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Finding soul in Soulbury | FOX61 Student News

Always community-minded, Soulbury has a donation jar for a local animal shelter, and supports local artists.

WOODBURY, Conn. — Story by Avery Peburn, Alexandra Quilli, Thea D'Amico, Ivanna Ortega Shepaug Valley High School

Small businesses are the driving force of the US economy, generating a whopping 44%. They even take up over 99% of all businesses in the US. Alexander Quilli, a Shepaug Valley School Sophomore, has a report about a local small business. 

Soulbury is a cultural gift store located in Woodbury, CT. Aiden Usher, co-owner, states that the store sells jewelry, plants, crystal, incense, clothing, and more.

Aiden describes the beginnings of the business, stating that her mother had the idea for a long time, and with her grandfather’s help, opened the business at a nearby location. Not long after the business relocated to its current location, which had more character and was a place they could put their “souls” into. 

Always community-minded, Soulbury has a donation jar for a local animal shelter, and supports local artists. Some of the employees actually create fine art, which is sold at the store as well. Peggy McFarland, a local artist and employee, creates and sells vintage jewelry and clothing. 

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Nici Derosier, another local artist and employee, supports the local art scene and also creates jewelry for the store. Soulbury is a place to find a one-of-a-kind piece of clothing or jewelry, and customers may even be inspired to create their own.

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