After 13 years of owning the Tin Roof boutique in Princeton, Molly Egbert took a leap of faith and decided to open a second location this fall.
The second store, located in Cadiz, officially opened in October. Egbert said business has been great in the early going.
"Cadiz has welcomed us with open arms," Egbert said. "We really didn't know what to expect after Miss Katie retired and Broadbent Food & Gift closed but the community has made us feel right at home."
"They have assured us they are very happy the Tin Roof is there to continue to offer them the very best in gifts, apparel and home goods."
While the store began to grow its roots in Princeton as a business that sold homemade soaps and painted furniture, it now offers home decor, jewelry, clothes, and purses, among other inventory at both locations.
Egbert, a Princeton native, said she and her staff always knew they wanted to grow and have more than one location.
"We had just been looking for the right direction to go in and kept praying about it," she said.
While they were excited to start this new journey, they had a few obstacles along the way.
"The transition all happened so fast," Egbert said. "We signed the papers and then set an opening date for eight days after we were able to take possession of the building and there was a lot of work to do from there."
She said they were at the hands of painters, carpenters and waiting for inventory, but they managed to pull everything off in time.
"I couldn't have done it without God, my amazing staff and family," Egbert said.
"It has been so fulfilling. Watching God plant a seed and seeing it grow has been incredible."
She said the Cadiz location is different in several ways than the Princeton store, 500 E. Main St.
"With the Princeton location, you have to literally be heading to it to stop. You don't stumble upon it," Egbert said. "At the Cadiz location, people stop to get gas and find a world of decor and gifts that literally blow them away."
The Cadiz store is located at Broadbent Square, 5695 Hopkinsville Road.
She said her stores have had an increase in customers at both locations since the holidays rolled around.
"We see lots of men this time of year that we don't see until next Christmas," Egbert said. "We know most of the women that these guys are shopping for so they trust us to pick out the perfect gift."
Even with the new location, holiday business in Princeton has continued to flourish, Egbert said.
"Princeton continuously supports Tin Roof year after year," Egbert said. "We are so grateful for Caldwell County."
She said running both locations has been fulfilling.
"We have always had so many customers that drive far distances to shop at the Tin Roof and now they get to hit up two," Egbert said. "Not to mention all the other great little shops in Princeton and Cadiz."
"When you support Tin Roof, you're supporting a community business that employees 19 women. We give back locally at both locations to so many things, including local churches, sports and organizations."
She said they proudly pour into the community every year and are thankful for the opportunity.
"This is only the beginning and I can't wait to see what the Lord does with the Tin Roof next," Egbert said.