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AUSTINTOWN — Rebecca’s Unique Boutique, 5865 Mahoning Ave., is a home decor store and family-owned business that offers items to remember loved ones in a different way.
Owner Rebecca Christopher said the boutique sells a variety of cement pieces to give to someone after a loved one or pet dies.
“I wanted to do something that was different than just sending flowers,” Christopher said.
Christopher said people usually give flowers at funerals but they die after a short period of time. She wanted to include cement pieces in her boutique as an option to give something that lasts.
The cement pieces come in a variety of forms, such as plaques and statues, with engravings for family members, friends and pets. Christopher said customers have put them in their yards and homes.
Christopher got the idea for her store after her uncle died, and she wanted to give her aunt something that she could keep in his memory. She made her a wreath with a candle that she could keep in her home.
“It means something a little more,” Christopher said.
The boutique also sells a variety of other items, such as Christmas decor, jewlery and clothing.
The boutique opened in August, but Christopher bought the store in February. She said it took a while to prepare the store for opening.
Since opening during the pandemic, the boutique has struggled to get recognized.
“It's getting it out there but people do come in and really like it,” Christopher said.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It’s closed Sundays.
For more information on the store, check out the Facebook page or call 330-953-0319.