A new Gahanna gift boutique owner hopes customers get inspired every time they shop at 166 Granville St.

Chris Williard recently opened the Great Gift and Paper Co. with her daughter, Alex Smurda, a 2008 Gahanna Lincoln High School alumna.

Williard describes the business as a neighborhood shop filled with lots of local love.

Several items are unique to the area, including decorative pillows and tea towels printed with local ZIP codes and the names Gahanna and Blacklick. Candles from a local favorite, Honey Grove Botanicals, also are available for sale.

Williard said the shop features inspirational gifts, such as scripture devotional cards and signs with proverbs.

"We hope (customers) get a little pep talk with products throughout the store," she said. "Something they do a lot of in the South is blessing beads. We have beads for the home."

Williard said the boutique has areas dedicated for seasonal items and gifts for babies, teachers and even men.

The shop also offers Sugarfina, a gourmet candy line that is carried by the best department stores in the country, she said.

"They're best known for gummies with wine in them," Williard said.

She said there's a current trend in the industry with "snarky" merchandise.

"You can't find that here," she said. 'We want to be a happy place. You can come in and be happy and listen to '70s music."

Smurda, 28, said she started visiting gift markets with her mother when she was a little girl.

Williard previously owned La Belle Maison in New Albany for 10 years.

"It's a mother-and-daughter activity," Smurda said. "We get to spend time together."

Williard said her daughter fills the gap to keep the shop current for the younger generation.

"We have a following on Instagram," Smurda said. "That's our social media."

She said customers from her generation would like the shop's candles.

"That goes for all ages," she said. "They would also like the baby stuff."

Williard said the best sellers are jewelry, candles, Ohio State University scarves and bracelets.

"I think people will be pleasantly surprised by our price point," she said. "We have good-quality items at great prices. I don't want people to have to think twice about what they're buying."

She said the Gahanna shop is the second location for the Great Gift and Paper Co., with the other at Stile Salon & Spa, 3981 Easton Way.

"Gahanna is home," Williard said. "Everyone loved everything we had at the salon. So we decided to find a second location."

Business hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment Sunday through Wednesday.

Appointments can be made by calling 614-917-7742.

Additional hours will be added for the holidays.

More about the boutique can be found at greatgiftand paper.com.

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