Variety store opens in PV
by Paige Rentz
prentz@annistonstar.com
In what has become a bit of a family location, Donna Nash has opened a new store at West Point, just in time for the holiday season.

Where her father long had a service station at the corner of Highway 204 and Pleasant Valley Road, Nash has opened Front Porch Variety Shoppe and Gifts to Go.

The gift shop has been open in the afternoons and Saturdays since Nov. 1. Nash said her customers seem delighted the store is there and has heard from them about the unique quality of her offerings.

Nash, a counselor at the county’s Career Technical Center, opens the location from 4-7 p.m. on weeknights an 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

With the holidays approaching, Nash is offering “the gifts to go” idea—pre-wrapped gift baskets ready to be given. She also offers an array of items such as jewelry, scarves, clothing, chocolates and fudge, Christmas decorations and Christmas trees, and handmade bows for almost any purpose.

As the prospect of retirement from the school system approaches, Nash said she’s been “looking to make money and enjoying I do all at the same time.”

The variety store seemed like a good idea because, she said, “I love doing different crafts and I love people—talking to people and helping people.”

Nash is still waiting to see how the holiday season and beyond go before making any decisions about the future of her store; she may reduce her evening hours once the holidays are past or join the Chamber of Commerce if things go well for her.
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