Up Scale Consignment Shop closing

Shawn Hardy
Autumn May Mowen, a beagle-hound-chocolate Lab mix, is a familiar sight for shoppers at Ruth Mowen's Up Scale Consignment Shop. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT

Ruth Mowen has never been bored in her life and she plans to continue having a good time when she closes her Up Scale Consignment Shop at the end of the month.

Friday, Aug. 31, is the store's last day. Anyone with merchandise on consignment needs to pick it up by then or it will be donated to a good cause.

"I'm having people pick up their pieces," she said. "If you have anything on consignment, come get it."

They can also say goodbye to Autumn May Mowen, a hound-beagle-chocolate Lab mix Mowen adopted from Better Days, a no-kill animal shelter, five years ago. Autumn May likes to bark and greet customers and also enjoys hoping up on her stool for treats like peanuts.

Mowen's also made sure another four-legged charge is taken care of. She was involved with the trapping, neutering and releasing of members a feral cat colony behind her West Franklin Street shop.

It took three years to catch Mama Kitty, who Mowen has fed for seven years. Mowen is pleased Wade Burkholder of WRGG on an abutting property has agreed to take care of Mama Kitty.

The closing is part of a plan Mowen set in motion seven years ago after a 28-year career in communications satellite technical support.

She wanted to be available for her grandchildren and their activities, including band and sports, until they graduated from high school. Mowen has two sons, Nick and Brian Mowen, and five grandchildren, Peter, Andrew, Alexandra, Spencer and Samantha Mowen, who all went to Greencastle-Antrim High School.

"I said when the youngest grandchildren graduated, I would give it up," Mowen said, explain twins Spencer and Samantha graduated this spring.

"I've been very fortunate," said Mowen, a graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Shippensburg University and Goldey-Beacom College who has lived in the same house in Greencastle for 51 years.

She plans to join a book club, meet friends for lunch and spend as much time with her Aunt Mag, her mother's sister, as she can. And the whole family loves theater, concerts and playing board games, she added.