Aiken Dry Goods owner Jami Chandler will expand her love for homemade and local products in her new store, Aiken Dry Good’s Home & Farm.


After receiving word that a space a few doors down from Aiken Dry Goods was available, Chandler knew opening a sister store was a great opportunity to expand the Dry Goods market.


“With Matthew Fonseca being a professional polo player and his job taking us to destinations across the U.S., we found during our travels interesting items old and new to bring back to the store,” Chandler said. “We came to the conclusion that this is what we love – unique items that have a story to tell.”


Located at 110 Laurens St. SW, the grand opening of Aiken Dry Goods Home & Farm will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited for the opening and refreshments will be served.


From local items to the homemade counter and doors built by Chandler’s dad, Ron Mathews, the idea to Chandler has always been to create an atmosphere at both stores displaying the hard work and true values of handmade craft.


“The counter in the new store is made from reclaimed barn wood that was headed to a burn pile, and (Mathews) built a custom dutch-style stable door for the office,” Chandler said. “Not to mention the endless amounts of antiques he collects for the store; anything I can dream up, he can build. Any crazy idea I come up with, his response is always the same: ‘Do you feel froggy enough?’ And when I say yes, his reply is, ‘Let me load up my tools.’ ”


Aiken Dry Goods Home & Farm will feature work from three local artists, including Hollis Brown Thorton, born and raised in Aiken, Mary Alice Lockhart, who specializes in acrylic paintings of landscape and farms around Aiken County and Ursula Dodge’s Art. Aiken Dry Goods is Ursula Dodge’s Art flagship store, displaying her collections from magnets and greeting cards to popular prints, home accessories and bags. The store will also show off Christmas lights assembled in Aiken from Christmas by Carlisle.


The furniture shown in the new store is all chosen and redesigned by PFG, a group of local arts and antique pickers who roam the South looking for the most unique furniture.


“Aiken Dry Goods Home & Farm’s goal is to introduce and showcase quality American products that represent the values and characteristics of good ‘ole American hard work, art, design and craftsmanship.”


Aiken Dry Goods Home & Farms will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


To contact Aiken Dry Goods, call 803-226-0100.


Maayan Schechter is the city beat reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree from the University of North Carolina Asheville.