American Graphix & Apparel shop moves into larger space
By SHELLEY HANSON
Times Leader Staff Writer
MARTINS FERRY — Scott Myers wanted to keep his business in Martins Ferry, but he was running out of space on Fourth Street.
After word spread that he was in need of additional room for his American Graphix & Apparel store, he got his wish. The former Redman Club’s bingo parlor on Fifth Street was available and Myers said he took the space right away.
“We went from 1,500 square feet of space to 3,800 square feet,” Myers said.
He said since moving into the new storefront, located at 417 Hanover St., the foot traffic to his store has increased tremendously.
“I’m just glad we got to stay here in Martins Ferry. We love it here. I’ve been treated like I’m from here,” Myers said of his customers.
The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce celebrated the re-opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
“We’re happy to have a business relocate here in town where they are visible for everyone to see,” said Dorothy Powell, Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We hope people will support their hometown business.”
Myers said with the help of family and friends he was able to get the shop open for business. Much of the retail area was repainted by Jennifer Paesani, who also did the Christmas decorations in purple and white, an ode to Martins Ferry High School’s colors.
Myers also displays some artwork in the front of the shop, including a skeleton portrait he said is based on his likeness. The painting was a gift from Jason Kovacs, a local tatoo artist. He noted he might use some of his wall space in the future as gallery space for local artists and photographers to display their works.
Myers said he plans to add more apparel in the front for people to purchase. He also has expanded his business to include photography for senior portraits and other events.