Gazette News Report
XENIA — It started with a dream and a crafty touch.
And 18 years later the dream of a cute little country store has grown into Country Blessings Gifts and Home Furnishings, which is holding the fall edition of its Old Fashioned Gathering 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.
“We both grew up in Xenia, have two boys and are a local couple that love country primitives as much as previous owners, Rick and Penny, used to,” said co-owner Rose-Marie Bradley, who owns the store with husband, Andy.
The store features handmade, homemade, and locally made gifts available from country, primitive, and antique, to shabby chic, vintage, and new. When the previous owners retired, so did some of the items they carried but over the past few years the collection of items has now grown and expanded with the new owners. Country Blessings carries a unique line of items that you can’t find just anywhere because they truly are one-of-a-kind.
“We have been excited to become a part of the local community again (formerly partners in Country Joe’s Coffee Shop) and over the past two years have seen things positively impact our customers,” Rose-Marie Bradley said. “We have our ‘regulars’ now as well as see new faces daily. One of the best things about Country Blessings now, is how we support our local community by taking the talents of folks in Xenia, and placing their items for sale in the store. They not only help keep the store well stocked, but when you support our family business, we support their family business and the cycle continues. You aren’t supporting big box store, or franchises. These are your neighbors next door, friends, and people you work with.”
Twice a year, it hosts a mini-festival in their parking lot. The fall event features a tent sale and Customer Appreciation Day.
More than 25 local vendors and artists from around the Greene County area will be setting up their products and services in the parking lot of the shop, helping prepare for the seasons ahead, as well as finding some unique, one-of-a-kind products for fall decor. Items available will cover a wide range such as primitives, gourmet foods, handmade baskets, antiques, authors, children’s gifts, vintage, folk art, country and rustic.
Country Joe’s Coffee, Ferguson Furniture, Quilts by Linda, Mel’s Baskets, Diana’s Touch of Love, Every Reason Under Heaven, Artwork by Hal Moon, and Our Family Soaps are just a few of the vendors providing products to customers.
“The shoes to fill are very big after 16 years in business and we knew there would be a lot of customers who are going to miss Rick and Penny’s expertise, however we hope you will come in and continue to shop with us as we add in new ideas and new products,” Rose-Marie Bradley said.
The store is located at 491 W. Second St.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.