When you enter Comfort & Joy Unique Gifts and Luncheon in Scotrun, a sign at the candy counter reads, “This is my happy place,” and for owner, Deborah Skok- it’s the truth. Skok’s mother and father had a gift store in New Jersey and it was a true family affair, but after her mom passed away, it became too hard for her father to be there because of all of the memories. The family closed the store, but the idea of owning her own shop stayed with Skok throughout her entire 20 year teaching career in New Jersey. Now, exactly 20 years after the family’s store closed, Skok decided to take a leap of faith. She moved to The Poconos, transformed an old home into her dream store; Comfort & Joy. “My father passed away last year, and he made it possible for me to do this,” she explained gratefully, “I feel so blessed to be able to follow my dreams of owning my own store and am amazed at how everything has just fallen into place.”
Skok’s happiness is magnetic and it pours on to the shelves of her gift store. The store is packed with unique housewares, bath essentials, jewelry and holiday items you won’t find anywhere else in the area. “I only buy from vendors that do not have their merchandise in other shops,” Skok explains, “I want everyone to be able to find something special here.” Vera Wolf Jewelry, the decorative lanterns that can be changed seasonally and organic food items make up a short list of some of Skok’s favorites. She shops at gift shows in New York, Philadelphia, Lancaster and even as far as Ohio to find pieces that will fill her store with, well, comfort and joy.
Great gifts are not the only things providing comfort at this shop. The cozy cafe is serving up creative dishes like Lobster Macaroni and Cheese and Risotto. “The Chef Laura,” chicken, spinach, red onion, Swiss and Chipotle honey mustard served on brioche, is wonderful. Ladies fill the space in the cafe and Skok notices everyone begins talking to each other! “The other day, one woman starting chatting with the ladies next to her, and they realized they shared a family connection!” Skok delights in the idea of everyone feeling so comfortable and at home in her store. Her gratiude and and the obvious love she has for her new life is infectious. Stop in and visit Comfort & Joy – it may become your new happy place.
Comfort and Joy is located at 2404 Route 611 in Scotrun, PA. For more information, visit comfortandjoygifts.com or call 570.730.4567.