HYRUM – Huckleberry Moose Country Store, a tiny store tucked away along Highway 101 at the mouth of Blacksmith Fork Canyon, is full of paper goods, housewares, home décor and other original items.
Store owner Lori Nawyn is an award winning designer, artist and author, and welcomes the public to come visit her tiny store next to her tiny studio just off the north side of the highway.
“I design the majority of the products carried both online and in the store,” said Nawyn, who has several published books to her credit. “I’ve illustrated three popular mainstream children’s books, and have a couple cookbooks I published, all for sale in the store.”
She loves to create whimsical designs that are inspired by her love of friends and family, as well as a passion for nature and life in the country.
Among the loads of merchandise in her store, customers can find custom-designed greeting cards, note cards, Utah themed postcards, custom tea towels, tin mugs and ceramic mugs.
She also makes gift baskets, and a big seller is her own Blacksmith Fork Huckleberry Syrup.
The store even has fishing supplies for people wanting to fish the Blacksmith Fork near the store.
“My husband added the fishing part of the store,” Nawyn said. “He is talking about getting some specialty flies for the Blacksmith Fork River.”
Not only can her merchandise be found in her little store, it can also be found in several retail outlets in Brigham City, Logan and one in Swan Valley, Idaho.
“I love helping others discover and celebrate the gift of life and their own inherent talents and abilities.”
She started doing business at the Cache Valley Farmers Market. It was popular enough she moved it to a store next to the studio where she creates her paper goods.
“I’ve had summer citizens follow me over here to take advantage of my local Logan and Utah handmade cards,” she said. “We opened here in May and they came and found me.”
Not only is she a self-taught artist, she is wading through the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur.
She went to Utah State University but the classes she was taking weren’t in line with her goals so she began working with the Cache Valley Resource Center.