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Olde Town Shoppe offers store full of "different" gifts Staff Report Olde Town Shoppe, 138 West Pine, is one of the most unique stores in all of Tangipahoa Parish. Shoppers looking for something "different" to give as a gift know they have come to the right place when they open the local Hallmark shop's door. Over 25 scents from an exotic collection of Root candles treat the nose, as eyes try to take in all the many offerings. Huge stuffed animals, hand-crafted permanent German candles with hunting scenes, storybook candles, alabaster containers, Limoges porcelain figures, a small bear that is the mascot of the local pre-school, a Perrin Panda, hand painted fans from Spain, all vie for the eye with the Artesania Rinconado animal figures from Uruguay, the latest in kids' collectibles, from stickers to beads. It is easy to tell that the emporium owned and operated by the Zachmann family has to be experienced to be appreciated. Brides-to-be have their own corner and are encouraged to take the bridal books home with them so they can plan their wedding day in the comfort of their own home. Back at the shop, every- thing she will need, from invitations to the garters and goblets are available at Olde Town Shoppe. An entire room is reserved for the most extensive paperbook book collection in Ponchatoula, with titles representing every reader interest, from cook books to mystery, romance, science fiction and children's books. Take a quick look around the entire store (a sensation akin to standing in a giant kaliedascope) and you quickly get the notion that these are special people operating this store. A completely family affair, Zach Zachmann, his wife Soon and their Great gifts! Owners Olde Town Shoppe looks like Santa Miss Ginger Zachmann, newly elect- Claus is using it for storage these ed to the board of directors of the days, so many unique gifts are Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce, available there for the coming stands with her father, Zach Zachmann in front of the family's season, unique main street store. (Times Photo) "00'nank You Ponchatoula! children Ginger, Mike and Judy have been adding their ideas, time, labor and energies to Olde Town Shoppe since they bought the store three years ago. "I like Ponchatoula. I love the people, that's why I bought the store," says the father of the family, quickly echoed by daughter Ginger: "The people are great. And I say that realizing there is a big difference in people from one place to the next. Ponchatoula is special." "l see a lot of potential for this area. We need some get-up-and-go and I believe that spirit's taking hold. I know that I have been welcomed with open arms, and I appreciate that/' Why is she so positive that downtown Ponchatoula is getting ready to prosper? "This is an enjoyable place to shop. I know you can find everything you're looking for on main street," said Miss Zachmann, who on Friday was elected to the board of directors of the Poncha- toula Chamber of Commerce by fellow merchants and professionals. Olde Town Shoppe still specializes in the Hallmark line of quality items, and can order any Hallmark item for fast delivery that is not already on the shelves. And the shop's greeting card selection is predictably the most complete in the area. But it is obvious to any visitor that the Zachmanns have taken their store far beyond what is normally found in a Hallmark shop. If Ponchatoula is celebrating St. Patrick's Day then it is the Olde Town Shoppe which will be stocked with all the items needed, from leprechaun lapel pins to vests and green hats, green table cloths and shamrock napkins. And no matter if the event is an Oktoberfest, a Strawberry Ball, or any of the traditional holidays, Olde Town Shoppe is sure to have thought far enough in advance to order all of the necessary trappings to make the occasion special. School children are frequent visitors and always find a welcome waiting. "I like young people. We have items here for young people as a result. We now carry those things that young people can afford for themselves and for their parents," explains Zach Zach- mann. He told the Times that if there was one thing he hoped he could express to the people of Ponchatoula it would be to thank them for remaining faithful customers during the reconstruction of main street, even when shopping there required extra effort. SHOW YOUR TH00'00K S MAK00 A OIFT ,v,T. sPEc,AL CELEBRATION! BEFORE IT'S OPENED. "i":  Give that special plr'ik, sag'i'f'rgonPaper person tn your life ""'"""' a "Caress" Plush washable Animal starting at $6 50 M00gs $499-$699 Christmas Report Cards Have you purchased your Advent Calendar & Candles yet ? Come See Us , Maybe We Can Help. Ornament Sale: * B i; ; i . .r ; .6 .a .r .6/" ; ; ...... Buy 5 Victorian Lace or Country Print Fabric Ornament Get 1 FREE Buy a 1985 Hallmark Ornament at regular price and Receive 50% of.f Ornament dated 1984 on back OIde Town ,00hoppe 386.2310  138 IT/. Pine St. Ponchotoula  THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, NOVEMBER 28, 1985, SEC. B., PAGE TWO Scallan Financial Center Scallan Financial Center to open Saturdays for Christmas Staff Report Joe Braddy and his staff at Scallan Financial Center, I01 West Pine, are prepared to help make Christmas wishes come true for shoppers and downtown merchants alike. "We have fast service, friendly atmos- phere, and if we don't already know you, we would like to meet you,'" was Braddy's main message when inter- viewed for this publication. He took the opportunity to announce that starting Saturday. November 30 and continuing through Christmas. his offices would be open on Saturdays from 8:30 to noon to assist downtown shoppers. "A Christmas shopper can come downtown, see what they would like to buy from the manv stores here, and corue [o us with the total they will need to make their purchases. Within the hour, after they have enjoyed lunch or used the time to browse in the stores some more. we will have their Christmas money for them," explained Braddy. Of course, Christmas shopping loans are just one of the many financial services offered at the company's center-of-city location. Loans are available for autos, homes, miscellaneous purchases, or just for cash. "We can handle most loan requests in one hour's time, and people should know that they can even phone in their loan application," added Ms. Sara Hano, who also works at Scallan Financial Center. Adds Braddy: "'We already finance for Petrolane and we are willing to work with all Ponchatoula businesses to finance their customer's purchases. "I invite everyone who just wants to discuss their financing to come in for a talk. Since March of 1977 1 have been in the banking and financing business and my experience tells me that while financial problems are troubling, there is almost always a solution that will relieve the pressure and clear up the individual's financial picture." added Braddy. He is yet another businessman in "The Ponchatoula Mall" who is bullish on the commercial district's future: "I see great days, months and years ahead for Ponchatoula's downtown shopping district. I would like to see Scallan Financial Services grow over the next five to ten years so that customers shopping downtown will always have the financial help they need to shop-at- home here in Ponchatoula. This will make for a more excitiqg business community in the future." Joe Braddy Manager Specializing in Loans (Signature) Consolidation Miscellaneous ny of You _ . Automobile Santas Need (Mortgage) More Buying Power? . Real Estate (Mortgage) No need to struggle through this holiday gift buying season on a tight budget. We can || helpputa little exfra cash in Sea00,an Financial 00oor 00oo,00,oo0 C te merry in your Christmas with en r our low cost loans. On approval, you'll have that extra buying 386-4 1 O0 power you need for gifting and entertaining, and we II work out a personal repay- 101 W. Pine. St. ment plan that works for you. PONCHATOULA Hours" Mon-Fri. 8:30-5 Nov. 30th NEW HOURS Open Sat 8:30-12