Willow Kelly and Ryan Appel are bringing what they call the “metaphysical” to Lewisburg. They recently opened a creative, free spirited store in Jefferson Plaza called Willow & Ryan’s Unique Boutique (UB). UB carries a large selection of uncommon gifts such as gemstone jewelry, body jewelry, artistic collectibles, incense, groovy clothing, tapestries, statuary, fragrance oils, crystals and mineral specimens, and even fun items for kids.
On the surface, the name “Unique Boutique” describes the contents of the store. Willow tells us, “We carry uncommon items in a variety that appeals to many people. We have something for everybody.” She also says, “Going deeper, The first letters of the two words, U B, translates into You Be, which reflects the metaphysical theme we are developing. We want to provide the resources to help people Be the best the can Be.”
“We carry uncommon items in a variety that appeals to many people. We have something
for everybody.” – Willow Kelly
With a degree in geology and a passion for gemstones, Willow began her first business in 1992 creating gemstone jewelry and traveling the craft show circuit. That business name was Willow’s World. She then had a store in South Charleston in the mid 90s. When Willow met Ryan 11 years ago, he started making jewelry to spend time with her, and together they did craft shows. Several years ago, they settled in West Virginia and for the last year, they have been managing Rebecca’s Jewelry’s Box. Now with the closing of Rebecca’s, UB has been opened to fill the void for high-demand products. Their long term goal is to develop the store into a metaphysical center, where people can come for information and supplies for developing energy work and spirituality.
Check out Willow & Ryan’s Unique Boutique next time you are in town! You will love the simplistic pieces and rustic earthy feel. They take special orders with a down payment of half of the price of the item and also offer layaways with 20% down payment and 90 day terms.
They are open everyday and hours are Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm. UB is located at 518 N. Jefferson Street between Smoker Friendly and Bellacino’s, up behind Applebees. Follow them on facebook @WillowandRyansUniqueBoutique and instagram @willow_and_ryan_ub. For more info, call 304-647-9782.
-Hashtag #78. June 2016.
HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.