“This & That,” a brand new clothing and crafts store in Felicity, opened June 16.
Felicity residents and new store owners Jeff and Tina Blackburn said that their store will offer brand name clothes at reasonable, below mall prices.
“We are able to buy our store merchandise in bulk at a very good price and then sell it at an affordable price which is much less than mall prices,” said Jeff Blackburn, a salesman at A&A Safety. “One reason is because we do not have the overhead that those stores have. There will be no price gouging here.”
For example, a name-brand pair of jeans that would probably cost more than $30 at a store inside a mall is only priced at around $18 dollars at “This & That,” Jeff said.
Not just a clothing store (and the selections do seem endless), "This & That" is also a gift store with cards, gift bags, candles, log furniture, country crafts, wood-works and carvings, candy bouquets (for the sweet-toothed shopper), and tobacco stick furniture.
"You can buy outfits for yourself and your kids, gifts for wedding showers, birthday presents, and all sorts of trendy party gifts," said Tina Blackburn. "There is something here for everyone."
The are also going to be including spirit wear and gear for all of the local high schools.
The idea for the country store, which sits comfortably amid the rolling hills and picturesque farmland of Felicity, was born when the company that Tina was working for (3M) moved its base of operations out of the country, leaving her unemployed. Recently graduating from the Bethel Grant Career Center where she had been studying management and adult business education courses, Tina was inspired to to explore the possibility of starting a stay-at-home business. After careful consideration of many options, the country clothing and crafts store seemed to be the right fit.
The Blackburn's also determined that Felicity needed a clothing store. "This & That" is the only clothing and crafts store of its kind in the village; it will now fill a void that has been left empty until now.
"And it's perfect for us as well," Tina said.
Store hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is located at 3839 State Route 756 in Felicity. For more information, call (513) 876-1111 or (513) 317-6105.