Chillicothe store aims to make women envy of friends

David Brankin
Margo Myers, left, Chamber ambassador held the ribbon as new shop owner, Envy, Kristi Scott holds the scissors and chamber facilitator Patty Pierson holds the other end on October 28 at 9:30 a.m. for the grand opening. Others helping the celebration were Irvin Latta, Mary Jo Moore, Jeanne Quick, Lisa Rotermund, Darlene Kumpf, Greg Truninger, who gave Scott a key to the city later, Livi Scott, Ben Thompson, Jake Elias, employee, Dr. Nick Polyak, Sandra Norbits and Jodi Bailey. Thee store features fashion jewelry and purses and other items, located in River Landing on Fourth Street.

Envy, a contemporary jewelry and accessories store for ladies, is celebrating its grand opening on Fourth Street. Owner, founder and Chillicothe resident, Kristy Scott, said inspiration for the store began at home.

“We moved to Chillicothe from Victoria about three years ago,” Scott said. “We had absolutely nothing but a barn and a church there.”

Moving to Chillicothe provided her family a wider array of retail amongst other things, she said. Still, Scott found herself traveling to Peoria more often than not for what she called “the extras.”

“I have two daughters, and my son has a girlfriend. Before school dances we were always traveling to Peoria for what the girls needed,” Scott said. “I’m a big believer in keeping money as local as possible, and my hope is for the store to be one more way for people to find what they need here in town.”

In addition to being a believer in local business, Scott also believes in keeping it in the family.

“My family’s been great,” she said. “They’ve been down there painting and hanging fixtures almost every day. We do it all together.”

Scott is a single mother of a boy and two girls, ages 17, 16 and 11. She said she’s lucky to have such good kids to rely on.

For the past few years, Scott has worked full-time as a liquor and wine distributor. She said she will continue to work full-time until the store and economy reach some stability.

“Ideally, I’ll be able to work at just the store someday,” Scott said. “But until then we have to keep being smart. I’m a single mom with three kids, you know?”

For now, Scott’s family and friends will be lending their efforts in big ways.

Her son will be managing the store, along with his girlfriend and one of Scott’s daughters, who also will be working when they can.

Scott’s passion for jewelry began when she was their age, she said, and now she’s glad to have something to share with them, as well as the community.

“My first job, if you can believe it, was in a jewelry store when I was 16,” she said. “It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, and now I have two daughters, and they enjoy that sort of thing too.”

Scott hopes the store’s accessible location on Fourth Street will lend a hand in spreading this passion to new customers.

“People on Second Street don’t want to hear this, I’m sure, but Fourth Street is the highway,” she said. “The traffic through that area is great. People drive through there everyday from Princeton to all the way to Peoria.”

After all, Scott has the customer on her mind in more ways than one. Aside from the local advantage, Envy promises low prices compared to would-be competitors, Scott said.

“We want suggestions from our customers,” she said. “What they want is what we’ll have in the store. We’ll start with what we have and continuously build to meet needs.”

As brands go, Envy sells a little bit of everything, specializing in items from fashion accessories, jewelry, earrings, belts and scarves.

So far Scott has nothing bad to say about the experience of opening a store, and greatly anticipates joining the local retail community.

“It’s been so much fun for me. I’ve enjoyed all of it. I’ve just been waiting for the day that it opens. Everyone I’ve worked with has been great, and we’re all so excited,” she said.

Envy is now open for business at 224 N. Fourth St., Unit F in River Landing Plaza. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The store can also be reached by telephone at 274-2909.