Shipping, printing, binding, mailbox rentals, promotional items, a notary public, a gift/supplies shop, passports, key duplicating, laminating and computer rentals are just some of the services and …
Shipping, printing, binding, mailbox rentals, promotional items, a notary public, a gift/supplies shop, passports, key duplicating, laminating and computer rentals are just some of the services and options Patchogue Village couple James and Ron Diele-Stein will be offering at their first all-in-one shop, filling the now-vacated Wallen’s Natural Market at 83 South Ocean Ave.
Together they also own a successful photo booth company, Funky Entertainment, which they registered with the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce about a year ago. James, a West Islip grad, has a background in insurance, and Ron, a Sachem grad, has a background in legal work. Together they have a daughter, a 12-year-old at South Ocean Middle School.
“We’re looking to do something different,” James said, explaining that they live only a short distance from Main Street. “We are always downtown and just felt this was something missing in the village.”
In addition to the long list of services, he said, PPS (Patch Print, Ship) and More will also serve as a general store of sorts, with a featured wall called “Touch of Patchogue” with local items such as Gallo’s aji green sauce and the Amazing Olive’s oils.
“This way you can grab it and ship it right here,” James said, explaining that they want to spread interest in the village, hoping to bring everyone [business owners] together.
James and Ron also plan to work with local photographers, highlighting them with a display in the rear hallway and prints for sale, as well as work with the local school district to feature and print student work, possibly with some sort of a postcard contest.
“James certainly loves this community and is putting his money where his mouth is,” said chamber executive director David Kennedy, excited to see a new retail shop open up. “It’s a unique concept we can certainly use in the downtown. I think it will become a gathering place for the community.”
Right now the owners have their eyes set on a March 1 opening date and look to be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (and closed on Sundays, though they will change their hours to accommodate the holidays once they come.)
Then, once they are established, James added, they will begin to offer a monthly service to local business owners in which they will drop off prints and pick up anything that needs to be shipped.
“This way [owners] don’t even have to leave their business,” he said, emphasizing that he wants PPS and More to be convenient. “I am just really excited to see where this goes.”