Smithfield Herald

September 20, 2013

Gift shop opens on Main Street

A gift shop for men and women has opened on Main Street.

A gift shop for men and women has opened on Main Street.

Dylan’s Unique Gifts & Weddings is at 401 E. Main St. in the former Right Angle Frame space.

Owners Erin and Charlenzo Belcher had been searching for a home for their business. They chose Clayton after getting married here in June.

“We got married at the Wagner House and fell in love with Clayton,” Charlenzo said.

The Belchers also considered Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Raleigh, where they lived before moving to Clayton. The couple found the perfect storefront in July and began transforming the space, painting the walls bright pink and green.

Erin said the small-town environment and supportive business community drew them to Clayton. “Everyone seems to pull together and support each other here,” she said.

The store carries a variety of gift items for men and women, plus floral decorations. Erin makes many of the floral arrangements.

“Several people at our wedding wanted to buy the decorations I’d made, and they kept urging me to start my own business,” she said.

With a knack for design, Erin enjoys making gift baskets.

“They’re not the typical wicker baskets though; I like to be creative,” she said. Erin recently made a basket out of a paint can.

The store carries some upscale gifts, including Coach wallets and purses and designer watches for men and women.

Erin said she wants Clayton shoppers to be able to find high-quality merchandise without having to drive to a mall or outlet center.

“You can think Clayton, stay downtown and find that significant piece,” she said.

Erin named her shop after her son, Dylan, who died three years ago at age 9. She enjoyed creating decorations for his birthday parties.

“One of my biggest deals is a planned event weddings, corporate parties or birthday parties,” she said.

Opening Dylan’s is a dream come true for Erin. For the past year, she had been commuting to Fayetteville, where she managed a car dealership.

Now, she gets to do what she loves close to home.

Husband Charlenzo is her biggest fan. “She’s got talent,” he said. “She’s very grateful about life and doesn’t want to waste a second of it.”

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