This “Uncommon General Store” and Art Gallery, located on Second Avenue in the beautifully restored Victorian store building built in 1906 in Historic Downtown Hinton, has announced it is re-opening after a brief winter hibernation.
Otter and Oak is owned by Hinton native Sherry Augustine, who now resides in Cornelius, N.C. She says the store’s third season is going to be a fresh start. She will still carry favorite items, Snoozies slippers, custom-roasted whole bean coffee, hand-crafted jewelry and Teva flip-flops in a rainbow of colors. But there are going to be a few changes and surprises in store for customers.
The store is under new management by Gena Hart, who hopes to incorporate area musicians and other creative souls into the life of the establishment.
The store still features unique, high-quality goods but, in the spirit of a brand new beginning, hopes to start its third season better than ever. They are planning to add more locally crafted items and some other new merchandise as well.
Plans include some new events to put on your calendar, starting with First Fridays, an evening gathering which will give patrons an opportunity to meet some of the gallery artists.
Barbara Wilcox, a local water-color artist, will be the first to be featured at 7 p.m. June 7. Refreshments will be served, and the artist will be on hand to answer questions and mingle with the crowd.
According to Hart, “We hope to attract more local artists of various media, craftspeople, musicians and writers. We are opening our doors to new people and new ideas and producing a fun, welcoming environment, in the hopes of creating a haven for the wonderfully talented folk who inhabit our great mountain town and the surrounding area.”
This is an exciting time for Historic Downtown Hinton, according to Augustine, who hopes visitors to the area will shop at the Otter and Oak, as well as stopping by the many other local establishments, such as Grandma’s Attic Antiques, The Market on Courthouse Square, Chestnut Revival, Bob’s Antiques, Hinton Used Furniture, Antiques & Uniques, Ritz Theatre, Castaways in the basement of the Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell House Museum, and other businesses.
Otter and Oak’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The store plans to remain open through December.
For more information, go http:// www.otterandoak.com/ or visit on Facebook.