STANTON — “It’s a fun little dollar store.” That’s how Susie Vogelsong, owner of the It’s a Buck Dollar Store in Stanton, describes her new business.
The store, which opened June 10 at 117 W. Main St., features a steadily growing inventory of both household necessities and fun, impulse-buy items.
“You name it, we’ve got it,” Vogelsong said. “We’re starting from scratch, but getting more stuff in all the time.”
The store is a retirement project for Vogelsong, something she’s doing in part because she owns the building and needs to do something with it. Her daughter, Lacy Suddaby, and son-in-law, Ash Suddaby manage the store for her, though she describes herself as a “not-silent partner.”
Vogelsong says a dollar store was something she has thought about for a long time. The space formerly housed her previous business, the Community Closet, a nonprofit. The dollar store fills some of the same needs for the community, she adds.
“It’s just a fun mom and pop, everyday store,” Vogelsong said. “We’ve got your basic groceries, knick-knacks, crafts, cleaning supplies and the LA line of makeups.”
The store also recently added DVD movies to its inventories; these have proved immensely popular with customers.
“People have a ball finding some of the movies they haven’t seen in forever,” Vogelsong said. “We brought in 200 movies and they’re selling for just $1 each.”
Business has been picking up steadily since the store opened in June, according to Ash Suddaby. Also, Suddaby has been putting a great deal of sweat equity into the business, completing numerous improvements and renovations to the building.
“I just put in 30 sheets of drywall,” Suddaby said. “It’s starting to look pretty good now.”
Vogelsong added that advertising and word of mouth have been getting “our name out there” and growing the business in the past couple weeks.
Also, the store fills a specific need for the town, she said.
“Let’s admit it, the county’s poor and we all know it,” Vogelsong said. “I’m trying to make a place where everyone can come and afford to shop. It’s light and airy here. I want people to be able to have fun and joke around.”
It’s a Buck Dollar Store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.