From jewelry and bath salts to housewares and wood carvings, The Itty Bitty Shop on Forrest Ave. has a little something for everyone. The shop’s owner, Velvet Sloan held a soft opening two weeks ago. With everything on track she said it is time to have a grand opening.
Originally, Sloan started making organic bath and skin care products, but later decided to bring in handcrafted artisans in. “We realized our products were quite small and didn’t take up a lot of room,” Sloan said. “We then made the decision to open up the shop to local vendors.
All vegan products are made by Sloan herself, and not tested on animals. Only natural preservatives are used in her soaps, bath salts, lotions, face steamers, bath bombs, and tooth care. She fell in love with the process with her late daughter and felt a way to stay connected was to share her creations with others.
Sloan relocated to Camden after a tragedy and has found solace and a feeling of belonging in the close-knit Benton County community. She and her family live on a farm in Holladay.
She said opening The Itty Bitty Shop has been amazing. The shelves are stocked with not only Sloan’s body products, but hand-made merchandise by locals including, Dan Miller of Dan Miller Saw Mill and Custom Woodworking, China Powers with messy bun hats, Heaven Bradshaw with stamped metal jewelry, James Kelley from Hooks4You, who makes crochet headwear for cancer patients and people with illnesses, Ashley Damesworth with vinyl house décor from AK’S Craftbox, Brad and Leslie Ferrier from Twelve Hounds 3D Printing Co. with unique 3D household decor, Stephen Jarossy with wood fracking pieces, Shelby Hall’s wall décor, and Rhonda Zamora features her dream catchers.
With prices from $1.50 and up, there are gifts for any budget. Sloan adds more products every week and said she strives to carry items with not only women in mind, but men, too. “Come on in and see what we have,” Sloan smiled. “We will definitely have something for every single person no matter what they are looking for. If we don’t have something, just ask, and we will get it made for you.”
The Itty Bitty Shop, located at 146 S. Forrest Ave., is opened Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.