Pembroke is becoming home to a number of new businesses.
Dr. Nacondus Gamble of Southeastern Eye Care in Hinesville will be establishing her office in the building across from the Christian Church on Hwy. 280. The office is already equipped with optical chairs needed for her work in the building. An optical center will also be featured, to facilitate shopping for glasses after seeing the doctor.
Dr. Gamble’s office will be located in the middle of the building which was built as a shell so it could be used for any type business according to Tiffany Walraven, director of the Downtown Development Authority . Walraven emphasized the potential of the area that will still be available for use. While the building appears plain in the front in the back there is plenty of parking and an L-shaped strip mall accented by generous landscaping.
Southeastern Eye Care in conjunction with the DDA will be presenting a Grand Opening soon, Walraven commented.
A second new business, Storehouse Salvage, has been operating out of Owens Supply selling quality seconds of building material, but now has now moved to a building of its own. Owner Jordan McCoy, he says “it is a way for folks to get nice products for their home. They are offered at about half the price of first quality.”
The business is now located behind Liberty Auction at 134 E. Industrial Boulevard.
McCoy says he is able to offer good prices by buying in bulk from some of the same companies that his grandfather, Harry Owens, and father, Terry McCoy did when they were involved with Owens Supply. Buying from all over the US, and selling to surrounding states, McCoy says that 90 percent of his business is from outside of Bryan County.
General Manager Bill Long said the store offers pie safes, hope chests, hutches, swings, benches — just pick your stain and they have a guy that builds to order. They also have tables, long or short, also made to order items.
Joseph Walraven, the store’s inventory specialist, commented that there are many unique items available. The store has 10 employees.
Another new business is Shops on Main owned by Sarah Williams. The shop is a collection of smaller shops, where people rent spaces and present their merchandise for sale.
Among the tenants are Terry and Tracy Smith who operate Straight from the South by collecting driftwood and wood and in turn creating fascinating and unique items, plus they have a clothing line. Jeanetta Hill owns Restored and has a talent for painting furniture.
Jackie Rice sells jewelry, honey from the Bees Knees out of Brooklet, and other vendors such as Funky Junction, Amber Day Designs, Sew Craft n Spired, Embellish Boutique, Paddock Designs, Forget Me Knot and Best Children’s Resale Shop Ever.
Local artist, Essie DeLoach, has her work in the shop along with Byrd Cookies, Avon and Avasa Belle Apothecary, as well as a 10-year old’s items from Savannah, Anna Shinn (Fizz and Soak) who sells bath bombs.
Upstairs shoppers will find Reflective Collective, an upscale retail clothing shop section that Williams says she would put up against any shop on Broughton Street in Savannah.
The shop is owned by Pembroke resident Jared Burnsed. Tre Knight, works as the store’s stylist, and has 11 years fashion experience in New York. Burnsed said he just “really likes clothes, and we didn’t have anything like it in Pembroke. The items are ‘gently used’, and a mixed price range, and features shoes, purses, clothes, belts and hats.”
Burnsed’s shop accepts consignments, receiving a percentage when the item is sold. For other items he shops the surrounding area. Some items still have tags on them as they have never been worn. Currently there is a small men’s section, although most of the items are for ladies.
Higgins Place Deli, also in Shops on Main, owned by Charlie Higgins and his sister Stephanie Rissman, offers soups, sandwiches and salads. Additionally on Tuesdays prepared casseroles and desserts are available for pick up. The deli has a separate entrance plus it is accessable through the main door, and is open Monday through Saturday, featuring breakfast and lunch.
The rest of the Shops on Main merchants are open Tuesday through Saturday.