Word spread quickly on social media that a new gift boutique popped up in downtown Ceres as of Saturday, April 2 and the response has pleased co-owner Shella Joiner of Ceres. Women have been posting comments telling of their excitement about Addy's Boutique, 2415 Lawrence Street, Suite A, just east of Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant.
The shop's origins go back four years ago when Shella's sister and husband, Karen and Kevin Climer of Keyes, started the business out of their home. The business was named after the couple's daughter, Addy Climer.
About two and a half years ago Shella and husband Mark Joiner started crafting in their home on Fifth Street and they began eyeing the storefront that had been empty since Embroidery Plus vacated to move to Fourth Street. The two couples checked out the space and left with goosebumps because everything felt right, said Shella, "and decided to do it."
It took only two weeks to gather and create enough items to stock the store on opening day.
The shop specializes in refurnished and repurposed antiques, crafts and décor with a decidedly country and cowboy feel. Mark cuts all the wood at their home while Shella creates works of art through paints and embellishments.
"We carry brand and off-brand leather and faux leather items," said Shella. "We shop almost daily or weekly for new product."
The shop - which would pique the interest of more women than men - carries Montana West luggage and handbags. A small selection of men's items includes T-shirts and Rock Revival jeans.
"We do have very few men's stuff but this is basically a woman could walk in here and want to decorate her whole house and fill her whole closet," said Joiner.
When she's not busy with customers she is busy crafting repurposed items from garage sales and antique dealers from which she gleans items. She feels her products have a niche since she is accustomed to Ceres' agricultural and rural roots having been a resident of here on and off for about 30 years.
"As it is an agricultural town, western wear is very, very popular so we specialize in western wear."
Other items include a saddlebag, a saddle bar, wash tubs and vintage sewing machines, burlap sack for table clothes and others items. Dream catchers and jewelry items are made by her younger sister. Local artists make rustic décor which the shop sells. A local Mary Kay dealer is also supplying products at the new shop.
The shop, which also takes consignment items, is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays; 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (closed Sundays.)
The shop may be reached at 247-8901.