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By MARIAN GALBRAITH
A new, full-service discount party supply store called Celebrate! is coming to the Cherokee Square Shopping Center at 1802 North Jackson St., and it promises to help patrons celebrate every occasion with style.
Husband-and-wife owners John and Karen Orr said they plan to have a “soft opening” on Saturday, March 23 followed by a grand opening sometime in April.
The store will carry a huge variety of party decorations and supplies, including plates, napkins, cups, balloon bouquets and more, with children and adult themes ranging from Disney and Fisher-Price to NASCAR and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
“We’ll have Mylar and latex balloons, cake decorating and catering supplies, piñatas and novelty items, wedding, baby shower and graduation supplies, gift wrapping and tissue paper, and even life-sized cardboard cutouts of various characters and celebrities,” said John Orr.
The store is not a franchise, Orr said, but is supported by a contract with Discount Party Store Developers, a national discount retail store developer that assists independent business owners to establish their own stores.
According to its website at www.dpstores.com, the national company provides a complete turnkey business opportunity for the individual owner, including financing, site and leasing assistance, fixtures, merchandise, labor, training and free long-term support.
The Orrs said they recently attended an extensive training seminar in Las Vegas and have had to do some studying to learn how to get started, but they are confident the business will support itself.
“We think it’ll be great for Tullahoma to have its own party store,” Karen Orr said, “and ‘Celebrate!’ will be a lot larger than any other party store that’s been here before with a lot more to offer.”
In addition to the in-store merchandise, the Orrs said customized items and special orders will also be available.
John said he will initially be working in the store with the help of a few part-time employees, since Karen works full-time at AEDC.
“We’ve had a great response to our ads for part-time help,” he said, “and we look forward to getting started.”