New Ben’s owner celebrates birthday with ribbon cutting


Andrea Menz Tunink, the new owner of Ben’s Five and Dime in Perry, compounded her happiness Thursday morning by celebrating her 39th birthday in the company of about 40 Perry Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutters.

The Chamberites were on hand to welcome Tunink into the commercial community and thank her for maintaining Ben’s place as the retail centerpiece of downtown Perry.

“My job this year is just to keep filling it up and keep promoting the downtown and keep people coming in the store,” Tunink said.

She said the store has lots of fresh, new products.

“We went to market a couple of weeks ago — Corey loves to shop! — and found a lot of really fun things,” Tuninck said, “from pan scrapers to ponchos and purses and everything in between.”

A good supply of candy and Valentine’s Day merchandise is on hand, along with a new sock wall that is a big favorite with the school girls. The winter apparel is 40 percent off. Flash sales are planned.

“They say January is kind of slow, but overall it’s been perfect,” Tunink said. “I’m very excited for the year to come. So come in and see us often. Things will keep changing, and we’ll keep working hard.”


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