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New site, name means 'Serenity' now

WORTHINGTON -- After more than seven years of business, Sheri Van Der Brink says that her local store has seen some major changes in the past two weeks.Within that time, its name has changed from Cribs, Bath & Beyond to Serenity Gifts, and it...

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Sheri Van Der Brink stands outside of her business, Serenity Gifts, on Oxford Street in Worthington. (Cameron Jenson/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON - After more than seven years of business, Sheri Van Der Brink says that her local store has seen some major changes in the past two weeks.
Within that time, its name has changed from Cribs, Bath & Beyond to Serenity Gifts, and it has moved from its previous location in the Armory Business Center on Ninth Street to its current location at 1132 Oxford St., attached to Pizza Ranch.
“We outgrew it,” Van Der Brink said of the relocation. “We just decided, ‘Its time to move. It’s time to find something new.’”
The new store is more than two times larger than its former space, but its size is not the only thing that has increased.
“We have 25 vendors with a variety of options,” stated Van Der Brink. “We’re not just kids and babies. We have handmade gifts for everybody.”
A large majority of the products offered by Serenity Gifts are handmade. They range from hair bows and purses to refurbished furniture and woodworking items made from pallets. 
The expanding variety of inventory was the reason Van Der Brink decided to change the store’s name. 
“We wanted to hit a bigger customer base,” she explained. “With Serenity Gifts, people know we are going to cover a broader range.”
Apart from the adjustments, Van Der Brink said that demand in the store has been growing. 
“I have seen more sales here in one week than three months at the old business, she said. “That’s something with the community. We just hope to keep expanding and taking more things in - keeping it on the handmade side of things.”
Serenity Gifts has a Facebook page with its business hours, products, and deals, and it can be reached at 295-9128. Its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11.

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