When Ron Cohle was in school he began serving to Jack Muscalus at his store, Muscalus Furs, on the weekends.
In 1978, Cohle started working at Muscalus Furs full time as a driver making pickups and deliveries. It was the start of a four-decade journey that he calls a “true American dream.” Over time, he was mentored by Muscalus and taught the fur enterprise. When Muscalus retired, he bought Cohle the enterprise.
“I assumed possession in 1997 having realized each inch of the enterprise by working for over 42 years from the bottom up,” he stated. “I grew up in Harrisburg and Jack employed me contemporary out of faculty, so my story of pulling on these proverbial bootstraps and attaining success is really an expression of the American dream.”
However he has determined that it’s time to shut the 51-year-old retailer that featured fur collections from world wide.
“To have the ability to discover the choice that now we have multi function place is simply extraordinary,” he stated.
Muscalus Furs opened in a small store on Jonestown Street in Decrease Paxton Township in 1969. Seven years later, it moved throughout the road to its present location at 4669 Jonestown Street.
Cohle stated he and his spouse have been speaking about closing the shop for a number of years. He stated he needed to retire whereas he was nonetheless in good well being, and desires to spend extra time along with his grandchildren and for actions corresponding to taking part in golf. October via February is usually his busy season, so he started a liquidation sale on the finish of October and, whereas there’s no particular date but, he expects to shut the shop on the finish of February.
Cohle stated that the closing just isn’t associated to the COVID-19 pandemic that has put so many retailers out of enterprise. Neither is it as a result of anti-fur motion, which he stated has not affected his enterprise over time. As a substitute, his enterprise has been rising yearly, and he stated this season may make this the shop’s greatest yr.
“It’s been phenomenal,” he stated. “We had such an enormous response. This can in all probability be the most effective yr ever.”
Cohle stated there’s nonetheless loads of stock left, together with mink and beaver and plenty of equipment ranging from $15 and up, together with traces of scarves, mittens, purses and hats.
Cohle stated that the fur enterprise is a distinct segment enterprise and even after greater than 40 years he’s nonetheless studying new issues on a regular basis. And being the proprietor of a enterprise has actually given him the chance to assist quite a few nonprofit organizations from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to Theatre Harrisburg and United Cerebral Palsy, to call a number of.
Whereas Cohle is closing the retail retailer, he solely plans to semi-retire. He’ll proceed to offer the storage, cleansing and restore elements of the enterprise. He has a climate-controlled vault for storage at a unique location and he may have pick-up areas at boutiques. Extra data on the boutiques will likely be introduced at a later time.
The shop employs 4 folks and there have been a number of long-time staff over time.
Cohle stated what he’ll miss most are the folks. He stated a lot of his clients are available for his or her “yearly ritual” to buy on the retailer yr after yr. He stated they’re not simply clients however associates.
“There’s nothing higher than folks,” he stated.
Many individuals are coming in to say farewell.
“It’s so heartwarming having so many individuals coming in and saying goodbye,” he stated.
Cohle stated that his 42 years on the retailer, from supply driver to proprietor, have “been the best expertise you may think about.”
“It’s a real American Dream,” he stated. “That’s what this nation is about. You’re employed laborious. You’re employed for what you get and you’ll obtain your objectives in the event you put the time in.”
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