The holiday season holds a special significance to local Rutledge business owners Jen Buzbee and Sarah Ghann. The duo’s shop, Over Yonder Outpost, just celebrated its one-year anniversary since opening for business in November.
“We are a camping and outdoors store with a community twist,” said Ghann when the store first opened. Inside the bright blue building, customers can find an assortment of camping gear, seasoned wood, locally-sourced jams, jellies, soaps, bat boxes, and one-of-a-kind creative knickknacks.
Buzbee and Ghann go above and beyond to provide locally-crafted treasures for their clients as well as volunteering their time and storefront for various town activities and causes.
“We work hard to promote the well being of this small town,” said Buzbee. “We strive to purchase as much as we can from the local crafters in and near Rutledge and Morgan County.”
“Over Yonder had a good first year,” said Ghann. “We are still learning the ebb and flow of the market in Rutledge. We continue to work closely with Hard Labor Creek and the Rutledge Community to fill the store with items that are needed. We love our local artisans, crafters and creators. We definitely attract a quirky, unique and fun crowd. The City of Rutledge has hosted so many fun events this year and it has really boosted our small towns economy.”
With one year under their belt, Buzbee and Ghann are looking toward the future and new possibilities for their joint venture.
“We are hoping to expand our events over this next year by having more group paddles, hikes and community get-togethers at Over Yonder,” said Buzbee.
Last Friday, the pair took advantage of the Christmas season to throw a celebration bash for the store’s one-year birthday.
“The Community has rallied Over Yonder! This past Friday night we celebrated our one year anniversary with the Christmas Tree Tour. We had live music, burn barrels and surprise appearances of Rudolf, Santa and the Gingerbread man,” said Buzbee. “Our trees are all named Country Music Legends. We give each one a name such as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. We even have a BB King this year. We also have live wreaths. These will be for sale all Christmas season. We have wonderful gifts for everyone. We will be open until 6 p.m. every Friday night in December.”
Head over to Over Yonder Outpost in Downtown Rutledge to shop around the shop that has fast become one of Rutledge’s most iconic shops.