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Anything Goes Gift Shop makes gift-giving easy in Milo

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 34, August 21, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

MILO Everybody knows at least one the person who has everything.

Finding the perfect gift for that person just got a little easier thanks to Patty Jones, who recently opened Anything Goes Gift Shop at her Milo home.

Specializing in custom-made gift baskets for any occasion, Jones said this was the first time she has owned
her own business.

"I've always like putting together gift baskets," she said. "Now I have the space available and the time."

With a shop stocked full of gifts and crafts, Jones said she creates baskets with just about any type of gift either from the shop or supplied by the customer.

"I do just about every type of basket. I'm not concentrated in just one area," she said. "I'd like to offer wider selection that's good for any occasion."

Ranging from nubby candles to Nascar paraphernalia, Jones said she tailors her baskets to suit personal tastes.

"Eventually, I'd like to do a Made in Maine gift basket," she said. " all the gift baskets are something custom for that person, and depend on what price range the customer wants and what personal interests are."

Jones, who has lived in Milo the past four years, said she started the business because she needed work that would fit better with her family life.

"I really started this because I wanted to stay at home with my 2-y ear-old," she said. "I wanted to find something where I could stay at home and work."

Although operating the business hasn't been without its challenges, Jones said she has enjoyed it.

"It has been a lot of fun," she said, " but there's also a lot to leam."

For her, the most enjoyable part is helping people solve their gift-giving dilemmas.

"I like the interaction with the people," she explained, "and the creative part of trying to help people find what they need."

In addition to the gift shop and gift basket business, Jones also offers a gift-wrapping service and also sells balloons. She said she is working on creating a Web site for the business along with a photo album of gift baskets in order to spark ideas for people.

"No two gift baskets are the same," she said. "Like a lot of small businesses, we cater to each individual need,"

To give customers a chance to check out what the shop has to offer, an open house is planned for Saturday Sept, 7 at the Park Street location from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors during the event will have an opportunity to check out the shop and the gift baskets, in addition to sampling My Grandma's Coffee Cake of New England.

For more information on Anything Goes Gift Shop, visit them at 115 Park Street from 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday or other times by chance. Gift basket orders can be placed anytime from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. by calling 943-8733.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.