Va. couple moving business into former Glick Shoes building

November 17, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Barry and Candace Sonne of Woodbridge, Va., are moving, lock, stock, home, curtains, shades and blinds to Waynesboro.

The couple, both 42, recently bought a house on West Third Street. In the spring, they plan to move their businesses - Ace of Shades and Sonne Castle Originals in what by then will be newly renovated retail space at 44 W. Main St. in a building once occupied by Glick Shoes.

Barry Sonne said he hopes to capitalize on the new housing growth coming into the region, houses that have windows that need drapes, curtains, blinds and shades. The Sonnes, between both businesses, said they can serve all those needs.


"We can tell that growth is going to happen here," he said. "This is the cutting edge, and it's better to get in while it's early than miss it."

"We feel there is a lot of potential here," Candace Sonne said. "A lot of people like us are moving in to Waynesboro from the (Washington) D.C. area. They're buying old houses like we did and are fixing them up or they're buying new houses. About 90 percent of Barry's business is in new houses," she said.

Barry Sonne said his part of the business - selling and installing blinds, shades and shutters, "is the hard part of the business. Candace has the soft part - custom window treatments, upholstery, fabrics and design."

The couple has run a shop-at-home decorating and window-dressing business in Woodbridge for 10 years. They will consolidate it into their new Waynesboro venture.

Both have degrees in business and both graduated from the Custom Home Furnishing School in Asheville, N.C.

The new store will have a small workroom where Candace Sonne will so some sewing and teach one-day classes in sewing and design.

Their connection with Waynesboro began when her sister moved to Greencastle, Pa.

"We came up a lot and fell in love with the area," Barry Sonne said.

"Our children are grown and we wanted to slow down our lives," Candace Sonne said. "We're going from (Washington) D.C. traffic to walking two blocks to work."

"We've been very impressed with the assistance from the Chamber of Commerce and what's going on with the downtown revitalization effort," Barry Sonne said.

He said renting the same size retail space in Northern Virginia would cost $6,000 a month.

The Sonnes' will be the third store of its kind in Waynesboro.

Housing growth, plus the sale of existing homes to buyers fixing them up, means an overall increase in the home decorating business, the new owners said.

Penny Waters, manager of The Window Shop and More, is across the street at 69 W. Main St. The shop specializes in custom window treatments. It's been in business for 20 years. Waters said business is good.

Brenda Mowen, owner of Old Town Touch in the Waynesboro Mall, specializes in home decorating. The store features items for windows, walls and floors, she said.

"We decorate the whole room," Mowen said.

She, too, said business has been good.

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