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By LESLEY REED lsr003@latech

By LESLEY REED

lsr003@latech.edu

 

 

 

A local retail store recently received national recognition for the third time.

The February 2006 issue of Romantic Homes features an eight-page layout of the Chartreuse Pear, a gift shop located in downtown Ruston.

Over the past seven years, the store has also been featured twice in Southern Living and had furniture items used in the Southern Living Idea House recently built in Choudrant.

“It is such an honor to be featured in these national magazines,” Brenda Lee, store co-owner, said.

“It makes all of our hard work worthwhile,” Lee said.

Romantic Homes, according to the magazine’s Web site, “focuses on facets of home decor, with a special emphasis on incorporating vintage items into the home.”

Because the Pear specializes in vintage luxury items, some think it is the perfect place for the magazine to spotlight.

Proprietors Lee and Lori Young, who have been friends for 18 years, opened the store in 1999 as a joint venture.

Lee has been in the antique buying and selling business for years.

“I scour the countryside near and far for the best of vintage goods and antiques,” Lee said.

Young is a mural artist and a published illustrator who enjoys painting and customizing items for customers. Her work can even be seen on one wall of the store, which features a mural of a topiary pear garden that the magazine spotlighted.

“I offer an ever-changing supply of one-of-a-kind items,” Young said. 

The Pear is a haven for collectors of vintage items. Young and Lee have assembled an array of antiques, European bath products, gourmet foods and teas, candles, art and even a line of custom bedding.

“The store really is just an extension of our personalities manifested in all the things we love,” Lee said.

The co-owners pride themselves in their inventory.

“You’ll find things here that will make you feel unique, and that’s our ultimate goal,” Lee said.

The store brings in many regular shoppers, as well as visitors who come to town to see Tech students and attend both local and university events. 

“That’s what we love the most about owning a store — interacting with and helping our customers,” Lee said.

Lee and Young have also recently copyrighted their own line of sorority items, called sororitychic.

Lee said the line features sorority-themed fashion and gift items and might eventually be available to other businesses nationally for retail.

The Chartreuse Pear is located at 108 North Vienna St. in downtown Ruston.  The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Romantic Homes issue featuring the store is available on newsstands now.


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