A decade of distinction

Business celebrates 10 years offering unusual items

Business celebrates 10 years offering unusual items

December 16, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - When Jules Happy Rone opened her shop in 1997, her mother had to sign the lease.

That's because the owner of Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectables, a small shop on West Fairfax Street in Berkeley Springs, was only 17 years old.

On Thanksgiving weekend, the shop celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Rone, 27, said she took over the shop from the previous owner with a plan of offering items that were distinctive and unusual.

"When you come in, you are going to find something different and unique for someone you didn't even know you were looking for, and that may even be yourself," Rone said.


Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectables has a variety of items, including fairies, crystals, wind chimes, dragons, books, cards and Harmony Kingdom boxes, which she described as a major collectible line.

In addition, Rone said, the store carries "many other exciting collectibles and unique gifts from all over the world."

"Isn't it amazing that as young as 17 years old, Happy took on the responsibility of starting up and then growing a successful business over a 10-year period?" asked Sally Marshall, a board member of Travel Berkeley Springs.

Jules also has a 1,000-page Web site and ships to all 50 states and 12 countries worldwide, she said.

"People e-mail me all the time looking for the closest Jules store near them because the online site looks like I should have a chain of stores. 'Well, how close are you to Berkeley Springs,' I ask.

"I have people find me online and then come in the store and are blown away to see that I have as much in the store as I do online. And that's how I've become one of the largest Harmony Kingdom dealers in the world," Rone said.

"People know they can come in the store and order online, and get the same personal service," she said.

"I had no idea when I opened the store what these 10 years would bring, and I certainly have no idea what the next 10 will bring, but I look forward to finding out," she said.

Jules is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Rone's "spare time," she performs at the Washington County Playhouse dinner theater.

Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectables is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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