By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – One of Corinth’s newest gift shopping venues is a little off the beaten track.
It’s the gift shop at Magnolia Regional Health Center, located in the lobby of the hospital’s main entrance A.
A grand opening is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’ll have light refreshments and everyone is welcome,” said Pink Lady Ruth Ann Phillips.
Phillips and “Khaki Gent” Benjamin Smith – the designation for the hospital’s male volunteers – were staffing the gift shop this week, becoming familiar with the wider array of merchandise they can offer in the expanded space.
Phillips has served more than 500 hours as a Pink Lady hospital volunteer since retiring from working many years in the office at Alcorn Central High School. Smith has been a Khaki Gent since moving to the Corinth area about two years ago, and all of their volunteer time is in the gift shop.
“We’ve added more clothing, pottery, a new line of candles, new monogrammed note cards and a new line of greeting cards,” Phillips said.
The gift shop is beside the lobby waiting area, separated by a wall of glass, so is much more visible and the items inside more enticing to passers-by.
“People sitting in the waiting room have a beeper, so they’ll come in a browse while they’re waiting for it to go off,” Phillips said. “All of the merchandise moves pretty good, but we have our everyday candy people.”
Shopper Marilyn Dodd of Corinth bought gifts for her newborn twin granddaughters and even early Christmas gifts. Dodd said she loves shopping in hospital gift shops.
“You find unique gifts you cannot find in other shops,” Dodd said. “They must have a unique market, and this one is a beautiful place.”
Among the gift items available are handbags, jewelry, angels, crosses, canvas paintings, flowers in bud vases and much more.
“Our buyer Gail Shepherd and gift shop supervisor Peggy Treadway go to different markets to find the merchandise we offer,” Phillips said. “Traffic has been good for everything, and lots of people come in for baby gifts.”