King fulfills goal of owning home store

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Thistle & Thyme Home Store owner Rhonda King pauses in her Noblesville shop (Submitted photo)

Rhonda King has always enjoyed decorating her home and gardens.

“The hunt for the perfect piece is as much fun as is finding it,” she said. “My search would lead me to multiple sources and when combined, I usually found exactly what I was looking for. About eight years ago, my sister and I decided to open a booth in an antique store, and that was the beginning of my love for retail. I wanted to offer a combined style, one that would interest a variety of customers. I wanted to be the store where a customer would always look to find that special piece to add to or complete their space.

“I opened spots in other locations and continued to learn what customers wanted, and oftentimes it is having a variety of products to choose from. It is rewarding to source items that my customers love and want to have in their homes”

The Noblesville resident opened Thistle & Thyme Home Store, 29 S. Ninth St., in early July.

“Thistle & Thyme is a home and garden store offering something for most everyone,” King said. “We are a multi-styled store carrying a blend of antiques, primitives, vintage, farmhouse and new. Our store carries furniture, artwork, lighting, tableware, clocks and patio/garden decor. We also have baby clothing, Banana Baby, jewelry, candles, soaps and much more. We will be offering DIY classes and events beginning in October.”

King’s daughter, Blakeleigh King, owns The Brow Studio, 23 S. 9th St., and encouraged her mother to open her store next door when it became available.

“I’ve always wanted to have a store, but timing was an obstacle,” King said. “You would think opening a new store in the middle of a pandemic would be an obstacle, but we did it. We gutted the space and started over, creating a bright space for customers to browse.”

King’s husband, Junior Davis, her stepson Eli Davis, and Blakeleigh’s fiancé, Tyler Koch, helped remodel the store.

“We are excited to be a part of the downtown retail community,” King said. “The support we have received has been invaluable to us and we hope to give back to other merchants and to our community.”

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