South Point shop specializes in Amish furniture, heritage

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 14, 2005

Though a trip to Amish country can be a great way to spend a day, residents no longer need to make the trip to indulge their love of Amish goods - thanks to South Point's Kelley's Korner.

On October 1, 2004, Gina Lovejoy and her sister Angie Kelley opened the furniture shop, nestled between the Foodfair and Speedway at 401 Solida Road.

It's easy for Lovejoy to summarize the passion that led her and her sister to open a store specializing in Amish goods.

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"It's good, solid oak wood," Lovejoy said.

"We like the quality, plus it can be handed down through generations because it is made so well.

It lasts."

Though Gina and Angie's Korner obviously loses some of the alliterative fun, there's a much better reason for the name Kelley's Korner.

The sisters named their shop in honor of their father, Carl Kelley, an avid carpenter who helps the sisters collect goods from Amish country.

He may also be the store's biggest fan.

"He loves it," Lovejoy said.

"He's retired, and he's the type who always has to be doing something, so he really enjoys going out there and talking with them and seeing how they work." It's a point of pride for Lovejoy that not only is her furniture all Amish-made, but, whenever possible, she utilizes the Amish community of nearby Gallia County for her products.

Some of the shop's more popular items are a selection of outdoor furniture, such as gliders and swings, some of which are adorned with the logos of local sports teams, and even the shield and bar of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Many of Lovejoy's customers have purchased her Amish-made dining room suites, which she said are also extremely popular.

Those who may not have the bankroll for a dining room set or glider at the moment can still satisfy their craving for Amish culture with the store's selection of small Amish handicrafts.

As a special treat for customers on Fridays, Lovejoy also sells tempting Amish goodies like brownies and doughnuts.

Kelley's Korner also offers some non-Amish goods such as handmade quilts and retired Longaberger baskets and purses, which Lovejoy said are "a big hit."

And she seems especially partial to a small selection of items in a corner of the store fashioned by her father.

From the pride in Lovejoy's eyes as she points out the items, it's clear that Carl Kelley has given the shop not only its name, but also its spirit.