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New Business -- Piedmont Gifts

June 04, 2006

Name of business: Piedmont Gifts

Owner: Carlen Loy

Address: 13 S. Potomac St., Hager's Row, Hagerstown

Opening date: April 3

Products and services: Gifts, home dcor, gourmet coffee by the pound and by the cup

Market area: Downtown Hagerstown business crowd and anyone looking for gift ideas or a good cup of coffee.

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "I worked in IT for many years before going into the restaurant business, which motivated me to go into business for myself. I love coffee and decided I would like to sell the best as well as home dcor and gift items. I've been selling both on eBay for a number of years and decided to open a shop."

Previous business experience: "I have been in either accounting or IT for the last 25 years."

Number of employees: One

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

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Web site: www.piedmontgifts.com

Telephone: 301-790-4959

Cutline: By Richard T. Meagher/Staff Photographer

Carlen Loy opened Piedmont Gifts in Hager's Row in downtown Hagerstown in April. The shop has gifts, home dcor items, gourmet coffee and more. Loy sells the gourment coffee both by the pound and by the cup.

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