Margo Ardner has more than 20 years of experience in home decor and gifts, and is channeling her passion to "help make your house a home" by opening Margo's Mania.
Ardner said the store is a cozy boutique, located in the upper two rooms of Market Street Salon, 258 W. Market St., that features traditional and contemporary items. She said the store opened Aug. 1, and the reaction has been "surprising good."
Before opening Margo's Mania, Ardner said, she worked at Something Special, and made the decision to open her own store after "the opportunity presented itself."
"It was a God-driven thing," she said, and running her own store allows her to "do something that's rewarding to me and helps other people."
She said the arrangement with Market Street Salon has been beneficial for both herself and salon owner Kim Lucius, and has allowed them both to "find new people." Margo's Mania is accessible through the salon, she said.
The store offers a unique variety of home and gift items, Ardner said, including Habersham Wax pottery and custom silk floral arrangements Ardner designs and creates. Margo's Mania also offers funeral items, she said, and delivery is available.
She said store hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Ardner said her Saturday hours might be expanded in the future, and appointments can be made for customers wanting to shop during other hours. The shop also is accessible during regular salon hours with the help of salon staff, she said, and payment can be made in the salon.
Ardner said by keeping the shop small and with limited hours, she is able to provide "personal expertise" to customers, and offer "one-on-one" interaction.
A ribbon-cutting will take place today, Ardner said, and a grand opening is scheduled for the first week of October.
More information about Margo's Mania can be found at the shop's Facebook page, by calling (419) 618-3988 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.