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Something 4 U gift shop West Dundee.
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Something 4 U gift shop in West Dundee. Erin Sauder for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 29, 2013 6:03AM

WEST DUNDEE — When longtime West Dundee resident Josie Pucci was laid off after 10 years in the banking industry, she decided to turn her misfortune into an opportunity.

“My goal was to open a gift shop in about five to seven years. But when I got laid off, I decided to go for it,” Pucci said. “It was a blessing in disguise.”

In early May, she opened the Something 4 U gift shop at 1985 Huntley Road in West Dundee. Patrons to the store can find a wide range of items including candy, cards, purses, accessories, gifts for children, home decor and pet gifts, as well as some antique items. She has a popcorn machine set up and plans to sell snowcones in the summer.

Pucci likens her shop to the general stores of decades past.

“I wanted a neighborhood store with fun stuff,” she said. “People can stop in for a quick card or grab a popcorn. I’ve had customers come in here and say, ‘This reminds me of when I was a kid and I would go to the drug store and they had a soda fountain.’ ”

Pucci’s background made the learning curve for opening up a store of her own easy.

“When I was a little girl, my family owned a candy store and then a pizza place,” she said. “So I know the retail business. I know customers. I remember going to work with my mom in the candy store. I always wanted to open up my own gift shop. This is my dream.”

Previously, she rented out space at the State Street Markets in Elgin.

“I expanded three times there,” she said. “I had a kids section and a gift and antique section. But you’re limited in what you can sell. I picked this location so kids could come here on their bikes or people could walk here.”

It wasn’t hard for her to decide to put her business roots down in West Dundee.

“I love this community so much and the people,” she said. “I looked at no other places.”

Village officials are excited to welcome the store into town.

A ribbon cutting held recently brought more than a dozen people out to see the shop.

“We love your store, and we love your concept,” said Cathleen Tymoszenko, West Dundee’s community development director. “We wish you success.”

During the ribbon cutting event, Pucci thanked the village for allowing her to have a colorful store sign.

“I’m all about the colors,” she said.

As for why she picked the name Something 4 U, she said it sums up her store well.

“There really is something for everybody,” she said.

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