Gettysburg polish pottery
Business: Gettysburg Polish Pottery
Location: 102 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, Pa.
Owners: Tim and Rebecca Woodward
Years in Business: 1 year, 4 months
Number of Employees: Full-time: 0 (just us) Part-time: 1 year-round
Sector of business in the community: Retail
What is unique about your business?: The product we sell is unique in itself. No two pieces of Polish Pottery are ever alike because it is all individually handcrafted and hand-painted by skilled artists in Boleslawiec, Poland. We run our business in a customer-friendly manner. If you want a particular pattern or shape and we do not have it, we try to find it and have it for you before you leave town. We are possibly the only shop in town that offers a bridal registry for table and ovenware.
Why did you choose to start a business in Adams County?: This honestly was a very impetuous decision. We saw potential when the space became available and we knew that the pottery is an excellent product that we believed in. Tim had been retired for a little over a year and ran the shop until Rebecca retired in May 2014.
How do you feel your business is affected by tourism?: Once people discover the vibrant shopping district in Gettysburg the opportunity for business is incredible. We have always said if you get only one-half of one percent of the tourists that visit Gettysburg, you will have a lot of foot traffic in your shop during the tourist season. Because of what we sell, our shop has become a place where local residents are coming to purchase wedding, housewarming, shower, birthday gifts, etc.
Favorite visitor experience: Tim asks where each customer is from. We have had customers all the way from Australia and many from Poland. My favorite experience was a woman that became very emotional upon finding the pottery cup that she and her brother had used as children growing up in Poland. It is pleasing when our handicapped customers are able to come in and comfortably move around in our shop in a wheelchair or a scooter and thank us for keeping the store accessible. We kept that in mind when we were arranging the displays in the shop. We always laugh when we hear parents telling their kids before entering “Do Not Touch a Single Thing." We always tell them we have six grandchildren and kids do not bother us at all. We want shopping at Gettysburg Polish Pottery to be a good experience for our shoppers.