The Tree City version of Picker's Paradise Trader Mall has officially opened its doors in the downtown area.
Those hoping to shop for something a bit on the unique side may find much to like about the new shop.
Owned by Tammy Bellows and managed by Pat Sigrist, the store's slogan is "new, unique, vintage, antique, a little bit of everything and a lot of everything else."
A quick stroll down the aisles, which will eventually house upwards of 60 vendors, seems to corroborate the slogan's bold assertion; there really is a bit of everything at Picker's Paradise.
Lining the walls are items ranging from jarred fruit toppings to various knickknacks. There are quilts, crafts and collectibles of seemingly every sort. One vendor even offers vintage sports pennants, while others sell books or magazines.
Bowles told the Daily News that her store also offers new furniture in addition to the smattering of vintage room decor.
In all, Bowles said her new location isn't all that different from her Columbus store. But the fact that she's here at all may best be attributed to one person: Sharon Herbert, wife of Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert.
Sharon frequents Bowles' store during visits to Bartholomew County and suggested that Bowles set up an additional shop in the Tree City. She even had the perfect location in mind: the old Murphy Building at 129 North Broadway Street.
A quick phone call to her husband set the wheels in motion for Bowles and company to expand their business into Decatur County.
Tammy Bowles is more than satisfied with the decision.
"Everyone here is so nice and friendly," she said. "I think it's wonderful. Greensburg isn't your average town."
An official grand opening is planned for some point in the future, but Bowles noted that she wants to hold off doing so until more of the vendors can take their places among the many spots within the store.
Most of those spots, she said, are soon to be occupied and a waiting list may be necessary for those hoping to hock their wares at Picker's Paradise in the future.
Bowles and Sigrist may also soon be seeking employees to add to their store as the business grows. And though those things may not officially be in the cards at the moment, Tammy Bowles said it never hurts to inquire.
Picker's Paradise Trader's Mall is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information call the store at (812) 663-0021.
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056