The Phelps Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the first Business of the Month for 2016: a unique shop specializing in an eclectic variety of treasures!
Jim’s Hidden Treasures is a great place to find fine art, books, coins, antiques, and collectibles. Online shoppers can also check out the two associated eBay stores (Jim’s Hidden Treasures & Jims Stamps NY).
The owner, James A Ebel, is retired from the US Postal Service where he was the Clerk in Lyons, Geneva and Phelps. Numerous work experiences have provided him with a broader insight into life’s ups and downs! Prior to his position at the Postal service, Jim worked second shift as a developmental aid for Newark DDSO in Phelps. He began going to local auctions mainly to see the unique items for sale from the past, which he “always had interest in buying but could never afford.”
He noticed most of the people buying were also selling and decided to give it a try. So he bought ten box lots of books from Davis Auction for $50 and rented a storefront for $100 (where the Hoffman Clinic is currently located) and Jim’s Hidden Treasures officially opened for business on Jan. 1st, 1991.
Jim vowed to reinvest every penny from sales into new merchandise until he retired. In 1992, he rented a much larger storefront a block away from his original location, and in 1998 he began selling on Ebay. Then, ten years ago he purchased his own place where Jim’s Hidden Treasures is currently located on Rte. 96.
“My business became my hobby as I developed a passion for finding unique items that not only I enjoyed but others would as well, especially original artwork. Every object has a story to tell and I enjoy communicating that to others. Phelps has been my community since 1971 and it is where I chose to raise my family and continue my Hobby,” Jim says.
This month also marks a special occasion for Jim’s Hidden Treasures, as there will be a 25th anniversary celebration on Friday, January 1st (from 10AM to 5PM for a 25% off storewide discount plus cookies, cake, snacks and as always, coffee) as well as REAL social networking on Tuesday, January 12th at 5:30 PM for Business After Hours. Jim’s Hidden Treasures photos and treasures will also be displayed in the showcase at the Community Center in January, be sure to check it out!
Looking for the perfect gift that you didn’t get? Stop into Jim’s Hidden Treasures (256 Main St. Phelps NY) and congratulate owner James A. Ebel during normal business hours (Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm.)
To learn more about the included benefits of a Phelps Chamber of Commerce membership, please visit PhelpsNY.com/chamber-of-commerce or call (315) 548-5481.