Ribbits hops in new direction

June 18, 2005

The owners of Ribbits in downtown Hood River are closing their doors to tackle a new business challenge.

Steve and Christie Galon are offering a 40 percent discount on most cash purchases in the Oak Street Mall store until June 27. That offer excludes copper and consignment products. Clients using credit cards can take advantage of a 30 percent markdown on qualifying items.

Once the end of the month rolls around, the Galons will vacate the premises and sell their custom gift baskets and Twisted Copper creations from home. They believe that providing Steve with the opportunity to be near his workshop in the Heights will allow an expansion of his copper art and household accessories.

“We are looking forward to the new direction that we are headed in. We hope that our customers will remember us for gifting in the future,” he said.

After Ribbits opened two years ago, Steve’s copper designs became popular sellers. Eventually, the Galons felt the business had come to a crossroads. If he did not have use of tools during the day, it was difficult to keep the inventory restocked. And Steve was becoming more fascinated with exploring new styles of jewelry, wall art, and more.

However, the Galons also wanted to continue providing custom gift baskets to their corporate and individual clients. So, they sat down to discuss the business dilemma and decided that they could have the best of both worlds. They are relinquishing their store to move their enterprises home. And, by constructing a Web site, they will be able to expand their sales base beyond the Gorge. According to Steve, www.ribbitsgifts.com will soon be up and running. Orders for gift baskets or special copper requests can be placed any time by calling 387-3764 or e-mailing ribbits@gorge.net

“It has been a good and positive experience having a business in downtown Hood River. It has enabled us to come into contact with a lot of great people and we’ve met some terrific clients and business acquaintances that we now call friends,” said Galon. “Moving will just allow us to come up with more products and pass the savings on to our faithfully supportive client base.”

All sales during the remainder of the month are limited to stock on hand and are final on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain fixtures, displays and equipment will also be offered for sale.

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