Ashley Blencoe of Blencoe and Co., a photography company, and Mary Mayer of Cheeses and Mary, a cheese shop, are expanding their businesses from nearby locations in Crabapple. Melissa Dale of Hello Lovely, a lifestyle boutique, will be opening a shop for the first time.
The trio’s space is at 12220 Birmingham Hwy., Suite 80, in the Braeburn Village commercial development.
“It’s just become a great creative home for all of us,” Blencoe said. “We all do totally different businesses, but … we really feed off of each other with our creative vibes.”
A photographer for 16 years, Blencoe said she is excited about the newness of the location and the additional room for studio space.
“Literally it opens up so many opportunities for my business to have an indoor studio,” she said.
Blencoe said she is glad the new space is so close to her old location.
“My client base is very, very established in Crabapple so I didn’t want to move away from Crabapple,” she said. “But I’m right across the street so people can still find me.”
Mayer said she also appreciates the added space the new location will provide her.
“I started my business inside the Broadwell Cottage [on Mid Broadwell Road], and I actually outgrew the space that I had in the back of the store,” she said.
In business for the past two years, Cheeses and Mary offers more than cheese. Mayer said her business is also not like a typical cheese shop because the products she sells are locally produced, not imported.
“I like to refer to myself as an interactive local food experience,” she said. “I support the local producers of not just cheese but honey, jam, balsamic, jellies, salt [and] cured meats. It’s just an amalgamation of mostly Georgia-grown products.”
Mayer also sells gift packages that are great for hostess, birthday or corporate presents, she said.
Dale, who has been a stay-at-home mother for the past 11 years, said she is ready to jump full-time into entrepreneurship again. Before having her two sons, ages 11 and 5, she worked as an event planner for the city of Boynton Beach, Fla., then opened her own children’s party planning business. A lover of boutiques, she said she hopes Hello Lovely will be a youthful, feminine shop with unique items that can’t be found everywhere else.
“Hello Lovely is going to be a boutique where I’ll carry jewelry, apparel, home accessories and gifts,” Dale said. “I put a lot of thought into everything that I choose to put into the store.”
The opening date for the location had not been determined by press time, but is expected in late August.