The Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday for This-N-That, 120 N. Fifth St.
Owner Karen Sharp said she first opened a storefront near McDonald’s last July. Sharp had always had an entrepreneurial spirit and picked up selling different kinds of items from home because it gave her the ability to stay home with her children.
Sharp said she also wanted to have a boutique that matched her style, which she described as “kinda hippie, kinda 80s and rock n roll.”
“I have my own style, and I think a lot of other people will like it too,” Sharp said. “It’s a mixture and very eclectic. The whole vibe we are going with here is eclectic.”
The store is divided into three open concept rooms, with the first housing crystals, essential oils and other items.
In the backroom of the shop showcases there are artwork galleries featuring local artists. The artwork includes glass paintings, fairy garden homes made from upcycled materials and homemade soaps, scent waxes and candles. A special section is also dedicated to the table top fantasy game Dungeons and Dragons, where players can pick up books, dice and miniatures.
Sharp said in the future, This-N-That plans to continue to utilize the space as much as possible,including tarot card readings and other special events. There are planned specials surrounding the full moon each month, where the shop will remain open even after regular hours to accommodate its customers and their needs. Sharp’s fiance John Becker also wants to begin teaching Dungeon and Dragons courses.
Sharp said she had no idea that less than a year after she opened her first storefront that she would be celebrating a new grand opening downtown.
“We have a lot of room to fill but it is filling up fast,” she said. “It’s been a blessing. It really has. A lot of it has come to us.”