LEWISBURG — The Preble County Chamber of Commerce, along with members of Lewisburg Village Council and others welcomed the 1893 Storehouse Company to the village on Saturday, Nov. 5.
1893 Storehouse Company is owned by Lewisburg council member Lori Pheanis. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held before the shop’s grand opening.
Several members of the community gave congratulatory remarks during the ceremony, beginning with Jason Troutwine, Chair of the Preble County Chamber of Commerce.
“I don’t know everyone in the room, but I think we all have a common bond. We all want to see Lori have great, great success. I had the opportunity to get to know Lori when we served on the chamber board together, and as you all probably know, she is one of the sweetest people you will ever find,” he said.
Troutwine praised Pheanis on her dedication, not only to her business, but to all areas of her professional life, despite the obstacles that have stood in her path.
Pastor Don Tucker of Lewisburg Baptist Church, of which Pheanis is a member, also spoke after a reading of scriptures and prayer, commending Pheanis on her “gift for business” and wishing her success on the venture.
State Representative Rodney Creech and Lewisburg Mayor Marsha Jones also attended, wishing Pheanis success and good luck, assuring her that she and her business have the support of the community.
“What a journey. What a journey,” remarked Pheanis. “The first person I have to absolutely thank is my late husband, Jim Pheanis. His vision — any idea I came up with, he went with it.
“He was such a forward thinker, and unfortunately his passing came too early,” she said.
Pheanis went on to thank her friends and family, who according to her made opening her business possible. Pheanis expressed her deep gratitude to all of those who helped her open the business, and progress to the newest chapter of her life.
1893 Storehouse Company is open for business, located at 210 North Commerce Street in Lewisburg. The business mixes and sells a variety of aromatics and scents, all of which are made by Pheanis.
Reach Nathan Hoskins 937-683-4057.