An Appling business owner combined her love for home decorating and rustic living when she opened her boutique last fall.

Cori Pittman hopes Cotton & Chic the Farmhouse Boutique will become a one-stop shop for farmhouse-inspired decoration, custom-made furniture and seasonal items including clothing and gifts. She also sells fresh eggs from a nearby farm.

Pittman said she takes pride in hand selecting the items for her store at 6622 Washington Road. So far, her best sellers have been embossed signs and dough bowl candles.

“When I choose these things, I want them to be made with love,” Pittman said. “I want them to be locally made because I love the artistry. I want to be that gem that customers find that they’re not expecting.”

Pittman, who has a background in nursing, decided to turn her longtime passion for creating beautiful spaces into a business after her youngest children were old enough to attend school.

“I had to take a leap of faith and this all started off as a labor of love but it has been absolutely worth it,” she said. “I’ve always really loved doing this for family members and friends and it got to the point where everyone just said — you should really get into this. So I thought the time was right; let’s do it.”

Pittman picked the location because of it is between Lincolnton and Evans and the building’s history. It is the former home of a gas station, pool hall, liquor store and restaurant.

“When I saw this space, it just spoke to me because I love old things,” she said. “I love when people come in and tell their stories because they all remember this place from a long time ago. Some would come in when they were little and buy dime candy when it was a gas station.”

Pittman said she gets overwhelmed with excitement when she stops and thinks about what she has accomplished in recent months. She opened the store in October while moving into a new home with her husband, Chris and sons Cameron, 14, Banks, 6, and River, 4.

“We blessed at this point to have such an amazing outcome and I’m really enjoying meeting everyone and making connections,” Pittman said. “I already have recurring customers and we’re building relationships and I love that. I want to be that little shop around the corner where everyone knows your name.”

The store is open Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours of operation will expand during the summer.

For more information, find Cotton & Chic the Farmhouse Boutique on Facebook or call (706) 231–8164.

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