The concept for The Alabaster Mouse began as Marie White was kicking around ideas with friends at The Great Barn Sale, a semi-annual event she held at her barn near Brinkhaven.
"You came twice a year to see us, and we filled the barn with all kinds of fun things... It was a blast, and we had a good time," White said. "In 2016, we started looking for a permanent location so we could have it year-round."
She and Kelly Grayshock settled on the word alabaster because the color combines the gray from Grayshock's name and the white from White's.
The pair figured the mouse motif could be used in a number of ways. They are planning to write children's books using The Alabaster Mouse as a character and to hold "mouse hunt" contests downtown during community events.