GRAFTON— When you support a small business, you are supporting someone’s dream, and the people of Grafton have been helping one local business owner carry out her dream for nearly two decades.
Somethin’ Country began in 2000 at the Mountaineer Mall in Morgantown, and made the transition to Grafton in 2004, quickly becoming one of the area’s most beloved, charming little shops, offering primitive home and seasonal décor, as well as embroidery services by Owen Phillips, right next door, in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
Over the years, the business that brought life back to Main Street, became known as one of Grafton’s best kept secrets and a staple in the community.
Owner Mary Phillips worked to ensure that her business was not only successful, but also made an impact on the town and its people.
She was happy to be an active participant in All Aboard Grafton’s First Friday events, staying open late into the evening and offering great deals, prizes, goodies and a chance to chat.
In addition to being the perfect location to shop for gifts or look for a treasure for your own home, Somethin’ Country also brought a little crafting fun to the area.
Phillips shared her love of primitive décor and crafts by offering seasonal crafting classes with Craftin’ in Grafton, bringing people together for some artsy fun.
Now with her dream fulfilled, Phillips will be bidding the community a bittersweet farewell.
In December, she announced that while she and her husband Owen greatly appreciated the love and support they received from their patrons over the years, they were ready to close this chapter of their lives and enjoy a well-deserved retirement.
“The people that we have come to meet have given us some of the best memories. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the people of our community, and I will miss them terribly,” Phillips expressed.
And though her announcement saddened the community, they continue to support Phillips, coming out and browsing the shop, helping clear the store’s inventory during their going out of business sales, which started on December 16.
Yesterday, Somethin’ Country was again packed with faithful customers, stopping in one last time, wishing Phillips well and expressing their gratitude to have had such a lovely shop be a part of their small town for so long.
“We sure will miss Somethin’ Country and Mary. Main Street won’t be as bright without her,” shared customer and friend Mary Shuttlesworth.
In fact, the community has been so supportive, Phillips noted that her last day may be sooner than expected with an inventory that is quickly dwindling. For more information about Somethin’ Country’s final day, she said folks can visit her Facebook page for updates.
And while Main Street may be losing the first business to open in the downtown area all those years ago, Phillips shared that Somethin’ Country won’t become just another empty building.
“We were the start to businesses popping up on Main Street, and although we will no longer be here, we aren’t going to leave the town that we love so much with another vacant shop,” she shared.
Being sure not to give too much away, Phillips did disclosed that a new business will occupy the building in Spring of 2021, and in the meantime, she commented that anyone needing or wanting an embroidery project completed can still contact her husband for this service.
“I’m not sure just how much longer he will be offering that portion of the business, but for now, if anyone needs anything, they can give him a call,” she said.
“To the folks that made me smile, supported me through the years and brought me joy, I’m sending out a big thank you,” Phillips voiced. “I can’t thank you all enough for being an essential part of this journey.”
The staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to wish Mary the best of wishes in her retirement.