“Most customers come in not knowing what they’re looking for,” she said. “We know a lot of people, so quite often when they say, ‘I need a gift for so-and-so,’ I know that person, or that person has been in (the shop), so I can fine-tune the choices a bit. That’s true of most small businesses — they have repeat customers, and you get to know them.”
Beth has been in business for 23 years, the last eight in the two-story house at 441 N. Main St. She has filled four rooms, added shelving and lights to the closets and made use of every nook.
“One of our best-selling lines of jewelry is Treska from Texas. People love it, and I only buy one of each design, so you’ll not see it on somebody else,” she said. “We have a couple bath lines — The Thymes and Archipelago, excellent quality, hard to find.”
Chestnut Hill also offers stunning lamps, handmade items, pottery and local art. “Most recently we’ve introduced our Circa collection, things from estates,” Beth said. “Just cool things, a lot American-made.”
CHESTNUT HILL GIFTS, ART AND INTERIOR ACCENTS
441 N. Main St., North Canton
Owner: Beth and Bob Bauman
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday; by appointment Monday and Tuesday.
It’s a simple directive. Every month, make a point of visiting at least three independently owned businesses, for instance, a restaurant, jewelry shop, furniture store or ice cream stand. Spend a total of $50 among them.
The result? For every $100 spent locally, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.
In the stories that follow, you’ll meet six local business owners who have joined The 3/50 Project. For a list of participating businesses in Ohio, visit www.the350project.net and click on “Our Supporters.”