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Even in a time of weakened economy, Candles & Gifts on Main was a successful business, according to Bonnie Allnutt. But now the store, located at 536 Main St., is getting new owners and, in time, a new look.
“I was retired from banking, and I needed something to do. And I decided to open a business,” Allnutt said. “It’s too demanding. It’s been very successful, but I have two children, in Texas and Colorado, and I couldn’t just take off and see them. It was just more than I really wanted to do.”
Candles & Gifts on Main has specialized in selling Frankfort-based Candleberry Candles.
"They're very popular and are shipped all over the world," she said.
Aside from candles, Candles & Gifts on Main offers jewelry, purses and other accessories.
Those items will remain available as new owners Rob Canina and Chris Pennington take over, beginning on Saturday.
The store’s new name will be Weeds & Things, however with the business deal is happening so quickly, it’ll take a few months to rebrand the store and bring in the full list of interesting products it plans to sell.
“We’re trying to bring unique things to Shelbyville and Shelby County,” Canina said. “We’re going to be expanding what Bonnie and her daughter Jackie had already started.”
In the coming months the store will offer items such as silk and live flower arrangements. Pennington is an award-winning florist who already has been booked to do flowers for weddings this spring.
Antiques and home décor will be featured, along with socially responsible green products, including a product line for pets, with proceeds going to saving animals in need.
“We’re going to try and have some of our initial inventory ready on Monday,” he said. Part of that will be Valentines Day roses, chocolates and other gifts.
Current business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. - Sat. However, Canina said they’re considering expanding to evening hours Friday-Sunday.
“We hope the folks of Shelbyville embrace it and support us,” he said. “If there are things they’d like us to carry, we’ll look into it.”
Call 633-4483 for more information.