Shelley Banker is not going out of business, but The Rag and Bone vintage clothing store will not be in its familiar Calder Way home come Dec. 31.
Banker, the stores owner, said she has decided to take the business completely online, saying that she needs a change.
Im really excited about it, she said, adding that she is not going out of business and is looking forward to keep up a strong presence in the area.
She said in addition to the full-time online presence, the free time will allow her to pursue collaborations with other businesses, including trunk shows and other ways to market her products.
Banker will be running her business through the website etsy.com , which specializes in sales such as vintage clothing. She said her business should be able to thrive through the platform.
Its sort of like eBay, but not auction-style, she said.
She said she already has an online presence with her business, but it has been hard keeping it strong while working full-time in the store. This change she said will help her focus on more aspects of the business and allow her to be more creative.
Banker will still take requests for clothing from customers, and the online store will be stocked with clothing and accessories for men and women.
The new shop will be located at theragandbone.etsy.com .
Pier 1 set for holiday season
After its soft opening earlier this month, Pier 1 Imports in the Trader Joes plaza on North Atherton Street celebrated its grand opening Saturday, and the event continues today.
Media relations specialist Jennifer Engstrand said the first 500 customers each day will receive a free reusable bag and back-scratcher. Customers will also be eligible for giveaways such as gift cards.
The 7,896-square-foot store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. It will also be stocked with holiday shopping products when it opens.
We are pleased to bring this new Pier 1 Imports to State College, and we look forward to sharing our unique shopping experience with both students and local residents of the surrounding area, Engstrand wrote in an email.
She said the stores on average employ about 12 to 15 associates per year, but they will be looking to bring on extra help for the holiday season.
Dairyland to be demolished
The historic Dairyland building in Reedsville, which suffered fire damage in June 2011, will be demolished in the spring.
The building was home to many businesses including the antique shop, a cafe, gift shops, a local newspaper, barber shop and chiropractor, owner Gayle Rodgers said.
Many of the business will either relocate or fold by December, but the weekly Wednesday morning outdoor flea market will be maintained, she said.
Some of the businesses, including their antique shop, tried to stay afloat, but Rodgers said it became too costly to keep the building.
Its sad to see it go, and I think the community is going to miss it, she said.
The plan is to sell the building to her son John Rodgers. It will be demolished and he will sell the land, she said.
Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan