Linton's Main Street Gifts re-opens in style

On March 20, Main Street Gifts celebrated their grand re-opening with a ribbon-cutting with the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Back row, from left: Cheryl Hamilton, Jathan Wright, Tracy Keen, Sharon McKee, Ralph Witty and Tammy James. Front row, from left: Linton Mayor John Wilkes, Jeff Doris, Vicki Doris, Dr. Margaret Shaw (on floor), Robin Wolfe, Dixie House and John Cotter.

By Patti Danner

A long-time Linton business, Main Street Gifts, held a Grand Re-Opening with a ribbon cutting with the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce March 20. Owners Jeff and Vicki Doris purchased the old Tucker Furniture location at the corner of Main Street and Highway 54 and set about breathing new life into a neglected old building.

In a similar fashion to the restoration of the Cine Apartments across the street, Doris saw a lot of value beneath the dust and cobwebs of the building.

“We wanted to create a place people can be proud of,” said Jeff Doris. Doris is the owner of Linton Family Pharmacy and a 20-year Linton businessman.

“There is a lot of value in the buildings here, historically and otherwise. We wanted to draw attention to that.”

One step into the new Main Street Gifts proves that value. The store is set up for versatility with large display areas. It is multi-level, with sections designed to be aesthetically pleasing while appealing to a broad range of shoppers. Vera Bradley handbags hang near an essential oil display, quilts and bed linens adorn a full-sized bed display and desk signs bearing the names of Greene County towns are available downstairs. On the second level, a sizeable baby section coexists with a rustic cabin-themed display.

The store features a functioning elevator is in place near the back of the store for clients for whom climbing stairs isn’t feasible, and behind the scenes is a state-of-the-art security system provided by Amplified Tech Services of Linton.

The outside signage was designed and created by Doris and his son Samuel, 16.

“This location was in a poor state for generations,” Doris said. “During the renovation, we found this beautiful tin ceiling up there, covered by a dropped ceiling that was falling down.”

The Doris’s goal with the renovation was to offer shoppers a comfortable, expanded shopping experience in an environment they would want to spend time in.

“I have stood in every spot designed for customers in this store, to see what they see,” Doris said. “To us, it’s Disneyland times fifteen. It’s designed for customers, all the areas are tied together to please the eye and to make them want to come back.”

The location is energy-efficient and boasts thermal windows, more than one stunning chandelier created by Doris and his son and even a store dog, a friendly bulldog named Marge.

“My wife and I are both Butler University alumni,” Doris said with a grin. “And Marge is named for one of our professors. Her official AKC name is Dr. Margaret Shaw.”

Doris plans more improvements in the future, including a renovation of the pharmacy building which will boast a glass atrium and connect to Main Street Gifts.

“This is what happens when you shop local,” Doris said.

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