TAYLOR COUNTY—After traveling and collecting items from all over, a husband and wife duo have decided to share some of their finds through a new vintage shop, located right here in Grafton.
Kim Davis, along with her husband John, are seeing a longtime dream come to fruition, as they prepare to open the doors to Kimberly’s Simply Southern Reloved Vintage.
“My husband and I are both Navy veterans, and after retiring with 25 years in service, we came back to Grafton, John’s hometown,” Davis shared. “We will be featuring a combination of items that we have obtained while traveling in the military, as well as stuff from traveling since my husband’s retirement.”
She said that one day, while driving on Front Street, she noticed that the former church was for sale, but she didn’t act on the opportunity right away. Instead, she went home and kept quiet about the idea of turning the building into a new store featuring unique items.
“I didn’t say anything to John, but he told me that he had found something for me that I would like, and he drove me down to Front Street,” Davis explained. “I walked around the church, looking for a sign that this was the space we wanted, and I got it when I found one of those little painted rocks.”
And while she had hoped to open the store earlier, issues seemed to arise that caused them to delay.
“We actually bought the building three years ago with hopes of seeing our dream come to true, but then Covid hit and other issues came up that put our dream on hold,” she noted. “Life has been crazy! But we aren’t letting anything get in the way this time!”
Kimberly’s Simply Southern Reloved Vintage will be housed at 202 Front Street, and Davis said that the timing to open just seems to be perfect.
“We are thrilled that this coincided with the beautiful upgrades done to Front Street,” Davis voiced.
She said that it is her hopes that the shop will boast a welcoming and inviting atmosphere that makes residents and guests feel comfortable, even if they’re just stopping in to visit.
“I want it to feel like you’re going to grandma’s house. I don’t want folks to feel like they have to come just to buy stuff. Come to visit and just talk,” Davis expressed. “I just want everyone to come by and feel comfortable. I want them to feel like they’re visiting a beloved family member.”
In addition to eclectic items collected in their travels, the shop will also be featuring homemade and handmade items from small businesses.
“We have collected from so many areas that we were running out of space, so we decided to share what we love,” said Davis. “From antiques to attic and barn finds, we will have a lot of eclectic items including some Fenton glass, milk glass, Fostoria Glass, some furniture items, Coca-Cola products, some cookie jar collections. Really, we will have a little bit of everything.”
“We will also be offering handmade candles and painted items created by a local artist,” she added. “And we are excited to also be including local jams and jellies made by the Mad Jammer, a young lady who is working to save money for a car for when she comes of age.”
Kimberly’s Simply Southern Reloved Vintage will be opening their doors to the public on Friday, May 27, and Davis welcomes residents to pop by to say hello and check out their inventory.
While Kim and John haven’t worked out their fulltime hours just yet, she revealed the store will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
“We are really excited to see this dream come true and are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones,” Davis voiced. “So, come on out this Friday! We’re happy to have you!”