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Wood Art Decor Boutique takes up residence in Jenkins

For five months Jenkins has had a business in the making. That was eapproximatly when Melissa Smith and Debbie Emans, future in-laws and both of Breezy Point, first considered starting a business. They had been creating giant rulers, signs and ot...

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Debbie Emans and Melissa Smith are working together to open a shop to display their wooden decor, and the crafts of various area artists and crafters. Photo by Travis Grimler

For five months Jenkins has had a business in the making.

That was eapproximatly when Melissa Smith and Debbie Emans, future in-laws and both of Breezy Point, first considered starting a business. They had been creating giant rulers, signs and other wooden décor items to sell, and when the rulers proved popular, they needed a place to sell them.

As soon as Feb. 1, they will not only have a place to sell their own products, but the doors to their new store, Wood Art Decor Boutique, will open for other crafters as well.

“We make a lot of wooden things. Our best-selling things so far are our ruler boards,” Emans said.

“We have a lot of different vendors coming in here that make their own crafts but don't have anywhere to sell their stuff, besides word of mouth. We're taking all their stuff and our stuff and putting it in one location where people can come and find things to make their homes more homey,” Smith said.

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Smith and Emans have six vendors already gathered for their store, but they are open to more. They are particularly interested in variety.

“Blankets, things for your walls. It's going to be all kinds of things,” Emans said.

Currently, the store will offer furniture, wall décor, winter hats and gifts for special occasions.

“We're really excited. We're ready for it to be opened and done. We're going to do craft fairs and all that stuff all around the state to get our name out there,” Smith said. “We like doing it. When people get the ruler boards or the other stuff we've made, they are so excited even to give them as gifts. We always get compliments from the people that get them. To be able to share them is fun.”

They are also considering offering larger décor for event rental, especially for weddings.

The store is expected to open before February.

“Feb. 1 it should be open,” Emans said.

For the winter, Smith and Emans plan to have weekend hours, though hours may shift in spring when nearby business begins to pick up. The pair is considering a small opening event during the warmer months.

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“It won't be right away on Feb. 1. I think more when it gets nicer and cabin people start coming back up. I'm thinking in May, maybe,” Smith said.

Those interested in viewing their décor or in becoming vendors at the shop may visit woodartdecor.com. The store is located off Highway 371 between the former Dollar Store property and the former bank property.

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Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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