Dee Potter didn’t like making the drive to Wauseon or Archbold to find just the right gift for special occasions, so she decided to open her own store.
Fayette Floral and Gifts opened downtown last week at 101 N. Fayette St. (in the former pharmacy building) and a grand opening is planned Oct. 31.
She and building owner Tom Spiess have talked about bringing new businesses to downtown Fayette. What they came up with pleases both of them.
Spiess has worked in recent years to make the space available for local artists to show and sell their creations. Local art work will take care of the “gifts” portion of the shop.
In the store currently are wooden bowls made by Ray Ramsdell, paintings and crafts by Ann Schang and Bev Biddix, woodwork by Dan Shock, candles and lotions by Brenda Schang and art work by Rebecca Lovelace.
They’re offered at a range of prices, Potter said, from a couple dollars on up.
Fayette native Brooke (Willis) Right has returned to the community and she’s handling the floral side of the business. She’s worked as a florist and horticulturist since 1993 and she moved back to Fayette to be closer to her family.
The store will carry live and silk plants, fresh flowers, cards and helium balloons. Delivery to area communities will be available for weddings, funerals and other events.
The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Orders can be placed around the clock by visiting the website at www.fayettefloralandgifts.biz. The phone number is 419/237-3333.
“I’m a Fayette native,” Potter said, “and I want to give back to Fayette.”