A longtime Aiken City planner has vacated her position to pursue a new business.


Rachel d’Entremont served as a city planner for approximately 14 years as well as on several commissions and committees before taking the job. She’s now establishing her own photographic home inventory business.


The new business, For the Record Inventories, is something d’Entremont has been wanting to do for some time. Not only does she have a strong interest in this niche field, but d’Entremont wanted some flexibility in her schedule to visit family including her daughter in California and her son who is currently residing in Switzerland.


Though she’s quite excited for her new endeavor, d’Entremont said she will miss her coworkers and the job itself.


“I will miss working with an extremely talented department. The planning department people are top notch,” d’Entremont said. “I will also miss having a thumb in the development of the community.”


Originally from Syracuse, N.Y., d’Entremont moved to Aiken in 1980. She served on the Annexation Study Committee and chaired the Growth Strategies Committee, which was a subcommittee of the City’s Strategic Plan. She was involved in the rewrite of the zoning ordinance and was on the Planning Commission for several years.


She said that during her tenure, d’Entremont has been pleased with how some of the projects around the City turned out such as the Shoppes at Whiskey which changed plans to preserve more trees and include larger areas of green space.


As for her prospective new business, d’Entremont said that many people plan to take pictures of their belongings in case of a burglary or fire for insurance purposes, but some unfortunately wait until it’s too late.


She said that a collection of photos from one’s property could also become a family heirloom. Her great grandparents conducted an inventory in their own home in 1911 and d’Entremont said that it’s fascinating to find items that were handed down to her in those photographs.


Even though this new home-based business will make traveling a lot easier for d’Entremont, she is planning to continue residing in Aiken.


“I love Aiken. This is where I’ve been my whole adult life after college, and it’s just the greatest place to live,” d’Entremont said. “It’s home.”


For more information on d’Entremont’s new business, email rachel@fortherecordinventories.com.