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Banner Achievement: American Flags and Poles salutes 25 years of business in Marietta

Jim and Sylvi Caporale cut a ribbon in front of their shop, American Flags & Poles, Wednesday afternoon in honor of the shop’s 25th anniversary. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

MARIETTA — A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of American Flags & Poles.

Attending the ceremony were local government officials, employees from surrounding businesses and the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jim and Sylvi Caporale have owned the business since 1995.

Sylvi describes the store as a “variety with an emphasis on the United States of America, with products made in America.”

She said they try to carry products that help someone express something.

“Whether it is a holiday season, whether it’s their faith, mourning or their excitement about a sports team,” she said.

The health of the original owner, Homer Smith, changed and the Caporales were looking for a new venture, so they bought the business.

Sylvi said there is a need for her kind of store.

“You’ve probably never seen a store like ours, with its emphasis on America and the love of country,” she said. “People come from all over because they know we have these products.”

The tourism bureau and the exposure they create for Marietta is valuable to the shop, she said.

“Some people see America and come in because of America,” she said. “Some see exterior home decor and come in for that. We change the windows every two weeks to keep it fresh and inviting.”

Many people who visit the establishment are surprised because they offer more than just flags. She said she even hears that from people who live in Marietta.

It’s been 25 years, but Sylvi doesn’t see the store changing much in the future.

“People know who we are and like who we are,” she said. “The personal service we offer is going to continue in a strong way. It’s what we do and we do it well.”

She said the only change is with what’s on trend for products. The availability of products is a key issue right now.

One of the more important parts of their business is the large in-ground flagpoles they sell.

“The 80-foot-tall flagpole at Bridgeport Equipment was ours,” she said, noting they’ve added flagpoles to their other locations as well.

“I just got back from Huntington, putting in three poles. There were two more poles, one in Lowell and one in Parkersburg, over the weekend,” Sylvi said.

Amber Kohler, field representative for U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, presented a proclamation, congratulating them on 25 years in business.

The proclamation noted the Caporales “strive to provide the best customer service, highest quality products and overall great experience to everyone who visits their stores.”

Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher also spoke about the store’s 25 years.

“American Flags and Poles is an anchor and a landmark in downtown Marietta,” he said. “Sylvi and Jim do so much for the downtown by bringing in special events and activities. I wish them another successful 25 years.”

American Flags & Poles will receive the Washington County Veterans Committee Chair Award of Excellence during the Washington County Veterans Hall of Fame induction ceremony next week.

“I think it’s because people know that we respect and love and appreciate beyond belief our veterans and what they’ve done for us in protecting our freedom,” Sylvi said. “Our love of America has always been in our heart.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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