HONESDALE — Head down Main Street in Honesdale and you’ll find plenty of shoppers passing up the big box stores and looking for something unique to put under the tree.
Shoppers stopping in the Wayne County Historical Society are picking up ornaments that have become quite the tradition.
“We started this very special type of ornament and box and insert in 1998, when the County was 200 years old,” said Sally Talaga, Wayne County Historical Society Executive Director.
The ornament features a historical building or commemorates an event each year.
Buffy Chaffee makes the trip to Honesdale a few times a month from New York, and said she’s never disappointed in what she finds.
“I think it`s wonderful, beautiful quality stores, and they`re willing to get you anything that you want if you don`t have to have it this very instant,” said Chaffee.
“There`s a lot of shops since I grew up here that have different little knickknacks and stuff, and so my husband and I are kind of just wandering around,” said Misty Menarcheck of Pittsburgh.
It`s not just the unique gifts that you`ll find at the Wayne County Historical Society that keep shoppers coming back to Honesdale, it`s that special customer service at each and every store.
“What we offer is better service, good selections. We do special things for people. We gift wrap for free. We help them with their selections, and really we have good values at a lot of our stores,” said Tom Fasshauer, owner of Art’s for Him.
Fasshauer said it’s his customer service that keeps many of his customers loyal. Just down the block, the manager of Country Dawn Gift Shop said she agrees.
“We have personal care, we look after every one of our customers. We offer free gift wrapping, and we also enjoy talking with everyone who has become friends,” said Joann Ostrander, manager of Country Dawn Gift Shop.
A friendly atmosphere that makes the rush for holiday gifts a bit more jolly.