A new Christian-based store is coming to Aiken Mall in October.
Fully Armored Apparel and Accessories is expected to open Oct. 18, according to co-owner Ka-Trina Bufkin. The store will sell a variety of Christian-based apparel, jewelry, books and other items, including CDs and DVDs.
Bufkin and her husband, Samuel, moved to Aiken County about a year ago from Tennessee. Fully Armored was operating in Tennessee only as an online store, and Bufkin said this will be their first storefront location.
“All this is exciting,” she said. “One thing we noticed is, for a lot of the music and DVDs and Christian things we were looking for, we had to travel to Augusta to find it. We thought it would be a great fit to have something close.”
Bufkin said the store's name came from a passage in Ephesians 6:10-18, which states, in part, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.”
Bufkin said they are communicating with local churches to get the word out about the store's opening and to gauge interest in adding products.
“We're entertaining offering church supplies,” she said. “We're trying to get a feel of what the area needs. As we discover more need, we will try to increase our product line to meet those needs.”
The store will operate under the mall's standard operating hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Bufkin said grand opening plans are still in the works, but they will likely include a free give-away item of some sort with each purchase.
“It'll be a family-friendly, kid-friendly environment,” she said. “We're excited to serve the Aiken area. We look forward to meeting as many people as we can in the community.”
For more information, visit the store's website at www.fullyarmoredapparel.com.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012.