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Monday, April 26, 2010

Buccaneer Gift Shop

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Buccaneer Gift Shop

Owners: Jeff Ring along with his Cheryl Griffin and father Oscar Ring
Address: 152 Miracle Strip Parkway
Phone: 850-244-5002
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sundays are the official hours, but they usually stay
Web site: www.buccaneergiftshop.com; they are also on Facebook
Business Philosophy: We try to treat people like we would like to be treated. We stay consistent on everything we do.
DAILY NEWS: When did your business start?
DN: What type of products and services do you offer?
BGS: We have Coca-Cola memorabilia, we do NASCAR, we have a few antiques and collectibles, like Elvis and Marilyn. Things like that. Coke is our big items. Actually, Coca-Cola did a 35th anniversary Coke bottle for us. We’re probably one of the only small businesses they’ve done that for. We did really well with that. It actually brought people from all over the country with that.
DN: What does your business add to the community and why did you decide to start it?
BGS: It is a family business. My mother and father started it. My father used to go around and find stuff he could put in some antique stores. That was more of a hobby for him. We’ve sort of grew from sewing souvenirs and different things and evolved into what we are now.
DN: What do you do that sets you apart from other businesses?
BGS: A lot of the stuff we handle is just hard to find items. Coke has such a history with the United States, a lot of people like us because of that or they use it in restaurant decorations. We do sell a lot of that to a lot of restaurants.
DN: What challenges do you face in the current economy?
BGS: Mainly what we did, to make it work better we just stayed a little bit longer hours and do a little more promotions. We seem to be staying about where we were. When you’re in the field that we’re in, there’s not a lot of it. That’s what helps us out. It’s stuff that you can’t find just anywhere. It’s one of those neat little things that if someone likes it, they really want it.


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