- Lori Speaks had a ribbon cutting and grand opening for Zach’s Treasures on Tuesday at 420 Main St.
- The shop sells wreaths, wood crafts, decorated bottles, refurbished items and more.
- The store is named for Speaks’ developmentally delayed son, Zach. Her adopted children with special needs, Jesse and Kody, will be working there too.
- Speaks hopes to add more vendors and workers in the future and start kids art classes after the first of the year.
COSHOCTON — A new home décor store is named for a special resident who is loved by all who know him, according to his mother.
A ribbon cutting and grand opening was held Tuesday for Zach’s Treasures at 420 Main St. The store carries wreaths, wood crafts, decorated bottles, refurbished items, and décor, while supporting the those with developmental disabilities.
Owner Lori Speaks takes custom wreath orders and has a work area in the back of the store. The wooden work counter and many other items for sell were created by Jay Lenhart of Crowtown Mill Designs.
Speaks is also developing a workshop area for children’s art classes to start sometime next year. Adding more vendors and employees are future goals. She also wants to develop a website for online sells.
Helping Speaks at the store now will be her developmentally delayed son Zach. She also has two adopted children with special needs, Kody, 18, and Jesse, 16, who will be helping as well. Speaks said she has a nephew with cerebral palsy and Lenhart’s daughter has Down Syndrome.
“We’re hitting a lot of people with just the family,” Speaks said of supporting the developmentally disabled community. “It gives them jobs and something to do, learn to function in the real world. I want to give them purpose.”
She said Zach paints bottles and has gone with her to craft shows and farmers markets in the area as a vendor. A lot of people have gotten to know Zach from that and that has kind of led to the shop’s name.
“It’s something I always wanted and this was the perfect building for it. The timing was right,” Speaks said of opening a storefront.
This coincides with a Main Street upswing that has seen several new businesses and buildings being remodeled in the past three years. Speaks hopes that continues to grow. She’d like to see a display similar to the Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge.
“I would love to see something like that here. My window is going to be all antiques and all Christmas stuff, but I’d love to see the whole street do it,” she said.
For more information, go to Zach’s Treasurers Facebook page or email [email protected]. Hours could fluctuate, but are currently 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, with some possible seasonal hours on Sunday.