NEWBERRY — Vicki Fischer let one passion lead to another and it resulted in a new business — Newberry Flag and Garden — opening in downtown Newberry.
Fischer owned and operated Sunset Tanning in Prosperity before opening Newberry Flag and Garden, which held a ribbon cutting on Aug. 9. Fischer also sold flags at this facility, but wanted to do more with that aspect of the business.
When she saw 1216 Main St. in Newberry was available, she saw it as an opportunity to try something new. Fischer said that after spending six years in the tanning business, she felt it was time to get out of it.
“I just wanted to get into something different,” Fischer said.
Newberry Flag and Garden, which has actually been open for about a month, carries a wide variety of wind chimes, flags, stones for the outdoors, kites and other garden items. Fischer said she hopes to also carry hammocks.
The store also carries gift items, plaques, vases and plenty of college items including flags and gifts, she said.
What Fischer loves about the flag aspect of the business is that you can get a flag for just about any occasion.
“It makes a nice gift for that hard to buy for person,” Fischer said. “We always have something for someone.”
Fischer carries flags for holidays, birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, along with many more occasions. Fischer can also order flags that she does not have in stock.
Newberry Flag and Garden carries 12x18 sized flags Fischer said as well as the normal house-sized flags that are 24x40 in size. Fischer said she also has the 3x5 flags that can be placed on garden poles which she also keeps in stock.
“I stock lots of USA and State flags,” Fischer said.
The store is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. Although located at 1216 Main Street, Fischer said her suite number for the building is 1222. Newberry Flag and Garden is the second door on the left upon entering the building.
Fischer said she has received good feedback and loves her “neighbors” within the building.
“I’ve had very supportive responses from the community,” Fischer said.
Fischer said she loves being her own boss and owning her own business. Part of her joy is being able to invite her grandchildren to help her in the office. Noah, 3, and Tyler, 11, enjoy helping their grandmother at the store.
Fischer’s advice for others looking to starting their own business is to check things out.
“Do a lot of investigating and see what you’re getting into,” she said.
When not working, Fischer said she enjoys spending time with her husband, David, who is retired, as well as baking. “I love to be in the kitchen,” she said. The couple lives in Prosperity.
Call 803-321-9158 for more information.