A store in downtown Blacksburg is rolling out a service previously dominated by big chains and department stores.
Gourmet pantry and cooking school, a specialty store, is launching an online gift registry program. The Main Street store, which has been in business for more than 20 years, said it believes it is the first independent retailer in the Blacksburg area to offer such a feature.
Registries can be created in-store or online. Winners can add items that span the gamut of what the store has to offer – from high-end cookware and kitchen gadgets to wines and cheeses to one-of-a-kind items like handmade pottery.
“The goal is to make everything as convenient as possible,” said Kimberley Boyer of Gourmet Pantry.
Store owner Roya Nazare said she was excited to add a service that would make the store more accessible to customers around the world. The registry is designed to help celebrate a variety of occasions, from weddings to holidays to housewarmings.
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Gourmet Pantry began exploring the service after noticing that gift registries seemed to be offered primarily by department stores. The local store decided to put their own stamp on the idea.
The gift registry program was scheduled to go live by May 20 on the Gourmet Pantry website at gourmetpantryonline.com.
This is the third online service offered by the store. Visitors to its website can also order gift baskets and purchase gift certificates.
The Gourmet Pantry storefront, located at 401 S. Main St. in Blacksburg, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.