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Dover's Shoppe American Made to open one last time
Friends and customers of Shoppe American Made can visit the Dover store, find some good deals and say their goodbyes when owner Barb Schrum's children open it one last time.
Alecia Armold said the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to try to sell her slain mother's remaining merchandise, including jeans, sandals and cutlery — all made in the United States, and all marked down.
Schrum, 55, and her friend, 53-year-old Laurie Kuykendall Kepner, were fatally shot May 29 by Martin Kepner outside his Wellsville-area home, where the women had gone to retrieve some of Laurie Kepner's belongings. Martin Kepner, 60, her estranged husband, then committed suicide.
In the wake of Schrum's death, her three children closed the store. They opened it a couple of times to thank customers and sell what they could.
Armold said they intend to list the property for sale.
Personal items: In addition to Shoppe American Made's regular items, Armold said, she and her siblings will be selling some of their mother's property.
"I'm sure a lot of her customers would want to buy something, knowing it was hers personally," she said.
Barb Schrum lived above the store, Armold said, so it made sense to carry some items downstairs to the shop for Saturday's opening.
In the wake of her mother's murder, Armold started The Hope Shoppe, a nonprofit organization that raises money so local domestic-violence victims don't remain financially trapped in abusive homes. She and her sister, Becky Schrum, run it together.
Laurie Kepner was such a victim, according to her family.
The Hope Shoppe also will be sponsoring a needy family for the holidays through the YWCA of York and will hold a bowling fundraiser Jan. 16, Armold said.
"I have been so busy," she said, which has helped distract her a bit from her grief. But not entirely.
"I think about her all the time," Armold said of her mother.
How to help: For more information about The Hope Shoppe, visit thehopeshoppe.org or its Facebook page.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse in York County, help is available by calling these agencies:
•Access-York and the Victim Assistance Center, both part of the YWCA of York — (717) 846-5400 or (800) 262-8444
•YWCA of Hanover's domestic-violence shelter — (717) 637-2235
•Safe Home of Hanover, also part of the YWCA of Hanover — (717) 632-0007.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com.