POMEROY — After many years of working in several aspects of the retail industry, Paige Cleek recently opened her own store in Pomeroy.
Front Paige Outfitters, formerly Dan’s, will hold its grand opening on Nov. 23, 24, and 25 at the new location. The store is located at 112 West Main Street in Pomeroy, next to The Fabric Shop.
Dan’s was founded in 1974 when Dan Arnold purchased a shoe repair shop in Middleport. In 1999, Arnold sold the business to Jane Harris. Dan’s was moved to Pomeroy in 2004. The business was purchased by Cleek and her family in October of this year.
Front Paige Outfitters carries Carhartt for both men and women, including jeans, bibs, outerwear and flannels, Levi’s jeans,and Life is Good. The selection of boots includes Red Wing, Georgia Boots, Carhartt Boots, and Justin Boots.
A selection of scarves, sweaters, junior tops, fashion hats, gloves, knit hats and jewelry are also available. Embroidery and screen printing is also available.
Cleek began working in the retail industry while in college at K and C Jewelers in Pomeroy, before moving to Atlanta to work for Rich’s Department Store. She later became a department manager and buyer, working in down town Atlanta. Moving closed to home, in Columbus, Cleek worked in product distribution at Express, a division of the Limited Stores.
After having her two daughters, Cleek moved back to Meigs County and returned to work as the jewelry store. She also worked for Mary Kay cosmetics before opening Danielle’s in Middleport with Mark Fultz.
In the fall of 2012 Cleek was approached by Harris about buying Dan’s as Harris was ready to retire.
This past summer Cleek purchased the building Front Paige Outfitters is in from Wayne Pullins and began an extensive renovation with the help of her father, brother and many other family members. She then purchased Dan’s. The store opened to it’s first customers on Oct. 29, with the grand opening to take place beginning on Nov. 23.
“Treat every person who walks into the store as a guest in your home,” said Cleek of something she learned working for Clarice Krautter at K and C.
In addition to Cleek, her sister-in-law, Nancy Smith, will be employed at the store. Cleek’s two daughters, Hannah and Olivia, now both in college, will also help with the store when home on break.
Front Paige Outfitters is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can also be found on Facebook.
During this weekend’s open house, the store will also be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25.