After spending a few years nearby, but outside of the center of Highland, Renae Martin decided to bring her business, Lilly Rae, back to where it all started – in the hamlet.
Martin has completely transformed the interior of 50 Vineyard Avenue into a beautiful upscale gift shop, selling honey, jams, syrups and a wide variety of natural beauty products, to name just a few items in her inventory.
Martin held a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 7 to mark her much anticipated return. She said the need for more shop space is what sparked the move back to the hamlet.
“The universe was telling me to get out of that comfort zone and move,” she said. “I knew this place was open and I just dove in head first.”
Renae said the new space will allow her to expand her product lines, especially her skin care products.
“My vision was always more of an upscale, shabby chic type of boutique and I knew that when I moved into a new location it was going to be my vision or it wasn’t going to happen,” she said.
Renae will be highlighting the work of other local craft-persons who may not yet have their own shop space, and also plans to have a more active presence on the internet.
Angelique Mercurio, who has a separate space within the building, operates ‘Angels Friendly Coaching.’
“I am a Doctor of Metaphysical Science and Spiritual Counseling, so in short, I like to say I am an intuitive mind set coach. I help people relax and get back to their soul signature and their authentic self, calling their power back,” she said. “People come to me for energy sessions and readings and soul magic coaching.”
Mercurio said for an ‘energy session’ she puts people in a relaxed guided meditation state and “I am going to get rid of any negative energy that’s on you and balance all your chakras. I am going to take away any childhood trauma you may have and get rid of negative control patterns that you are conditioned to; anyone that is ready, open and willing I will cut those cords and get rid of anything.”
Mercurio said the new space is larger and will allow her to, “do more sacred circles, hold more women empowerment and medication classes; I’m going to do a lot more in here.”
Lloyd Supervisor Dave Plavchak said the new location is “gorgeous.”
“It really makes a big difference [in town] I think she’ll get a lot of foot traffic from people coming in from the Walkway and tour buses from the craft breweries. She has done a good job with this place, it’s fantastic. I’d like to see more of this in town. When we are on vacation, this is where my wife and I go, to little shops.”
Lilly Rae in the Hamlet is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 845-414-3600.