LIMA — After getting started at The Mercantile on Main in Ada, Jodi Callahan is bringing her own sense of “country chic” to Lima by opening up a new storefront at 1501 N. Main St.
The new business, called House to Home, is a retail store specializing in home decor, apparel and jewelry appealing to home decorators that enjoy a clean style enhanced with a rustic feel. House to Home held its grand opening Friday.
Many of pieces available at the new store have been refurbished by Callahan, making much of the selection unique when compared to other furniture stores.
Callahan said she got started working with furniture, mostly tables and dressers, in her garage. When friends noticed some of the work, she started getting commissions through word of mouth and over social media. Today, she has found enough demand for her work that she’s been able to open two stores featuring her unique furniture.
She opened her first business — The Mercantile on Main — in Ada. House to Home is her second.
“I just love doing this kind of thing. I had a dream of doing this and decided I would take the plunge,” Callahan said.
Callahan still makes much of the furniture featured in the stores, and her own home is often full of revolving pieces that get re-worked in her style.
“My husband says he never knows what’s going to be in the kitchen when he comes home,” Callahan said.
The store also features items from local artisans. Callahan said some of the wall decorations are hand-painted. A number of pieces were emblazoned with scripture or other popular sayings.
Other items available at the store include lighting, gifts, T-shirts, candles and dishes.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications Nicole Scott thanked Callahan for her work in opening the store.
“We’re excited to see new business growth and thank House to Home for being willing to invest in our community,” Scott said. “We’re excited to see entrepreneurs follow their dreams.”
House to Home is open on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information can be found by calling 419-236-3499 or by visiting www.facebook.com/htohboutique/
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.