MASSILLON – Joyce and Judy Phillips came up with a worthwhile way to honor a close family member, keeping his spirit alive by continuing on with his love of fashion.
Joyce and her mother, Judy, opened The Good Way to Shop in August at 104 Cherry Ave. NW. The family wanted to honor the legacy of Jeffrey Lamar Phillips, 58, who was shot to death in June 2020 in Cleveland.
Clothes and fashion were Jeffrey Lamar Phillips' passion.
"We keep this store open because of him, and he is sadly missed," Joyce Phillips said about her brother.
The family praised Jeffrey as a business entrepreneur. He was the owner of the former JPeezy's Shop on Tremont Avenue, which closed not long after his death.
Jeffrey Phillips was a 1979 graduate of Washington High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1979 to 1982.
The Good Way to Shop has both new and resale items
The Good Way to Shop opened on Aug. 7. Joyce Phillips said the store features a wide range of new and used clothing products.
Men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes and sunglasses are available, as well as purses, hats, blouses, scarves and jewelry. Some clothing brands include Polo, Ralph Lauren, Champion, Michael Kors and Nike.
The store also features home decorations, such as wall art, clocks and picture frames.
In addition, Joyce and Judy pass out to customers a free edition of "Our Daily Bread," which is a spiritual and prayer book.
"We just want people to come in and see what we have," said Judy Phillips, adding that some for-sale items cost as low as $1 or $2. "We encourage people to walk in and give us a look."
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This article originally appeared on The Independent: Mother and daughter duo in Massillon open The Good Way to Shop locale