Anyone passing by has probably noticed the bright tie-dyed clad windows while driving down Main Street in Park Hills.
Peace of Mind is the newest addition to downtown Park Hills and the owner hopes to bring the community together through art and hand-made creations.
Peace of Mind Owner Scott Micke said they opened their first store in Sullivan in 2015. It all started because he would go out and do a lot of music festivals.
“I always thought it would be cool to be a vendor and always admired what they did because they got to live that free life,” said Micke. “Over the years I have met a lot of people at these music festivals and that is where I get my stuff from.”
Micke said after opening the store in Sullivan, he opened one in Rolla a year ago. He said he grew up in Bonne Terre and his brother lives near Park Hills so he decided to open up a store down here.
“We are 100 percent owned and operated by family,” said Micke. “We try to be as involved in the community as possible. We do T-shirt contests where we do an art thing and the coolest piece of art that gets submitted over a 30-day period will be put on T-shirts.”
Micke said they also do a lot of live music. Once a month he will get a band for a free concert. He added they will grill up some hot dogs and hamburgers to give away and bring people together.
“That’s what it’s all about,” said Micke. “We will have Jimmy Theabu performing on April 8. He played for the Schwag for many years. He is going to come down and do an acoustic session here that Sunday. He plays bluegrass style music, jam band style and he is a Grateful Dead tribute band.”
Micke said he will do that at least once a month during the summer months and he feels over time it will evolve into something that is pretty cool.
“We try to get away from the stigma. We are not just a head shop,” said Micke. “We don’t want to be just ‘that head shop’, we want to be that place where families can bring their kids. A place where they can pick out some cool T-shirts and jewelry and where the local artists can sell their art and handmade items.”
Micke said it’s about bringing people together and it’s a store that is kind of put together by the people. He explained that the store in Sullivan probably has at least 100 pieces of handmade art around the entire store.
“It really involved into a community store. There are handmade candles, handmade necklaces, all hand-blown glass and a lot of different items,” said Micke. “We have a lot of that there and I am hoping we can get that edge down here. It’s cool when people can bring in their stuff they make.”
Micke said every piece is unique and that is what is so cool about it. You won't see in a catalog or anywhere else.
“It’s stuff that is truly unique to that area,” said Micke. “We are hoping to get that down here and we are already starting. We recently bought some Tree of Life necklaces down here that are handmade and some walking sticks. It will grow the longer we are here.”
Micke said so far it has been amazing and the response from the community has been a blessing. He said they are grateful for every bit of it.
“To all the artists, come on out, let’s see what you got,” said Micke. “We are going to start doing a lot of custom T-shirts. We have been working with Epson to get a direct-to-garment printing set up. People can bring their art in and we can scan it in or take a photo of it and actually put it on T-shirts right here in the shop.”
Micke said they have extra space in the back and it is something they are really excited to do.
“There was a young lady who did a Peace of Mind shirt and a company in California, Seedless, who put it on the shirt (and) ended up buying the rights to that shirt to reproduce it on more products because it was truly amazing,” Micke said. “This endeavor is going to be fun and I am glad the city was so accepting.”
The shop features an array of T-shirts, clothing, incense, posters, jewelry and more. Micke hopes to also have a glass-blowing demonstration at some point and everyone will be able to see the process and understand why glass pendants cost so much.
“We also hope to pull out local musical talent to play at the shop, nothing hardcore though, we really want to keep it family-friendly,” said Micke. “The head shop portion of the shop is in the back and anyone who goes back there has to be 18 years old to enter.”
Micke said the youth really love the T-shirts and he wants them to be able to come in and enjoy the shop. The shop offers military discounts and senior discounts and they accept all major credit cards.
For more information on the shop visit their Facebook page Peace of Mind or to shop online visit https://www.peaceofmind.buzz/.