Pamala Sheppard is opening her own store where the McFrugals store now stands on Gulf Road.
Auntie Pam’s Country Store will open the last weekend of June.
“I don’t want the same format as McFrugals,” Sheppard said. “I want to showcase the things I’m producing.”
The first room in the store will feature her line of natural products, which includes popular Cold Sore 911 and Spray 911, as well as soaps, fragrances, room fresheners and insect repellent. “Everything is organic and made out of essential oils,” she said.
Sheppard will also have a corner she is calling Candyland where she will be selling penny candy and other treats. “I’ll have a Clark’s Store-style area,” she said.
The second room of the store will feature seasonal displays, and Sheppard says she is putting together summer items for her opening: clothing, water toys, garden supplies. “It’s going to be a fun summer scene, and you can buy anything in it,” she said.
The second room will continue to sell popular food items: chips, salsa, olive oil, coffee and chocolate. Sheppard said she is also considering adding a pre-owned clothing section, paying people for their clothing with a store credit.
The third room of the store will have greeting cards for sale and be home to Auntie Pam’s Workshop, where Sheppard plans to offer jewelry-making classes and workshops, as well as a make-your-own option.
“Right away I want to do a children’s art contest, and the entry will be in the Point Roberts coupon book,” Sheppard said. The theme of the contest is “what summer means to me” and the artwork submitted will decorate the store for the summer.
Sheppard is also looking at having a Sunday flea market outside the store and children’s activities. “I want to do something with kids at least once a week,” she said. “I’ve got a lot of little plans.”
The grand opening of Auntie Pam’s Country Store is planned for Saturday, July 14 and will feature wine and appetizers, special sales and door prizes. The store is located at 1480 Gulf Road, and is open until 8 p.m. that evening and Fridays.
Above, left: Auntie Pam at work.