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New Mayville business offers something for everyone

December 9, 2010
By Dennis Phillips

MAYVILLE - If you’ve been looking for a one-stop shop to find furniture, clothes and a pedicure, there is a new business for you to visit in Mayville.

The new business is the Uptown Dresser Fashion & Furniture Consignment, located at 36 S. Erie St., Mayville, and is owned by Erika Beckman. Also, inside the business, you will find the Ambience Spa, which is owned by Diane Farr. The spa provides manicures and pedicures. Another member of the business is Harold Hawkins, who provides the furniture.

The business held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 2, with assistance from the county Chamber of Commerce. During the ribbon cutting event, the new business was blessed by Father Gordon Delavars.

‘’We opened in April and had a busy, successful summer,’ said Ms. Beckman.

The first-time business owner was looking for a job, so she decided why not open her own business.

‘’I wanted a job, but there are not a lot of employment opportunities. So I went looking for my own,’’ she said. ‘’I wanted a job where I could be creative and deal with the public, which are two things I love to do.’’

Ms. Beckman said she grew up in Mayville as a child, but moved south for a while. She returned in 2007 and missed seeing some of the old time shops she remembered being along Erie Street when she was younger.

‘’I said, What does Mayville need?’ and I noticed so many business that are no longer here like there was 30 years ago,’’ she said. ‘’When I grew up in Mayville we had a gift shop, department store, ladies clothing boutique, bakery and a sweets shop. I guess all those owners retired and no one carried on those businesses.’’

So, Ms. Beckman said she wanted a shop that offers a wide variety of options to her customers. People who visit the Uptown Dresser can find consignment women fashions from petite to plus sizes, from causal to formal. The business also has semi-precious, stained-glass and custom jewelry, art items like watercolor and oil painting and home decor. The store also is an agent for Anderson Cleaners.

‘’I always will carry crafts, jewelry and art. The items are made from people around the county,’’ she said. ‘’The furniture is county made. We offer it at a third-off retail prices.’’

Ms. Beckman said during the summer she had many tourist in the area visit her shop. She also has met many new local people.

‘’I though I knew a lot of people in Mayville, but I’ve met so many new people,’’ she said. ‘’I want people to come in and have fun. I want them to come in as a customer and leave as a friend.

The business is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information on Uptown Dresser, call 753-2116. For more information on Ambience Spa, call 269-4703.

Article Photos

Erika Beckman cuts the ribbon during the open house ceremony at the Uptown Dresser Fashion & Furniture Consignment, located at 36 S. Erie St., Mayville. Business partners Diane Farr and Harold Hawkins, representatives from the county Chamber of Commerce, and Father Gordon Delavars assisted in the ribbon cutting ceremony.



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