Mike Foster – Modern Rehab (Formerly York Vintage Thrift and Restoration)

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Mike Foster

MF: So essentially I’m moving. I’m moving from a box, a brick and mortar to online. (The new store will have a) Different name – Modern Rehab.

It’s going to be in three parts – the first component would be vintage clothing, second is vintage decor, collectibles, maybe small home wares, home goods. The third is going to be for local and that will be furniture that I refinish and pieces like that. The other element for the clothing is I want to be able to allow for a pop up shop. Pop up shop is like just what it sounds like. You’re there for a day, two days.

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Biggest Struggle?

MF: On the surface, I would say the financial end of it. It quite a bear to keep up with it. But that’s just on the surface. But the amount of work that I do that goes into finding the items to get them and then, it’s just an incredible amount of work. So I’m going to buy, like, early mornings, late evenings, and then I’m fixing it and preparing it to be on the show room and then I have to do all the work for the showroom and then there’s all the book work, so it’s sixty, seventy hours a week. So that’s an incredible amount of time it takes to do the job and that’s behind the scenes that nobody sees. You know, you come down to the shop for an hour. That’s probably the biggest struggle. And time management. But the cool thing is I’ve learned so much.

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What is your best part of being in downtown York?

The people. The whole spectrum, from you to I guess elderly and everybody in between. And so it’s cool to be able to meet so many people. That’s my favorite part of it. Just meeting people. Being involved I guess, in the community by learning their story, knowing them and being able to share with them too and participate in life together. I love that.

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A moment?

Many of the same type of thing, and that is a lot of people come in and they’re down, they’re broken hearted, something has happened to them and they share with me and I have the opportunity to pray with them, to give them words of wisdom, words of kindness and just love on them and that…that is… that is the highest, the peak of it all. All this other stuff, if I were to do all this for just that one person, I don’t care how much work I’ve done, I don’t care, that’s a high. And you can’t touch that high. And I’ve had that experience, oh gosh, twenty times, fifty times? I don’t know. A lot. And I love it. I’ll chase that feeling.

**Contact Mike at ModernRehabClothing@gmail.com This page will be updated as he launches his new online business.**

 

Anita Hardin – Downtown Music Lessons and More

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Anita Hardin - Downtown Music

(Anita, standing at the ice cream counter. Downtown Music is more than a music store; it’s a local hangout and a great place to grab an afternoon cup o’joe or treat as well.)

Happiest Moment?

AH: Being able to have the grandkids come in here with us.

JH: Kids and grandkids can still come in while we’re working. It’s not like we’re in a factory and nobody can get to you. Here, even if we’re doing something, it don’t stop the grandkids from coming up and grabbing your leg.

AH: And eating ice cream!

Biggest change?

AH: There is no downtown York anymore. The big box stores have taken over and we don’t have the down home down here.

Opportunity for someone wanting to come into downtown?

AH: It could be done so easy. It’s so close. A few more good stores and it would be back. And everybody cooperating and not fighting each other.

…..Any kind of craft store or specialty store of any kind, where you can’t go anywhere else and get it. That’s why people come to us. 

Please visit Anita Hardin and Joe Hardin at the shop or online at https://downtownmusiclessons.com

 

Joe Hardin – Downtown Music Lessons and More

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Joe Hardin - Downtown Music

Biggest change in York?

When the Bi-Los came in, that was the biggest change, because my whole life, everything was about downtown York. You bought everything, your produce, your groceries, everything was downtown York. I grew up shopping at the drug stores. Everything downtown York. Then when the Bi-Los came in, the supermarkets – super centers, then everything started moving away from downtown York. Now everything’s on the outside of town. Downtown. Nobody comes there much anymore.

Struggle?

The biggest thing is the traffic, getting people back in to downtown York. That’s the biggest thing. That’s what we try to do. We try to bring people back to York. Because I’d like to see it like it was when I grew up. Like a little small town where every shop is filled with a necessity or something fun.

Happiest moment?

Walking out at night and standing on the street and looking down both ways and pretending I’m in Mayberry. Every night I do that and it’s just fun. The happiest part of my day is when I start to close up and I go to check the door and I walk out and look up and down and it’s just a small town and you see people, summertime, older folks walking up and down the street doing their exercises late at night, not worried about anybody attacking them or anything like that.

 

Visit Joe at the shop or online at https://downtownmusiclessons.com

Ronnie Bailes – The Men’s Shop

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Ronnie Bailes Interview – November 29th, 2017

How long has this store been open? How long have you owned The Men’s Shop?

RB: Well, the store has been open since 1948. 69 years. It was started by my father. I purchased the store from my family January 1st, 1973. So, I’ve owned it 45 years. This is my 45th year.  So, I’ve owned it long enough and loved doing it, but it’s time to retire and unfortunately the only way to quit it is to close it.

What is one of the happiest or funniest or most memorable moments from owning the shop?

RB: Wow. It’s a collective memory of having young guys work for me that have come out of high school kind of, you know, shy, and watch them go to college. They come back and work after the first year of college, they come back in the summertime and they’re mature. They’re mature men. I’ve really enjoyed that and I’ve mentored a lot of kids. It’s been, I don’t know how many, but I’ve had some of them come back, and I had one in here yesterday. He’s sixty years old. He was my first.

One of my additional questions to Ronnie surrounded his plans for retirement. He explained his need to have some time without a strict schedule of responsibility. He’s taking six months to spend time with family, visit grandkids, and finish the paperwork of closing The Men’s Shop. After that, he’ll consider new opportunities.