HUDSON FALLS — Tammy Mullen said she likes taking care of people. She’s a licensed nurse of 12 years, a mother of five adult children and, now, a gift shop owner.
Mullen opened her store, Crafted on the Park, Friday with hopes of helping shoppers find special, handmade goods.
But Mullen unknowingly bought into a strong sense of community when she moved from Clifton Park and opened her store, and she said she has been made to feel at home in Hudson Falls.
Tuesday afternoon, Mullen’s neighbor and a new friend came into the shop at 162 Main St. for a visit.
Shop owners on either side have been telling shoppers about her new store, she said, which is how she has stayed busy since opening.
“A lot of my business has been by word of mouth. ... We are all trying to wake this little strip up together,” Mullen said, about Main Street.
“There’s a real sense of community here,” she said, smiling.
Mullen’s small store is as warm and pleasant as she is.
It smells of chestnut and clove when you walk in. The decor is homey. Country music is playing, quietly.
Christmas wreaths are for sale, decorated with empty shotgun shells from her husband, a hunter, and soldier ornaments are displayed as a reminder of two of her daughters who are in the military.
Quilts, blown-glass pieces, carpentry, gift baskets, kids costumes, painted signs, jewelry and other crafts are for sale, made by vendors from Lake George, Queensbury, South Glens Falls and other local communities.
Mullen is also hoping to sell candles and natural beauty products in the future.
Her store is just one of a few that have opened in Hudson Falls recently.
A fashion boutique opened last month, and a new brewery is in the works, both welcomed to the community in announcements at the old courthouse.
“Once we’re all settled in, Hudson Falls will become a destination area,” Mullen said.
“Stop by,” she said with a smile, “because you never know what you’re going to find.”