Guilded Iris Boutique Opens in Blythewood Chamber Office

Blythewood Chamber member, Tina Johnson and her ladies’ boutique, Over The Top, in Ridgeway, have sub-leased the front section of the Blythewood Chamber/Visitors Center/Cowork center at 428 McNulty St. and opened the Guilded Iris, a home decor and ladies’ boutique.  The current hours are 10am to 4pm and a ribbon-cutting is being planned for March 1st.  Here’s what Tina had to say about Over The Top’s sister shop:  “Home decor with a twist of OTT. This shop will be totally different from anything around. We are excited in being apart of the Blythewood community. So, the name for this shop is to honor one of the sweetest, biggest hearts ? never judgmental, an ear for listening lady and that was my mom. As my family has cherished every moment of her life, I feel her name belongs in lights. The meaning of Iris is: ? rainbow in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also serving as a messenger to the gods. She’s with me everyday.”

The following photo and article are courtesy of The Country Chronicle newspaper:

Tina Johnson, owner of the Over the Top Boutique and the Gallery at Over the Top in Ridgeway has opened a new mini boutique in Blythewood called the Gilded Iris. Named for her mother Iris, the new storefront is located in McNulty Plaza in the Chamber of Commerce’s office. The Chamber had operated a gift shop till recently, but during a recent Chamber Board meeting decided that it was not in the best interest of the Chamber to operate a gift shop. The move worked out perfectly for Johnson whose Ridgeway location is a popular destination for shoppers in Richland and Fairfield county. Johnson said, “We have a lot of customer’s in Blythewood and they have asked us if we can open up a boutique. There was really no space to do that, so when Mike (Mike Switzer, Chamber Executive Director) offered for us to come in to the front of the Chamber, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to come in and help with the Arts, and promote Blythewood, like we promote Fairfield County artists.” The storefront which will carry some of the signature clothes’ that Over the Top hand picks from around the world is to small for a traditional clothing store, but is just right to promote Johnson’s other passion, local artists. Currently shoppers can find works by Jean and Carl Bell, Meg Mclean, Erdal Caba, Christy Spivey and Blair Gary. The shop will also carry local authors as well including Raegan Teller, Helena Schaffer and Elizabeth Hardwick with more expected. Deborah Humphries’ milk painted furniture is also available. One of the unique artists represented is Clementine Hunter, a world-renowned folk artist from Louisiana whose estate markets her work on pillows and serving pieces. The Gilded Iris is currently open Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm.