April 15, 2016 by Lynn Spies
Downtown Audubon is home to a new business breathing life into one of the once-empty buildings located on the south side of the city square.
Local Flair is the newest business and the handy work of owner Betsy Carter. Carter has been working on the idea for the business for the past five-plus years.
“I’ve wanted to do something like this for the past several years,” Carter explained. “Something unique” is how she describes her new endeavor. Carter is no stranger to the business world as the former owner of Betsy’s Flowers, which was once located in downtown Audubon.
But Local Flair is a one-of-a-kind business to Audubon, with Carter at the helm and collection of ideas. The shop features a variety of coffee drinks, food items such as homemade pastries and baked goods, and luncheon specials made by Tastefully Simple’s Jeanne Nelson and her crew. In addition, the business includes a collection of items for sale made by local creative talents headed by Joyce Grabill. The retail portion of the business consists of a variety of items from collectables for both indoors as well as outside, antiques, handmade items ranging from soap to notecards and honey from a local beekeeper. The retail items show off local talent as well as give buyers unique items to choose from.
Carter talked about the work she and her husband Doug did to the building, which is over 100 years old, before opening for the business. The wall covering and colors are all a reflection of Carter’s talent along with the rustic tinned kitchen area, which is a reflection of the farming community. Over the years the building has housed a variety of businesses including a law firm, two different furniture stores and recently an ice cream shop for a short time.
The empty building was motivation enough for Carter to decide to pursue her creative dream. A favorite part of the renovation of the building for Carter is a back work-classroom, which Carter plans to use for variety of classes in the near future. The types of classes are yet to be determined, but Carter has a host of ideas for that part of the business.
Local Flair is open Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The coffee shop is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on those days.
Courtesy of Daily Times Herald, 4/15/16.