Downtown Marion’s latest boutique contains a welcoming surroundings with quite a lot of charming, attention-grabbing, and trendy residence decor gadgets on its cabinets.
Spruce and Sparrow, owned by Jenny Lust, is positioned at 194 W. Middle St. subsequent to the Marion Space Conference and Guests Bureau and throughout the road from Charleston Place. Spruce and Sparrow is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday via Saturday and from midday to five p.m. on Sunday. The shop is closed on Monday.
Lust, who works for Ridgedale Native Faculties, stated she has dreamed of proudly owning her personal enterprise for a few years. She has earlier expertise working in retail and in addition labored within the banking trade.
“I’ve all the time talked about opening a enterprise sometime. I’ve all the time wished to,” she stated. “Simply something, actually — espresso store, restaurant. After I actually began fascinated with doing it, I thought of a bookstore, as a result of I like to learn, however I did not assume that simply having a bookstore can be sufficient. So then I talked to (downtown actual property developer) Luke Henry and he stated there was a necessity for a house decor retailer in Marion. And I like that additionally.”
Lust stated she consulted with a pal who owns a house decor retailer in Powell for recommendation and perception about find out how to get began and what did labored for her store.
“She inspired me to go forward and do it,” Lust stated.
As an avid reader, Lust has integrated a choice of books into the lineup of merchandise accessible at Spruce and Sparrow. Clients can even discover candles, wall hangings, attire, jewellery, espresso mugs, and different residence decor gadgets.
“Our important focus is the house decor, which is unfold all through the shop, however we have now a bit of little bit of every little thing that we love all through the shop,” Lust stated. “We’ve got gadgets from a couple of artists and makers, however most of it’s what I purchase via wholesale suppliers. We’ve got indicators that I get from a man in Bellefontaine, so a number of our stuff is from native folks, however then we do have some that’s sourced out. I search for Ohio-made gadgets and we even have some issues from (neighboring states).”
Lust’s longtime pal Maria Williams is the shop supervisor. Williams additionally has earlier retail expertise and previously labored within the field workplace on the Palace Theatre in downtown Marion.
“We labored collectively to provide you with concepts for the shop. We got here up with the identify collectively,” Lust stated. “Spruce is for sprucing up your property. After which we wanted so as to add one thing to it as a result of there’s already tons if ‘spruce’ shops. We all the time say, ‘Put a chook on it,’ so we added sparrow. And I just like the alliteration. In order that’s how we got here up with that.”
Lust and Williams met about 15 years in the past whereas attending the MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) group at Cornerstone Alliance Church in Marion. They grew to become quick associates and have been shut ever since.
“We have collaborated on different tasks at church and out of doors of church,” Williams stated. “That is only a enjoyable time to have a while to ourselves.”
“We do not really feel like we’re working,” Lust added. “We love coming right here and taking part in retailer. That is what we are saying we’re doing.”
Williams stated she and Lust are cultivating a pleasant ambiance at Spruce and Sparrow the place everybody can really feel snug.
“Everybody who comes via the door, it is like they’re our associates, whether or not we have met them or not,” Williams stated. “I wish to say I’ve by no means met a stranger.”
Lust and Williams famous that the client response to Spruce and Sparrow has been very encouraging and thrilling.
“We have had a very nice response. Everybody who has are available in has stated Marion actually wanted a retailer like this,” Lust stated. “We have had feedback about our retailer hours as a result of we do keep open till (7 p.m.) on weekdays and 12 to five on Sundays. We do not all the time have a number of prospects, however the ones who come are very glad we’re open. And I feel the extra those that discover out that we’re open these hours, possibly extra folks will come.
“At any time when I’d come downtown to buy, every little thing was closed, so I wished to be open for these individuals who work after which wish to come store after work within the night.”
Lust stated she’s pleased to see a resurgence of retail and eating in downtown Marion and is glad to assist advertise.
“Simply being a part of this complete downtown being redone and re-energized, it has been actually thrilling to be a part of that,” Lust stated.
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This text initially appeared on Marion Star: Spruce and Sparrow provides residence decor for downtown Marion customers