FARMINGTON — Customers seeking customized gifts have one more place to shop thanks to a new Farmington business that officially opened on Monday afternoon.
Custom Creations & Unique Gifts, 207 W. Broadway Ave., Suite B, celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The shop offers customers an array of custom-made gift baskets and other items to craft unique creations, like a tricycle made from diapers.
"I've done this for years out of my home for friends and family," said Deb Walker, the shop's owner.
She said she and her husband, James Walker, have thought about opening the business for a decade. About six months ago, Deb Walker finally decided it was time to realize her dream. The last push, she said, came from her children. She recalled how her daughters talked her into opening the business by telling her, "You know mom, you'll never know whether or not your (business) is going to work unless you try it."
So she and her husband discussed the idea, and the couple used their personal savings to secure the space on Broadway Avenue.
"It's a debt-free business," Deb Walker said.
The store has been open for business since April 15, and Deb Walker has worked since then to increase her inventory before the official opening.
She also enlisted the help of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce. The chamber's CEO, Audra Winters, said the organization is pleased another business has opened in the downtown area.
"It's always exciting to see another business move in," Winters said.
Custom Creations & Unique Gifts also sells photographed landscape prints created by James Walker.
"This is proof of a concept," James Walker said, adding this is the couple's first business venture.
He added: "It's been a lot of work."
Lesa Tucker, the owner of the neighboring Hair Razors, said she was happy to gain to a new business neighbor and is already referring clients to Custom Creations.
"It's easy to sell things you believe in," she said.
Deb Walker said she can make gift baskets for any occasion.
"Call me up and see us. We'll make whatever you want," she said.Erny Zah is The Daily Times business editor. He can be reached at 505-564-4638. and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @ernyzah on Twitter.