From antique items to wedding rentals, Ella & Company has a bit of everything.
Customers find a fresh, new look every time they visit Ella & Company. The Thomas shop is a showcase for home goods, furniture, and antiques, as well as a showroom for wedding rentals.
“I love to stage things and change the store in ways that people can see how they can use really unique pieces to design their own homes,” says owner Erika Smith. Consider the “shades of blue” nook she curated one week last October with a blue typewriter on a small wooden table, a lamp made from an old blue oil lamp, a blue velvet armless chair, and an old coffee bean bag from Honaunau to add the aromas of Hawaii.
Smith started collecting antiques during high school, fascinated by the items’ histories. After getting her degree in interior design, she freelanced for a few years and found a passion for wedding and event planning. Smith wanted a space where she could combine everything she loved and, in the summer of 2016, opened Ella & Company.
Her inventory comes from estate sales, outdoor antique markets, and people’s homes. Each piece has a story, which she is more than happy to share. But the most important thing for Smith is helping customers find what they are looking for. She wants to know the customers, their stories, and what they love. “I pay attention to details,” she says. “A home is curated of things that describe you and tell a story about who you are. Those items can make you happy, and I love to be able to be a part of that.”
250 State Highway 32, 304.614.7273, firstname.lastname@example.org, @EllaandCompanyWV on Facebook
written by Demi Fuentes Ramirez