New Monterey Business Will Benefit VPAS

Monterey, VA – A new business will be opening its doors on Main Street in Monterey later this week. Phyllis Whetzel is opening Phyllis’s Store in her home at 31 East Main Street, next door to the old Lightner’s Electric building. The store will offer gently used items for sale. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the store will be donated to the Valley Program for Aging Services office, specifically for Highland County’s senior citizens. Phyllis tells us about what kinds of merchandise she will offer in her store.

“We have anything from note cards to fine bone china and crystal” says Whetzel. “I even have a section that is my bargain basement section where everything is 25 cents – we have things that range from a dollar up to hundreds of dollars. You name it, we have it.”

She will also have regular specials where prices of certain items will be reduced.

“I’m planning to have a Blue Monday’ special. Each Monday, I’ll pick an item in the shop that I’ll cut by 50 percent” she says. “Right now, I have a shed full of things that I would love to bring out as other things sell.”

Whetzel says she will accept donations, but not consignments. And she’s not accepting clothing. She says she’s already received several boxes of donated items and others are waiting to bring more in.

To help staff the store, Phyllis is looking for volunteers from the community. Contact her if you are interested in volunteering.

Phyllis’s Store will have its grand opening on Thursday, July 1 from 9-4 and will also be open on Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3 from 9-4. It will be closed on July 4. Starting next week the store will be open whenever the open flag is flying on the front porch. In addition to the store, Phyllis will offer quilting classes in her home. For more information on these classes or to volunteer to work in the store, call Phyllis Whetzel at 540.414.4410.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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