By Keith Knepp
NORTH WEBSTER — The downtown landscape of North Webster became a bit brighter on Saturday as a new, locally-owned business added its shingle to Main Street.
The Pearl of North Webster, which describes itself as an “artisanal boutique with artist studios available for rent, and a gorgeous venue space available daily for all your event needs.”
“This is a three-fold business,” said Courtney Sturgill, who co-owns the business alongside her husband, Brandon. “Along with The Pearl Boutique, we also have a photography studio and an event venue.”
The retail business features the curated works of local artisans from Kosciusko County and across northern Indiana. The Sturgills live in North Webster and said that they wanted to bring something unique to the community that would showcase the may talented people who live in the area.
“We wanted to help bring downtown North Webster back to its former glory,” added Brandon. “We are committed to bringing high quality gifts and décor at an affordable price, and promoting our local artisans.”
The North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce welcomed The Pearl to the community by staging a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning. Within the first hour of officially opening their business doors, many curious shoppers had stopped by to check out the many unique and charming offerings the store had to offer.
“We’re huge fans of shopping local,” said Courtney. “We wanted to bring the spotlight to some amazing people in the community and show people what they can do!”
The Pearl of North Webster is located at 102 N. Main St. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.