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Young Debbie McCormick

Hello, I’m Debbie McCormick, owner of Sunnyside Cottage. Opening my store was something I’d dreamed about for many years. Having worked part-time in retail since 1975 I’ve had plenty of time to think about the kind of store I would like to create before opening in March of 2004.  I’ve always been interested in nostalgia. As a teenager I started a scrapbook of Norman Rockwell pictures. My favorite book was The Boxcar Children- a story about orphaned siblings that made a home in an abandoned railroad boxcar.  'Sing along with Mitch' was a family affair and I just loved singing old songs with my mom and sisters. (Remember “Follow the bouncing ball”?).

Debbie McCormick at Sunnyside Cottage & Gifts

We also loved to sing along with the Lennon Sisters. Other happy memories include Sheriff John, Romper Room, I Love Lucy, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Bazooka bubble gum, Sugar Daddies, Pogo Sticks, hopscotch, jacks, Saturday matinees, board games, comic books, Chatty Cathy and many more happy thoughts than I can name here. I love it when a customer asks for an item that I hadn’t thought about since I was a girl. It usually sends me on a hunt to see if that item is still being made.

Whether it was selling lemonade, personalized greeting cards, or Girl Scout Cookies, I caught the entrepreneurial bug at an early age. With my love of the “Happy Days” it’s not surprising that I chose to start a vintage-inspired gift, home décor and toy store. Creating happy memories for others in a feel good place to shop is my mission.

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