The business sits nestled between Shelter Insurance and The Purple Daizi Day Spa and Salon on the Public Square in Elkton.

Cotton & Ink sells everything from painted wooden signage, pearls and elderberry to farm décor, candles and essential oils.

But its name harkens back to its retail roots.

When owner Hunter Johnson of Russellville first started in the business, he sold T-shirts that he inked with his own designs.

He still sells the T-shirts as well as baseball tees featuring the raglan sleeves extending from the underarm to the collar.

“We call it the one-stop shop,” notes Johnson, whose new store offers wares from some 20 to 25 vendors from Todd County and places such as Russellville and Bowling Green as well as White House and Portland, two Tennessee cities.

Cotton & Ink opened on the square last September, and the Todd County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting Friday. Customers could browse through the store, enjoy light refreshments and enter their names in a gift card drawing.

Shopper Connie Kondracki said she’s a regular at the store, where she enjoys picking up home décor items and elderberry.

On Friday, laundry detergent was also on her list.

“I try to buy local,” said Kondracki, who works in Todd County.

As she finished her shopping, vendor Brittany Clinard of Lewisburg was busy stocking new items on her shelves in a corner of the store. Clinard said she’s done well on the square.

Her business, The Spirited Pine, sells boutique clothing, beauty products and handmade items, and being able to have her wares available at Johnson’s location has been a boon.

“Being here kind of helps establish me,” observes Clinard, who says she has a wonderful clientele coming in at the store.

Johnson notes that his new shop offers customers a little bit of everything from baby clothes and furniture to jewelry.

Made in Kentucky, Goose Creek candles are also on the shelves, and the brand’s Toasty Hot Toddy has been its top seller among the customers frequenting Johnson’s store.

The new proprietor says his goal is to have a friendly place where people can shop, feel welcome and want to come back.

“I want to build relationships with my customers,” notes Johnson, who says folks are invited to drop in just for a chat. “I don’t expect you to buy something every time you come. I just want a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere.”

Shoppers may drop in for some conversation with Johnson and see what the vendors have to offer during business hours.

Cotton & Ink is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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