NEWBERRY — Dawn Graham started a business in her home as a source of income when she went back to school, then expanded the business and relocated to a hair salon in Prosperity.
But Making It Personal, which specializes in embroidery, quickly outgrew that space and she decided to make the move to Main Street. Her store at 1309 Main St. officially opened Aug. 20 and had a ribbon cutting on Sept. 6.
Making It Personal carries gift items, apparel, baby and wedding gifts, game-day attire, as well as a line of Christian gifts. Monograms and embroidery are customized on most items.
Growing up in Pomaria, the 27-year-old Graham said she’s always loved the Newberry area and is enjoying her store’s new location.
“I love the people and I love making gifts personal,” Graham said.
One of her favorite things from her business, Graham said, is building relationships with customers.
“Most of them are like friends,” she said.
Graham is currently finishing her last year at Columbia College to obtain her psychology degree with an emphasis in child life, but says her plan is to continue with her business.
Graham credits her mother, Debbie, for encouraging her to “give this a try.”
“If it wasn’t for Mom,” Graham said, “I probably wouldn’t have opened my own place.”
Making It Personal is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.