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Hartwell House-
Boutique Shopping with a View!

When Bobbi Karr opened Hartwell House in November of 1995, there is no way she could have known that after nearly 20 years of floods, the advent of online shopping, and countless other changes, her shop would still be open right on the heart of Main Street in Pomeroy. But six days a week, she and her staff are there, providing shoppers with unique items as well as a unique shopping experience.

“Where we are is such a beautiful location,” Karr says, “Right on the river and such a wonderful view of it. And we have come to see the floods as just a way of getting some spring cleaning done. They’re an excuse to move things around and toss out other things you don’t need any more.”

Offering home décor, candles, glass art and clothing, Hartwell House thrives because it offers exactly what big department stores cannot - unique items in a friendly homegrown environment. Because she knew shoppers were lacking those kinds of places locally, Karr opened her boutique on Main Street where a fabulous riverfront view is complimented by high traffic and easy parking.

“We knew if we opened there, others would follow. And more shops and attractions draw in more people to shop in town," Karr said. "Once there’s an established customer base, the whole downtown area becomes an attraction.”

New products and new ways to sell them are also important to the ongoing success of Hartwell House. Recently the store hosted a two-day event featuring one of the glass artisans who makes Trollbeads. Online sales have also helped the shop’s bottom line, allowing anyone around the world to purchase unique gifts from Ohio’s southern shore.

To those thinking about starting their own businesses in Meigs County, Karr says there is plenty of opportunity and a public eager for more.

“People are tired of ‘big box’ stores. They want variety. They want an eclectic mix. They want folk art and handmade items, not everything mass produced carbon copies. And they want it someplace pleasant, not a warehouse.”

Offering business owners and their customers something unique is what Meigs County can do for you. For more information call Perry Varnadoe, director of the Meigs County Economic Development Office at 740-992-3034.








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