Alabaster Mouse sells decor & more in Loudonville
by Courtney McNaull, Staff reporter Ashland Source
Nov 29, 2018
LOUDONVILLE - Marie White describes the concept of her new store, The Alabaster Mouse, as "farmhouse decor and more." Her emphasis is on the "more."
Located between Buzzard's Family Shoes and Creative Outlet Indian Store at 222 West Main Street in Loudonville, the new shop sells upcycled furniture, antiques, pottery, handmade soaps, jewelry, fabric, yarn, looms and quilts. White's aim is to sell handcrafted items customers can't find anywhere else.
Gallery: Alabaster Mouse decor and more in Loudonville
Selling farmhouse decor and more, The Alabaster Mouse opened Nov. 3 in downtown Loudonville.
Beyond retail, the business soon will offer a lineup of arts and crafts classes taught by 20 different local artists and hosted in the store's backroom workshop. White envisions the space as a community gathering place for artists and makers.
Customers who remember the store from when it was Mohican Country Crafts will notice a number of changes. White removed the old drop ceiling, took the walls back to the original brick, installed a new floor and painted, transforming the space in just two months.
The store had a soft opening Nov. 3 and will hold its grand opening Saturday, Dec. 1. The public is invited to stop in between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday for refreshments and a gift basket drawing. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.
A 35-year veteran of the arts and tourism industries, White previously owned a tea room, an art gallery and a bed and breakfast. She has also worked for an antique store in Millersburg and is a fiber artist and a potter.
The new store is a dream come true for White, who grew up shopping at Buzzard's and met her husband, Thom, in Loudonville. White loves meeting new people, teaching and learning new skills and being part of a community.
The concept for The Alabaster Mouse began as 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. "A year and a half ago, 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.
Grayshock ended up taking another job, so White owns the store herself. But Grayshock is a faithful and frequent helper at the store.
The Alabaster Mouse also sells Grayshock's line of handmade soaps, Born in A Barn, the idea for which came to Grayshock in White's barn during The Great Barn Sale.
White also sells her own handmade pottery and that of Jack-Pot Pottery in Mansfield, silverware jewelry by Gerry Danison, a variety of hand painted and upcycled furniture and a small selection of antiques.
White emphasized the store is not a quilt shop and does not carry quilting supplies aside from fabric and yarn. She will soon sell quilts and Scottish tartan blankets and will be an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom dealer.
The workshop area is still a work in progress, but White plans to have the space complete in time to start offering classes in January. Classes will start at the beginner level and include welding, pottery, glass fusing, quilting, sewing, painting, bobbin lace weaving and more. A list of classes will be available on the store's Facebook page in mid-December and eventually on the store's website, which will be www.thealabastermouse.com but is still under construction.
This article and images was featured in the Ashland Source on 11/29/2019 and was written by Courtney McNaull. Used with Permission original article link. https://www.ashlandsource.com/business/alabaster-mouse-sells-decor-and-more-in-loudonville/article_ebd84a48-f34d-11e8-936e-87ad5b830bb9.html