Lizzy Brown officially opened her self-named shop at 27 Mauch Chunk Street, Tamaqua, on April 15.

Brown is a Pottstown native, although she mentioned that the majority of her family is from Alabama. She and her husband Barry reside in Coaldale.

The owner describes Lizzy Browns as "a personalized gift shop."

"I make my own incense and oils," said Lizzy. "Besides selling them here, I customize them and sell them on consignment at various vendors".

In addition to her shop, Lizzy's fragrances are available at Bittner's General Store, Tamaqua, the Smoke Shoppe in Hazleton and Rosie's Restaurant in Lansford.

The gift shop is Lizzy's first real business venture, although she related that she had her own arts and crafts studio in Marcus Hook, Pa., before this.

"I've always done incense, and I started experimenting with fragrance oils," she explained. "I'm a naturalist. The fragrances and oils are all air-dried. I also make herbal candles, all with homemade herbs from my own garden."

At present, Lizzy said she has 61 different fragrances, a number that is growing. "You can't get many of these anywhere else," she noted. "I customize and personalize. I can custom blend a cologne oil just for you."

She is also able to produce gift sets for special occasions, such as frankincense and myrrh for Christmas and lily of the valley for Easter.

Lizzy Browns also features items such as reed diffusers, fountains, wind chimes and personalized lollipops. She does custom printed greetings, announcements and offers party planning.

She also has latex and foil Mylar balloons for all occasions, which she said are available to delivery to the business community between 8:30-10 a.m. and 5-8 p.m.

Also featured in the shop are several model airplanes by David Mumie, Hazleton, which are made from aluminum cans.

Lizzy is also planning to have a children's arts and crafts section in the back of her shop to encourage creativity.

Another interesting fact about Lizzy is that she is an author. She has penned books of poetry and a collection of children's tales which she is selling in her shop; the books are also available at lulu.co. Lizzy has received some national honors for her writings. She said a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her books is being donated to Schuylkill County Women in Crisis.

Lizzy Browns is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is (570) 668-4645, or Email lizzybrowns@verizon.net [1].