By Ashley Rader
There’s something up downtown.
A host of new businesses are calling Elizabethton’s central shopping district home, all arriving in the past few months.
A vintage-inspired clothing and accessories boutique, home decor and gifts shop, two antiques and collectible shops, a printing store and new restaurants have found their places among the long-standing businesses in downtown.
Downtown Business Association President Cathy Shoun said she’s excited about the new businesses: “I am just tickled to have all of these new businesses. There is such a good variety too. It seems like everyone wants to make the downtown grow and that everyone is on the same page. Everyone is so enthusiastic and working hard. We are all thinking of what we can do to make downtown bigger and better.”
Jenny Kodak and her cousin Mandy Millican opened Johnny and June’s Vintage Boutique at 526 E. Elk Ave. on Dec. 21. The store features antique furniture, vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, handmade jewelry and accessories and decor items.
“We’re a little bit vintage; we’re a little bit Southern and we have a whole lot of style,” Kodak said. “We have a wide variety of things here.”
Kodak said the store in downtown Elizabethton is an extension of Millican’s store in Lafayette, Ga. She said they decided to expand, and Kodak wanted to open the store in Elizabethton, which she noted is her hometown.
“Business has been awesome,” Kodak said. “The store has been so well received. We have had a lot of support from the other shops, and the city has been a huge support too.”
She added that in the spring the store will host a variety of crafting workshops.
Johnny and June’s Vintage Boutique is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Another new business, Pip Berry Lane, has been operating at 622 East Elk Ave. since Oct. 19.
Owner Regina Moore said the business offered primitive country home decor and gifts. The shop is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Moore said she chose to open in downtown Elizabethton because she enjoyed working in the smaller business district.
“I really like the quaintness of the area,” she said.
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