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Artist signs work at Corydon shop

Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Laisha Smith, owner of Olde Country Cupboard in downtown Corydon, strives to make her primitive décor business feel like home for her customers as soon as they walk through the doors. And this past weekend, she was able to celebrate her sixth anniversary in business.

The store celebrated this milestone by offering special deals and an art signing by Billy Jacobs, a painter who has done many of the art pieces in Olde Country Cupboard.

“I am so thankful that we can celebrate with everything going on,” Smith said. “I feel like I am just starting my journey as a business owner. It’s been great to see how many people have turned out today to shop and celebrate with us, and I am so glad to be able to do this.”

Smith really wanted the celebration to be about, and for, her loyal customer base, who have continually supported her. To give back, Smith had Jacobs set up in one room of the store doing free signings of his own artwork. Jacobs, who has been in the country gift industry for about 35 years, and painting for 20 years, has been at Olde Country Cupboard three times in its six years of business.

“I really love to come out and support these businesses that sell my work,” Jacobs said. “The rustic and country gift stores are a big family, and it’s nice to see the people who are buying my work. Laisha is also great to work with and is worth the trip from Ohio, where I am from; well worth it because of her hospitality and great customers.”

While Olde Country Cupboard did close during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith said she is now operating like normal but recommends masks and social distancing.

“I’ll be honest, I was scared to death when the pandemic closed everything at the start,” Smith said. “I was so amazed, however, because I knew our regular customers would be itching to get in here once we re-opened, but we have seen a lot of new customers lately, too. I think people really want to help local businesses lately and to shop local. And we can’t thank everyone enough for that.”

Olde Country Cupboard is open Mondays from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Smith also posts sales on the business’ Facebook page.