The smell of lavender helps create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere at a new shop downtown.
Ivy and Twigs has opened up a second location in a historic building here. The theme for the store is “a place to linger.”
“We try to touch six senses. It’s a place to get great ideas even if you don’t buy a lot of things,” said Dawn Polacek, store manager.
The store is owned by Karen Miller, who also has Ivy and Twigs in Ste. Genevieve. Miller does the floral arrangements and is very creative with what she does.
They do floral arrangements for funerals, births, thank you’s and other occasions. However they do mostly everlasting flowers, which are flowers that last. They are considering showcasing a different flower each week.
Miller also makes arrangements using containers brought in by customers. The customer tells them the colors to be used. Miller then gives an estimate within $15 of the cost. Gift baskets are also available for sale.
The shop has unique items exclusive only to Ivy and Twigs. They carry a “Reclaimed Furniture” line by Robert Schultz. He has a shop in St. Mary’s, but sells the furniture at the Ivy and Twigs shops. Everything is custom made and if a customer sees something but it’s not the right color or style Schultz will custom make the order. They also carry an exclusive line of purses called “Caroline’s Originals.”
Ivy and Twigs works with local businesses to help customers. They have a full design team available for consultations. The team has access to framing, art, granite countertops, flooring, paint and other items. They also have experience in staging homes to be sold.
“We try to have things that no one else has. We want to be unique,” said Polacek.
The Ste. Genevieve store has condensed in size but is still available and operating with the same staff. However they do have different hours on evenings and weekends because that is their busier time.
Ivy and Twigs staffers all live in the community and have been in other businesses. Each has brought something to the shop from their background and are using that as and advantage to help customers.
The Farmington location is open now but will have a ribbon cutting and grand opening on April 3. The hours will be extended that Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday April 4 from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Ivy and Twigs is located at 3 N. Henry Street, across from First State Community Bank’s downtown offices. For questions about the store’s services or information call 756-5212.