Fitted for success

Uniform Place, Too offers clothing for professionals
Melissa Topey
Mar 6, 2014
Doctors, nurses and restaurateurs rejoice — there’s a local business to meet your professional clothing needs.
 
Lori Gray opened The Uniform Place, Too in November on South Main Street, across from Main Street Tavern. It’s a small boutique shop managed by Bethany Marxmiller.

“We are here to service the community in any way we can,” Gray said.

Gray is confident her offerings will meet an unfulfilled need in this region. She sells doctors’ coats and a variety of medical scrubs, with sizes running from extra small to 5X, and styles that include V-neck, round and square neck.

The shop also sells chefs’ coats and waiters’ uniforms. Gift items, such as specialized travel mugs and totes, dot the place, and customers can also purchase gift certificates.

Marxmiller can help customers combine any items to meet an employer’s regulation, but also with a keen eye on meeting a shopper’s personal taste.

“One girl, her uniform was just navy blue,” Marxmiller said. “I gave her 30 items to try on. She couldn’t believe I had so much”

On average, a set of scrubs — pants and shirt — runs about $50 to $60.

Marxmiller knows her clients are busy, so she goes out of her way to accommodate them. She’ll even go to a business, measuring the staff and recording the uniform requirements. If the business hires someone new or needs to purchase more uniforms, all they do is call Marxmiller, who can pull the uniform and deliver it.

Gray has operated her first business, The Uniform Place, in Canton, for the past 26 years.

She expects this second location to do quite well.

“There’s untapped potential in this area” she said.

So much potential, in fact, it’s possible the business may have to expand sometime next year.

Gray was raised in Canton, but Huron was never far from her heart. She moved here about a year ago with her husband, a Huron native.

When she was a little girl, she and her family would stop at Pied Piper and Berardi’s Restaurant when they traveled to the family cabin at Catawba Island.

“That’s where my heart was,” Gray said.