There’s something special about shopping at a small business. And that starts with the inventory. Local retailers always have a unique item on sale; something you just have to have. Perhaps it’s handmade or crafted by a local artisan. Maybe it’s vintage. Either way, that item is one-of-a-kind and you likely can’t get it anywhere else.
But the inventory isn’t the only feature that makes shopping small special; it’s also the owners and staff. Right when you walk in the door of a local retailer, these individuals greet you with a smile; offer their help and guidance with a purchase. They are kind and friendly. They treat you like family. You just don’t get that level of service at the big-box retailers. And only when you begin shopping local do you start to see the difference. So today, I am asking you to shop small at Two Romeo Girls – where you’ll find locally-made gifts and unparalleled service from its friendly owner, Debbie Wingert.
Debbie opened the store in Romeo six years ago in a temporary space. After moving around a bit, she now calls a beautiful building on Main Street home. The 1,700-square-foot space is filled with hand-painted furniture and wares from local artisans. If you stop in, you’ll surely find a gift for anyone on your list. For instance, there’s home décor, handmade gloves, jewelry, hand-poured soy candles, soaps, hand-painted art, books from local authors and fun, vintage finds.
Prices start at $5, so there’s something for everyone’s budget. And when you shop here, you can feel good knowing that the store supports two important causes:
- The Healing Nest: A Washington Township-based resource that offers cancer patients the opportunity to receive meaningful relaxation, massages, facials and other spa services at no cost in a warm and nurturing environment.
- Chasing Butterflies: Local artisan Denise Kappa creates beautiful glass sculptures and garden art and sells them at Two Romeo Girls. The art is made in memory of her late son and proceeds from its sale go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Outside of the unique product offering and support for local causes, Debbie prides herself on that fact that she can befriend every customer that walks in the front door. She talks with each visitor, getting to know their story and helping them find exactly what they need. It’s that level of service that makes Two Romeo Girls a must-shop destination in Macomb County.
Two Romeo Girls is located in downtown Romeo at 227 North Main Street. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. This coming Saturday, Dec. 1, the store will remain open until 7 p.m. during the Romeo Christmas Walk. For more information and updates, visit the Two Romeo Girls Facebook page here. And to find other independently owned and operated stores and retailers in Macomb County, visit our searchable map.
When you shop local this holiday season, you can enter for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards (donated by First State Bank)! To be considered, snap a photo of your shopping, submit it and share using #ShopLocalMacomb between Nov. 23 and Dec. 2. Five lucky winners will be randomly selected during a live Facebook drawing at noon on Monday, Dec. 3. For details visit makemacombyourhome.com/shoplocal.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.