Love, Olivia ribbon cutting

Owner-operator Ashland Rogers (holding scissors), along with her husband, co-owner Keith Rogers (looking at the freshly-cut ribbon) celebrate the opening of Love, Olivia at 326 Outlet Ave., in Eddyville. It features ladies’ and children’s apparel, locally-made gifts, candles, and more. Standing to Ashland Rogers’ left, wearing the print top, is Chelsea Harper, who offers all the candles with Southern Scents and other wares, ranging from wax melts in dough bowls to soaps, stones, and bath bombs.

Love, Olivia is the name of a new boutique at 326 Outlet Ave. in Eddyville. It features ladies’ and children’s apparel, locally-made gifts, candles, and more.

Owner-operator Ashland Rogers, along with her husband, co-owner Keith Rogers, created the new store based on her experience. “From working at other boutiques, I wanted to bring that to the area,” she said at the recent Lake Barkley Chamber f Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Innovation presented itself in other ways, too. ““I also wanted to have a one-stop shop for moms. I decided to open up our boutique because we really don’t have a lot of children’s apparel here,” she said. “We have infants’ clothes everywhere, but we don’t have a lot of toddlers’ clothes.”

Besides filling a need, Rogers’ experience and creativity from working in different fields and through self-employment inspired her. “I was wanting to have a place for local vendors because, of course, smaller vendors don’t need a full storefront, but they need a place to be, instead of inside their homes. So, I thought I could start my own business and offer space to other vendors, too.”

Her first collaborator is Chelsea Harper, who offers “all the candles with Southern Scents and everything is hand-made,” according to Harper. Her wares range from candles to wax melts in dough bowls, soaps, stones, and bath bombs.

Rogers shared her dream with those gathered for the ribbon cutting. “I am actually a professional photographer full-time,” she explained. “I do weddings and family photography, but in my off-season I was working at local boutiques. One day, I thought, ‘I could work for a boutique or I could own one.’ So, I thought, ‘why not open a boutique, because we need one in our area?’ ”

As for the store’s name, she answered a question that’s bound to occur to a number of customers. “If you’re wondering where ‘Olivia’ came from,” she told the crowd, ”I have four nieces and that name sounded the best of all of them.”

Love, Olivia opened on Election Day, Nov. 3, and held its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, fun facts from a unique year. Regular business hours are Tuesday-Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.