GALLIPOLIS — River City Leather Manufacturing is expected to host its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sept 4, with the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, at 314 Second Ave., Gallipolis.
According to Aaron Buckley, 29, store proprietor, the business combined with longtime shoe repair Gallipolis business B&E Shoe Services after the repair store’s prior owner, Bill Stapleton, decided to retire. Steve Stapleton, Bill’s son, stayed on to continue offering services with River City Leather Manufacturing.
Gallia County Chamber of Commerce representatives are expected to make an appearance at the site shortly after noon. At 6 p.m., there will be live music, along with drinks and appetizers, in celebration of the business’ opening. A 15 percent discount is being offered on displayed products.
According to Buckley, he and his wife, Erin, originally moved their leather-working business out of a building on their property to the downtown Second Avenue location. Aaron learned to work leather with assistance from the Stapleton family before striking out in his own crafting endeavors.
“We’ll treat each part as B&E and River City Leather, but the actual name of our business will be River City Manufacturing Company,” Aaron told the Daily Tribune for a previous story.
Aaron said the leather workshop was open to working with local companies in an attempt to help foster good relations through the workshop’s services.
According to Aaron, the business originally started as a small project where he made a leather tote bag for his wife’s birthday. After receiving encouragement on social media, the pair decided to pursue bigger business opportunities. They continued to sell projects to friends and soon found themselves moving the business out of their home and to a small shop on Second Avenue that measured 17 feet by 13 feet. They moved in May to their current location across from Gallipolis City Park. The store opened for service in that same location Aug. 10.
Aaron added that the store will be offering Poler Outdoor Stuff items in its retail area as well as Vargo Outdoors sporting gear.
“I feel like these kind of things would really attract people in our area,” Aaron said.
Echo Hill Forge, a blacksmith enterprise in Pomeroy, are also expected to offer products in the leather workshop.
“We’ve had an amazing response in our first three weeks being open,” Aaron said. He said River City Leather Manufacturing looks forward to its future dealings in Gallia County.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.
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