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New store opening on Shop Small Saturday

Zoe Greszler • Nov 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Shop Small Saturday is a great way to boost business at downtown locations. It’s also an ideal time to open a business. 

That’s exactly what Julie Duncan plans to do with her newly relocated business Duncan and Co. Home Galleries. 

“I've always painted all my like and I love the Annie Sloan chalk paints ... it kind of just went crazy from there. It’s kind of an addiction,” she said, adding her store is one of the largest distributors of that product and “the only one between Cleveland and Toledo.”

The business, which now resides at 9 W. Main St., moved from the Avery Commerce Park, across from EHOVE Career Center, but still will offer the same products and services, according to Duncan. 

“We offer the Annie Slone chalk paint, of course. We refinsih kitchen cabinetry, do custom painting; we refinish just about anything. We sell home decor of refinished furniture and we have a lot of local artists in the store as well,” she said.

“It's one of kind. A lot of places don't offer custom work, but we do.”

The shop, which Duncan said has been completely remodeled, also offers custom work and interior design. She believes Duncan and Co.’s offerings fit the Norwalk community.

“(The store) went crazy in our old location for the past two years, and when I had the opportunity to buy a building next to Berry's, I took it,” she said.

Kenneth Reed sold the building at 9-11 W. Main St. to Duncan and Sandra Moore for $150,000 in September, according to the Huron County Auditor’s Office.

“I love the Norwalk community. I lived here for 15 years prior to moving over to Milan. It's just a great place to be and I would love to see Norwalk as a great destination for shopping. I think what we're doing will bring a lot of people here. We had people traveling in from 25 to 50 miles away just to come to our old location.”

Duncan said holding the shop’s grand opening on Shop Small Saturday is ideal, and plans to hold the ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. 

“Incorporating our grand opening with the Shop Small, it will let everyone know we're here for them,” she said. “We do a lot of local projects. We have a lot of local people who display their art in our store.”

The grand opening, which runs from 2 to 7 p.m., will include snacks, an opportunity to see the remodeled building and a chance to view some of Duncan’s handy work.

The shop will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

“We are very, very excited to be here,” Duncan said.

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