Fairlady & Company, the concept, emerged in the mid ’00s over lunches at a local coffee shop, on long walks, and around the family table. Beverly (the aunt), Michelle, and Leslie (sisters and Beverly’s nieces) all took great pride in being home-town girls in a world-famous community and wanted to give back in some way. They were also weary of driving long distances to find unique or handmade items for their homes, themselves, or as gifts. They recognized that other locals felt the same way and decided to start developing their concept into a store.
The ladies wanted to create a “lifestyle boutique” where shoppers could find uncommon items of exceptional quality for their homes, themselves, and as gifts. They began attending art festivals in the western and central PA region, looking for artists and craftspeople interested in selling their work in the store. And, knowing that tourists and locals alike are often very interested in antiques, the team began scouring antique stores, flea markets, and auctions, looking for interesting finds. Finally, to round out their inventory, they began attending national craft and gift shows.
In the meantime, they were also hard at work on restoring their historic store front to its original splendor. Preserving the unique character and charm of downtown Punxsutawney was very important to the ladies. They fulfilled their goal by researching the history of their building and designing the store accordingly.
Since its opening inNovember 2007, Fairlady & Company has been one of the premier shopping destinations in the region.
The store currently offers the work of over 70 local and regional artists, as well as many small, artisan founded companies. In addition to handmade items, the store also carries an assortment of antiques and gift items. There is truly something for everyone at Fairlady & Company!