BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE – One of the early visitors at the grand re-opening of 200 & Main was city manager John Thacker.
“This is exactly what we need in Kaysville,” said Thacker to store owner Brandee Rowley. “We want authenticity.”
“Authentic” is a word Rowley uses often when talking about the vision of her store, along with “unique” and “local.”
The new store is filled with everything from art and crafts to chocolates and earrings.
You can also find aprons, towels, pillows, scarves, hats and more when you wander its aisles.
“This is my dream,” said Rowley. “We’ve been talking about this for years.”
Rowley spoke with the Kaysville City Council earlier this month about another goal she has, to create a map listing all local Davis County businesses for those who love to buy local.
When she travels, Rowley said she prefers shopping at shops unique to the region rather than national chains. Travelers to Davis County might also want to have easier ways to find local artisans.
“Kaysville is all about local,” she told the council. “I want to build on that.”
Rowley cited research that shows that if households shifted 10 percent of their holiday spending to locally owned businesses, it would make a significant impact on the local economies.
She volunteered to work with city leaders to establish events and flyers that support local businesses in the city and the county.
“Kaysville needs to be the hub,” she said. “We don’t have the ‘big box’ presence, but when you shop local your money stays local.”
It also helps the city’s reputation.
“We want to be a destination,” said Rowley. “We want people to say, ‘Let’s go to Kaysville, they have stuff no one else does.’”