One of the newest businesses to open in downtown Grove City has a wide variety of merchandise, but it’s not a quaint general store.
The sale items from Valerie Heiby’s “rustic” store are more chic than miscellaneous.
Grove Sheek, which opened in March at 3937 Broadway, offers everything from fashion and home décor to jewelry and gifts, food and coffee, and personal care products. skin and well-being.
Her store is designed to carry a variety of items, any of which could grab attention as they walk past their storefront, Heiby said.
The interior of the store includes decorative touches to give the store “a rustic feel,” she said.
“We have cowboy hats and other hanging items to give him an appeal to the shallows,” she said.
Heiby, who has lived in Grove City for more than three decades, decided to open her own business after her post as a fundraiser for a nonprofit was eliminated.
“I have a business degree in finance (from the University of Phoenix), but I worked in the corporate world for about 25 years,” she said.
All the while, Heiby said, she had an interest in starting her own business.
Her first independent business was a restaurant business, but it didn’t quite provide the personal satisfaction she was looking for, she said.
Then she had the idea of opening a store in the city center.
“I thought it would offer something unique to the neighborhood,” Heiby said.
Grove Sheek Boutique started as an online business in January 2020 and Heiby planned to open its storefront in March 2020.
Then the pandemic struck and his plans were put on hold for the time being.
Online activities continued until Heiby signed a lease for the current location, which was previously occupied by the Honey House.
“It wasn’t the original location I was going to open in, but it worked really well,” Heiby said. “The Honey House has downsized and opened a vendor area in the antique store next door.”
After such a long delay, she said, she was anxious to open her store.
“People were like, ‘I can’t believe you’re opening a store in the middle of a pandemic,’ but it was almost like the pandemic didn’t exist for me,” given his level of excitement, Heiby said.
“What I really love is interacting with people,” she said. “It was really fun.”
The best part is that she meets in person with people who have been Grove Sheek Boutique online customers, Heiby said.
“It’s a chance to put a face to the name,” she said.
With all the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home decor items available at the store, Heiby said one of the items that customers particularly seem to enjoy is tastier than tasteful.
“People seem to really enjoy hand painted chocolate truffles,” she said. “It is something to satisfy your gluttony.”
The candies are provided by Lohcally Artisan Chocolates, owned by Lewis Center resident Denise Steele, who makes and paints her chocolate treats in her home kitchen.
Steele said she uses cocoa butter to give each truffle its own unique design.
“Painting them by hand really brings out the colors and captures your eyes,” she said. “It’s a more vibrant look than you can get with machine-made chocolate.”
Truffles make a lovely gift for someone special or an indulgent treat for yourself, Steele said.
Steele worked as a small business analyst before focusing on educating her three children.
Along the way, she says, she took on various part-time jobs and dreamed of opening her own business.
“I have always had an interest in opening a chocolate business. My mom worked at a candy store that’s still there (in Hartville), where I grew up, ”Steele said. “I really liked the idea of being able to make people happy by giving them chocolate.”
Steele enrolled in the Professional Chocolatier Program at Ecole Chocolat, which trains people in the art and craft of being a chocolate maker.
“I originally thought about wanting to make chocolate turtles and things like that, but participating in this program really opened my eyes to consumer trends in chocolate making,” she said. declared.
In addition to truffles, Lohcally Artisan Chocolates also sells its homemade caramels and peels.
Steele sells its products through multiple outlets in central Ohio and as a pop-up retailer at special events, farmer’s markets and summer festivals.
The Grove Sheek store opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closes at 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and 6 p.m. other days. The store is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
More information about Grove Sheek Boutique is available at grovesheekboutique.com and facebook.com/grovesheekboutique.
The Lohcally Artisan Chocolates website is lohcally.com, and information is also available at facebook.com/lohcallyartisanchocolate.