The Story of James Street
James Street’s journey began after losing a loving husband and father to a courageous battle against Melanoma Cancer. Jim Kipp passed away on August 19th, 2011. Even though Jim left us too early in life, it opened a new chapter for the rest of the Kipp family. In March 2011, We (Wendy, Jessica and Cassandra) decided to pursue a new path and open the Home Decor and Gift Store that we had always dreamed of. On a whim Wendy,decided to drive to Port Stanley and look for any store vacancies. While there, Wendy decided to ask a local shop owner if she knew of any upcoming retail rental opportunities. It just so happened that the store owner was looking to lease her space. And the rest they say is history. James Street opened 2 months later in May 2011. Our initial small store became our pride and joy and gave us a new purpose after a tremendous loss. We quickly outgrew the small space and by the Fall of 2011 the store had doubled in size!
We had always loved visiting Port Stanley over the years, whether coming to shop or enjoy the beach. We had always joked about opening a “beach” store, so it seemed a natural fit that we ended up in Port Stanley. We never even considered another location, and truly believe we are where we are meant to be!
Now 5 years later, We are still loving every minute of running our own business and are forever grateful for the endless support from the Port Stanley community! We hope to continue to grow and thrive in this wonderful village.