Downtown Marion’s newest boutique capabilities a welcoming natural environment with a range of charming, interesting, and elegant home decor things on its shelves.
Spruce and Sparrow, owned by Jenny Lust, is found at 194 W. Center St. subsequent to the Marion Area Conference and People Bureau and throughout the avenue from Charleston Position. Spruce and Sparrow is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday via Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The retail outlet is shut on Monday.
Lust, who is effective for Ridgedale Local Schools, reported she has dreamed of proudly owning her very own organization for a lot of several years. She has earlier encounter doing the job in retail and also worked in the banking business.
“I’ve usually talked about opening a business someday. I’ve generally desired to,” she claimed. “Just anything, really — coffee shop, restaurant. When I truly begun contemplating about performing it, I imagined about a bookstore, due to the fact I enjoy to examine, but I failed to feel that just acquiring a bookstore would be more than enough. So then I talked to (downtown genuine estate developer) Luke Henry and he said there was a require for a household decor keep in Marion. And I like that also.”
Lust said she consulted with a pal who owns a property decor retail outlet in Powell for suggestions and insight about how to get commenced and what did worked for her store.
“She inspired me to go forward and do it,” Lust explained.
As an avid reader, Lust has incorporated a choice of publications into the lineup of items available at Spruce and Sparrow. Shoppers can also come across candles, wall hangings, clothing, jewellery, coffee mugs, and other property decor products.
“Our main focus is the property decor, which is distribute throughout the keep, but we have a tiny little bit of almost everything that we adore all over the retail store,” Lust reported. “We have goods from a few artists and makers, but most of it is what I obtain via wholesale vendors. We have symptoms that I get from a male in Bellefontaine, so a large amount of our stuff is from area folks, but then we do have some that is sourced out. I glimpse for Ohio-built items and we also have some issues from (neighboring states).”
Lust’s longtime buddy Maria Williams is the retail outlet supervisor. Williams also has prior retail experience and formerly worked in the box workplace at the Palace Theatre in downtown Marion.
“We worked jointly to appear up with ideas for the store. We came up with the name alongside one another,” Lust mentioned. “Spruce is for sprucing up your property. And then we wanted to insert anything to it mainly because there is presently heaps if ‘spruce’ shops. We generally say, ‘Put a bird on it,’ so we additional sparrow. And I like the alliteration. So that’s how we arrived up with that.”
Lust and Williams fulfilled about 15 years in the past whilst attending the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group at Cornerstone Alliance Church in Marion. They became speedy friends and have been close at any time since.
“We have collaborated on other projects at church and exterior of church,” Williams explained. “This is just a exciting time to have some time to ourselves.”
“We will not feel like we are operating,” Lust additional. “We enjoy coming listed here and enjoying keep. That is what we say we’re accomplishing.”
Williams stated she and Lust are cultivating a welcoming ambiance at Spruce and Sparrow exactly where all people can sense comfy.
“Everybody who will come through the doorway, it can be like they are our good friends, whether or not we have achieved them or not,” Williams stated. “I like to say I have by no means met a stranger.”
Lust and Williams famous that the client reaction to Spruce and Sparrow has been very encouraging and remarkable.
“We’ve had a actually good response. All people who has occur in has claimed Marion really desired a keep like this,” Lust reported. “We have experienced responses about our retailer hrs simply because we do remain open right until (7 p.m.) on weekdays and 12 to 5 on Sundays. We do not often have a large amount of buyers, but the types who occur are extremely happy we are open. And I assume the a lot more people that come across out that we are open up all those hours, possibly a lot more persons will appear.
“Every time I would appear downtown to store, all the things was shut, so I preferred to be open for those people people who get the job done and then want to arrive store right after do the job in the evening.”
Lust mentioned she’s delighted to see a resurgence of retail and dining in downtown Marion and is glad to enable market it.
“Just currently being part of this whole downtown being redone and re-energized, it’s been genuinely thrilling to be part of that,” Lust mentioned.
For info, go to its site spruceandsparrowmarion.com. The store also has web pages on Facebook and Instagram. Lust and Williams can be contacted by e-mail at [email protected].
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