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Royal Treatments Brings New Hope for Businesses in Smyrna

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 SMYRNA, Del.- Royal Treatments, a new business in Smyrna, started off as part of a program that helps business owners get off the ground.  It was part of Delaware's "Project Pop-up" program.  The owners, Woody and Karen Gill, are getting ready to celebrate its one year anniversary Wednesday in an area that is not typically successful for new businesses.

"I think part of that is due to us immersing ourselves in the community and making ourselves known," said Woody Gill. "Secondly we're offering a service that no one around here has so we have something that's unique and different."

Royal Treatments makes and sells home decor and custom items in its store located in downtown Smyrna. The town has tried numerous efforts to attract new businesses, but many have failed over the years. The success of Royal Treatments makes many hopeful of change in the area.

"It is good to see a business that gets that first year," said Smyrna Town Manager Dave Hugg. "She's already talking about expanding."

Business has been so successful that the owners are planning on growing their business.

"We're going to move into the space next door as well," explains Karen Gill. 

The owners are opening up a cards store right next door to their current location. They say the will start to have a lease to the property on Wednesday.

"We're going to take our items that are more of the gift type items, add cards and some gift bags," said Karen Gill. "We're going to call it Smyrna's Cards and Gifts"

Although excited about the success, the owners say it's something they didn't see coming. 

"It's surprising," said Woody Gill. "We expected it'll be a couple of years into this before we could really say that we're doing excellent."

Now venturing off into another business adventure, Karen and Woody Gill are excited about opening up their new store.

"We found that there's a real niche for that and we've had people request it," explained Karen Gill. "We have brought in some cards to the store here but we're actually running out of space for all of the items that we have."

They say it took them 30 days to get Royal Treatments up and running. They are hoping to get Smyrna's Cards and Gifts open by November 30th. 
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