|Store Name Carley House
Much More than a Toy Store
Business Type Gift Stores, Office Supplies &Stationery
NAICS Code 4532
Location 124 W. Jackson Street, Ripon, WI 54971
Nearby Businesses Goosebeary’s Quilt Shop, A Simpler Time, Tracy Porter, Watson StreetWear, Hamilton’s Ladies Apparel, Tango-Uncorked, Only Her Clothing Boutique, Reflections, and Fat Bruce’s Bakery & Eating Kitchen
Owner/Manager Jan Meier
Special Store Activities Kids Game Nights,
Year Opened 1998
Community Profile Ripon (population: 7,484, ten mile radius population: 20,721) is located 18 miles west of Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. Ripon, a small college town with a revitalized central business district, has become an appealing place for local residents to live, work and play, as well as a popular tourist destination. In addition to its distinctive architecture, downtown Ripon features a wide array of retail and service businesses that meet the needs of local and regional residents. Ripon”s diverse business base is anchored by traditional retailers selling apparel, jewelry, home furnishings and unique gifts. The district also has a drug store, a variety of restaurants, a movie theatre, and is the home of the Birthplace of the Republican Party museum.
Products Sold & Niche Developed
Ripon’s charming gift house features a wide selection of treasures and treats for kids of all ages. Stop by for Calico Cottage Fudge prepared weekly in their kitchen. The Carley Crew prepares a new batch of fudge each week including customer favorites chocolate walnut, raspberry cheesecake, and chocolate mint swirl. The Carley House also offers delicious Cedar Crest hand-dipped ice cream by the cone or dish. Frothy floats and specialty sundaes are also available. In addition to the largest selection of children’s gifts in the area, the Carley House carries a wide assortment of jewelry, bath & body products, gift books, stationery and greeting cards.
Market Segments Served
The Carley House serves customers from surrounding communities and the Fox Valley as well as the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago.
Contributions to the Business Community
The Carley House is an active participant in all Main Street & Chamber promotions including Septemberfest, Christmas in the Village, Dickens of a Christmas, Art Walk, etc. The owner serves on numerous community associations, committees and boards. The Carley House also sponsors a team for the Cancer Walk, The Dog Walk, and contributes to Ripon’s private preschools, local churches, Lion”s Club, United Way, Special Olympics and Ripon College student-run activities, and the Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts organizations.
Review by: Craig Tebon Downtown Manager, Ripon Main Street Inc