Shop owner Mark Andol climbs aboard a bus and tells the riders that shopping here is a patriotic act.
“When you walk through them doors, I guarantee when you’re shopping — the homework’s been done — it’s 100 percent made-in-America products. Made in this country by American workers, and the money stays in our economy. So, enjoy yourself,” he says.
Customers pour into the spacious building, which used to be a Ford dealership. American flags and patriotic quotes adorn the walls.
Gloria Giesa of Vaselboro, Maine, says she always looks for “Made in the USA” labels when shopping. But this store saves her the trouble.
More from the store’s website, saveourcountryfirst.com:
Mark Andol has one requirement for the products he stocks at his retail store: They have to be made in America – 100 percent, from product to packaging.
So not only is the maple syrup tapped from U.S. trees, but it’s also bottled in U.S.-made containers. Toys are shrink-wrapped in American-made plastic, clothing and American flags stitched with homegrown thread.
Everything is displayed on American-made hangers and shelving in a converted, closed Ford dealership.
“It’s what I’ve always believed in,” said Andol, whose Made in America Store in a Buffalo suburb drew 800 customers on opening day two months ago, including war veterans eager to shake his hand.
The idea has caught on so quickly that Andol is already in franchising discussions, with visions of having a store in every state.
This is one of the best ideas I’ve heard all year!