Business of the Week: Missing Piece
The local gift shop is full of knick-knacks for every room of your home.
Interior decorating can be perplexing for some people.
Jodi Eisenhard, a customer at Missing Piece in Nazareth, doesn’t believe she has the decorating knack, at least not for her home.
"I'm not a good decorator, but I can pick out something for someone else's home,” she said. “[Missing Piece] is a great place to find a gift for someone else."
Eisenhard started coming to the gift shop located at 462 Bushkill Center Road because of the Vera Bradley items. She still goes there for Vera, but now she's ventured into the store’s other nooks.
Karen and Rick Sampson opened Missing Piece four years ago in an old house in Bushkill Township. Each room of the home has gift items displayed. The kitchen is set up with items a person could use in their own kitchen such as pottery, cookbooks, soups, coffee, spices and dips. A bathroom displays soaps, towels, candles and more.
"I always wanted a store," said Karen, "even as a little girl."
Missing Piece came to be named, according to Karen, because "we're always missing something."
In addition to her products, Karen garners customer interest with in-store parties. Women can host a Girls' Night Out, for example, and holiday parties are also a hit. When a party is being hosted, the store is closed to the public so partygoers can peruse the store with just friends and family.
Karen also runs sales with reductions of up to 50 percent off. Currently, Christmas items are reduced the most as she makes room for new displays - the second floor of the store will be turned into a garden with paths, according to Karen.
As far as regularly priced items go, Eisenhard is satisfied.
“I think most of time it’s a fair price,” she said, adding that cars were lined up Bushkill Center Road looking for a parking spot after Christmas.
The business also supports local charities like Angel 34 and Mothers For a Cure. Both charities raise money to fight childhood cancers.
"I can't even imagine what it's like to have a child with cancer," said Karen. "You have to give back to the community."
Prior to having her own gift shop, Karen managed Lehigh Valley Hospital gift shops; a job that she loved.
Missing Piece is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays.
Karen can be reached at (610) 759-4033. Special announcements and pictures of new merchandise can be viewed on Missing Piece's Facebook page.