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Bookstore boutique plans re-opening

A display inside nature+nurture, now at 515 E. State St., beckons readers and lovers of nature to downtown Salem. The bookstore boutique will celebrate its grand re-opening at the new location from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. To learn more, visit nature+nurture’s Facebook page, Instagram or visit the website at naturenurture.shop. (Submitted photo)

SALEM — The downtown shop called nature+nurture is celebrating a grand re-opening at its new location, 515 E. State St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

A bookstore boutique that emphasizes nurturing a love for literature and exploring nature, nature+nurture was previously located within a local flower shop downtown before moving a few doors east to the former Art’s Jewelers space.

Owner Tricia Ross was grateful for a place to begin her business earlier this year, but quickly needed room to grow. After months of elbow grease and hard work, Small Business Saturday is perfect for nature+nurture’s Grand Re-Opening in its new larger space in downtown Salem.

Tricia spoke about being a stay-at-home homeschooling mom in Columbus for more than 10 years, when she suddenly found herself back in her hometown as a single mom with five young children. Tricia said she “needed to find employment that would work around [her] need to care for [her] children.”

Combining her passion for literature and nature with the recognition of the healing power both had provided to her and her children, the idea for nature+nurture was conceived.

Last winter, she built a website which launched in February 2021. Since that time, she has shipped books to over 25 states and used the profit to purchase inventory for her first brick and mortar location. It has been well received both online and locally in the homeschooling and nature study communities and is quickly becoming popular with grandparents and parents of young children.

Just like on her website, the store is arranged around nature themes such as pond and river, flowers, birds, woodland animals and more. There are books for early years, picture books, poetry, and emotional health. There’s something for everyone, including cards, journals, prints, totes, stuffed animals, T-shirts and more. Come and experience a local alternative to impersonal warehouse shopping.

Tricia credited Julie Needs and Eva Slagle from the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center for helping her find a larger location, answering all her questions, and encouraging and supporting her through each step. Tricia said she “feels blessed to have had so many small business people and others who have stepped in to offer support and assistance in countless ways.”

The grand reopening will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tentative hours for the store will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, but Tricia said she’ll be adjusting the hours in the future.

For more information, check out nature+nurture’s Facebook page or visit the website at naturenurture.shop.

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