Downtown Powell's newest business is a reflection of its newest business owner.
Anne Vagasky is the owner of Peachtree Street, a home decor, gifts and apparel shop at 94 W. Olentangy St. that is as amorphous as it is welcoming.
The shop sits in a house with a front porch, creating an intentional sense of home. That feel, along with the often-clashing looks, styles and purposes of the products she sells, mirrors Vagasky's own tendency toward mixing her interests and designs, she said.
"I don't necessarily have one particular style, even in my own home," she said with a laugh. "I might have something very industrial next to something girly or sparkly. I don't like to tie myself down to one style. ... It's just, 'Do I like that? Yeah.' "
"Entrepreneur" is just the latest title for Vagasky, who is venturing into business for the first time after bouncing around multiple jobs and being a stay-at-home mom for her children, Brooke, Megan and Michael.
She said her old job wasn't working out, and a friend who had opened a shop told her to follow the same path.
"I said, 'Yeah, but that's something for when I retire, not now,' " she said.
But the more she thought about it, the better the idea sounded, and Peachtree Street -- named after an Atlanta street filled with shops and boutiques -- is what she came up with.
Vagasky, an Orange Township resident, said she looked all around central Ohio for a place that felt right. But from strip malls to "houses in the middle of nowhere," she could not find the right fit until she stumbled onto the Powell location, which she called her perfect "niche" location.
Since then, she's been working to stock her wide-ranging items, from Olentangy-themed "spirit wear" and pillows to paintings and candles.
The idea, she said, is to "go with my gut" and keep the contents of her store fresh and ever-changing.
"I might sell it, but that doesn't mean I'll bring it back again," she said. "I want the shop to be different each time you come in."
Vagasky also is putting an emphasis on partnering with local businesses and individuals she meets along the way.
She's selling candles and soaps she particularly likes from local vendors, clothes printed by local shop 2 Horse Apparel and artwork from Cincinnati painter Brian Menthe.
Building those relationships, she said, is one of her favorite parts of this venture, and she said she's been thrilled by the response of the Powell community.
"Everyone has been very welcoming," Vagasky said. "It's a good feeling knowing that other businesses are rooting for you."
Powell spokeswoman Megan Canavan said the city is pleased to see downtown business spaces filling up, and said leaders are happy with where the business community stands.
"It is exciting to see downtown Powell alive and thriving," she said. "We have a mix of new and established boutiques and restaurants that add to the small-town charm that makes Powell so desirable and welcoming."
Peachtree Street officially will be unveiled to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6.
Vagasky said she hopes eventually to hold a variety of events and continue to expand her brand with networking gatherings, "sip and shop" events and the like.
But for now, she said, she's just excited to be open.
"I've got a lot of ideas rolling around in my head," she said. "We'll see where it goes."