“A little bit of everything” is how Scott Derrick described the merchandise at Blythewood General Store, his newest venture that celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.
Blythewood General Store, at 10500 Wilson Boulevard where Wilson intersects Farrow Road, offers an eclectic collection of goods, including candy and baked goods, women’s clothing, hand-carved wooden bowls and platters, locally made soaps, holiday decorations, yard flags, children’s toys, coffee and tea mugs, and more.
Derrick, who also owns Blythewood Bee Company, said he looks for business opportunities that fill a niche.
“There’s nothing like it in Blythewood,” he said. “With all the growth in this area, this offers women a new place to buy gifts and little surcies for their homes.”
Blythewood Mayor Bryan Franklin, who wielded the scissors for the ribbon cutting, applauded Derrick for keeping his businesses in Blythewood and for moving ahead with second business in the midst of the pandemic.
“This has been a dream of mine for a while,” said Derrick, a retired Navy aviation mechanic. “I saw this building becoming dilapidated and we beautified it.”
“When you buy something locally, the taxes support Blythewood,” he added. “We’re growing rapidly and it helps strengthen our city.”