Susan Taylor always wanted to have a craft store – a place to sell handmade items. She finally got the opportunity when, after 19 years in business, her parents – Wayne and Judy Galford – retired and closed their store and restaurant, aptly named Wayne’s.
Taylor knew it was perfect timing for her to open her store. With the help of her parents, she did some rearranging of the interior and opened This, That and the Other in May.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time, and when [they] retired, and it opened the building up, that was my opportunity to do it,” Taylor said.
As of now, Taylor has crafts and handmade items from 12 individuals, as well as her mom’s jams and jellies, Avon products and storage buildings for a company in Elkins.
“I’m always looking for more people,” she said. “Anybody that’s interested is welcome to come. A lot of it is by family members and friends or people who have been referred to me. They put their things in the shop on consignment. I take a percentage of what they sell. I add a percentage to the price. They don’t have to work days and there are no dues or anything like that.”
A crafter herself, Taylor plans to eventually sell her own cross stitch pieces.
“I cross stitch a little bit,” she said. “I’m going to try to incorporate that. I’ve got some cards that I’ve cross stitched and I’m going to do some larger projects.”
Among the crafted items are crocheted and knitted blankets, gift baskets, jewelry, woodwork and photo greeting cards.
Taylor has had help from her parents – mainly Wayne, who claims retirement does not agree with him – Ella Taylor and the newest member of the family – a stray white kitten named Galford.
“I found him in one of the buildings one day and brought him inside,” Taylor said. “He’s our new store mascot.”
Visitors to the store may feel as though they are being followed, but there’s no need to worry, it’s just Galford looking for a scratch on the head or under the chin.
This, That and the Other is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.