Hannah May Darr is bringing a little hometown glitz to downtown Placerville with her new store on Main Street called Redneck Bling.
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A great place to get your redneck on, the new store opened May 25 and was a big hit with tourists over the Memorial Day weekend.
“We sold a lot of merchandise,” Darr said. “People also came in, looked at the t-shirts and got their laugh for the day.”
Darr, who worked as a waitress on and off for the past 15 years said this is her first business. She got her inspiration while sitting around drinking beer. “I decided it’s now or never so let’s do this,” she said.
A month and a half later, the store opened for business with a new ADA compliant bathroom and walls decorated with art and corrugated metal panels that came off the roof of their grandpa’s chicken coop.
“We wanted a business that fit our personality,” she said. “I love the redneck thing. There’s the southern belles who are sweet and well put together. And rodeo queens who are very well-mannered. Us redneck girls are in between. There’s a little bit of redneck in everyone.”
The store features casual clothing including sun dresses to wear with your boots, all kinds of hats with and without bling, t-shirts with a message, novelties, Daisy Duke shorts and camisoles. Boots will be for sale in a few weeks. There are also blingy purses, flip-flops, wallets, belts, accessories and generally anything else that can benefit from encrusted rhinestone.
Darr said her husband, Edd, and friends and family have helped get the store off the ground. A concrete finisher by trade, Hannah said Edd also makes and sells furniture using horseshoes. “I’m trying to make him into an artist,” she laughed.
Darr said they are buying from a variety of vendors including Ariat Western Footwear and Panhandle Slim pants as well as more offbeat brands. “Men like the t-shirts and women can find a new outfit and a very blingy purse,” she said.
The new store is located at 492 Main Street in Placerville. They are open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Tuesdays. Darr said they will stay open longer on Fridays and Saturdays as long as there are customers in the store. Their phone number is 530-558-0722.
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