Several business owners on the east side of town are working together to try to combat the problem of attracting new customers to their businesses, which they say many people don't even know are there.
Al Fritz, owner of Full Circle, a bicycle shop at 4 S. Lime St., Quarryville, has met with other business owners and they've organized East Side Sidewalk Sales as a way to lure new customers to shops in that end of the borough.
"Quarryville is a very small community and people come in here for everything," said Fritz. "As long as there continues to be an un-awareness about businesses in the east side of town, people won't know we're here."
The sidewalk sales will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Businesses that are participating in the sales are Full Circle, Quarryville Game Time, South County TV, The Coffee Bean, First Impressions hair salon, Splints & Daisies, The Spina Bifida Association and 1st and Main Realty and Professional Builders.
The businesses will either have tables in front of their stores selling sale items or will be offering discounts on products inside the store.
Emma Forrest, who opened The Coffee Bean a year and-a-half ago in the former Rhoades Restaurant building on East State Street, said business is slower than she anticipated.
"I don't think a lot of people know we're here," she said.
As a result, The Coffee Bean has drastically had to cut its hours and is now closed on Mondays. Instead of being open until 8 p.m. on weeknights and Saturdays, The Coffee Bean now closes at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
"There just wasn't enough business," said Forrest, who has tried different ways to attract new customers.
The Coffee Bean has added food to its menu instead of only drinks, provided free, live Christian music on the stage, and is now offering free wireless Internet hookup for customers. The name has also changed on its sign to read "The Coffee Bean and Cafe."
During the sidewalk sales, The Coffee Bean and Cafe will be selling gift sets and tea boxes and during October, 10 cents from every drink purchased will go to Spina Bifida as part of National Spina Bifida Month.
Pat Fulvio, director of Spina Bifida, said her organization has been in Quarryville since 1992 and "people still didn't know we operate a gift shop in this area."
The Spina Bifida gift shop is open to the public and sells donated items and crafts. This Saturday also happens to be one of their "yard sales" where they will sell Entertainment and Bonus books, among other items.
Dennis Lynch, who owns South County TV at 145 E. State St., said he gets calls from people who think the business is still Ray's TV and Appliance. Lynch, who worked for Ray Eby, bought the business from him five years ago and changed the name.
Lynch, whose business is mainly repairing TVs, also sells re-conditioned TV sets, cables and accessories. He also repairs computers in his store and would like to see more customers walk into his business from off the street.
Splints & Daisies owner Tara Welch is closing her shop at 201-D E. State Street in the former Rhoades Restaurant building because of lack of business. She is moving to Manheim and is operating strictly as a home-based business.
After operating her shop at that location for two years, Welch said people who heard she is closing and never knew her shop was there have asked her why she's leaving. Frustrated, Welch said she wonders why these same people didn't know her shop was there.
Welch will be offering discounts on floral arrangements at the sidewalk sales and it will be her shop's last day with hours. She'll be moving out next week and if someone comes into her shop, they can still buy whatever she has available.
Dale Grinestaff, owner of 1st and Main Realty and Professional Builders, is the new business on the block. Located in the former Susquehanna Mini-Dairy, the company opened in July.
Grinestaff said when he opened the business, he counted 86 cars that went by in an hour in the morning.
"If we could beef up this end of town, that would be great," he said.
A climate-controlled self storage unit business is also opening up behind the realty company.
Melanie Fagan, who owns Quarryville Game Time, had to close her former children's clothing store, Heaven's Little Angels Boutique, because of lack of business.
"All the customers I have are good, repeat customers, there's just not enough of them in Quarryville. It's too slow," said Fagan. She operates Quarryville Time Game in the same store where the boutique was located.
While some of the businesses are suffering, Diana Grinestaff, owner of First Impressions hair salon, has hired four new stylists and the salon is now open on Mondays.
"We really enjoy it over here," said Grinestaff. First Impressions moved from its location in the Stoner Business Center to the former Rhoades Restaurant building.
She will be selling hair products that have changed their packaging at the sidewalk sales.