Jason Byers, interior designer and owner of Roseburg Book & Stationery, began carrying our mermaid pillows in his store about two months ago. In early June, we asked Jason a to tell us more about his store, why he chose to carry mermaid pillows, and how his customers have reacted.
Your store is over 100 years old. How did it get started?
Jason: Our store is 106 years old and was started to meet the needs of a small rural community. Back then it was Roseburg Book Co. We have always sold a lot more than just books. To be honest we don't actually carry books anymore, just some by local authors....but after 106 years you don't change the name, you change with the times. What I like is the fact that I own the store that my great grandparents purchased their school books etc. from.
What makes your store unique today?
Jason: I try to find unique and special items for my store. Things you wouldn't find at big box stores. The store, for as small as it is...6400 square ft. ranges from furniture/office furniture, office supplies, papercrafting, and scrapbooking, to our gift dept. and we're the oldest Hallmark store on the west coast. I think its the blend of the old brick building and atmosphere mixed with contemporary decor and inventory that make this little store so intriguing.
Why did you choose to carry mermaid pillows for your store?
Jason: I wanted the mermaid pillows the second I saw them online. In my downtime I scroll through YouTube occasionally, when I saw the story on the mermaid pillows I was excited. I knew that was a product I must introduce to my community. They're so versatile, bathroom to ballroom they're perfect!
How have customers reacted?
Jason: My customers have reacted well..some have seen the news story on the pillows on INSIDE EDITION or YOUTUBE. For the ones who haven't, the look on their face when I demo the reversible sequence is priceless. As soon as I do they always know someone who would love it. I do have one customer that was so impressed she's bringing hers to a local retirement home to see if they would use it in a therapeutic way.
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