MASSENA - After three successful holiday shopping seasons at St. Lawrence Centre, The Twisted Turtle is now open year-round inside the mall.
“I believe the business is here,” owner Jessika T. Furnace said. “The customers are here. They just need stores to shop at.”
Ms. Furnace first opened The Twisted Turtle in Potsdam three years ago, also doing seasonal business in the mall and flirting with the idea of opening up there several times in the past.
“I’ve done very well here during the past three holiday seasons, and I’ve had a lot of customers ask me, ‘Can you please come to Massena?’”
The store, which made a name for itself selling dresses, scented wax bowls, jewelry, picture frames and signs, is now also selling dresses for women and children, Yankee Candles and rustic art, with more product offerings on the horizon.
“We will be bringing in a large Adirondack furniture line, and I’ll be bringing in a line of jewelry that’s based in Holland and just getting popular here in the states,” she said. “We’re currently working with Life is Good and a few other big name brands to bring them to the store.”
The store also sells locally made soaps and jewelry, and Ms. Furnace said she is open to selling other locally-made, handcrafted products.
“We are definitely open to selling locally-made, handcrafted products,” Ms. Furnace said, adding people interested in selling their products at her store should contact her through the store’s Facebook page, which can be found by searching for “Twisted-Turtle “Gift-Shop,” or via email at email@example.com.
The store has been open at St. Lawrence Centre since July 1, but Ms. Furnace said she was doing a “soft opening,” as inventory continues to arrive. To celebrate her full-time opening at the mall, she said a week-long grand opening celebration will be held starting on July 14 with coupons, sales and giveaways. Food and refreshments will be served at the store on July 17.
The store is open seven days a week, during regular mall hours and shipping is available.
Ms. Furnace said that without the help of her cousins she wouldn’t have been able to open the new location.
“Without Dayna and Brittany, we wouldn’t be here today,” she said, referring to Dayna Doukara and Brittany Krawczyk, who assist her at the store.