By Lauren Zaepfel
Not2Shabby business owner Laurie Essenburg opened up shop last recently at 287 Oliver St., North Tonawanda.
The new business offers rentals for wedding, birthday parties and other occasions, as well as decorating services and refurbished antiques and handmade items for purchase.
The front area of the store features "shabby chic and rustic wedding rentals," Essenburg said.
Available for rent includes everything from dishes to card boxes, linens and décor.
In addition, "If there's something that I don't have, I'm always willing to get it for my brides," Essenburg said. "I'm trying to be a one-stop shop for them. A lot of brides are doing the barn weddings nowadays, so this is perfect for them. I mean, I have the silverware, the napkins, everything."
At the back of the store, shoppers can view refurbished furniture done by Essenburg. Antiques and other boutique items made my local artists are also available for purchase.
By the end of March, Essenburg said the space will be made into a full retail boutique.
"I'm looking to have something for everybody," she said.
Essenburg, who has lived in North Tonawanda for the last 20 years, said that, after seeing new developments on Webster Street, she was inspired to open her business locally.
She joined the Oliver Street Merchants Association, which is made up of a group of local business owners looking to promote the area.
"We have high hopes to make Oliver Street a place where everybody can come and shop," Essenburg said.
She said, by becoming involved with the association, she's met other local businesspeople that she can recommend her clients to for other services.
"There's a tailor over here that I would recommend, there's a florist - so I've been putting everybody's cards out just to try to keep people to stay in the community," she said.
Essenburg said she hopes that, when her out-of-town customers shop at her store, they will also "go across the street to Witter's (Sports Bar and Grill) and have some lunch or dinner, or go down to Webster Street shopping."
For more information, call 716-803-7224 or visit www.facebook.com/not2shabbynt/.
Shown is Not2Shabby's storefront on Oliver Street.