Two Smithfield businesses open

Published 5:12 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2020

An apparel and home decor boutique and a health care business recently opened in Smithfield.

Pearl’s Boutique offers apparel, home decor and fashion accessories from name-brand companies such as Nora Fleming, Mudpie, Southern Tide and Swig. Located at 221 Main St., owner Holly Hobbs named the business after her grandmother.

“We moved to Smithfield several years ago, and I just love this little town,” Hobbs said in an announcement from the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce. “I love to walk Main Street and shop and eat at the local shops and restaurants. Seeing I have helped my husband run his small business for years, I really think it’s important to support small businesses when you can.”

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Hobbs said her goal in opening the shop is to provide the community a place where everyone can find a gift, outfit or home decor. “We get tourists, and I felt there wasn’t a place for men to shop as well as children. We have tried to provide a variety of merchandise to make Pearl’s a wonderful shopping experience for everyone,” said Hobbs.

The store planned a ribbon cutting for April 2, but it was postponed to July 29 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Focused Psychiatric and Mental Health Care Services provides psychiatric assessments, including determining the need for psychotropic medication therapy and psychotropic medication management.

Located at 1801 S. Church St. Suite 2, owner Angela M. Allen said Smithfield lacked psychiatric medication management providers. Her goal in opening the business was to provide patient services closer to home so people don’t have to travel outside the county. A ribbon cutting was held July 23.

“Five years ago, I would have never thought of owning/operating a business,” Allen said in an announcement. “As I journey through my career in psychiatry, I have been fortunate to witness what a positive impact timely mental health treatment has at the individual and family level — leading to enhancement of the immediate community and beyond. My inspiration for opening this business was reaching people where they are.”

Opening a psychiatric practice, Allen continued, is a great way to do that. “I enjoy interacting with people and giving myself in an effort to relieve mental suffering. Since we have moved here and since opening my business, we have been received warmly by the residents of Smithfield.”