New downtown offerings include tattoo shop, painting store

June 27, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ


Hartzok thought about closing down another business he owned, James Shoes at 76 W. Main St., in the same building as Olympian Athletics.

Instead, on March 1, he sold it to Barbara Chandler, who has worked there for about 23 years.

Chandler has spruced up the decor with nostalgic items.

She said she's trying to add more "in-style" shoes and expand the selection of widths.

The store carries mostly women's shoes, but that's for a reason.

"Women buy because they want them, not because they need them," Chandler said.

She said she bought the store - her brother and mother are silent partners - because she "couldn't bear the thought of knowing that Waynesboro wouldn't have a shoe store."


She's getting used to the idea that she has three employees and she's the boss.

"It's hard for me to think I own it," Chandler said. "I still have to think I have to answer to someone."


Allen Droneburg's Needlepoint Tattoo opened at 7 E. Main St., in the northeast corner of the square, on Saturday.

Droneburg has plans to open nine more shops - four tattoo parlors and five stores selling body jewelry, "streetwear," and leather goods - in Franklin and Adams counties.

For now, though, he's happy to have moved his business out of his home.

Droneburg, who lives in nearby Rouzerville, Pa., moved to the area two years ago.

Like others in his field, he started with a homemade tattoo gun.

His shop is Waynesboro's second tattoo parlor, after C.C. Riders on South Potomac Street. Droneburg does tattoos and Jimmy Gipe does piercing.

For a while, Droneburg worked in construction. But he decided to stick with something less physically demanding. To emphasize his point, he lifted his shirt and pushed in the ribs he once broke.


Linda Shumway of Mont Alto, Pa., and Ruth Anne Garling of Waynesboro have worked together in the cafeteria at Mowrey Elementary School for years.

Now, they're business partners.

"This is our adventure," Shumway said.

Shumway and Garling opened Rags 'n Lams Paint Studio at 37 E. Main St. on June 10.

They offer an array of classes for beginning and intermediate artists on topics such as floor cloth, painted stain glass, folk art, painted screens and calligraphy.

On June 17, nine people attended the first class, which was on making a papier-mch angel. Other classes are filling up and about six to eight teachers have signed on.

Shumway and Garling said they also plan to sell homemade gift items.

The women said they purposely waited until school was out to open their shop. When school starts again in the fall and their cafeteria jobs resume, "we might just open later in the afternoon," Shumway said.


Since he started Cermak Technologies Inc., more than seven years ago, Michael Cermak has also worked out of his house. He has three technicians working for him, rebuilding and troubleshooting home and office computers.

The move to 52 W. Main St. will afford him some space.

He expects to open in the middle of July, possibly on the 12th.

However, his cyber caf probably won't be ready then.

Cermak said he hopes to set up some computers on fast T-1 lines, along with scanners and laser printers, and rent them by the hour. Coffee and snacks will be available.

He said the caf probably will have evening hours.


A sign in the window tells people that 46 W. Main St. will soon be a bike shop.

But owner Mike Reed hasn't put up his official sign: "Bike and Browse."

Reed said he - there are no other employees - will repair bicycles of all types when the shop opens early next month. He'll special order new high-end models.

He developed an interest in computers about seven or eight years ago and has been a bicycle mechanic for about 14 years, he said.

Reed had his own bike shop in Greencastle, Pa., for about 10 years. When he moved to the Waynesboro area last fall, he decided to move his business, too.

He will also cater to the cyber crowd. He plans to have four terminals with free Internet service.

Reed called it a "strange merger" - bikes and Web browsing.

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