Claudette's offers an old-fashioned holiday experience

Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2003

You might think you're walking onto a movie set for a Charles Dickens era film, or stepping back in time with the spirit of Christmas Past, a cozier time when the shopkeeper knew you by name and could help you find that special gift for your favorite Aunt or Uncle.

Welcome to Claudette's in the Cornerstone Market Place at the "Y" in Soldotna and meet Claudette Barber, a friendly lady who loves being a shopkeeper. "I've always wanted to be a shopkeeper, even when I was young. I love antiques and I've always been an artist who appreciates hand made one-of-a-kind items, so I put together those two things and opened the store," said Claudette. The store has become an artistic outlet for Barber who has thrown her talents into making lovely displays at her store. She moved to Alaska ten years ago from Northern Illinois and feels right at home on the Kenai Peninsula, "I love being a shopkeeper. The neatest thing about having a small store is I can offer customer service to people. My customers are everything to me, I can gift wrap their purchases while telling them a story about the item they're buying. I love to make shopping a personal hometown experience that isn't available at the mega chain stores," added Barber.

In the summer Claudette enjoys meeting customers from all over the world, but it's the local shoppers that keep her going. She specializes in one-of-a-kind folk art and collectables, and features the finest works from local artists. For a unique holiday shopping experience visit Claudette's in suite B at the Cornerstone Market Place, where you'll find several other stores that complement your hometown kind of shopping.

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