Karen Elliot

Hardware comes up aces with storewide sale

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

There were over 200 customers in the first hour of Rockford Ace Hardware’s storewide sale last Tuesday, November 23. According to Inventory Coordinator Katie Buick, the Edenpure heaters on hand were gone in the first minute. “I love this sale, it’s my favorite,” Buick said. An employee at Ace for four-and-a-half years, Buick said she likes the excitement and fast pace of a big sale and this one was no exception. “I like it when it is busy—time flies and it gets people in the holiday spirit.”      

New store offers locally-made gifts, candy bouquets

September 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Karen’s Candy and Gifts owner Karen Elliott is thrilled with her shop location at 8450 Algoma Avenue NE, Suite C near Little Sack Grocery off Ten Mile Road. She is also happy to open a shop that offers a unique product—candy and silk floral bouquets—and locally-crafted items for gifts or home. Her store opened on August 2, but they are celebrating a grand opening now. “Karen’s Candy and Gifts is striving to put our Michigan craftsmen to work,” said Elliott. “We have a lot of talent in our area and we will be featuring more unique items and showcasing those talents.” Elliott said she purchased the Candy Bouquet franchise as a way to put herself and others to work after she tired of the commute to her long-time job of working as an office manager for an optometric practice. She originally had plans to start a business offering healthy foods and drinks with areas for parents to exercise while their children played in safety and in plain view of the parent. While the deal for the building fell through, Elliott still desired a way to help people, offering something unique. “I was ready for a change of pace and to do something creative and helpful to people,” she explained. The bouquet franchise offers a product that is an alternative to traditional gifts and has a huge range. Candy Bouquet International, the parent company, offers hundreds of choices including; Christmas, birthday, Thanksgiving, graduation, get well, sympathy, just because, good luck, for him and for her and more. Custom orders are also offered and Elliott said one of her first orders was a sympathy basket with a specific theme. “It’s not just candy,” Elliott explained of the product, pointing out bosses boxes, popcorn theme displays, tea bouquets, “thanks a million” cash arrangements, race car, humorous and more. The candy and arrangement products are just part of Karen’s Candy and Gifts with the addition of locally made products for sale. Many of the items feature nature or religious images. A Michigan woodworking company supplies Karen’s with a variety of wooden Michigan-made items from cribbage boards, sling shots, attitude adjusters, whistles, and puzzle games to framed prints and thermometers. The father of co-worker and long-time family friend, Jill Nelson, […]