CIRCLEVILLE — Sharffs Celebrated 75 years in business starting last week and continuing through Thursday.
The first 75 people through the door on Thursday received a gift bag and were able to celebrate with cake and light refreshments.
The store also offered discounts to shoppers and had a steady flow of people through the morning.
Sharffs has had a storied history in Circleville and was explained by owner Doug Baker.
The business was started by Earl Sharff in 1946 in its first location, next to The Savings Bank location in the 100 block North Court Street. Sharff then bought the building at 106 West Main Street, where the store stayed until around 1984 before moving to their current location.
“An interesting part of our history is in the early 1970s, we wanted to have a separate junior store from Sharffs; we wanted to cater to a high-school girl or college woman,” Baker said.
“Debby Jenkins was working for us at the time and she came up with the idea for this shop and putting it together. The store was called ‘The Other Place.’ That is currently where Maggie and Me is.”
What was unique was that it was decided to facilitate easy shopping for mom and her daughter to make a hallway and connect the two stores. For that time period, mom could be in Sharffs and her daughter could be in The Other Place, where they each had their own shop.
In the 1980s, another store was opened, called “The First Lady,” which Baker said catered to more mature customers.
Baker said when they moved to the current store, they combined all three into one location.
“We really had outgrown the 106 West Main Street location, so we decide to move it and The Other Place into this location under one roof to give us more space to operate and increase our inventory,” he said. “Then, the 106 location became The First Lady.”