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Posted at 6:26 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 18:26:47-05

HENDRICKS COUNTY — Just off of Crawfordsville Road in Brownsburg, there’s a new business for new moms.

Bottles N’ Binkies offers baby and toddler clothes, toys, gifts, and pregnancy products for mothers. Owner Tracy Ammon opened the store in an office suite back in June, moving to her current location on Main Street last month.

Bottles N’ Binkies was a successful online store for years. So successful, Ammon decided she wanted to try brick and mortar. The decision and the paperwork were all completed right before the pandemic.
“Things were already in motion, contracts were signed, agreements were made, and then the shutdown came,” said Ammon.

Even the biggest shopping day of the year didn’t bring the influx she and other local business owners hoped for. “This past week was Black Friday and I didn’t see a ton of traffic, a lot of other business owners in my network didn’t see a lot of foot traffic. I think right now being out in public is a concern for folks and I certainly understand that,” said Ammon.

Despite the pandemic, she’s managed to stay afloat with a majority of sales still happening online.

New business owner Mitch Jenkins is running into the same problems. Jenkins opened Timber City Coffee Roasters in Plainfield about a year ago. The shop is in a shared space with two other businesses including Joy’s Cakery.

“We decided it would be very economical to go in together into the same space,” said Joy Arkins, owner of Joy’s Cakery. Which has been a blessing with fewer walk-ins than ever before. “A lot of people are scared to come in,” said Jenkins.

Timber City Coffee Roasters offers unique roasts, sample sizes and monthly coffee subscriptions delivered straight to your door. Jenkins is also doing home deliveries for a 10-mile radius of the shop.

Joy’s Cakery offers cupcakes and custom order cakes. Arkins says very few sales are happening in the store itself, but custom orders have continued to stay consistent.

Even though these new businesses have managed to make it work during the pandemic, they still need more support from the community to survive in the long haul. They are hoping people turn to them instead of big box stores for gifts this holiday season.

To learn more about Bottles N’ Binkies click here.

Or visit 1060 E. Main Street Suite 100 Brownsburg, IN. 46112

To learn more about Timber City Coffee Roasters click here.

Or visit 2481 E Main St #190, Plainfield, IN 46168

To learn more about Joy’s Cakery click here.

Or visit 2481 E Main St #190, Plainfield, IN 46168