6.24.2010

Mexican imports shop opening on Church Street

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., check out the opening of El Jardine, a new Mexican imports shop at 82 Church St.

Syracuse-based businessman Peter Flaherty has set up a tent in a 22 by 48 foot lot between Carpetland and Saratoga Signature Interiors, where he will be selling his handcrafted artware and goods through the fall, with the intention to move full-time to Saratoga in the near future, he said.

The tent shop is an extension of Flaherty's two stores in Syracuse. He originally sold imported goods through a catalog business, but opened the first store in 2006 because he had an excess of oddball items that had arrived in his delivery truck from Mexico.

"The Mexicans are very honest and hardworking," he told me today during our interview. "But if you order, say, 50 clay pigs, you might get 100 or you might get 20. I would open my delivery truck and find whatever the Mexican families and artists had made by the time the truck had to leave.

"I have a lot of unique items that I believe will fit into the horse (theme) and festive heart of what Saratoga is," he added.

El Jardine's grand opening event will include door prizes, refreshments and a live broadcast by STAR 101.3 FM. A 20 to 70 percent off sale on select items at Saratoga Signature Interiors will be held at the same time.

For more information, call Saratoga Signature Interiors at 581-0023. Look for a full story in Monday's edition of In the Biz, both online and in print.

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