Owner of Sunflower Hill Studio and Company, Gina Peters has Hartford City in her blood. Her father is former Hartford City Mayor Ben Hodgin. In May, of this year, she opened the shop at 203 W. Washington Street. “It may not have been the best time to open, but the community has responded well. We appreciate all of their support,” states Peters.
The shop sells handmade original artwork and home decor created by Peters and other, mostly local, artisans. “My daughter, Ashley Laurence, operates Auburn Rose Boutique out of our shop as well,” adds Peters. Ashley sells various clothing items for women and girls. She also sells Grace Marshall headbands from Hoosier Hair Co. Laurence keeps very busy, she also teaches Pound classes at the Hartford City Health Club.
Peters makes the signs and wreaths in the shop. Tim Stroud makes cutting boards and other wooden items for the store. Brian and Mary Ross also make wooden items for the shop. Hanna Hornbaker makes candles, and Colleen Dickey does painted furniture and painted barn quilts. Chris Ann Kirkwood of Chris Ann’s Kreations produces pillows and other fabric items for the shop. Even the signs on the store’s windows and doors were done locally by Andrew Wilson of Visible Vinyl.
Sunflower Hill Studio and Company also sells products from Simple Goodness Soaps made by Kelly Caldwell of Elwood, Indiana. Caldwell has been making handcrafted goat milk soaps, goat milk lotions, moisturizing bath bombs, natural handmade laundry soap from her farm for around 10 years.
“I love doing this,” says Peters. “If a customer has an idea for some decorative item that they would like, we will gladly work with them to help make their custom creation,” she adds. Sunflower Hill Studio and Company is open from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM Tuesdays through Fridays, and from Noon until 3:00 PM on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. The shop can be contacted by telephone at (765) 499-1633. The Studio and many of the artisans whose crafts they sell can also be found on Facebook. Sunflower Hill Studio and Company not only provides the community a place where they can purchase unique, one-of-a-kind home decor items, it provides an outlet for local artisans to sell their crafts. The small shop has had such a good response that Peters is thinking of expanding next door, once Common Grounds completes its move to its new location just down the street.