NEWBERRY — The idea just came to Gloria Glasgow to start a business that simplified the daily routines of those who need extra assistance.
Partner ‘n Shop was born in January by Glasgow, who helps the elderly, disabled or anyone who needs assistance with essential errands such as grocery shopping, paying bills, dry cleaning, picking up prescriptions or other routine daily errands.
“My goal is to partner with families,” she said. “That’s why I named it Partner ‘n Shop. I become a partner to achieve your shopping goals. I’m committed to simplifying lives.”
Glasgow said she knew she wanted to establish a service as she approaches retirement and she also knew plenty of elderly people in the county.
“I wanted to establish a service as well as a mission,” said Glasgow. “I want to provide a service to those in need those who desire this service. I also did some research and found a lot of people need some assistance. I am (business) licensed in Newberry County.”
Glasgow who said she assists all over the county and will help any of the surrounding areas as well.
“I know that there are (adult) children taking care of their parents and can’t do it all because they are working,” she said.
The service is a non-transport service in which she does the running for clients, she explained, allowing them to relax in their home while she runs errands for them. She charges by the hour and there is a mileage fee assessed.
When she began Partner ‘n Shop, Glasgow knew she wanted to do something that combined the different strengths from her background which include education, business and human services.
Glasgow is a former educator and has worked in human services as a social worker and case management director. She also was raised in business because her father was a small business owner.
“In the 1950s, ’60s and even early ’70s, my father was an owner and manager of a cafe,” said Glasgow. “What I learned from him was that you can do anything that you apply your mind to. He also said your name speaks for you.”
While Glasgow’s business is still young, she wants to build and keep an ongoing clientele.
She said Nancy Williamson with the Small Business Development Center in Newberry helped her in gaining perspective and establishing a website for the business.
“She was a tremendous help,” said Glasgow.
For more information, visit Glasgow’s website at www.partnernshop.webs.com, contact her through the website or send am email to Gloria.PartnerNShop@gmail.com.