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Manly Harlem store planning indoor gun range

Posted: August 4, 2013 - 12:03am
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Mark Whitaker, a co-owner with Chris Gurley of It's A Man's Place in Harlem, works at his men's consignment shop. The owners plan to include an indoor shooting range sometime in the fall.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Mark Whitaker, a co-owner with Chris Gurley of It's A Man's Place in Harlem, works at his men's consignment shop. The owners plan to include an indoor shooting range sometime in the fall.

A Harlem consignment store caters to men and their hobbies.

It’s A Man’s Place opened May 28 on E. Milledgeville Road in the former Bill’s Dollar Store location, said co-owner Mark Whitaker.

Whitaker, who owns Mark Whitaker Electric, opened the store with Chris Gurley, who owns Sunshine Grille in Martinez.

“We took the ball and ran with it,” Whitaker said. The store is popular, “more than we would have ever imagined.”

Patrons can buy or consign new and gently used items including sporting goods, lawn and garden equipment, power and hand tools, fishing and hunting gear, video games and radio-controlled vehicles, and recreation vehicles such as boats, motorcycles and trailers. Before the store, those kinds of items had to be sold at yard sales, on eBay, Craigs List or through other online outlets, or in classified ads, Whitaker said.

“On Craigs List, you can’t see it,” Whitaker said. “This way, you actually see what you’re buying. We have it all in one place. Every aisle is something different. It changes every day. You never know what’s going to be there tomorrow.”

Whitaker said it takes about an hour to see all the merchandise for sale in the 8,000-square-foot building. It also has bait and tackle supplies and feed and seed. Whitaker and Gurley plan to expand the business with auctions and an indoor firing range.

“It’ll be a four-lane pistol range,” Whitaker said, adding he hopes to have the range open by mid-October. “That’s our goal. Well ahead of cold weather when people want to come indoors and do things.”

The range is in the city’s approval process and the men are in the process of getting federal approval and licenses.

The store is open at 190 E. Milledgeville Road from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call the store at (706) 449-8102.

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