Liberty Mail Center offers shipping service, box rental

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By Rachel Madison

When you walk into the newly opened Liberty Mail Center in The Shops at San Gabriel Ridge in North Leander, don’t be surprised when you’re greeted first by a furry goldendoodle named Kanga.

Only after she gives you a good sniff and a tail wag—and you’ve given her the appropriate number of pets—will you get to meet owners Brooke and Jeffrey Kimberlin, who moved to Liberty Hill in March, after following Jeffrey Kimberlin’s family from Orange County, Calif., to Texas.

The couple owns a mail center, fittingly named The Mail Center, in Huntington Beach, Calif., and when they decided to make the move to Texas, agreed the Liberty Hill and Leander area could use a similar store. They moved into Santa Rita Ranch and wanted to build something nearby when they found the Shops at San Gabriel.

“We knew if we were moving here, we would need jobs, so we decided we’d open up another mail center,” Brooke Kimberlin said. “We really like this industry and getting to know the community and serve them. We’re super thankful we can bring our dog to work, and we think the community loves that, too. Back in California, people would come in just to see Kanga and give her treats. We want that to happen here, too.”

The Kimberlins have a lot of experience in the industry, as Brooke helped her mother run a mail center in California for 17 years throughout high school, college and beyond, and Jeffrey worked in the magazine printing trade. Now, Brooke’s mother helps the couple run their shop in Leander.

The Kimberlins purchased The Mail Center in Huntington Beach six years ago and will continue to own and operate that store from a distance, with Jeffrey visiting as often as he can. They opened Liberty Mail Center on July 19, and provide a variety of services, including shipping with multiple carriers like USPS, FedEx, UPS and DHL; notary services; document shredding; fingerprinting; passport photos; copying and printing; and renting of private mailboxes.

“Because we rent out private mailboxes, our customers can get packages from any of the carriers because it’s not a PO box,” Jeffrey Kimberlin said. “If you have a home-based business and don’t want to use your home address, having a mailbox with us is perfect so you can have your packages delivered here.”

Brooke Kimberlin said the shop also offers a variety of unique gift items and greeting cards, and during the holidays, they plan on offering gift wrap as well.

“So far our customer base has been a lot of people from the Summerlyn and Larkspur communities, and they’ve told us they’re so happy they don’t have to drive so far and they appreciate the convenience,” Brooke Kimberlin said. “We are fast and efficient, so you aren’t going to wait in line here. We want to get you in and out and find you the best price for shipping.”

Brooke Kimberlin added that a unique aspect of their business is helping customers resize packages to get better shipping rates or giving them advice on what they can do to lower their shipping costs.

She also said Liberty Mail Center is truly a family run business, as she, her husband and mother are the only employees for now—unless you count Kanga. The Kimberlins’ two children, Kenley, 6; and Easton, 4; like to help out at the store, too, she added.

“They love it,” she said. “They want to be here all the time. If someone wants stamps, our daughter will get out all the choices and show the customer, or they will help weigh things, or help put mail in the mailboxes. They love helping us out.”

In the future, the Kimberlins hope to continue to grow their business and become a place that can serve the Liberty Hill and Leander communities. Brooke Kimberlin said they plan to eventually add employees to their roster, and that they are planning a grand opening event on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. so the community can come see what their business offers. Food and drinks will be served at the event.

Liberty Mail Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store is located at 2082 US Hwy 183, Ste. 170, in The Shops at San Gabriel. For more information, visit www.libertymailtx.com or search for Liberty Mail Center on Facebook and Instagram.

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