If you're of a certain age, Lakeshore Emporium in Wilson is a flashback to childhood.
“I have bulk penny candy. I also have yarn. I read a book about a woman who owned a yarn store and it reminded me of my hometown,” Vicky Myers-Murchison said.
Myers-Murchison remembers the corner store in Wilson when she was a child. “As a kid you can just go in with a handful of money and come out with a big bag of stuff."
The store closed and she moved away for her career, but came back to her hometown and wanted to recreate the store from her childhood. She has local knitters making clothes and blankets, artist paintings, jewelry and much more.
Myers-Murchison said it is a store that brings the community members together. “Anybody who wanted to sell their goods in the shop, there is now space. Retail, just a small consignment fee, to cover bags and tissue paper."
She says this is a place where everybody knows your name. “It’s becoming that gathering place. They don't necessarily buy things, they just stopped in and there have already been some great conversations that have started here."
Starting in January, she is also offering knitting classes for the community that will also go toward a good cause. “People could only make so many scarves so I'm going to have a cause that we will be knitting for."
Myers-Murchison said her store is a one-stop shop that brings something to everyone in town.
“We're a great town. We have to be there for our neighbors. We are the business that is open to make money but to provide something to the people who live here."
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