Selling somethin’ special for 15 years


Grafton—Fifteen years ago a small business made its way to Grafton and has been offering home furnishing and a friendly atmosphere since.

Somethin’ Country began as a shop in the old Mountaineer Mall in Morgantown. Owners Mary and Owen Phillips were making the trek across 119 North each day, to serve their customer base.

“Owen decided that I didn’t need to be traveling to Morgantown every day, and he asked how I would feel about opening up shop in downtown Grafton,” said M. Phillips. “So, we decided to pack up and open up shop here.”

So, after four years at the mall, the Phillips’ opened their doors in 2004. In addition to offering the items in their charming shop, Mary, Owen and their dog, Sparky, have been providing residents with various services, with a friendly smile and superb customer service.

“When we first opened, we had the sign and graphic business included next door, and Owen’s embroidery business was set up in our back room,” M. Phillips shared. “Then, once our son moved on to a bigger space, we moved the embroidery into that spot, so I could have my back room back.”

The room is now being used for M. Phillips’s various craft projects held through Craftin’ in Grafton.

“We usually will have projects a couple times a month, and they are often themed around upcoming holidays or seasons,” she explained.

Somethin’ Country opened its doors in a time that Grafton’s Main Street was struggling to find permanent businesses to welcome guests to the area, but since that time, M. Phillips said she has been able to see Grafton come to life once more, as more businesses popped up throughout the town.

“We were one of the first businesses to really get the ball rolling,” shared M. Phillips. “It was around the time that City Manager Kevin Stead said it was time to bring businesses back to Grafton.”

She voiced that she is proud that Somethin’ Country was one of the first businesses to return life to Main Street Grafton. 

The business is a continual participant in All Aboard Grafton’s First Friday celebrations, staying open later into the evening and offering great deals, prizes, goodies and a chance to chat.

M. Phillips shared her fondest memories at Somethin’ Country have been centered around the folks that stop by to shop or just to visit.

“The people that we have come to meet have given us some of the best memories. I’ve really enjoyed the people,” she said. “I’d really like to retire, again, but I know that I would just really miss the people.”

Guests walking through the doors of the store may feel like they are transported to a cozy, country home. From a tranquil bridge and rustic front porch, to a greeting from Sparky, visitors can’t help but feel welcomed.

Somethin’ Country has provided the residents and guests of Grafton a welcoming place to purchase home furnishings, including signs, décor, candles, tarts, tart warmers and various other fun finds.

Whether you are looking for the perfect candle scent, a decorative wall-hanging, or that perfect gift for the special people in your life, nothing makes a home cozier than a gift from Somethin’ Country.

To celebrate their 15th Anniversary, Mary and Owen will be offering a 20 percent discount on all of their inventory, as well as some refreshments. Their anniversary celebration begins today and will continue through tomorrow.

“We are happy to be celebrating our 15th year in historic downtown Grafton,” expressed M. Phillips. “Somethin’ Country is just a mom and pop country gift shop, with custom embroidery and gifts that make your home warm and cozy.”

So, stop by the shop from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. today, or from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, and visit with Mary, Owen and Sparky. You’ll be glad you did!

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