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Business Intel: Business offering gift boxes, baskets adds retail space

Business Intel: Business offering gift boxes, baskets adds retail space

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A business offering gift boxes and baskets now has a retail space in Christiansburg.

Nancy Creed started The Orange Bandana from her home in 2015, but as the business grew, it needed more space.

“I kept thinking about what my preacher would always say: ‘If the parking lot is too small your church can’t grow.’ We needed to have more space to continue to work,” Creed said.

Moving her business into a brick-and-mortar space means customers can come in and browse the items available to include in the gift boxes and baskets Creed creates, she said, which they couldn’t do previously. They can also buy individual products, many of which are Virginia-made. Another change is that Creed can now include beer and wine in her gifts.

Creed, a certified gift designer, started making gift boxes and baskets in previous jobs with a hotel and direct-sales company. She eventually decided to use the skills to launch her own business.

The Orange Bandana name was inspired by Creed’s relationship with her husband David. When she’d get teary-eyed, he would hand her a handkerchief — often an orange bandana. To set the business apart, Creed now includes one in every gift.

“You get a gift when you’re either happy or sad or melancholy, and they say the best reason to carry a handkerchief is to give it away,” Creed said. “So we’re giving one away in every gift so people can use it however they wish.”

Creed tailors gifts to the occasion, but said she typically includes something sweet, savory and crunchy in each. Her gifts typically include food items, but Creed said the retail space has allowed her to branch out a bit, adding household goods like candles and slippers to her offerings.

The Orange Bandana is at 446 Peppers Ferry Road N.W. in Christiansburg. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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Casey Fabris covers business for The Roanoke Times, where she has been a reporter since 2015. Previously, Casey covered Franklin County. She can be reached at (540) 981-3234 or casey.fabris@roanoke.com.

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