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Gift Shops bring clothing, unique items locally

Beverly has seen some new gift shops open since the pandemic and are serving the community with their wares.

There are two different businesses in one building with Small Town Creations and Charlotte Anne Boutique, located at 127 Third St.

Charlotte Anne Boutique is the offshoot of the store’s online presence, said owner Lexie Reed. “I was not satisfied with just doing online and thought I’d bring something to different to the community and the opportunity to buy locally.”

Charlotte Anne carries boutique clothing items and accessories.

Reed said the two-in-one storefront venture with Small Town Creations owner Jordan Schilling came from them both being moms and wanting the flexibility of their own business.

Photo by Amy Phelps Some of the Black Rifle Coffee products carried by Route 60 Vintiques and Gift Boutique.

Schilling said most of her family owns their own businesses and she always wanted to do so as well. “When the building came up, we took it.”

Small Town Creations carries graphic t-shirts, home decor, men’s clothing and kids’ products.

“It is very diverse in here,” said Schilling.

“I really wanted to bring good quality clothing locally so people didn’t have to go to the mall,” said Reed.

Popular products may very depending on the season, but Reed said jeans remain so, and right now flannel jackets are a big seller.

Photo by Amy Phelps Route 60 Vintiques and Gift Boutique provides unique gift items at 104 5th St. in Beverly.

Schilling said Frost Buddy items, home decor and graphic t-shirts have all been popular. She said she has had requests for bulk t-shirt orders and is looking toward screen printing in the future.

Both stores hope to grow their online presence, with websites and shoppable stores.

Both stores can be found on Facebook.

Over at 104 5th St., Route 60 Vintiques and Gift Boutique has recently switched its focus from antiques to gift items.

“I opened originally in October 2017,” said owner Matthew Hardesty. The shop was an outgrowth of his and his partner’s online antique business, with a storefront to carry products. The store originally carried a small amount of new products, including Dixie Bell chalk paint for refinishing furniture (which continues to be a popular seller today) , but when the new products started to outsell the antique and vintage ones, Hardesty decided to pivot.

“Right before the pandemic, I switched the focus on being more of a gift boutique with a vintage flair,” he said.

The store’s popular products include Black Rifle Coffee and Chala handbags.

“I look for companies that give back,” he said, mentioning all of the work Black Rifle Coffee does for veterans. Chala’s vegan bags are “high quality bags at a reasonable price,” and also donate funds to animal rescue services.

Route 60 Vintiques also carries many products made locally or in Ohio, including jewelry, soaps, room sprays, teas and more.

There are also handbags, dish towels, t-shirts, home decor and many other eye-catching products, most of which is made in America.

“II try to find things you won’t find elsewhere,” Hardesty said.

“It’s a vintage-themed gift boutique,” he said. “Gifts with sass and a lot of class.”

Customers can also shop the store at route60vintiques.com and can be found on Facebook.

Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.

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