The Store Next Door
The Store Next Door is a manufacturing and retail operation in downtown Yarmouth that provides employment for people with disabilities. We focus on reusing and recycling products where possible in order to reduce waste ending up in landfills.
What’s your signature product/service/menu item?
Our signature product is a line of products using recycled hockey sticks. We have everything from hockey stick coasters to park benches and our furniture is in our Sister Social Enterprise, The Shanty Cafe. We also made wood products from signs to shelves.
Why did you choose this type of business?
We chose this business as a way to create employment for people with disabilities.
What is your favourite aspect of being a business owner?
My favorite aspect is the reward I get in the recognition and success of our mission.
Where do you hope to see your business in the next year? Five years?
I'd love to see the business employing anyone with a disability who wants a job. Our sales almost double from our first year of operation. If we can continue to grow each and every year, we might come closer to fulfilling that mission.