GNADENHUTTEN — Some of you may have hope about the country’s future, and some about the glorious spring weather that is almost here, but the village of Gnadenhutten has Hope Johnson! Just like the bees that will soon be buzzing around, many folks are excitedly buzzing about Johnson’s newest plan for the ever-popular Village Gift Shoppe, LLC, that she has owned for the past eighteen years. Johnson is well known with the local residents of Gnadenhutten as she has been involved in some of the local events over the past few years. She also had owned, and operated the towns’ only restaurant The Tents of Grace, for the past couple years. Johnson is no stranger to wearing multiple hats, but she recently announced leaving the restaurant business, in order to focus completely on the Village Gift Shoppe. Johnson said for two years she was trying to manage both the restaurant, and the shop, besides dealing with some personal issues in her life. While patrons of the restaurant will miss her being in charge, and offering all of the great home cooked menu selections, and special events, she said she has received support in her recent decision. She said that at this stage of her life she wants to simplify things, and be able to enjoy her life, and focus on something she loves to do.
Johnson said now that she is just focusing on the shop, she has many new ideas, and plans to offer her dedicated customers, many that have been patronizing her shop since it opened, even more. Johnson is in the process of expanding the store space, and adding even more merchandise. The shop has been known for their unique, re-purposed farmhouse-style items and primitives, as well as hand crafted items, and unusual vintage and antique treasures.
Johnson is also focusing on more consignments of hand-made items, and local artistic work to sell in her shop. Johnson said there are many local Tuscarawas and surrounding communities that have very talented artists, and hand crafters. Johnson currently has an individual that is able to construct repurposed, specialized pieces, and made-to-order furniture pieces. She also has another individual who creates fantastic primitive painted pieces such as small signs, and other unique pieces to fit her customer’s décor.
Johnson also carries Crossroads candles, Billy Jacobs items, Fancy Pants jewelry, Mona B purses and clothing, Young Living oils, soaps, bath bombs. She also features spoon jewelry, type-writer bracelets, items from CWI Gifts, CTW Home Collection, Country Home Collection, Ragon House. She plans to add more exclusive lines of merchandise in the near future. Another new feature at the shop is Paint and Sip class of which she recently held the first session. She said the next Paint and Sip is already being anticipated by her customers. Johnson said she is going full force on her new plans, and ideas, and her own hope is that everyone will stop by the shop to see her, and check out the latest farmhouse and primitive treasures that have recently arrived. Johnson will be holding an Open House at the shop on March 17-18, 2018.
The shop is located at 106 N. Walnut Street in Gnadenhutten. For more information also see, and Like the Facebook page, Village Gift Shoppe.