The Strawberry Tree LLC Clearfield County
Carolyn and Hildred Rowles are the proud owners of this well-known shopping destination in Clearfield County. The Strawberry Tree is a retail gift shop that offers moderately-priced gifts and home décor to the residents and visitors of Clearfield and surrounding counties. It has been in operation for over 20 years and has developed a reputation as a shopping destination for local customers and tourists. Their mission is to offer quality merchandise at a moderate price in a friendly, attractive atmosphere of historic ambience. They strive on distinguishing themselves as a unique gift shop destination. And as a result of their uniqueness, they have found success.
As the result of a successful operation, the Rowles family has decided to relocate their store to a larger location in order to satisfy their customers with more products and services. The new location, only three blocks away, offers 2,800 square feet of retail space which is nearly triple the current square footage of the previous location. The new location is a 19th century Victorian building retaining the historic charm and ambience in which The Strawberry Tree was founded. The Strawberry Tree also features a new service – a tearoom. The addition of the tearoom has evolved the store into a comfortable environment where people of all ages can come together and enjoy a nice hot cup of tea with friends and family. The new location with its entire splendor will surely bring about a new sense of hospitality to its customers.
The Clarion University SBDC helped us obtain our funding for the revitalization of our Victorian building and gift shop expansion"
– Carolyn and Hildred Rowles
Recently, the success of The Strawberry Tree was recognized at the 17th annual Clearfield Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Ceremony on October 7, 2010. Each year, five prestigious awards are handed out: three business awards and two awards given to honor stand out individuals in the area. The Strawberry Tree was the proud recipient of the Shining Star Award. This award is based on physical improvement to an existing building in the past year.
Carolyn Rowles first came to the Clarion University Small Business Development Center early in 2006 for assistance related to the existing business. Since then, she has been referring to the center for continuous planning, financial analysis, and help to secure funding. With assistance of Clarion University’s Small Business Development Center, The Strawberry Tree was able to obtain the needed funding for the revitalization of the Victorian building and gift shop expansion.