Fike celebrates store opening with Chamber ribbon cutting

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm

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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting recently for Tickle Me Turquoise in Jefferson City. Front row, from left are, Daryle Keck, Susan Stiner, Shelia Wiggins, James Oakley, Kristen Fike, Shannon Fike, Erma Fike, Floyd Fike, Don Cason. In Back, from left, are Spencer Jones, Larry Fike, Jeremy Lawson, Mark Potts, Brian Bolinsky and Gail West.

For the first time in 15 years, the Jefferson City downtown area has a new retail store operating within its district.

Tickle Me Turquoise, a monogramming, novelty gift and dress shop held a soft opening in October but is going full speed for the holiday season.

The store, owned by recent Carson Newman University graduate Kristen Fike, held a ribbon cutting recently with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Jefferson City mayor Mark Potts thanked Fike for her investment in the community and for choosing downtown Jefferson City. He noted her store is one of the leading new opportunities that will be coming in the near future for people to see in the downtown area.

Fike, originally from South Carolina, first came to Jefferson City as a student at Carson-Newman University.

When she graduated last year with a degree in psychology, she found that there weren’t many jobs available in the field.

She began continuing a hobby of doing crafts and monogramming items out of her parents’ house and eventually started selling them online.

While visiting her boyfriend James, who lives in Jefferson City, she realized there were no stores in the area doing what she was selling online.

As she saw the store space, located at 104 West Old Andrew Johnson Highway Suite C, (the former super market building) next to Sustainable Aquatics, was vacant she contacted the landlord, Betty Catlett, who encouraged the business.

Fike said she splurged filling the store with jewelry and clothing. She said something she felt was missing from her Carson Newman career was having a place to shop nearby.

Fike does all the monogramming herself and has lots of unique novelties such as cups, tumblers, coasters, ornaments and other items. The store will soon be able to do embroidery work and also refurbishes furniture.

Tickle Me Turquoise is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information call 864-415-2099 or visit www.etsy.com/shop/ticklemeturquoise.

- By Chris Phipps, Tribune Staff Writer

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