTON —Creative Possibilities in New Boston has made a tremendous come back. The doors of the store were reopened April 2015, and business has been booming ever since, according to Sherry Fankell, one of the co-owners.
“We were in business 15 years previously, then we were out for about seven. Then we came back into the business, the same business, the same people, the same phone number, the same everything this past April,” Sherry Fankell said. “We opened the sixth day of April, then April and May through Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, we had an overwhelming response to the business opening back up.”
One significant change about Creative Possibilities is the new location. They are now located behind Tudor’s Biscuit World in New Boston.
“When we closed the business before, Aaron’s had approached us, and wanted to buy our building,” she said. “Well, the Lord knew that we needed it at that time, so we ended up selling the building.
After closing the business and selling the building to Aaron’s, she said her original co-owner and son Shane Fankell married, started his own family and a business.
“My son Shane and I were the owners at that time, but he ended up getting married and they went the restaurant business, they had Charley’s Grilled Subs up at the Ashland Town Center Mall. He had a contract up there for five years.”she said. “During those years, they had a little boy and a little girl, and that caused them to be away entirely way too many hours from the kids.”
He son Shane approached her about reactivating Creative Possibilities, and she was in agreement with the idea.
“Shane is such a family man that he didn’t think that was right, and didn’t want it to be that way, so after his contract was up and he sold it, he came to me again said, “Mom, let’s just go back into the business that we know,” and I said that’s fine Shane, I am with you.” So we just decided to come back into the same thing that we had given up previously, only because someone wanted to buy our building.”
She many of their past customers began searching for them when they learned of the store’s reopening.
“Even to this day, we still have customers to tell us that they have been looking for us, and they learned the store was back in the area. We’ve enjoyed it, we’ve gone from spring to summer, and we are heavy into the fall season right now.
Creative Possibilities offers a host of goods and services for the customers who need assistance, and for the ones who like to do it themselves.
“I am in the process of doing wedding bows. We do weddings, we do funeral work. We deliver to the funerals, hospitals, nursing homes, individual homes, whatever anybody wants,” she said. “They can either come in and pick out what they want us to make it out of, or they can just call us, and give us a card number and they can describe what they want, and we can make it for them, either way. We not only design, we have the product for people that like to do it themselves.
She said Creative Possibilities has an abundance of fall merchandise for customers to choose from, and are in the process of putting our Christmas merchandise as well.
“We have several Christmas trees up, Santa, the elves, wreaths, all kinds of Christmas decorations,” Sherry Fankell said. “Probably in about a week in a half we will have a complete line of Christmas and Fall merchandise on the floor. We also wholesale to other vendors, like the flower shops and different people that have a vendor’s number, we wholesale to them, so that is a plus.
Providing quality merchandise at reasonable costs is their ultimate goal.
“We try our best to keep our prices as reasonable as we can, and we have always done that,” she said. “In the 15 years prior we always did that, we are as fair as we can possibly be to anybody in every way. We keep our prices down.”
Creative Possibilities hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., closed Sundays.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.
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