MOUNT VERNON — Arts and primitives, a little girls boutique and a discount clothing center are among the newest business ventures around Knox County.
Opening on Sept. 7 just in time for First Friday was the Funky Monkey at 11 W. Ohio Ave. Owned and operated by Jon and Lin Van Houten, Funky Monkey offers original art and antique items to spruce up one’s home. Garden, primitives, retro and decorating items can be found by shoppers visiting the shop.
“This is an ecclectic mix of art and antiques,” said Jon about the findings available at Funky Monkey, which carries a lot of country and primitive-style items. He does most of the abstract artwork, while Lin does the impressionistic items. The Van Houtens have been into antiques for many years and recently had a shop in the Indian Mound Mall called Finders Keepers. Jumping out of the business for a brief period to do some painting, the space on Ohio Avenue came open, and they jumped on the opportunity.
“We’ve been pleasantly surprised at the amount of people who have come in,” said Lin about the business thus far. Hours for Funky Monkey are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Opening on Oct. 2, at 23 N. Main St. was AT the Primitive Cellar where new and used primitives and antiques can be found. Owners Amanda Davis and Trish Byers (hence the title AT for Amanda and Trish) offer a variety of items including barn siding, unique gifts, wreaths, log furniture, handmade candles and numerous decorative items. Gift certificates are also available for purchase.
“Every time we wanted to shop for antiques or primitives we had to go out of town. So we decided to bring Mount Vernon a place where people could shop close to home,” said Byers about the decision to open their new business.
Hours for AT the Primitive Cellar are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They can be reached at 398-7729.
A new discount-priced clothing venue is now open for the budget-conscious shopper at New4U, 401 N. Sandusky St. Selections of clothing range from newborn to XX-large. The store’s slogan is “A second-hand store like you’ve never been in before,” said owner Pam Vanderpool of her new shop. “Our store is very organized, and everything is tagged. We’re very excited to offer this to people in Mount Vernon who are on a budget.”
Opened on Oct. 18, New4U specializes in gently-used name brand clothing, and carries maternity clothing plus home decor and small furniture items. The business is a new venture for Vanderpool who is receiving assistance from her daughter, Natalee Pilotti. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Do you have a little princess in your family who would enjoy a birthday party or other theme party with her friends? That opportunity is now found here in Mount Vernon at the Little Boutique of Dreams. Located inside Pathway of Elegance at 223 Harcourt Road, Little Boutique of Dreams gives young girls, ages 2-10, the chance to be princess for the day with all the amenities and treats planned to make her day very special.
Little Boutique of Dreams is operated by Olivia Hamilton with assistance from her mother, Sue Ellyn Wiggand. Hamilton got the idea for the boutique after seeing one in Kentucky and decided to bring that concept to Mount Vernon.
A specially decorated birthday room with pink carpeting, pink table coverings, pink chairs, and colorful balloons and decorations makes for a very attractive setting perfect for all the “girly” guests. All party participants can choose their own dress, crown and accessories while enjoying music, karaoke and games; and have a keepsake photo taken to take home with them.
A variety of party packages are available including a birthday party, princess tea party, toddlers and tutus party, little ladies tea party and others. A Halloween bash was recently conducted, and a Christmas party is being planned. “You invite the guests, and we do the rest” is the theme of the boutique, according to Wiggand. For more information, call 392-3373.
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