A hobby that a mother enjoyed with her daughter built a new business in downtown Prestonsburg.
Prestonsburg resident Deana Hunt opened her new store, You, Me & Pottery on June 29. The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the business with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 12.
The store offers hundreds of bisque ceramics that customers can chose to paint, with prices ranging from $9 to $40. The types of pottery offered include everything from picture frames and coffee cups to intricately designed figurines of animals.
Hunt said she and her daughter Danielle, 28, traveled back and forth to Huntington, W.Va. for years to spend time together painting pottery at a business there.
“I just decided that we needed something here in Prestonsburg to do … I mean, we’d have to drive two hours to do this, and then we would have to go back in two more weeks to pick up our piece,” Hunt said.
Now, visitors are traveling to Prestonsburg to paint and create.
“You come in, you pick out a piece of pottery. You paint it, and then we’ll glaze it and fire it in the kiln,” Hunt said. “Then you come back and pick it up.”
She also provides acrylic paint for customers who want to take their potter home on the day they visit the store.
Hunt described the experience as “relaxing” and “therapeutic.”
“I enjoy it,” she said. “I hope everybody else enjoys it like I do.”
She said her daughter, who volunteers at the store, has painting several pieces of pottery since the store opened, but as of July 12, Hunt has only had time to do one. She said there’s been a “steady stream” of customers in the store.
Hunt, a first-time business owner, said she has been thinking about opening the business for years.
“I was going to do it two years ago, and then I chickened out,” she said. “I just thought well, now, it’s time to do it, give it a shot and see if it works out.”
Her future goals include expanding the business to offer pottery classes there.
Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton, who joined the Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting, said this business is a “big asset” to the city. He said it has increased foot traffic in the downtown area.
You, Me & Pottery offers birthday parties, wine and cheese gatherings, “princess” nights for children and other activities. It has a “Christmas in July” event scheduled for July 26 at 11 a.m.
You, Me & Pottery is open at 202 Irene Street in downtown Prestonsburg, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page or call, (606) 263-8060.