FAIRMONT - Drizzle pelted the tent being erected at 604 North Prairie Avenue as a tiny Spiderman ran giggling around the parking lot.
The weather did not deter April Schwieger's preparations for open house celebrations of her new store, Creative Costumes & Crafts, nor her son Dylan from enjoying his costume.
But the store wasn't exactly what she had in mind when she began considering how to sell her wares. She originally had planned to open an online shop to sell her sewing projects and services, but a series of events led her down a different path.
Jadan Schwieger checks out the snacks Wednesday at his mother’s store, Creative Costumes & Crafts in Fairmont.
Wednesday she opened her store on North Prairie in Fairmont.
Schwieger said she was purchasing large cabinets to hold her crafting items months ago and found herself in a discussion with the store clerk about her love of sewing and her desire to work with costumes for the theatre programs in town.
A passer-by stopped her on the way out and said she had overheard. She just got out of the costume business, and could sell Schwieger her inventory.
With the enthusiastic encouragement of family and friends, Schwieger was able to quickly find a place within her budget, and she decided brick and mortar was the way to go.
While people this time of year think of costumes being for Halloween, Schwieger said she desires to work with theatres and churches, working to rent a series of her own designs.
In addition to costumes, Schwieger plans to use a room in her store for consignment crafting and as a place for children to come after school to work on projects.
"I don't feel there is a place like this for kids," she said.
Although it seems incongruous, the business is also looking for a professional massage therapist to occupy its massage room.
Schwieger said she trained as a massage therapist before breaking her hand, effectively ending her full-time career.
She hopes to find someone to offer the service on a room-rental basis in her shop.
In addition to her store, Schwieger plans to sell her wares and offer tips to other mothers on crafting and thrift-shopping through an online shop.