BUCKHANNON — One local resident loved a boutique so much on Main Street, she ended up becoming its new owner.
Lisa Hulver recently purchased Marian’s Unique Boutique at 7 East Main St. from Marian Jarrell and changed the name to TATEEP Unique Boutique.
“My husband and I have been talking for a couple years trying to come up with an idea of some type of business,” she said. “When I walked in, I just knew this was the business that I should have opened,” she said. “About my third time in, I jokingly said something to Marian about that and we started talking. One thing led to another and here we are.”
The new name comes from people close to Hulver’s heart.
“TATEEP is the first initial of the first name of my daughters and my granddaughters in the order they were born: Tessa, Alivia, Tatum, Elizabella, Ezme and Paislee,” she said.
Although Hulver loved the boutique, she set to work adding her own touches as well.
“I have totally rearranged the shop which has been very well received by all the customers,” she said. “I have added signage which my oldest daughter, Tessa, has been making.”
Hulver is also having custom hats made for Wesleyan, Buckhannon-Upshur, Philip Barbour and Lewis County.
“I am getting all new Simply Southern in and I have created a little girls section,” she said.
Local artist Linda Hicks, who also painted the TATEEP logo, has also supplied new fall decorations for sale in the boutique.
Future plans call for TATEEP to make custom T-shirts.
TATEEP carries the Young Living essential oils which are popular, Hulver noted.
Another item that garners attention is the Spartina purses.
“The Spartina line of purses is made out of a special Dutch linen and your shop has to be preapproved before you can carry those purses,” she said.
“They are loving the trendy clothing that I carry in the shop which alleviates them from having to drive to the mall,” she said. “I feel like they are loving everything.”
Hulver is originally from Barbour County but has lived around the Mountain State. She most recently lived in Richmond, Va. for about seven years.
“I got homesick and I wanted to come back to West Virginia,” she said. “My mother, Sylvia, had moved to Buckhannon so this is where we moved to and I love it here. I can’t imagine ever moving away from here now. I love this little town. I feel like I am being very welcomed by the community.”
On Aug. 31, TATEEP will host an open house with The BEAR radio station.
“We will be giving away items all day including tickets to Kennywood,” she said. “That will start off a big three-day sale for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Look out for the special sales I will be having at that time.”
Store hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, like TATEEP Unique Boutique on Facebook.