POMEROY — The eclectic shops located in downtown Pomeroy offer a wide variety of items, some from local artists and others from around the globe.
Each shop has its own atmosphere, and together they bring a unique shopping experience. The shops, located in Pomeroy’s downtown area, are within walking distance from each other.
The Sternwheel Riverfest will add to the ambiance of this river town. With the Ohio River as a backdrop, steamboats large and small will be traveling up and down the river this weekend as shoppers stroll the sidewalks.
Looking for something different? Try Front Page Outfitters, where you will find jewelry made in the South American rain forests from Tagua, a tree nut. Sometimes known as vegetable ivory, this nut is 100 percent organic and sustainable. Ecuadorian Artisans use Tagua to make beautiful one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
“I try to find interesting and different pieces of jewelry and clothing that I think my customers will enjoy,” owner Paige Cleek said. “I like everything to coordinate in an artsy, comfortable style. This jewelry is wonderful because the material used to make it is organic and sustainable, and no two pieces are the same.”
Weaving Stitches owner Eloise Drenner has prepared her shop for the fall season and is ready for Sternwheel Riverfest this weekend with a replica steamboat predominately displayed in the front window. Floral designer Rick Sullivan is busy in the store creating custom pieces. His sense of style allows him to design individual pieces for any customer or occasion.
Michele Musser is busy in her studio at Seasons Gifts and Home Decor, always with a paint brush in her hand. Using many different objects on which to paint, she creates art that is one of a kind. Musser paints on old window frames, buckets, barn boards, anything she says will make people happy when they see it, saying she loves to “redo and make new.”
“I love to make one-of-a-kind pieces,” Musser said, “using one-of-a-kind pieces.”
When asked why she paints, she replied that she had done other forms of art, but decided to try the brush.
“I didn’t know brushes would be a challenge, but they were and they became who I am.”
Clark’s Jewelers has one-of-a-kind jewelry displayed in the store’s original cases. Owner Susan Clark also has some special jewelry pieces featuring riverboat themes. She says she is excited to also carry a jewelry piece made especially for the area, and recommends stopping by to see it.
Annie Chapman and Lorna Johnson have been fitting customers with footwear for many years at Chapman’s Shoes.
Quilters come from far and wide to select material for their next project in the Fabric Store on Main Street in Pomeroy. Their selection belies the size of the shop.
Bobbie Karr, of the Hartwell House, says shopping local is important to the success of downtown Pomeroy.
“If everyone supported local stores in a small way, it would make a huge difference to all of us,” Karr said.
Businesses in Pomeroy invite people to shop local and discover uncommon and exclusive items displayed in artistic venues inside and outside the shops.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551
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