Local entrepreneur, hairstylist and new mother Caroline Rash is launching a small business in St. Elmo next month. (Photo: Contributed)

Scot & Haven is set to open next month in St. Elmo and will feature handmade goods from jewelry to bath supplies. 

Owner Caroline Rash said her new business is helping her be more connected to the St. Elmo community, something she’s always wanted since she moved around a lot as a child.

“I’m going to be working with local artists and providing a space to help them sell their work,” she said via email. “My husband [Charlie] and I have a very strong desire to give back to our community and find ways to be helpful.”

As the business grows, Caroline plans on adding more home goods and other accessories, and she wants to focus on supporting small businesses or artists who may not have a physical space.

Caroline, who attended Covenant College before leaving to pursue a career as a hairstylist, launched the business with support from Charlie, who asked her about her dreams after the couple listened to the audiobook of  “The Magnolia Story” by Joanna and Chip Gaines.

“We talked about setting up an online store for now, but it all escalated due to encouragement from him and a strong belief that this was the right thing to do,” she said. “We ended up deciding to take a risk and start actually doing the dream. Life is short.”

The shop will take up a portion of St. Elmo Fire Hall’s second floor. Charlie is operating a virtual assistant business out of part of that space as well.

Caroline is the creative force behind the business, and Charlie helps with the business side.

“One of us alone would not succeed, but our teamwork is making a world of difference,” Caroline said. 

The shop is joining eatery Syrup and Eggs at 4501 St. Elmo Ave.

Initially, the shop will be open only on Fridays and Saturdays.

“We are planning on having some workshops/events, and we really want to get involved in the other events going on locally,” Caroline also said.