Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-11-24 15:29:05 –
Tulsa, Oklahoma — Shadowbox Military Gear offers veterans a unique souvenir.
JR Becker, general manager and co-owner, said the company will be forced to close by the end of the year if community support is not available.
“There is no sales,” says Becker. “No one comes in.”
Shadowbox military gear has been in use for the last 6 years. Becker says he didn’t expect it to have such a devastating impact on his business when the pandemic began in March 2020.
This store sells hats, patches, pins, decals and shirts. They have some items for men and women who lined it all up to serve our country.
The highlight of the store is the shadow box. This is a unique souvenir that introduces all the ribbons and medals collected by veterans during the service.
“It gives you self-fulfillment, that you could do this to make them happy,” Becker says.
He says his own military service is what makes him so passionate about his work. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and continues to support veterans throughout the Green Country through several organizations.
Becker says the pandemic puts a heavy burden on his business.
“COVID knocked on our ass,” he says.
Much of their sales come from being installed in Virginia buildings in Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas and Arkansas.
Due to the pandemic, these buildings are no longer open to the public.
“It hurt us very badly. It polluted our sales and my store. We basically don’t believe this can continue,” says Becker.
He says he sees sales at least 60% less than before the pandemic.
He says they won’t open at the beginning of the year if the community doesn’t intervene to support the store.
“We want to stay open, but if I don’t have a business, I can’t stay open,” Becker said.
The store is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
Creating a shadow box can take 2 days to 2 weeks.
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