Wedding dress designer moves showroom back to Cumberland County; business expands alteration offerings

A fashion designer that specializes in wedding dresses is moving her business back to Mechanicsburg.

Sheila Kauffman is bringing her business, Sheila Frank back to her original brick-and-mortar location at 50. W Main St. The showroom and studio is expected to open on Jan. 16 with a grand opening celebration likely in the spring.

The move back to Mechanicsburg follows a two year move to Union Street in Millersburg.

More than a decade ago, Kauffman launched her own line of clothing, Sheila Frank, with a focus on swimwear and ready-to-wear clothing. Frank is Kauffman’s maiden name. After sever years in business, she opened the showroom in Mechanicsburg in 2016 and introduced a bridal collection at the time.

Kauffman’s wedding dress collections are sold in her boutique, boutiques across the country and online. Kauffman also designs custom wedding dresses including bespoke wedding dresses.

Kauffman previously did bridal alterations but she is now doing general alterations as well for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing.

The property is currently being renovated. The boutique will be in the front of the store while the studio will be in the back of the property.

“I’m especially excited for 2021,” Kauffman said. “We are offering services and solutions that are limited in central PA. If 2020 has taught me anything, it certainly is that local small businesses are what keep this economy going. I am excited to work with the local clientele.”

Kauffman is currently accepting appointments now for the coming 2021 wedding season.

Due to COVID-19, the store will be open by appointment only during the following hours: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Customers are also asked schedule in advance so that business can follow CDC guidelines and ensure a safe and clean space for each customer. To schedule you an appointment call or send a text to 717-516-0901 or send an e-mail [email protected]

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Coronavirus creates UPS, FedEx delivery van crunch as holiday shopping moves online

This holiday season is unlike any other in modern times. The coronavirus pandemic has left numerous restrictions in place that make it more difficult to plan a day shopping for gifts, and that’s led more people to turn to online retailers. And online retailers need someone to deliver their goods. It turns out, companies like UPS and FedEx are really starting to feel the crunch.



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More of these, please. Craig Cole/Roadshow

Bloomberg reported Wednesday that both of the parcel delivery companies are facing a serious delivery van shortage. In other words, both need more vans as soon as possible and its partners have started to either lease vans, or purchase used ones. Brendan Keegan, CEO of Merchants Fleet which provides vehicles to delivery companies, told the publication that any and every van that is for sale isn’t off limits. The company needs them now.

It’s been a perfect storm for a delivery van shortage. Every major automaker shut operations down earlier this year to slow the spread of COVID-19, and in the process, the automakers left a lot of supply off the table. At the same time, more people already started to lean on online retailers and home delivery for more goods as social distancing became the norm. Now, with holiday shopping in full swing, delivery companies don’t have many choices left.

It also means delivery charges are more expensive this year. According to the report, UPS implemented “peak surcharges” to help offset added delivery costs. UPS confirmed these surcharges with Roadshow and said, “While package volume and demand have created a tighter market for rental vehicles than in recent years, we are well-positioned to service the needs of our customers.” FedEx said in a statement, “FedEx has experienced a surge in package volumes due to the pandemic and now the holiday season. We have the ability to flex our network during periods of peak activity and have taken steps to secure our ability to deliver the best possible service this season.”



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Auto production is only now starting to return to pre-pandemic levels, but it might be a tad too late for companies that needed vehicles like the Ford Transit yesterday. If anything, the pandemic sped up the creation of a larger home-delivered goods economy, and it’s likely why startups and traditional automakers alike bank on electric commercial vehicles to boost EV adoption. Heck, Rivian and Amazon have a purpose-built electric delivery van coming in under two years.

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McDonald’s franchisees hire prominent racial justice lawyer, Sports Illustrated owner focuses on merch, and the jewelry industry moves online

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving and happy Black Friday!



a group of people sitting in front of a crowd: Thanks to the pandemic, Black Friday is looking different — and less crowded — this year. NurPhoto/Getty Images


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Thanks to the pandemic, Black Friday is looking different — and less crowded — this year. NurPhoto/Getty Images

We at Insider Retail have been lamenting the “death” of Black Friday for years now. But the pandemic could make things even worse. Social distancing rules and in-store capacity limitations will certainly take their toll on the customer turnout for the shopping event. Many retailers also opted to start sales as early as October this year to combat the emergence of large crowds.

Beyond black Friday, a lot more has happened in the retail world this week! So, if you haven’t already subscribed, click here to get our weekly roundup of everything you need to know in the world of retail and restaurants written by me, Shoshy Ciment, and my colleague, Bethany Biron.

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Daryl Parks speaks during a press conference in 2015, serving as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images


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The current and former Black McDonald’s franchisees that have filed two lawsuits against the fast-food giant have a new lawyer on their legal team: Daryl Parks.

The civil right attorney has a record of serving as counsel in high-profile racial justice cases. He previously represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

“The case against McDonald’s is historic, and it is a privilege to be representing the Black men and women who were – and continue to be – treated like second-class citizens by the company,” Parks said in a statement. McDonald’s has denied allegations of racial discrimination.



Authentic Brands Group partnered with apparel company Mitchell & Ness for a line of products featuring historic Sports Illustrated covers. Authentic Brands Group


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Authentic Brands Group partnered with apparel company Mitchell & Ness for a line of products featuring historic Sports Illustrated covers. Authentic Brands Group

Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the rights to 50 brands, acquired Sports Illustrated in 2019. The company has been licensing the magazine’s name and intellectual property to create merchandise, including nutritional supplements, CBD cream, and apparel collaborations.

ABG told Business Insider it is trying to balance keeping traditionalist fans happy while expanding into new categories.

“Our vision is, how do we take arguably the most famous sports brand that’s meant a lot to a lot of people, and create a 21st-century media brand,” Marc Rosen, the executive vice president for ABG’s business unit, told Business Insider in an interview. “It’s about being in a lot of places and being a lot of things to your customers.”



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Gina Drosos, the CEO of Signet Jewelers, said that the jewelry category has been “quite behind in developing e-commerce” in an interview with Business Insider.

Signet — which operates Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared, and other jewelry merchants — is pivoting much of its business to online. It is currently in the middle of a multi-year turnaround plan dubbed “Path to Brilliance,” which involves improving

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