by Lisa Tome
Elizabeth Felts has taken a building filled with Rising Sun history and given it a whole new look.
Felts, a Rising Sun native, is opening Queen Street Boutique in the building which was once Rising Sun's town hall, library, and police department.
Felts already owns a business, construction company Edco, Inc. which contracts with the government.
When those contracts expire within the next year, she'll retire from the construction business and let her feminine side show.
"I'm a girly girl. I like dressing like a woman," said Felts.
Her boutique reflects that. It is packed with feminine clothes, handbags, and jewelry.
She also wants to enhance her hometown by bringing back the downtown. She fondly recalls her teen years when Rising Sun's Main Street was a bustling business district with Tharp's store, Western Auto, and more.
"I was disappointed at how the downtown looked," said Felts. So she decided her business would be perfect for downtown. She obtained both a wholesale license and an import license in an effort to get the best prices on goods.
The store carries women's, junior, and plus size clothing. The items are dress up clothing perfect for events such as homecoming, weddings, reunions, and other special events. She also sells dress up and fantasy clothes for little girls. There is home decor, make your own heirloom recipe books, cookbooks, and home decor including military inspired signs and such.
Fashion scarves and jewelry, sunglasses, evening bags, religious jewelry, hats, handmade children's clothing, rosaries, and more. She also sells a few antique furniture pieces.
As the sole owner of the shop and the building, that allows her to give things the personal touch. "Everything that is in this store, I handpicked from 10-15 suppliers," she said.
She calls the store a dream that evolved as she was facing retirement. She is accustomed to working 60 hours a week and is dedicated to making the store a success. She has joined the Greater Rising Sun Chamber and is anxious to be part of the community to which she already feels a connection,
Her father, Richard Mobley, worked in the building where her store now stands. He was a police officer for the town of Rising Sun in the early 1970s.
"I feel like I'm back home," said Felts.
Queen Street Boutique will open its doors during Sunfest with special hours from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Regular hours will be Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday will be reserved for parties.
Hostesses can invite friends to the shop and earn free merchandise during private parties.
For more information call 410-658-1848.