PS Gifts: 'The shop is an extension of our family'

PS Gifts
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Janey Rynearson says her secret to success is no secret at all. She cares about her customers and caters her shop, PS Gifts, to meet her clients’ needs and coming trends.

“What we’ve got is a unique mixture here that’s evolved over the years,” Rynearson said. “This store is us. It reflects who we are. The shop is an extension of our family.”

PS Gifts on Walter Martin Road celebrated its 17th anniversary under Rynearson’s ownership last month. To commemorate the event, the store will offer 17 percent discounts, food and prizes Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

“I never thought of myself as a businesswoman and I still don’t. I’m more of a hostess in my store,” Rynearson said. “We know we can compete with big stores with our customer service. We love people and like to see them happy.”

PS Gifts opened in the late 1980s with original owners Penny Benson and Star Whitehead. Benson eventually left the store and Whitehead sold it to Rynearson in 1995. Whitehead is still connected to the business; her daughter Shelley is married to Rynearson’s son, Jeff.

PS Gifts offers everything from collectible figurines to Vera Bradley items to collegiate paraphernalia and jewelry.

Rynearson and her daughter, store manager Heather Peters, said their similarities and differences in personality help keep the store stocked with items that entice everyone from teenage girls to grandmothers.

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