In 1992, she opened Alphabet Soup’s first storefront location in historic downtown Franklin. She continued to do embroidery with orders increasing daily.
As history shows, in 1999, Franklin, VA, suffered a major flood which devastated the entire city. Gerry suffered the loss of all her embroidery equipment, materials and stock. She debated whether to reopen and decided it would be worth it to continue providing her patrons with the high quality product and service they were accustomed to. She intended to show that “mother nature” could not keep her down.
After extensive cleanup, Gerry reopened Alphabet soup to the public. She decided not to replace the embroidery machine and took the chance on carrying an affordable line of monogrammed sterling silver jewelry. She also added other gift lines. These include Vera Bradley, Lady Primrose, Mariposa, Arthur Clark, Jen Stone Jewelry, Aromatique, Cool Cups, Tervis Tumblers, Jenni K jewelry, Oka B shoes, and others. Gerry has also expanded the engraving options to include glassware and acrylic. Alphabet Soup continues to prosper and grow.
In 2007, Alphabet Soup had outgrown its location of 17 years, and moved to a larger facility just two doors down on the busy block of Second Avenue. Customer service is number one with Gerry Patnesky and as the storefront and staff have grown, so has Gerry’s commitment to giving her patrons exactly what they want…good service, great products and continued satisfaction.
We are open 6 days a week
Monday thru Friday 10:00 – 5:00
Saturday 10:00 – 1:00