By Kevin Kelley
The Norwalk-based Naturally Country store, owned by home decorating maven Tracy Lake, has been an exhibitor at the I-X Center’s Home and Flower Show for 16 years. Now Lake’s customers don’t have to wait for the annual show or drive to Norwalk to purchase her home decorations.
A resident of Norwalk, Lake opened NC Home Decor earlier this month. The new store is located in the Jeffrey Paul Building at 21080 Lorain Road.
Lake describes her Norwalk location as a “destination store” because of its off-the-beaten-path location. The Huron County store includes 5,000 square feet of displays featuring home décor, custom floral arrangements and gifts.
Lake has a strong customer base in the Westshore, she said, adding that the Fairview Park location will be more convenient to them.
The store also sells lamps and lighting fixtures, pictures and wall décor.
“The space became available, and (building owner) Zina (Paul) is my best friend,” Lake told West Life.
Saturday’s grand opening included a wine and cheese reception and live music.
Mayor Eileen Patton, on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, called the store charming.
“It’s a girls’ Home Depot,” she said. The mayor added that she spotted some items she intends to give as Christmas gifts while in the store.
The space now occupied by NC Home Décor had been used by Options salon, which moved to Fairview Centre.
WIGS FOR KIDS: NC Home Decor is located in the Lorain Road building owner by Zina and Jeffrey Paul, who operate “Jeffrey Paul’s Restoring Beautiful Hair Salon.”
The Pauls purchased the building two years ago after being located in Rocky River. They said the city and community have been extremely supportive of their business.
Jeffrey Paul founded the Wigs For Kids charity, which provides free, custom made hair pieces to children who have lost their hair due disease or treatments for cancer.
Originally a traditional hairdresser, Paul’s was one of the first salons to focus on hair replacement.
“Everyone thought we were out of our minds,” he said of reaction to his move.
However, female hair loss is a greater problem than most people realize, he said.
Wigs For Kids will have its sixth annual Zoo Walk and 5K Run July 30 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The
run starts at 8:30 a.m., the walk five minutes later. The pre-registration fee is $20 if made by July 27. For more information, go to http://www.wigsforkids.org.