Several Stratton Alley shops open for business

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By Sarah Richardson

 

Bright Construction has been hard at work finishing up the renovations of Stratton Alley. New seating areas and planters now occupy the former roadway. Sarah Richardson photo.

Two of the shops in Stratton Alley are officially open for business after an unveiling was held this past weekend on August 3. Adorn Handcrafts and The Upper Cut Salon are both open for regular business hours, and the rest of the alley won’t be far behind. The unveiling last weekend doubled as a fundraiser for Greenbrier Community School, with food prepared by Brandon Kidd and sourced from Swift Level Fine Meats. Adam DeGraff, The Instigatorz, and more entertained the crowds from the City National Bank drive-through, which runs parallel to the alley.

The Court and Stratton Redevelopment Project has been underway since late last year, and soon the entire alleyway will be revamped into a hip new area for downtown Lewisburg.  Joining Adorn and the Upper Cut in Stratton Alley will be a restaurant and a taproom, both of which feature unique garage-style sliding doors that allow patrons to dine both inside and out.

Jill McIntyre, owner of Adorn, said, “We had wonderful traffic on the opening weekend, it was terrific,” and describes her shop as being full of handcrafted items. In the future, they plan to offer embroidery, custom monogramming, and gift wrapping. According to their overview, “Adorn provides a shopping experience that will speak to your sensibilities about authenticity, sustainability, beauty, order, and an honest day’s work. Step into Adorn for a sincere – perhaps lighthearted – welcome, interesting music, and pleasing scents. Our product lines evoke an open, one-world vibe that is warm, interesting (maybe even quirky), and attainable. Adorn reaches toward the future while honoring the traditions of the past.”

In “several weeks” the taproom should be up and operational, make sure to check back for more information.

Jill McIntyre of Adorn Handcrafts stands in her new storefront, which just opened this past weekend. Adorn is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Sarah Richardson photo.