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New shop to open after pandemic delay

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Sandcreek Simplicities will offer homemade products, personalized touch

  • New shop to open after pandemic delay
    Some of the items at Sandcreek Simplicities will be soaps, candles and bath bombs for purchase. CONTRIBUTED
  • New shop to open after pandemic delay
    Sandcreek Simplicities will also have personalized T-shirts and baby clothing. CONTRIBUTED

Sandcreek Simplicities, a new shop opening up next week in Gray, is offering a homemade and personalized touch to items Jones County residents can purchase.

The new shop is located at 121 West Clinton Street in Gray, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The business’s phone number is 478-233-6423.

Maleiah Tidwell, the owner of Sandcreek Simplicities, said she has always lived in Jones County, and she thinks the community is great. She said she feels people come together to help each other.

“I liked it when people helped Travis Greene and helped him raise money for his treatments,” she said. “The community just comes together and helps out with things like that without really even thinking about it. They just help people out like that in Jones County.”

Tidwell said she is happy to finally open her shop. She said due to COVID-19, finding the right time to open has been a little challenging, but she’s ready to go.

“Sandcreek Simplicities is a retail store, but we sell handmade items such as soap, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, bath salts, and mostly stuff like that. We will offer other items, but it’s just a different kind of shop for Gray,” the owner said.

She said her shop will also sell T-shirts, personalized blankets, baby clothing, bath bombs with toys in them, and beard oil for men. She said there is something in her shop for everyone.

“My shop will offer a little bit of a different kind of store for Jones County,” she said. “We already have boutiques and shops, but we don’t have anything like the items I will have. I thought we needed more variety here.”

Tidwell said she stays at home with her children a lot, and she thought about opening her own business one day, so she went for it. She said it originally began as a hobby and then she decided to turn that hobby into a business.

“I started to open Sandreek about a year ago, playing around with it. I started it online in January of 2019. I plan to open the shop here in Gray on May 9, so it’s getting close,” Tidwell said.

The shop owner said her prices will be reasonable and her items would make great gift items. She said she hopes to see people swing by for Mother’s Day gifts. She said people can also order items online at any time.

“The face-to-face interaction with the community will probably be my favorite thing,” she said. “I worked at Agave Azul off and on since I was 15 years old, and I loved interacting with the community.”

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