Craftswomen open Ole Brook Gift Shop

Published 3:03 pm Friday, January 5, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — A collaboration between Craftswomen NaKenya Clark, Nancy Kelly, Derria Clark, Kourtni Clark and Adacia Brooks cut the ribbon to a new business Friday afternoon. Ole Brook Gift Shop – Vinyl & More is now open at 201 North Jackson Street. 

NaKenya and her daughters Kourtni, Acacia and Derria asked Kelly to go into business with them and open up the space. NaKenya initially owned Optimum Care in the location with plans to open shops in the building. She said they closed Optimum Care and decided to focus on the crafts business. 

“It is overwhelming right now but I’m getting used to it. They are all excited about it all coming together and doing something different in Brookhaven,” NaKenya said. “Craft is something I have done since I was young and my mom taught me how to sew. From there I started crafting. I like doing stuff with my hands. I didn’t think my girls would catch on but they do better than me.”

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Kelly’s Custom Designs, owned by Nancy, BreKourVon and BKV Boutique and A Glimpse of Pleasure will share the space of the old bus station building in Brookhaven. Ole Brook Gift Shop – Vinyl & More will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Adacia is the owner of A Glimpse of Pleasure. She is a nurse and crafter. Kourtni is a senior in high school and has a passion for crafting with painting or DIY projects. Derria is the owner of BreKourVon Boutique and is a pediatric nurse. 

Kelly thanked all of the people who gathered in the shop for coming to their ribbon cutting Friday. She was born and raised in Brookhaven and never thought she would own a business especially in a building she passed often in her life. Her mother taught her how to sew. 

“It is one of those things I always imagined or dreamed of. We were all doing different crafting businesses and we decided to work together,” Kelly said. “It is something new for this town. People do crafts here but not everyone has it under one business.”