The Herald Bulletin

January 18, 2014

Business Profile: Primitive Corner offers unique merchandise

Owners say customers always come first

By Traci Moyer
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — A small business specializing in primitive home and office décor has opened on the north side of the city.

The Primitive Corner, 5005 N. State Road 9, is packed with custom made items such as coffee tables, end tables, bookcases, knickknacks, wall hangings and bench seats. The owners say they repurpose furniture and miscellaneous items to create their own version of “unique.”

The partnership evolved between business owners Bobby Crawford and Pam Richardson, they say, from a mutual love for primitive and barn wood items and for recycling repurposed items.

Prior to opening the new business, Crawford sold items online.

“I’ve been collecting items for years,” he said. “Maybe subconsciously knowing that I would be able to repurpose or recycle or maybe just collecting because I like stuff. We’ve had rummage sales together, and decided that we should do the shop, then, as a joint effort.”

Richardson, who retired as a 911 dispatcher for the city of Anderson in 2009, said she decided it was time to own a business after suffering medical problems that left her depressed because she felt there was nothing left for her to do.

“The shop is therapy for me, and while I’m not as capable with technical detail as I used to be, I love the thrill of the search for unique items and want to continue to give,” she said.

The company’s mission is simple: They want to “bring a little bit of the country home.”

“We want people to be reminded of their childhood, or a special memory, when they take something home from our shop,” Richardson said.

Both Crawford and Richardson said they enjoy being around people and sharing their love of primitive items with them.

“We are excited about meeting new people and having home décor items and furniture that make people smile when they return to their home or office, and see what they’ve purchased from our shop,” Richardson said.

The owners said their first challenge to opening their business was picking the perfect location. This spring, the Primitive Corner plans to offer space that can be rented for weekend garage sales. State Road 9 is the perfect location for visibility and traffic reasons.

“So far, we feel that our ‘uniqueness’ is primary in what we are recognized for, and that our ability to custom build or create and to repurpose make our shop special,” Richardson said.

Customers who walk into the store can expect a friendly atmosphere and variety of items to see, the owners said.

And they say they are unique because of their “willingness to go the extra mile for our customers, whether it’s in creativity or delivery.”

The inventory at the store will evolve often and change with time, but customers should know the owners say they don’t mind occasionally negotiating the price of an item.

“We believe in the ‘old style’ mindset,” Richardson said. “Our customers come first.”

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