Diane’s Mail Room, which opened its doors last week in Buckley’s Jefferson Avenue Business Park, might be considered a small-businessman’s dream.
This little outlet, wedged between a smoke shop and a sandwich place, stocks everything from stamps, office, school and shipping supplies to sunglasses, gift cards and greeting cards. There’s also a affiliation with shippers UPS, DHL and FedEx.
Owner Ted Griffiths exclaims that while his outfit offers the usual amenities synonymous with mailrooms, his business also features a read one, give one, get one, free book exchange table.
While it appears Griffiths takes a shotgun approach to satisfying clients’ needs, his strength might be his ability to tackle a plethora of printing requirements.
“We can definitely handle a wide range of printing needs from printing out lithographs with the artist’s signature on them to high-end jobs like 3-D models and prints,” he said.
“I hope people will come by and check us out, especially during our grand opening in the first week of March,” Griffiths said. He noted that during the grand opening, half his proceeds will be donated to the Disabled Veterans of America.
Griffiths was, until last year, a clinical engineer – “You know, one of those fellas who hooks up those fancy medical contraptions in hospitals,” he said. Then came a layoff notice.
That proved to be a blessing, as Griffiths was able to spend more time with his wife, Diane, who lost her battle with cancer in August.
“It was definitely her energetic spirit that inspired me to start up this business, so I elected to name the store in her memory,” Griffiths said, noting he will become a supporting sponsor of the annual Buckley Relay For Life.
Diane’s Mail Room is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 360-761-7017 and the fax number is 360-761-7020.