The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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April 13, 2012

Sherry's Gifts hosting re-opening Saturday

PALESTINE — Sherry and PW Cotton love not only what they do, but the fact that they get to give back to others.

The Cottons own the local retail shop, Sherry’s Gifts.

Starting 15 years ago in the Kroger grocery store strip mall area, Sherry’s has evolved through the years.

“Our daughter Diana (Stuffers) owns the frame shop, but we merged it together,” Sherry said recently. “We really do business here the old fashion way. It’s a lot more fun and you build better relationships that way, that’s important to us.”

After leaving the retail world briefly, Sherry’s Gifts is back and ready to serve the community.

“We love serving people,” Sherry said. “That’s one reason I’ve come back in after being out so many years. I missed the people and I get a great deal of fulfillment out of serving people.”

Her husband agreed.

“We had tons of comments when we closed,” PW said. “So my thinking is, I feel an obligation to the community. I want to make a contribution and this is one of the ways we can contribute.”

The Cottons’ faith in God and their love for the community is evident in their gift shop.

“We have an opportunity to be a good witness in the community, that’s important. We love people and we like to interface with people,” PW continued.

“We put God first. We want to serve the Lord and be a witness for him and then we want to serve our customers,” Sherry added.

PW preaches at Cartmell Home for Aged in Palestine.

“He delivers the sermons and I sing and play the piano,” Sherry explained. “The elders there are the ultimate expression of love.”

Sherry’s Gifts will be celebrating its grand re-opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Hot dogs and drinks will be served during that time.

“We want to invite everyone to come,” Sherry said. “We’re going to have a lot of our specialty gourmet dips and sauces out so people can taste. We’re planning a real fun day.”

Sherry’s Gifts is located at 411 Avenue A. The store will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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