PITTSTON — Karen Walsh-Emma, 40, and her husband Joseph Emma, 42, have taken notice of Pittston’s growth over the years.
The husband and wife duo decided to be a part it by opening JK Holly, Inc. at the heart of Main Street in the Newrose Building.
“We’re from Pittston and we’ve been married for 14 years and we like what’s been happening in downtown,” said Karen. “We wanted to be part of it, so it was a good fit with it being our hometown and the revitalization happening, so we hopped on board.”
A specialty gifts and home decor store, JK Holly will sell fresh loose leaf tea, fair trade organic coffee and snacks such as gourmet cookies, trail mix and pretzels. The tea offerings will change monthly and seasonally.
The store will also sell home decor items such as knick-knacks, decorations and gift items like perfume.
A grand opening ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, but a soft opening will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Normal hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The couple started the business because they enjoy shopping in the same kinds of stores.
“When we go on vacation, we see these gift shops and we always like to go in and browse and we thought maybe we could open one of these stores in the future,” said Joseph. “We decided to and here we are. We’re almost here.”
The process for JK Holly’s opening began in January when the couple rented store space and hired Deb Stone Interiors of Duryea to assist with the designing element. From there, the building owners, Pat Hadley and Tino Feretti, did construction on the inside to ready the store for business.
Because Karen works full time as a district administrator for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Wilkes-Barre, Joseph, who spent over 20 years working at local warehouses, will work at JK Holly full time with family members.
Karen wants the business to be a place where people can feel at home, and she looks forward to people walking in off the street.
“I would love to see, and I think it’s starting to happen, where you get that walking atmosphere up and down the street,” she said. ””I want people to walk in and out to shop, eat, have a drink and enjoy coming into JK Holly.”