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Melissa Longhofer celebrated the grand opening of her new business “Create It” with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, on June 21.
Working with web design, graphic design and computer marketing, Longhofer’s skills helped land her a job working with Oldham County Schools, where she taught business and technology classes. During her time there, Longhofer started a fundraising project creating window decals for extracurricular school groups to help teach her students about running a business.
“This has been a work in progress,” said Longhofer, “When I was teaching the students and I made window decals to sell … I couldn’t stop. I kept the program going for five years and continued to create decals for school groups and expanded to working with outside groups including the YMCA and youth little leagues.”
Longhofer continued creating decals on the side and eventually acquired a food stand trailer, which she converted into a vibrant orange mobile shop.
When Longhofer moved to the area two years ago she started working for Abraham Lincoln Elementary School as the school administrative manager and continued her fundraiser program there.
“I never did it with the intention of making it my whole business – my whole career,” said Longhofer.
Longhofer resigned from her position with ALES last fall to pursue her blossoming business, which she had appropriately titled “Create It.”
Now – after over five years – Longhofer has found a place to settle her business in a more permanent location on Lincoln Square.
Create It has also expanded the kinds of items that are offered. Customers have the option of personalizing items at the shop or placing custom orders for anything from T-shirts to wall clings.
“You can personalize or can customize anything – it can be something that you can get anywhere or something that needs to be ordered in a specific size or color – that’s the creative side of it,” said Longhofer. “It all starts with that little bit of creativity, willingness and inspiration.”
Melissa and her husband Daniel reside in Hodgenville, with their two children, Zeke and Jenna.
Create It is located at 13 Lincoln Square in Hodgenville. For more information, call 270-883-1999 or 502-322-4272, or visit www.CreateItOnTheSpot.com.