There’s a place hidden in Elizabethtown full of some of the most amazing things, and the People’s Emporium is its name. Dwayne and Mary Miller opened the shop last summer, and you can be sure when you walk in their door, you will be greeted with all the enthusiasm the couple has to offer.
They will even take you on a guided tour of the place as they tell you the unique story behind every whatknot or whatchamacallit they sell.
“We are a very different store that has something for everyone,” said Dwayne Miller.
There are baubles and trinkets, candles that melt down to lotions, cornhole boards, toys, jewelry, kitchen gadgets, and everything in between. There is clothing and golf equipment tucked away in one corner, and religious items and musical clocks in another. Pets can also find a classy collar with charms to adorn it.
The business also has ties to Columbus County. The shop participated in the Columbus Baptist Association’s Ukrainian keychain bible effort, and they sell Coastal Gem Mining kits produced by a Lake Waccamaw first responder.
They have some of the most unique items that Southeastern North Carolina has ever seen. There are even little trolls hidden throughout the store, and if you’re lucky enough to find them all you could be rewarded with a treasure of your very own.
The couple has worked very hard to build up their clientele and the most recent addition to the store is a party room where folks can rest, craft, hold Bible study, and book for a birthday party or church event.
“We want this to be a place where people can come and commune with each other,” said Mary Miller. “They can come in, hang out, or paint if they have some free time.”
Now that the Christmas rush is over, you can plan your trip to the People’s Emporium located at 124 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. To take a glimpse at the whimsical inventory at the shop, visit the webpage at https://peoples-emporium.com.