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Discovering the Unique Charm of Plum Bottom: An Exclusive Interview

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Welcome to the enchanting world of Plum Bottom, where fashion meets foot nirvana. As

one of the only independently owned shoe stores in Central PA., Plum Bottom has been delighting the communities of Harrisburg and Camp Hill since 1977. They have mastered the art of bringing European shoe brands that not only keep you stylish but also cater to various foot issues. Join us as we dive into an exclusive interview with Plum Bottom owner, Carla, exploring what sets them apart, their journey, and their unwavering passion for exceptional customer service.

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Q: What makes your business unique? Very few independently owned shoe stores like ours exist. We feature fashion and comfort European brands of shoes that cater to a variety of foot issues, including those with bunions, wide feet, and those who need extra arch support. Our focus is on providing both style and comfort to our customers.

Q: Why/How did you start your business? Plum Bottom has been our family business since 1977. When my father passed away in 2015, my business partner Andrea Mason and I picked up the reins and continued to grow the business. We are passionate about continuing the legacy and providing exceptional footwear options to our community.

Q: How do you define success?

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We define success not by the number of items sold, but by the satisfaction of our customers. Our goal is never to "sell something" but to help customers find the perfect shoes that meet their needs and make them feel great. Success, to us, is when a customer walks out of our store with a smile and a newfound confidence.

Q: What motivates you?

We are motivated by the joy of introducing our products to new customers and the opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives. With over 46 years in business, there are still so many people who have not yet discovered our stores or website. We are driven to find innovative ways to reach them and share the exceptional quality and comfort that Plum Bottom offers.

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Q: What products/services do you offer and what market does your company serve? At Plum Bottom, we offer a wide range of women's shoes, handbags, clothing, and accessories. Our carefully curated selection includes European brands known for their style, quality, and comfort. With our physical stores located in Harrisburg and Camp Hill, we primarily serve the Central PA region. However, through our website,, we have the pleasure of reaching new customers across the country.

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Plum Bottom is not your ordinary shoe store; it's a gateway to foot euphoria. With their unrivaled selection of European brands, they cater to fashion-forward individuals with diverse foot needs. Not in the market for footwear? No problem! They also feature other boutique items like clothing, handbags, and accessories.

Their journey, rooted in family tradition, has led them to become a beacon of exceptional customer service and unwavering passion. Plum Bottom ensures that style and comfort go hand in hand. So, whether you're a local in Central PA or a shoe enthusiast across the country, don't miss the chance to experience the magic of Plum Bottom.

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*All photographs courtesy of Plum Bottom Facebook Page*


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