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Hometown girl gives back to community with the Now & Then Shop

By Staff | Jul 6, 2012

There is a new addition to the town’s shops, but not a new member of the community. Shepherdstown resident Jenny Haynes finally opened her seven-year dream business in hopes of giving back comfort and warmth to the community that shaped her into the person she is today.

“I knew I wanted to do something different,” said Haynes, “I had a chance for culinary arts, but I knew it wasn’t my dream.” Haynes enjoyed going to sales and re-purposing old things into something that can be utilized rather than sit on a shelf.

Haynes had been planning the shop for years but knew it was never the right time. One day her mother told her the building she rents out would have an opening soon, and then it just fell into place.

“I just cannot believe this is happening now,” said Haynes.

The Now and Then Shop can be described as warm and quaint. The lighting is dim and relaxing, and it smells like “home,” something Haynes considers Shepherdstown.

“I wanted the shop to reflect what Shepherdstown is — a place where you find that one special thing,” said Haynes. It’s a mix of old and new furniture and accessories with a country inspiration. Everything is American-made, and all the larger furniture is made by an Army Veteran of the Iraq war from Ohio. One can find birdhouses, mason jars, checkerboards, inspirational signs and more here.

“It’s a place for people to hang out and relax, play checkers or drink some lemonade or sweet tea,” said Haynes. She offers every customer a drink, either sweet tea or lemonade.

Haynes took a lot from this town and plans to incorporate it into her own business. Haynes said, “I used to work for quarters or chocolate milk and a donut when I was a kid in this town.”

As well as being inspired by the town, certain people in the community supported her with following through on her dream. Mike Luksa, owner of the Press Room, has been Haynes’ boss for 17 years and has become a father figure in her life. Haynes is currently working at The Press Room full-time as a chef, but plans to start working part-time in the fall allowing herself time to focus on her business.

“I was raised in the streets of Shepherdstown — what better way to extend my roots than to open my own store?” said Haynes.

Haynes plans to host a grand opening later in July to officially celebrate. “It’s going to be one country hoedown — we’re going to party!”

The shop is located on 106 West German St. and is open Mon., Thurs., Fri. from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. from 10a .m.-5 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m..