John and Jeanne Bomberger attended Messiah College in the late 1970s, married in 1981 and settled in southern Lancaster County. In 1985 they purchased a property on South Hess Street in Quarryville and used it as the “shop” for John’s electrical contracting business.
Jeanne says, “We renovated the building and invested tons of sweat equity. I’m a farm girl so I was used to hard work; John and I worked very closely together. We started Cash & Carry Electrical Supply, Inc., from scratch in February 1986. We didn’t really advertise. Customers naturally came to us because someone told them we would probably have what they needed.”
“We were always the little fish in the big pond, but we had some manufacturer representatives who were really gracious,” Jeanne explains. “We also had a great core of customers and developed a local following.” Jeanne and John sold electrical supplies in a pre-big-box-home-center world. Their focus on supplying small and medium-sized contractors and carrying quality lines paid off. Over the years they built a lighting showroom, additional warehouse space and other buildings on the property. They expanded to a second location in Juniata County
in 2004. Business was booming.
In 1987, John was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; he managed his symptoms and remained very active in running the business until 2016. Their son, Eric, stepped in to help Jeanne lead the business when John was no longer able to work. They sold the second location in 2014.
Through some intensive work with North Group Consultants, John and Jeanne transitioned the ownership of Cash & Carry to Eric and Jeanne. In May 2017, when John moved to Summerfielde, a skilled nursing household at Garden Spot Village, Jeanne began to prepare for her own move to Garden Spot Village. She moved into a Village Square apartment in April 2019.
“This is the freest life I have ever lived,” Jeanne says. “It is great to be able to come home and just be able to spend quality time with John.”
“When I moved in,” she continues, “I already knew people because I was eating in the Harvest Table with John several times a week. Garden Spot is such a friendly and welcoming community.”
“I’m always advocating a move to a retirement community with my friends and family,” she says. “I ask, ‘What is your plan?’ ‘Where will you move?’ It was very freeing to move here and not have the responsibilities of homeownership.”
Today Jeanne and Eric lead a team of 12 employees who help them with the ins and outs of running a successful electrical supply business. Jeanne works fulltime, commuting daily from New Holland to Quarryville.
Cash & Carry continues to expand its customer base, carries quality lines at competitive prices and caters to small and mid-sized contractors. “We serve people who wouldn’t have the buying power to command a good price for their electrical supplies from a larger electrical distributor,” Jeanne says. “We have a unique niche in the Amish community and serve businesses like UltraGlow Electric, which is affiliated with Lancaster County-based B&D Builders, the company that recently moved and renovated the well-known Star Barn.”
John and Jeanne’s move to Garden Spot has made traveling to visit their daughter Leah and her family in the Netherlands, easier for Jeanne as well. Jeanne says, “I feel very fortunate to be here. I couldn’t travel before. And I didn’t meet my granddaughter until she was two. Traveling is now a possibility for me.”
Jeanne adds, “The positive spiritual atmosphere is also really important for me. It’s an essence in the fiber of the community. I really appreciate the people who live here.”