On a day that marked the anniversary of Sarah Robinson opening her business, she essentially doubled down.
Peters Township children’s consignment shop Iddy Biddy Fashions now has a second location, in Park Place at 2000 Park Place Drive, North Strabane Township.
Customers were welcomed Feb. 1, the same date as for the original Iddy Biddy.
“We opened in 2010, a whole decade ago, in a very small, 800-square-foot hole in the wall on Valley Brook Road,” Robinson said during a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I’m eternally grateful for starting there, even though it was super tiny.”
Three years later, the business moved to its current spot at Donaldson’s Crossroads shopping center.
“That was my dream as a little girl to open a store in there,” Robinson told a large crowd of mostly moms, grandmothers and little ones waiting for the opportunity to peruse the merchandise.
Many family members and friends also were on hand, including Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan and Canonsburg Mayor David Rhome.
“Sarah is an amazing person in our community,” Irey Vaughan said, referencing Robinson’s deep Christian faith, “especially with the nativity she does every year at Christmas, reminding everybody what Christmas is.”
The annual event outside her store at Donaldson’s Crossroads features readings and songs as youngsters enact the birth of Jesus in what has become a standing-room-only occasion.
Rhome presented Robinson with a citation from the borough, “to celebrate this second beginning for you.” Her friend Jeff Sipos led a prayer just prior to the 3,300-square-foot shop’s doors opening.
“Blessings don’t always come in finances,” Robinson said. “I don’t make a ton of money. I’m happy with what I do. I’m happy with who I have, family and friends.”