Down A Country Lane Liquidates Merchandise

Entire Inventory Marked Down by 50 Percent

By Matt Bayman

For more than two decades, Down a Country Lane has been one of the most popular shopping destinations in Tipp City and Miami County. During the annual A Winter’s Gathering festival, which kicks off the holiday shopping season in Tipp City each November, people would come from miles around to see the newly decorated store and peruse their wide selection of merchandise. In fact, three to four hours before A Winters Gathering started, people would line up outside of Down a Country Lane waiting for the opportunity to be some the first patrons in the door.

Last year, Down a Country Lane, which also consisted of the store Cognac Home Furnishings, closed its doors in Tipp City and owner Janette Plummer never had a chance to host a last sale for her loyal customers. This is where Hospice of Miami County and Troy Main Street came into play late last year, and why that final sale that Plummer had hoped for is finally coming to fruition.

Through the end of this month, Down a Country Lane is hosting a liquidation sale at its new (and not-so-permanent) location in downtown Troy at 1 E. Main St. The store is located on the northeast corner of the Troy Square, just one block from two of the most popular restaurants in Troy – La Piazza and The Caroline – and close to many other shopping and dining opportunities in the historic district.

Shoppers at Down a Country Lane, which encompasses about 8,000 square-feet, can take advantage of the 50 percent discount on everything in the store, from furniture and pictures, to candles and decorations, among many other items. There is also a chance for designers and wholesale florists to purchase bulk items.

At the same time, a portion of the money raised from the sale will directly benefit Hospice of Miami County.

Susan Hemm, marketing and development coordinator for Hospice of Miami County, said Plummer is giving back to the community in a “big way,” as well as in a personal way. “Over the past year, Janette has had firsthand experience with hospice care,” she added.

“I feel very strongly about the benefits of hospice,” said Plummer. “They were wonderful with my loved ones and I wanted to be able to give back.”

Hemm said Hospice of Miami County has been serving the community for 29 years and relies on financial support from the community and benefits, such as the one taking place at Down a Country Lane, because patients in hospice care are not charged for any services.

The current sale in Troy, as well as the limited return of such a prominent and historic store to Miami County, also helps Troy and the many other businesses that surround Down a Country Lane.

“This is an important event for downtown Troy, in that it will draw visitors from all over the Miami Valley for this unique shopping experience,” said Karin Manovich, executive director of Troy Main Street, one organization which has helped coordinate the event. “The upscale ‘one-of-a-kind’ merchandise offered at steep discounts will make downtown Troy a destination for many. There is no greater marketing tool for downtown than bringing people here to experience the charm and beauty firsthand. It is our hope that shoppers will visit other downtown retailers and restaurants, and will return in the future.”

And if you happen to stop for this special sale, there are many other stores to shop at as well, including a number of retail shops that have similar merchandise, including Amish Furniture, Canal Street Primitives, Expressions of the Home, For All Seasons, David Fair On the Square and many others.

Since Down a Country Lane is keeping later hours than other retail businesses in Troy generally keep, shoppers will have a chance to experience the downtown’s nightlife opportunities, including enjoying a glass of wine and a cigar from the Leaf & Vine, a sub and beer from the Submarine House, a cup of coffee and bite of chocolate at Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees, or even by stopping in at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center for a free tour of the mansion and a look at its revolving list of exhibits and musical and theatrical performances.

Down a Country Lane is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The store will close for good on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

Down a Country Lane can be reached at (937) 335-2647, and Hospice of Miami County at (937) 335-5191.

Reach DCP freelance writer Matt Bayman at MattBayman@DaytonCityPaper.com

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