Crazy Me Specializes In Unique Gifts

By Keith Lawrence
Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Donna Southard has created a business of finding unique gifts. She says she will then personalize and monogram anything and everything a customer wants.

Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

Donna Southard never really planned to open a gift shop in Owensboro.

She had been a consultant for Creative Memories for 15 years, teaching scrapbooking.

She had quit her full-time job.

She was happy creating hand-made gifts and selling them out of her living room.

“I wasn’t planning on a shop,” she said last week. “But I saw the space for rent over here. I told my husband I had found a shop. He said, ‘I didn’t know we were looking for a shop.’ ”

But three years ago, Southard created Crazy Me Gifts & Apparel in Williamsburg Square, a small strip center tucked away between the rear of Owensboro Christian Church and Veach Road.

“We were down on the end, where The Spot is now,” she said. “But I moved down here (227 Williamsburg Square) because it’s twice as big and I’m still growing.”

Is there a story behind the store’s name?

“I named the store ‘Crazy Me’ because I wanted it to be a place where people could come look for the the latest — and craziest — gift items,” Southard said. “I pride myself on doing that.”

And, she said, “My personality is also a bit crazy. Even when my kids were in school, I always worked, volunteered and had a home-based business on the side — and I was always signing up for something else.”

Southard said, “And in trying to do that, people would always say I was crazy for adding more to my plate. But when I do something, I try do it all the way. With my store, I was going to go crazy and wanted to make it a success.”

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