The Village Tinker Story
The Village Tinker was a dream long before the doors opened in 2009. The joy of entrepreneurship and creativity run deep within the Tinker Family. When the Tinker family began piecing together their collective dreams and ideas, the store truly came to life. When they first welcomed customers in the store, the selection consisted of wooden bowls, carvings, pottery, and some unique gifts. Over the years, the selection has grown to include over 50 local & regional artisans as well as many unique gifts for all ages & occasions. With the focus of offering “something for everyone,” the items found within these walls are ever changing in a variety of price ranges and genres. It’s almost impossible to see everything in one visit.
As a family, the Tinkers set out to make visiting the store an experience that is both pleasurable and relaxing. With a family atmosphere where all are welcome, the goal has always been to have the store feel like a welcome safe haven for all who enter. Over the years, one of the greatest joys of the store has been the relationships built here. When you visit the store you are likely to see several different Tinker family members young and old, and even a four legged friend or two from time to time. The Tinkers often joke that the store feels like a second home because we spend so much time here and our children have grown up within these walls.
The Village Tinker is one of four Tinker family stores. The first is Pokey’s & Sports which has been in the Tinker Family since the mid-1990s. Pokey’s is a family operated sporting good store focusing on screen printing, embroidery, letter jackets, custom tees, decals, and more. In 2010, Pokey’s Engraving Shop opened next door to expand the laser engraving, awards, and custom work that had been housed within Pokey’s & Sports for years. Fast forward a few more years and The Boutique on Broadway opened adjacent to The Village Tinker. Together, the Tinker Family of stores offers a wide variety of services. Each store is family operated with the goal of offering excellent customer service to our community for years to come.