Mailing center takes space in mall
June 12, 2008 · Updated 1:21 PM
"Although the speedy appeal of the Internet has taken the world by storm, traditional mailing methods are still widely used by many people-not excluding the residents of Port Orchard. Entrepreneur Frances Marsh knows that snail mail is still in, and her new business reflects that ideology thoroughly.The Mail Room, which opened nearly a month ago in the South Kitsap Mall, is a mailing store that brings many mail services to customers who might not have the time to make the trek or wait in line for the post office.I knew we didn't have one on this side of town, said Frances Marsh, owner of The Mail Room, The Hair Fair, and the former Icebox ice cream store, all located in the South Kitsap Mall. I've been thinking about it forever.Marsh retired from working at the post office ten years ago and used her knowledge as a springboard and basis for starting this business.I always wanted to do something like this, she said. It's kind of fun, actually.Services offered at The Mail Room include regular postal service, Western Union money transfers, bulk mailings, and connections with shipping companies like UPS, Federal Express, and DHL.Other features include stamps and boxes for sale, a copy machine, faxes, and opportunities to rent your own mailbox.People can get their mail during mall hours, said Marsh of the 184 mailboxes that are available for rent. The mailboxes cost $5 for smaller ones, $10 for medium boxes, and $15 for the largest size.Our biggest thing is customer service, said Marsh.The business, with its variety of services, is geared toward everyone, including regular folks, large businesses, and retailers, with a need to use it. Marsh hired one employee, manager Melissa Hayes, who has worked in the mailing store field before.She has experience, and she's teaching me all the stuff, said Marsh of Hayes. You're never too old to do things, and you're never too old to learn.The Mail Room also offers options to people who may have computer problems.We have a young man who works in computer repair, said Marsh of the former Northwest Computers employee, who is at the store from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. He can fix them. He's pretty good.There is free packing at The Mail Room, and Frances Marsh saves recycles packing peanuts and sells them at 50 cents a bag.The business is located right next to Hallmark, which Marsh says might have some correlation.People can buy what they like (there) and go right next door and ship it, she said.Overall, Frances Marsh doesn't see a reason why The Mail Room won't fit in with the residents and business community of Port Orchard.I just felt like we needed one over here, said Marsh. Hopefully, I'm right. Only time will tell. "