My passion for finding unique merchandise began in the early nineties when I started traveling to trade fairs in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. My focus was on identifying Eco-friendly functional housewares, and purchasing organic herbs, spices, and tea’s for two leading national distributors I work with in the United States. I still continue bring in quality merchandise for my import and wholesale business.
As a buyer, I noticed that the quality and the selection of merchandise available to consumers in the United States was limited. One clear reason for this was that the big box retailers do not source high quality merchandise from individual artists and small cottage industries as they are unable to mass produce large quantities at low cost. I felt there was a niche for unique gifts designed and created by artisans around the globe. After discussing the idea with my wife, in December 10, 2000 I opened Themes in a two story building along the Hocking River in Athens, OH. At Themes, we carried gifts, jewelry, gourmet foods, home, garden, kitchen products, and art from 45 plus local artists. Themes was relocated to Pomeroy road in year 2005 due to the flooding of the river and again relocated to Court Street Athens in 2007
Because of the convenience and ease of finding products online, brick and mortar stores suffer. Thus, I felt the need to offer my selection to consumers in other parts of the country via the internet. In August 2016, I opened an eBay store with the help of my friend Mr. Sam Berlin and have had great success selling products with a 100% positive feedback. In August 2017, I decided to launch a new online store with a unique selection of merchandise. Together with Sam, I promise to offer you a exciting selections of merchandise with great customer service.
In addition to whole sale and retail, I am also a designer and producer of new merchandise Please visit our New Products section for three new designs of a Recycled glass Sun Dial & Holiday ornaments custom made for the residents and students of the City of Athens, Ohio
Chris Demel .
Themes, 2007. located at 61 North Court Street, Athens OH
Themes store and garden, year 2000 at 559 East State Street, Athens, OH 45701.