In 2016, Hurricane native Sherry Graley took a leap of faith and opened a booth called "Saving Vintage" in a local antique mall.
The rest, she said, is history.
After almost a year in her booth, Graley opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in Hurricane's bustling Main Street strip. A year and a half later, it was time to expand her space, so she purchased a nearby two-story house just across from Hurricane Middle School.
"It's been three times as busy [here] than I was on Main Street," Graley said. "It's been fantastic. It started as a hobby and it's grown from there."
On the inside, Saving Vintage LLC is filled with natural light, with each room thoughtfully decorated with a mixture of as-is vintage, restored and repurposed items.
"I tried to set it up as each room would've been with the living room, dining room and bedroom," she said. "I've tried to make it feel as if you're going on a tour of a historic home, but every item is for sale."
Graley, who was previously a paralegal, spends her time outside the shop sifting through estate sales, flea markets, private sales and auctions for new items.
"I think there's something for everyone," she said. "There's traditional antiques, painted furniture and picture frames and mirrors that are what's known as shabby chic, there are vintage items - old typewriters, old cameras, old suitcases - and home dcor and accent pieces.
Graley is always on the hunt for items she thinks her clientele will adore, and arranging the dcor and spaces is her one of her favorite tasks.
"I've always loved history, and I've always loved preserving and restoring things," Graley said. "My grandparents taught me to never throw anything away, so we love to repurpose because we hate to see anything wasted."
Certainly opening a local business always comes with a risk, but Graley attributes her love for retail to her grandparents, who owned a grocery store on Route 60 for 25 years.
"I work seven days a week, unlimited hours a day," Graley said. "But everyone who sees this place knows my heart and soul are in it. It's been really fulfilling."
Saving Vintage LLC is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For updates on seasonal sales and events, follow www.facebook.com/savingvintage.