Local woman opens retail store in Harvester Center
After a few years of being unemployed, Mary Holmes decided it was time to open her own store.
"I just finally got tired of working for other people," Holmes said.
The Batavia resident and Attica native owned a crafts store in Albany during her 25 years living there, but with her family's background in flea markets, it was natural that the store would carry a variety of used merchandise.
The primary focus, however, as the name of the store says, is books. The business name is Anything Goes Books and More. It is located in the Harvester Center right on Harvester Avenue.
Holmes has amazing, impressive array of items to sell, but as she expected, most of her customers to this point have been buying books.
She opened the store the first week of August.
And the outlet is a family affair. Some of the merchandise comes from her father's estate and her two bothers and sister help by going to garage sales and flea markets looking for more used items to sell in the store.
"I need the help," Holmes said. "I can't be out there picking stuff and be in here, too."
Right now, the store occupies three office-sized spaces in the Harvester Center. Holmes said it's her dream to see the store expand and carry even more items, or even when its doing well enough to move to Main Street.
She acknowledged that the Harvest Center is a little out of the way for some people, but with the recent addition of some other new businesses in the complex, it's helped her business a lot, she said.