A new gift shop is opening early next month in downtown Blacksburg.
Blacksburg residents Laureen and Mike Blakemore are opening Uncommonly Gifted at Kent Square in the space where Sew Attitude was located.
The store will sell greeting cards and gifts such as Dynasty Gallery Glass, Red Pomegranate Glass, Paperblanks Journals, Pomegranate puzzles, frames and mirrors, and Dr. Who and Monty Python novelty items. The store will also carry “Virginia is for Lovers” items and gifts specific to Blacksburg.
Laureen Blakemore is the director of Downtown Blacksburg Inc. and said that she saw a need for a gift shop in downtown Blacksburg. She and her husband worked with other downtown merchants to make sure the merchandise in their store complements that of other stores downtown.
Blakemore said she believes owning a business will deepen her commitment to downtown and help her better understand how to help the area. Downtown Blacksburg Inc.’s board had no issues with her opening the store, she said. Blakemore will continue her part-time job as director when the store opens. Her husband and her parents will help run the store.
The Blakemores plan to open the store next week. A grand opening is scheduled for mid-November.