Ain’t Too Shabby Grand Opening September 28thSep 24th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Community News
By Amber Houston Greene Publishing, Inc. Walking in to the store, it becomes clear that the name “Ain’t Too Shabby” is quite an understatement, however rich in wordplay. The furniture, gifts, accessories, and household items that owners Pamela “Pam” Willis and Linda Ryshouwer offer are far superior to the quality that their name suggests. With gifts of every variety; handmade burlap pillows; home décor big and small; and all manner of jewelry, purses, and more, the shop has a lot to offer. Ryshouwer explained that they are constantly looking for items to add to the shop, from all over America and abroad, including upscale Atlanta gift markets, Europe, New York City, and Wyoming. They also offer completely one-of-a-kind items, especially jewelry that their vendor, PAT, hand-creates, from boot charms to cuff bracelets to necklaces. Furniture is lovingly redecorated and revitalized into the style that is called “Shabby Chic.” Furniture pieces that the two women have revitalized have style and personality, and seem better suited for Southern Living Magazine or Better Homes and Gardens than a small town shop. The store originally opened on June 15. Ryshouwer confessed, “At first all we were worried about was our utilities and rent.” Anything over that went straight into buying more items to stock the store, she said. Now they move inventory at such a quick pace, that the priority of keeping stock is still number one. All over the store, furniture pieces are marked as “Sold.” So many are that half of the furniture inventory will have to be replaced within the next couple of weeks as customers pick up the dressers, chests, tables, and chairs. “And we can’t keep chandeliers in stock,” Ryshouwer said. Ryshouwer has an excellent eye for displays (which must have something to do with her past as a floral arranger) and though the shop is very full, it does not feel cluttered. In fact, the atmosphere of the store is warm and inviting, in part because of Ryshouwer’s friendliness. Though she did not expect to be in the shop full time, she is. “So much for retirement,” she laughed. In addition to their own store items and furniture, Ain’t Too Shabby has a few vendors that set up in their shop. From woodworking to jewelry making, many crafts and vintage items can be found, and all for a reasonable price. The two women can also revitalize furniture for their customers. Bring them a piece and a vision, and they can make that vision come to life. No particular vision? Their eye for design and furniture “personality” will never cease to amaze. Not only do they have a spacious storefront and boundless talent, Willis and Ryshouwer keep a workshop in the back of their shop for the many projects that they always have going. “It can be difficult, though,” Ryshouwer admits, “trying to work the storefront and painting or sanding or reupholstering.” She laughed. One day that she definitely will not get a chance to set foot in her workshop is this coming Saturday, when Ain’t Too Shabby will host their Grand Opening. Linda Lingo will cater the event, special pricing will be available, and the day will prove to be one of excellent social fun and buying opportunities—not to mention great food. The grand opening will be Saturday, September 28 and will last the entirety of regular store hours, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ryshouwer encourages you to drop by, say hi, look around, grab a bite to eat, and sign their guestbook. Their regular store hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday. They invite you to “like” their Facebook page, called Ain’t Too Shabby.
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