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Amish Country Peddler

By Kate Minnich Writer & Designer Published: December 1, 2016 12:00 AM
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For many familiar with the area just east of Berlin, Amish Country Peddler / Homespun Treasures and Bfearless are a trove of unique and primitive products. Providing two completely different experiences at one stop, the family owned businesses promise to delight the senses.

In 1993 Homespun Treasures opened their doors, offering a collection of primitive dcor and unique treasures. Among the trove of opportunity was a selection of women's accessories such as fashionable handbags, scarves and jewelry.

Amish Country Peddler was added to the Schlabach family business in 1995 as a separate entity. Situated next door to Homespun Treasures, Amish Country Peddler provided visitors with a larger selection of furniture and accessories.

With the goal of improving the customer's experience, Homespun Treasures and Amish Country Peddler were combined about three and half years ago. The merge of the two businesses was a natural fit as the product for each complimented the other. Today visitors to Amish Country Peddler / Homespun Treasures are met with an ever developing selection of primitive dcor items ranging from knick knacks to pine furniture.

"Our goal is to create an experience. We want people to walk out of the store and think, wow that was great," says Tim Schlabach. By visiting different wholesale shows, and discovering unique vendors and artisans from our area, Amish Country Peddler is able to provide items unique to their store. As soon as a customer arrives at Amish Country Peddler, the imagination kicks into high gear as the eyes take in the decorated porch.

Artfully positioned around the porch, the outdoor products are easy to envision within your own home. Outdoor statuary pieces, for every season, are available in different materials. A nativity scene with the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and St. Joseph, crafted from metal sits positioned in front of a window pane. Nearby, wooden snow men of varying sizes stand ready for the coming blizzard with their metal shovels. Decorating the outside of your home has never been as simple as stepping onto the porch of Amish Country Peddler.

Once customers make it inside the building, they are greeted by wonderful displays reminiscent of a country style home. Sporting Christmas dcor items since early fall, Amish Country Peddler is currently in full holiday mode with figurines, dishes, candles and more.

Dishes adorn a table decorated with garland and figurines, standing as if ready to receive the family for dinner. Glowing candles illuminate a nearby cabinet adding to the peaceful atmosphere and invoking a sense of home. Well aware that it can be difficult to envision how an item will look within the home, the employees of Amish Country Peddler go to great lengths to illustrate the possibilities of each item within the store. Anyone looking to revamp their holiday decorations need only to visit the store, with dcor to please a wide spectrum of tastes there are endless opportunities.

In addition to the decorative dcor items, first time customers may be surprised to find a vast selection of rugs, window treatments, lamps and pieces of furniture. Maintaining the country style feel, a good portion of the furniture is crafted in pine. The natural rustic look of pine wood leads to the primitive style prominent throughout the store and allows for reasonably priced pieces. Hall cabinets and end tables are among the furniture available within the store. Various window treatment options such as curtains and valances range from solid colored sheer style to checkered patterns on thicker material. Even though Amish Country Peddler is constantly updating their selection of styles and colors, they understand what items will fit the store.

Wishing to provide customers with the best experience possible, Amish Country Peddler offers additional product through their website. Customers looking for a particular item can visit homespunwalnutcreek.com and their order will be shipped directly to their doorstep.

With Amish Country Peddler and Homespun Treasures housed under one roof, the Schlabach family decided to open Bfearless in 2013. Bfearless joined the family business as a fashion boutique and our region's largest Crocs outlet.

Created with the idea of supporting every woman in her own style, Bfearless provides quality clothing in realistic sizes and prices to fit the budget and figure of most women. The bulk of the clothing sold within Bfearless is obtained from fashion events in Las Vegas and New York. Remaining aware of the latest design trends, owner Tonya Schlabach and her staff members will choose a variety of pieces based on what they believe will appeal to the women of our area.

No outfit is complete without the right pair of shoes. The current colder weather is inspiring the boot look. When thinking about shoes, many do not think immediately of Crocs, but with the selection available at Bfearless wearing Crocs is possible and fashion forward no matter the occasion. Designed in every style imagined, Crocs are no longer limited to the original clog. Crafted from the same comfortable material, sandals and flats in a multitude of colors and styles wait to dress up any outfit.

Both formal and informal jewelry are used to compliment and accessorize, pulling the entire outfit together and personalizing each ensemble. From the chunky necklaces to the leather banded bracelets customers will find the perfect piece every time.

In an effort to serve every customer fully, Bfearless enjoys a partnership with Rig and Co's Rhoda Troyer. A style consultant, Troyer will help a customer shop for clothing that compliment's their body and personality.

Amish Country Peddler /Homespun Treasures and Bfearless enjoy repeat customers who rave about the unique shopping experience the two businesses offer. Anyone looking to freshen up their home in a creative way can do so in one stop to Amish Country Peddler. Then without even moving the car, customer's can add to there wardrobe or accessories at Bfearless.

Should you need another excuse to visit this family of stores, they will be holding their annual food drive sale on the last Friday in January. Visitors who bring in three canned goods will receive a 20% discount to both stores. The non-perishable food items are donated to the Love Center Food Pantry in Millersburg.

Amish Country Peddler/ Homespun Treasures is located at 3147 OH-39 in Millersburg with Bfearless right next door. For more information about Amish Country Peddler / Homespun Treasures call 330-893-2134 or visit www.homespunwalnutcreek.com or facebook.com/amishcountrypeddler. To learn more about Bfearless call 330-893-9201 or visit b-fearless.com.

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