With the success of businesses like Deep River Brewing and the Cleveland Draft House, it’s clear that craft beer is catching on in Clayton.
Now, a new downtown business hopes to grow local interest in handcrafted wines.
Wine on Main, which opened earlier this year, specializes in wines that aren’t mass produced. Clayton residents Mandy Tamplin and Temple Phipps opened the store with their business partner, Clark Hipolito, to showcase “real wines made by real people,” Tamplin said.
Tamplin moved to Clayton from Washington last September to help Phipps with her grooming business, Doggy Do’z, also located downtown. Not long after arriving, Tamplin asked, “Where’s the wine store?”
Clayton is home to a bottle shop for craft beer, but not wine. Grocery stores house selections from mostly large vineyards.
The owners came up with the concept of Wine on Main in October, and they opened in March.
Tamplin, who previously worked as a wine distributor, said nearly all of the store’s bottles can’t be found in grocery stores.
In addition to specialty wines, Wine on Main seeks to provide an intimate and welcoming experience for novices and connoisseurs.
Located in a older two-story house at 459 E. Main St., the shop has a tasting room where the owners can meet with customers and help educate them about the wines. The store also has a parlor and an attached gift shop.
A large mural painted by Hipolito, a Raleigh-based artist and entrepreneur, covers the ceiling in the parlor. His paintings are on display throughout the store.
Phipps said customers have been welcoming and gracious since the store opened seven weeks ago. “People feel compelled to introduce themselves,” she said.
One customer, Phipps said, even brought them dinner one night from a nearby Mexican restaurant.
Phipps said prices range from $7.99 to $99. A lot of times, she said, people can find a better wine for a better price than they can at the grocery store.
“All the wines have their own, true story,” Phipps said.
Wine on Main has an outdoor seating area and offers live music during the week. The owners host trunk shows with local jewelry designers and craft makers and hope to offer book signings in the future.
For more information, go to www.wineonmainnc.com or search Wine on Main Clayton on Facebook.
A couple of blocks from Wine on Main, Linda Edwards is continuing her family’s tradition of owning local businesses.
In April, Edwards and her husband, Phillip, opened Rejoyce!, a gift shop that aims to provide items for any occasion.
Edwards said her store has gifts for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, weddings, birthdays, baby showers and more.
While this is her first business, entrepreneurship runs in her family. Her mom and dad, Joyce and Ernest Blackley, own Blackley’s Printing. Many of her extended family also own own businesses, including cousin Jonathan Lee, who runs Lee’s Produce in Clayton.
Edwards has previously worked for her parents and with her husband’s general contracting business.
She had wanted to open her own store for a while, but the timing was never right. Then, when the youngest of her three children left for college last August, she started looking for places.
“It was time to start a new life,” Edwards said. “Even though you are still a mom, you don’t have kids at home to take care of anymore.”
Edwards picked a storefront at 408 E. Main St. for her shop. It was formerly an ice cream shop.
She and her family renovated the space in January by putting up new drywall, adding decorative columns and installing carpeting. She got her inventory in March and opened April 21.
Edwards said it was important to open in downtown Clayton.
“I wouldn’t have considered going anywhere else,” she said.
“Downtown Clayton is active and alive,” she added.
The name, Rejoyce!, has several meanings, she said. One is rejoice in the Christian sense of the word. Edwards said the store offers many products with scriptures and biblical symbols.
The store’s name is also a nod to her mother, Joyce.
At Rejoyce!, the inventory comes from vendors such as Crabtree & Evelyn, Arthur Court and Tyler Candle Co. The shop can engrave many of the items it sells, and it Edwards hopes to offer gift baskets in the future.
The store offers complimentary gift wrapping on all products.
“We want to be the one-stop kind of store where you can get a gift, get it wrapped and get a card,” Edwards said.
Across the street from Rejoyce!, shoppers can find recycled items, handmade goods and antiques at Et Cetera, another new store at 421 E. Main St.
Patricia Tredway, her husband Charles and Debbie Pardue opened the shop last month.
The Tredways also own Sugar Rose Boutique, another Main Street shop that sells hand-crafted items made in North Carolina. After opening Sugar Rose in 2013, the couple said they noticed customers asking for more products than they could handle in one space.
So they teamed up with Pardue, a craftswoman they met through Sugar Rose, and started looking for a place to expand.
They happened upon their current space, which was formerly a dry-cleaning business and before that a bakery. They’ve added a larger mix of re-used and handmade items and also furniture.
Patricia, a nurse, and Pardue, a radiology technician, make some of the items. Charles handles the store’s finances and refinishes furniture.
Pardue said both her mother and grandmother made things growing up. She said she loves to recycle.
“My family and friends don’t give anything away before asking me first,” Pardue said.
Some of Pardue’s more popular items are her bracelets and necklaces made out of typewriter keys. She also sells jewelry made out of old adding machines.
“The kids will come in and say, ‘What’s an adding machine?’” Patricia said.
Other products in the store come from local vendors and artists. Mark Wilson, an Archer Lodge town councilman, sells his decorative lighthouses and light fixtures in the store.
“There’s a lot of local talent, which we weren’t aware of until we started Sugar Rose,” Patricia said.
The Tredways say they want to keep showing off that local talent and doing whatever they can to bring people to Main Street.
In the future, the owners plan to add classes on jewelry making and other crafts. They also hope to provide a place for local authors to have book signings.
For more information, search Et Cetera Shops on Facebook.
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