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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PayPal and Mastercard introduce digital payment offerings

  • Amid the holiday season, PayPal introduced a charitable donation platform, enabling it to reach into the crowdfunding space.
  • And Mastercard launched virtual and physical gift cards in partnership with InComm to cash in on growing gift card demand.
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Payments firms are gearing up for a digital holiday season this year amid worsening pandemic conditions.

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PayPal and Mastercard introduce digital payment offerings amid the holiday season.

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  • PayPal enabled charitable donations with the launch of the Generosity Network. The crowdfunding platform lets users create campaigns to raise donations that are then deposited directly into the organizer’s PayPal account, where it can be distributed to the intended cause or recipient. The offering is part of PayPal’s Giving initiative that lets consumers donate credit card rewards—which are then monetized—or make charitable donations at checkout.
  • Mastercard partnered with InComm to launch virtual and contactless gift cards. The two firms introduced MastercardGiftCard.com, an online gift card platform that allows customers to send virtual cards via email or physical contactless cards by mail. Recipients can use their gift cards online, where they can leverage Click to Pay, a streamlined checkout offering from Mastercard and other top card networks. Consumers can also make contactless payments with their gift cards—either by adding their card to a mobile wallet or using their physical gift card at brick-and-mortar locations that accept Mastercard contactless cards.

PayPal’s and Mastercard’s new offerings may be even more valuable this year as consumers increasingly shift toward digital payments amid the pandemic.

  • PayPal’s new platform can increase its overall user engagement. Almost half of the US population has been financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to an NPR poll. Consumers may look to provide charitable donations for those in need and could turn to PayPal’s Generosity Network to make those payments—and people may be more inclined to make donations during the holiday season, considering US adults donated $511 million over the holidays last year. This could lead to more engagement on PayPal’s platform and might lead users to take advantage of its other products, too. PayPal can also leverage the offering to grow its presence in the peer-to-peer crowdfunding space alongside firms like GoFundMe, which has raised more than $9 billion since its inception in 2010.
  • Mastercard’s and InComm’s gift cards can be used as a tool to bolster their payment volumes. More than half of US internet respondents in a National Retail Federation survey listed gift cards as a 2020 wish list item. Mastercard and InComm could leverage this popularity to get customers to use their new offering, especially since it can be used online or in-store. It could also garner interest from consumers since it integrates Mastercard’s Click to Pay solution, which removes the hassle of entering card information at online checkout. And the gift card offering may appeal to consumers by offering
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