BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY –
Life is all about finding the right combinations. Whether it is making your favorite dish in the kitchen, building a sports team to win, or establishing a strong marriage, they all take the right combinations to make everything work. Every now and then, two different businesses are able to exist together under the same roof and it is great. This is the case with one of Mena’s newest store fronts that is home to Pony Express Printing and the Corner Shoppe. Owner Kathy Burks considers it the perfect set up for this mom and daughter duo.
The Corner Shoppe is on the south end of Mena Street next to ReMax/Mena Real Estate. Realty. The building has been owned by Kathy for 10 years and there have been a couple of businesses previously in the space. Kathy herself had a local business, Kathy’s Home Décor, but had taken a break and was now looking to start something a little different. “There was an opportunity to buy Pony Express because the previous owner was retiring and at the same time the Front Porch Antiques and Flea Market closed. It was a perfect storm and an opportunity to try something new,” explains Kathy. As she was making plans to transition some of the same attractions from the Front Porch to the new store people were encouraging her to rent out space for vendors. “I took people’s advice and we opened up part of the store for vendors. We have been full since day one and have several people on a waiting list.”
There are a variety of items for sale that will meet a wide range of interests of customers. Currently, there are 21 vendors renting out space in the building. Some vendors have rented a few shelves and others have floor space and a booth set up. “We have a big variety for anyone that is coming in. There is new clothing along with antiques and things you would find at a flea market.” The Corner Shoppe carries a lot of the farmhouse and vintage décor that is loved by so many today. Along with what is typically expected at a store like the Corner Shoppe, jams & jellies, bread mixes and spices, essential oils, and soaps and lotions are available. In addition to the diverse selection of items and gifts, florals are also available for customers. “We have a floral designer who designs and creates the arrangements. Florals for funerals, memorial sprays, wreaths, and table top arrangements are all things that can be prepared for customers,” says Kathy.
In addition to those who might be shopping for antiques or looking for a gift for a friend, customers will realize that Pony Express Printing shares the same space. “Many people may not know that Pony Express is still open, but we are and we want to have the opportunity to take care of people’s printing needs,” Kathy says with a smile. Kathy is able to take care of printing needs for businesses and personal use. From business cards to party invitations, Pony Express is fully capable to meet any need. “When we took over the business, we wanted to continue the tradition the previous owner had created. Our goal is to provide good work at reasonable prices. The previous graphic designer still does work for us, we are trying to stay as consistent for customers as possible,” recalls Kathy.
Kathy and her daughter, Ashley, enjoy the variety of printing work that is available to them and they want customers to know that they can really take care of any printing need. “We can do copies, faxing, business cards, binding, invitations, and so much more. One of the things we enjoy the most is that we have the ability to print banners for people. We can make banners for a variety of things, including birthday parties,” says Kathy proudly. Trusting Pony Express with any printing need also provides a local printer advantage to customers with a quick turn around. “We had somebody come in the other day that was heading to business meetings and realized they ran out of business cards. We were able to turn around and get the cards printed so that they could get on the road. That kind of service can’t be provided if customers don’t print locally. I take it seriously when people trust us with their printing needs and I want to do my best to take care of whatever they need as quickly as I can.”
The Corner Shoppe and Pony Express Printing are locally owned, which means familiar faces and great service. “I want people to feel like we care about them when they come in. Whether they are shopping and looking for a gift or they have printing needs, we want them to come see us.” To see all the wonderful items in the Corner Shoppe, stop by 822 Mena Street or call 479-3216-8911. For information about printing services, or to place an order, call 479-394-7377 or visit ponyexpress-printing.com. Kathy can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.