Grand opening tonight at Burnt Creative Boutique
BLACKSBURG — One might say Jessica Jones’ latest venture was born out of boredom.
Jones, of Blacksburg, is holding a grand-opening celebration tonight for her shop Burnt Creative Boutique.
The concept for the boutique was born just a short time after Jones gave birth to her own son. At 10 months old, Jones’ only child helped to create the new venture — in his sleep.
“My son’s sleep schedule was becoming more predictable, and I had time to kill,” Jones said. “Having an art background, my first inclination was to get into the studio during those free hours.”
Within a few weeks, Jones had handcrafted a new line of products and decided to set up an online shop on Etsy. She then searched for a local craft fair to sell the work but couldn’t find one that fit her needs.
“Being tied to home with a nursing baby, traveling away to do a craft show was not a very feasible option,” Jones said. “Thus, Burnt Creative Indie Craft and Vintage Market was born.”
Four market events have been held: one in April, May, September and October on Roanoke Street between Draper Road and Otey Street, across from the Farmers Market in Blacksburg.
The street markets, Jones said, were a huge success, and her short-term goal of opening a small shop someday was becoming more and more realistic.
Jones’ dream became a reality after Downtown Blacksburg Inc. Director Laureen Blakemore had Jones contact the Creekmore Law Firm’s owner, James Creekmore, about a space for rent near his office.
“He was excited at the idea of having my shop idea realized in the vacant space adjacent to his law offices,” Jones said. “Six months later, I’m announcing my grand opening.”
Those attending the event tonight will find several unique items for sale including a selection of handmade Virginia Tech buttons by a Tech alum living in Northern Virginia. Holly Cromer, a local photographer, will have her work on display. Jones said she will feature one artist every three months and host a reception for each exhibit.
The shop also sells handcrafts including housewares, clothing, children’s clothing, toys, accessories, bath and body products, and jewelry. Jones will also have a studio in the back room where she’ll craft more items.
“My hope is that Burnt Creative will offer Blacksburg a unique and special shopping experience,” Jones said. “It will mix vintage finds with ‘indie’ handcrafts to supply a stylish and eclectic life.”
Burn Creative is located at 320 N. Main St., adjacent to the Creekmore Law Firm. The grand opening will be held from 6 to 8 tonight.
For more information about tonight’s grand opening or Burnt Creative, visit www.burntcreative.com, or call Jones at 552-2126.
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