WHITE HALL – Sometimes following a dream isn’t always as easy as it first sounds. It takes courage, determination and the will to work hard.
Jill Miller has always had an interest for home interior items. Finding just the right antique for a home has always been an interest for her.
Miller’s father loved to attend auctions, and he loved that line of work. They had collected many different items from auctions over the years, and about two to three years ago, decided it would be a good idea to open a store of their own.
Unfortunately that goal got put on hold after Miller’s father passed away. It took her a while, but eventually she was ready to pursue the dream, and on Nov. 18, just before Thanksgiving, the dream finally became a reality.
Miller opened Dwellings, a store where people can find antiques and other refurbished items. Miller is nervous about the new journey, considering it’s the first business she has ever owned.
“Very nervous, but excited. This is something that I enjoy doing, and it’s a stress reliever for me,” said Miller. “It doesn’t feel like work. I’ve really found that I enjoy working on the furniture.”
Miller is a Fairmont native. She was born and raised here and wants to see this town be as successful as possible.
Miller hopes that other people will also be inspired to open their own business, so that the city of Fairmont can thrive.
“It’s nice because I’m hoping different types of businesses will start coming to Fairmont, so we don’t have to continue to travel to Morgantown or Clarksburg for everything,” said Miller.
Anyone who walks into Dwellings will immediately feel the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Walking into the store feels like home, and there are many different items that could really spice up a home.
Dwellings sells items such as reproductions, rustic farm house items, antiques and refurbished items.
“I try to carry different items and not a bunch of the same things. I only have a couple of each piece. We have items that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Miller.
It took about three months of hard work before the store was ready to be opened. It was a challenge that took a lot of hard work and determination.
Opening this store was very stressful, and Miller said it would’ve never been possible without the help of her family and friends. She was overwhelmed by the support she received.
“It has been a tremendous help, but it’s been a whole lot of help from family members you wouldn’t think would step up who have really helped,” said Miller. “I have cousins and aunts and uncles who have helped a lot, and of course my husband and kids.”
Now that the store is finally open, Miller is happy to move on with this journey. It’s finally time to concentrate on the store, and the only thing left for her to do is look forward.
“It’s just a relief; the hard part is done. There is no backing out now or getting cold feet; this is the fun part,” said Miller.
As for Miller’s favorite part of owning a store, “I get to put my own creative spin on it. The ability to express myself.”
The store has only been open for about a month, but Miller is already focusing on ways she can make things better. Her main goal is to offer something for everyone. She wants to be able to give customers as many options as possible.
“I would like to carry a paint line, like the chalk paints that have become popular,” said Miller. “I would like to give classes on how to do it.”
Miller appreciates her customers, and the main goal is to give them the best shopping experience possible. Miller enjoys interacting with her customers and meeting new people daily.
Miller said it’s nice to see people come in, have fun and share their stories.
“I enjoy the people who come in and getting to talk to them, especially the older ladies who come in and talk and reminisce,” said Miller. “It’s a small world.”
Miller is thankful for the support she has received from her home town. She is happy to offer another shopping experience for those in town.
Miller said she has also received a lot of support from residents in surrounding communities such as Morgantown and Clarksburg.
“It’s very nice. It’s very nice to see people come in. We have even had a lot of people from Morgantown and Clarksburg come in,” said Miller.
For now, Miller is focused on the future. She doesn’t have a set date, but she would really like to offer a paint line to her customers. She can’t wait to see where this next chapter in her life is going to take her.
“I would love to have the paint line and be able to do the demonstrations, and I’m excited just to see where things can go from here,” said Miller.
Dwellings is in White Hall, and is located right beside Dutchman’s Daughter. It is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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