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New Made in America Store Opens in Staunton

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The Shenandoah Valley is home to a new store that is doing more than just selling merchandise - it's promoting products that are made America. 

The idea came when Corrie Park was cleaning out her grandfather's house.

"Everything he had was made in America and he used it forever. And as a former history teacher I was like, 'Oh, that's so cool.' You just don't see it anymore," said Park.

So Park and her family left their Norfolk home to chase a dream in their dream town - Staunton.

"It's such a neat little progressive city, but such a small town vibe," said Park.

Right in the heart of downtown at 15 East Beverly Street, Park opened up a modern day general store called Made by the People, for the People - and almost everything is made in America. 

"I'm really concerned that we live in what I refer to like a throw-away culture. Like, "Oh I'll just go to the dollar store and grab something," said Park.

So Park wants people to connect. She has included bios of many of the artists or info about the American companies. She says it makes shopping meaningful.

"Somebody made this stuff. Somebody's hands were on it," said Park.

Shopper Kay Thompson says the push to reconnect is driven by the younger generation, an initiative she says the older generation is grateful for.

"It's so wonderful to find the uniqueness of the things that are made locally and the things that are made by real people and not by a factory in some other country," said Thompson.

Park says she couldn't be happier.

"We feel like we're living the dream on Sesame Street almost," said Park.

Park and her husband have also created a T-shirt line based in North Carolina called Dirt-to-Shirt. You can trace each shirt to where the cotton was grown. She plans to release a new T-shirt design every few weeks.

For more information about the store, click here. 

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