BELLVILLE — A new, snazzy and comforting shop has opened on Bellville’s Main Street.
When you walk in the door at Elements of Home, at 90 Main St., you’re going to find things you want to reach out and touch, things you want to wear, and many hand made items done by people from this area.
Elements of Home is the invention of Amanda Cooper. It had its quiet grand opening Feb. 3. On Feb. 8, there will be a real grand opening, with ribbon cutting, where Bellville mayor Teri Brenkus will appear. That will be at 10:30 a.m.
Cooper says her niche is “custom crafted furniture, farm tables, sliding barn doors.”
You can find flowing clothing, handmade dishcloths in brilliant colors, succulent plants.
A number of items would be described as “re-purposed” because something someone might have wanted to throw away has been saved, and turned into a striking item.
Cooper previously had a store at 74 Main St., but that closed when Wilson Realty took over.
Her new endeavor has a broader selection, she said. Now there is clothing, handbags and jewelry. She operated her old store, Designs by Chicken Coop, for one year.
Cooper said her effort is to complement the “modern farm house.” The farm tables she sells have been hand built from wood from a local supplier. She said that means money is going back into the community.
A number of local artists have contributed to her colorful ensembles of furniture, tableware, interesting and maybe a little quirky pieces.
Old springs, source unknown, sit on a table. They are intended to be napkin holders.
A white piece, with faded paint, sits against a wall. It has fold down bases meant to hold candles.
Cooper said she has found “by the grace of God, and I’m not kidding” a group of “amazing people in Bellville.” She said they are “incredibly creative, open minded.” They are willing to get “out of their comfort zones” to make a fit with the store.
They all “bounce ideas off” one another.
Cooper said if she were “winning an Oscar” she would have a hard time coming up with the “list of people who jumped in and helped me.”
The store has allowed her to “meet the best friends in the whole wide world.”
Cooper’s background is in retail sales and service industry jobs. She has six children and seven “grandbabies,” she says.
The store will start off with winter hours, Wednesday through Saturday.
Wednesday it will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, it will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays it will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In April she will add Tuesday hours, she said. Then, the Saturday hours will switch to a 10 a.m. opening.