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Around Town/Hinton Live Life Out Loud at Boho!

Boho is short for bohemian. bo·he·mi·an·ism focuses on an artistic and free-spirited lifestyle. Next time you’re in Summers County, take a moment to stop in Boho! It’s located in the historic district of Hinton and is rooted in the love for all things vintage, unique, and artsy. You’ll discover a colorful store with a nice variety of easy-to-wear clothing, handmade jewelry, art, décor, supplies, and more… including dinnerware and handmade soaps. The home décor and dress feature ethnic flares, needlework, and layered textures. BONUS: Boho offers classes in stained-glass by resident artist Carl Thompson, and free community art activities! Also, children are always welcome and receive a free book when they come along!

Boho is short for bohemian. bo·he·mi·an·ism focuses on an artistic and free-spirited lifestyle.

“Our catchphrase is “Live Life Out Loud”.  Boho helps us live our lives out loud and we hope Boho is a catalyst for others to live their lives out loud. – Kristal Straub, owner

What makes this shop unique is its wide mix of items and the presence of an active, stained-glass studio within the retail space. All classes are ongoing and Carl is thrilled to be Boho’s resident artist and stained-glass instructor. To learn more about Carl’s classes, give him a call at 304-860-8115.

Some brands in the store include Soul Flower, Blenko, Fiesta, Sea Witch Botanicals, Dismantled Designs, Warm Human, Conscientious Ink, Grassy Meadows Goat Milk Soap, Pocket Latte, Crazy Crayons, Lifted Hope, White Mountain Puzzles, Iron Maid Art, and The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild. Prices range from twenty-cent “Evil Eye” Pins to a $280 Stained Glass Panel.

Boho is owned and operated by Kristal Straub who is professionally, an alcohol and drug counselor.

Boho is owned and operated by Kristal Straub who is professionally, an alcohol and drug counselor. Before opening in 2019, she had a long history of selling jewelry and other items at craft fairs as well as a booth at The Very Thing in Lewisburg. Kristal tells us that Boho was her first foray from turning a hobby income into an actual business. She tells us that she wanted to create a welcoming space for community engagement and says, “There wasn’t a single inspiration or ‘a ‘ha moment. Carl had been teaching stained glass out of home and I had a history of reselling things and an interest in home decor.  Our community was becoming more active and other businesses were opening in the area.  Boho was a way for us to combine our hobbies and become more engaged in our community. We didn’t want to be people who just sat at home and complained about how things are – we wanted to be part of the solution and not the problem.”

The shop offers stained glass panels and suncatchers and falsa blankets; personal items (soaps, aromatherapy, incense, lip balms, temporary tattoos and jewelry); clothing (adult sizes small-2XL and children sizes 2- 6); and purses/bags. All items are sourced locally, regionally, and worldwide. Kristal focuses on partnering with responsible companies in Africa, India, and Turkey. She says, “We make a concerted effort to source from companies that are ecologically responsible, small, and people-focused.”

“There are vintage items (art and home decor) interwoven throughout the store….”

Kristal also has a love for vintage items and tells us “there are vintage items (art and home decor) interwoven throughout the store. People can see Carl to order custom stained-glass panels. We have a wide variety of stickers in stock. They are one of our most popular items!”

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Boho is just one of many reasons to visit Summers County.

Boho is just one of many reasons to visit Summers County. This area is home to excellent hiking trails and parks and it’s where The New, Greenbrier, and Bluestone Rivers meet. Sandstone Falls is a 15 minute drive from Boho. Hinton also has a double water slide for kids at the community pool. Kristal and Carl would like to share that they are so proud of the local businesses in Hinton including: “Grandma’s Antiques, Otter & Oak, Big Four Drug Store (it has a gift shop and a soda fountain with icees, milkshakes, and hand-dipped cones), Avante Garde Hair Studio – with its selection of locally made art, Detra’s Boutique, and Everything That Glitters.  I always remind people to visit the John Henry Historical Park which is located nearby in Talcott.” Some excellent area restaurants include The Market and Lucky Rivers Cafe and Catering.

Check out Boho for a fun mix of comfy and cute apparel as well as beautiful home décor. They are currently open Wednesday – Saturday from 11a – 5p and also by appointment. They are located at 306 2nd Ave Hinton, WV 25951. For more information, visit bohohinton.com and add some color to your social media feed by following @bohohinton on facebook and instragram.  You can also reach Kristal at 304-573-1883.

– HashtagWV #133. July 2021.

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