The pandemic hit the Rose Center Gift Shop like many other business in Hamblen County when the governor first ordered a lockdown of any business not deemed essential.

In March, the gift shop shut its doors.

Only recently has the shop been able to open its doors again, said Beccy Hamm, executive director of the Rose Center.

“We were shut down for a long time,” she said. “We’re revamping.”

The shop that Hamm says is “the best kept secret in Morristown” finally started to open partially and opened its doors for Small Business Saturday and Artist Sunday after Thanksgiving.

The artists, crafters and potters who make the shop so unique are also back and delivering local artistry to the Lakeway Area. The store is full of paintings, pottery and jewelry.

About 40 local artists have crafts for sale at the shop and routinely swap art out to make sure everything is fresh and new for those who wish to buy from a local artisan.

Every week the gift shop has sales on some items.

Hamm wants people to know more that the shop is here and it’s open for business.

“I think it’s the best kept secret in Morristown,” she said. “I don’t think a lot of people know we have a shop for local artists.”

The Rose Center is here to help support those artists. Art hanging on the walls can include anything from landscapes, paintings of Morristown, paintings inspired by Japanese art or pop art inspired pieces.

Over the course of December, the Rose Center helped highlight these pieces of art on their social media pages.

“We’re trying to support them the best we can,” Hamm said.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Once things start getting more under control, the shop will open up to five days a week, Hamm said.

The Rose Center will take appointments from people to come peruse the art if they are unable to make it on either of those two days.

She said the pandemic has been hard on the shop as well as the artists. Since the reopening of the store, the response has been down from prior years.

“It’s slow,” Hamm said. “But, there’s a lot of beautiful stuff in there.”