“No one else in my family did anything like this.”
Sharon opened Sweet Potatoes Vintage, a small vintage inspired store, in 2007. “When I came upon the original building, it was orange, like a sweet potato.” Wanting both a southern appeal and a name people would remember, Sharon settled on calling her new store, Sweet Potatoes Vintage. She had always dreamed of opening a general or furniture store, “and it kind of evolved into this!” Three years ago, she moved into a larger store in Cape Carteret, keeping with the sweet potato color.
Growing up in Swansboro, Sharon finished high school and attended the local community college. “When I was 14, it was only a two lane road through Cape Carteret. I used to bike from Swansboro to the beach on Emerald Isle. There was hardly any traffic then.” Sharon recalls meeting her friends at the bridge and riding across, “the bridge wasn’t built until around 1972, before then, you had to take a ferry across or drive up to Atlantic Beach.”
“Young people these days should get out more often and meet people. There is a lot more out there. You’ve got to go out!”
“When I got married, my husband was in the Coast Guard.” They moved to Florida, the Outer Banks, and then back to Swansboro. Sharon and her husband love the small town appeal. “We have four children. Two live in the area, one is in the Coast Guard and currently stationed in Alaska – moving to San Diego soon – and one is in California.” She doesn’t plan on traveling up to Alaska, she laughed and said, “I’ll visit him when he gets to California. Alaska is too dark and snowy!”
Sweet Potatoes Vintage is full of painted cottage furniture with a vintage appeal, vintage clothing, and adorable vintage pieces. “Starting a store was something I had always wanted to do. My mother didn’t do anything like this, no one else in my family did.” Sharon always had a love for painting, which has inspired part of her business, “I find antiques and revamp them. I really enjoy it!” She learned the trick of revamping as a young girl, “you couldn’t just go buy anything, so you learned to do it yourself.”
“As long as there are customers, I’ll be here!”
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