As the sign outside Everything Under the Son says, the store at 407 McKinley St. offers “gifts, Bibles, books and more,” with a decidedly Christian theme. In this case, “more” could be fellowship.
Several regular customers drop in every week for Bible studies or just to share a cup of coffee together. A sitting area offers coffee, pop and water for $1.
“People are invited to gather here; we love that,” said Patti Kasselman. She manages the store alongside Mary Jeffrey. The owner is Mark Ball. “We want people to be able to come in and get peace.”
The store opened downtown in 1992 with a simple philosophy: Bring the word of God into the home through high-quality, unique faith-based products. Everything Under the Son has been at its present location at 407 McKinley St. since 2000.
What started out as a resource for Christian gifts, music and books has evolved into a place where people are invited to gather and meet friends. In addition to the coffee nook up front, an area at the back can accommodate larger groups, which are invited to use the space for Bible groups, singing and praise. There are also quiet corners throughout the store for patrons to sit and enjoy a book or reflect on their daily devotions.
From the start, the store has been known for its selection of Bibles, devotionals, and gifts for all occasions, including baptisms, first communions and confirmations – as well as graduations, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and Christmas. There are Christian books of all kinds for all ages, including fiction; coffee mugs; art; and music. There are speciality products such as dip mixes, as well as ground coffee and coffee beans from the Republic of Tea company.
“We love for our customers to come in and browse,” Kasselman said. There is a play are for children to enjoy while the adults shop.
Customer Jim Dunlap said he’s been shopping at Everything Under the Son for 10 years. “This place is awesome,” he said.
“It’s just a place to hang out and have a nice time. It’s a safe haven,” he continued. Dunlap said he also appreciates that the staff can handle special orders for books and music.
With the Christmas season upon us, Jeffrey and Kasselman said they hope people will come in and explore the many gift selections. Be it a book or a T-shirt, a piece of jewelry or a keepsake, they think they’ve got just what the customer is looking for – even if what they’re seeking is a cup of coffee with a friend.
The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
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