BALL GROUND — Adding to the growing number of stores in downtown, the city’s newest shop provides its patrons with clothing and gifts its owner says are one of a kind.
Located at 342 Gilmer Ferry Road in a building behind Dominic’s Truck and Dine, The Haggard Hen offers a variety of clothing, soaps and other items.
“I’ve been open for three weeks now,” store owner April Orcutt said. “I’ve had different booths at different stores before, but I’ve never had my own store. I’ve always wanted to do this, and I decided last year to do this. This spot came up and I felt it was perfect for what I wanted to do.”
While some of the clothing can be classified as boutique clothing, other articles of clothing for sale at The Haggard Hen are truly one-of-a-kind offerings. Orcutt said some of the clothing is handmade and vintage, while customers have the option of designing their own clothing that are then made right there in the store.
“That’s kind of unique. I don’t know of anyone else doing this sort of thing,” Orcutt said. “People love the design your own clothing. They can pick out something and I can have it done for them in the same day.”
In addition to the clothing, the store also offers soaps made by one of Orcutt’s friends living in Johns Creek and jewelry handcrafted by Strings for Hope, a Nashville-based organization offering second chances for survivors of addiction, human trafficking and domestic abuse. One reason Orcutt chose to offer jewelry from Strings of Hope at The Haggard Hen was because she wanted to find a line of jewelry that gives back to the community.
Even though the store has been open for less than a month, Orcutt said she has already had a number of repeat customers, with virtually everybody giving positive feedback.
“There have been a few slow days here, but overall things have been busy every day,” Orcutt said. “My customers love it here, they think it’s original and unique.”