BY KATHY KNIGHT
Sharon O'Neal and Lyza Pascucci, both of Greeneville, announce a new addition to the retail community in historic downtown Greeneville -- Richland Creek Gifts.
Located at 129A N. Main St., at the corner of North Main and Church streets, the shop features a variety of gifts.
The business was named for the creek that runs through the downtown area, and it features gifts from $3 to $300.
"We are offering a variety of items featuring Greeneville for tourists who visit here," said O'Neal, "and we are offering many items for our local residents to give as gifts to anyone ... friends, family members, teachers.
"There are gifts that would be appropriate for bridal showers of all types."
The Greeneville items include Greeneville-related tea towels, some featuring churches, others featuring historical sites; boxed Moon Pies, a Tennessee product; Greeneville-related magnets, tote bags; and more.
There are many jewelry items, purses, wallets, University of Tennessee pottery, decorative flags, scarves, candles, art work, local pottery and kiln-fired glass art work by Tim Frain, and collectible artwear by Elaine Coyne.
Also available are decorative frames, Naked Bee Natural products; a pet lovers' section; aprons, and a wide variety of food items.
O'Neal noted that "We have lots of gifts emphasizing the South -- pottery, signs, t-shirts and more."
HISTORY OF INTEREST
O'Neal told The Greeneville Sun, "I had a store, Gallery 321, on Main Street from 1994 to 1998, and I've missed doing business in the downtown ever since."
She had another business, Antiques Etc., for about eight years, first off Tusculum Boulevard and then on the Andrew Johnson Highway (U.S. 11E).
"I missed the downtown, but I met Lyza, who was one of my vendors at Antiques Etc., and we became friends," O'Neal said.
"With the expansion of Walters State Community College, we feel like there is a lot of potential for growth in downtown, and decided Greeneville really needed a gift shop in that area.
"We hope to be a catalyst for more businesses to be open longer hours in the downtown, because we truly like the feeling and quaintness of being right here," she said.
O'Neal says that, of the duo, "Lysa is the business-type, while I am the creative one."
Richland Creek Gifts has one additional sales associate, Ada Dobson.
Richland Creek Gifts is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
In the future, the women told the Sun, they hope to feature local artists at work and sell items featuring Richland Creek. They also will be offering gift baskets and gift wrapping, they said.
The location was formerly the site of James Ben: Studio & Gallery, which relocated to The Crescent Building earlier this year.