• 59°

Spirit of Rowan: AnnaCraig Boutique owner ‘couldn’t imagine doing anything else’

Upon opening the door to AnnaCraig Boutique in downtown Salisbury, customers are met with a cascade of bright and bold colors and patterns. That’s the signature style and personality of young business owner Drew Myers.

Myers, 29, grew up in Cleveland and graduated from West Rowan High School in 2010. She spent some time working at a salon in Charlotte before making a move back home to open — at just 23 years old — a boutique in downtown Salisbury. Initially, the store was to include both a boutique and a salon, but thanks to social media and word-of-mouth advertising, Myers said the boutique “took off right when we started.”

“I didn’t like the hustle and bustle of Charlotte,” she said. “Salisbury wasn’t so bad after all.”

Myers said she was unsure what to call the store at first. She ultimately decided on “AnnaCraig” as it combines her mother’s name, Leanna, and her father’s name, Craig. Plus, “AnnaCraig” was the name her grandmother wanted for Myers before she was born.

When the pandemic arrived last March, Myers longed for Friday nights when downtown Salisbury was bustling with locals and tourists. But the pandemic provided the opportunity to expand the boutique’s online business, which continues to boom. Now, the boutique is selling just as much as it was before the pandemic.

Myers said she appreciates the small-town feel and all the community support that rests in Salisbury.

After opening in 2014, Myers ventured to Mooresville to open a location there. But that store was recently closed because online sales have taken over. Additionally, it was harder to connect with residents in the way AnnaCraig Boutique has in Salisbury.

Most of Myers’ days are filled with talking to vendors and answering emails. But she also works a lot of random hours to get things done when others aren’t there. She’s not used to slowing down.

When she’s not working, Myers enjoys hanging out with family, friends and her two dogs, Rigley and Marlon. She loves being on the water.

Myers appreciates the vibe that’s been cultivated with new restaurants cropping up downtown and within the local community. Looking ahead years from now, she wants to see more downtown growth, including more entertainment for young people.

Her message to other young entrepreneurs? “Just go with it.”

“Things will fall into place,” Myers said. “Dream big. That’s basically what I did. It might have sounded crazy, but I look back now and I’m glad I was.”

In terms of other career aspirations, sometimes it’s best “to stick to what you know.”

“I think I’ll stick with AnnaCraig Boutique and continuing to grow the online business,” Myers said. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

Comments

Education

RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey

News

Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County

College

Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park

Lifestyle

History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County

Business

‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove

Coronavirus

Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations

Education

‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year

Columns

Ester Marsh: What body type are you?

Nation/World

The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone

Nation/World

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Nation/World

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Nation/World

Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs

Nation/World

FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight

Crime

Gastonia man sentenced for crash into restaurant that killed his daughter, daughter-in-law

Nation/World

Some call for charges after video of police shooting 13-year-old in Chicago

Business

State unemployment rate falls to 5.2% in March

Coronavirus

NASCAR approach to virus vaccine varies greatly

News

Judge rejects Cherokee challenge against new casino in Kings Mountain

Elections

Jackson tops NC Senate fundraising; Walker coffers also full

Local

Kiwanis Pancake Festival serves thousands of flapjacks for charity

Coronavirus

Rowan remains in state’s middle, yellow tier for COVID-19 community spread