“I was thinking a big purple llama would stand out on the highway,” chuckled Carol Inkster of Emo, referring to a possible sign for her new store, The Purple Llama, which is scheduled to open there March 1.
But she isn’t going to purchase the purple llama sign until her business becomes established in its location beside The Corner Closet along Highway 11/71.
“For so many years, people kept telling me ‘You’re so talented. You could do so many things,’” Inkster recalled while also joking that making money is not one of those things.
But over the past few months, she decided to set aside her inhibitions and “go for it.”
The store not only will feature Inkster’s homemade goatmilk soaps and lotions, but also many other products “made, grown, or produced in Northern Ontario.”
“It won’t be all local products, but that’s definitely going to be the focus,” she said, citing the use of consignments to help her keep the store running financially.
“I just can’t make enough to keep the store on my own,” she stressed.
Inkster indicated a local woman has offered to provide beautiful pottery.
“She makes replicas of pottery found at the [Manitou] Mounds