Buying local and being involved in the community is
something that Glenn and Cari Martin are very passionate about. The
couple relocated to the area from Newberg, Oregon approximately 2 1/2
years ago and are very happy they did! They enjoy living on the coast
and being part of such a close knit community.
When I walked into the building to interview the happy
couple, I couldn’t help but notice the positive environment and
smiling faces of the store’s employees.
Perry’s Electric has been a fixture in our
community for 50 years and it wasn’t until 2010 that the previous
owners decided to retire, liquidate, and shut the business down. Glenn
and Cari decided to lease the building, fill it back up and open under
Perry’s Supply Plumbing and Electric and in April of 2011
they had their official opening. Perry’s currently employs 12
locals. Some of them are past employees from the previous owner's
store and they have also hired several new employees as well.
“We love it here and plan on doing this until it isn’t fun anymore or
we die, whichever one comes first,” Glenn chuckled. I got the feeling
right away that these two were genuinely nice people and truly have
wonderful customer service skills. Since they opened in 2011, Glenn has
only been working half days because he is still recuperating from some
brutal back surgeries that didn’t go very well. However, he is getting
better and is finally gradually able to put in the long work hours
that he intended when they bought the business. “I planned on working
16 hours a day but things didn’t exactly go as planned,” he said. Now
Glenn is spending more time there, which means more time to bring in
more updated designer items.