Susan Auckerman, 54 & Lynda Miller, 44
Owner & Manager, Bliss
4345 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Dublin
614-761-1077

You are sisters who run this gift store focused on fun, girly things. What's your mission?
Auckerman: It's just to have a fun place to shop, with quality merchandise that's priced right. We have Vera Bradley. We have Brighton. Trollbeads, Chamilia, Kameleon.

Your Vera selection is pretty extensive...
Auckerman: We're a platinum dealer with Very Bradley.
Miller: Which is an honor.

You carry Vera's new line, Frill. What's this line about?
Auckerman: It's for the tween group. It's a laminated cotton.... A little more youthful look.

On to jewelry... What types do you offer?
Auckerman: Trollbeads and Chamilia beads are the add-a-bead, design-your-own type bracelets. Then we have Brighton. We have Island Cowgirl.
Miller: It's sterling silver, and it's handmade in the United States.
Auckerman: It's a different line. And then we have Grandmother's Buttons. It's made from vintage buttons that are all more than 100 years old.

The Grandmother's Buttons jewelry is really unique - something I haven't seen anywhere around here. What's the price point?
Auckerman: Probably anywhere from $30 to $150.
Miller: We try to have different, unique items that you don't find (elsewhere)..

Let's move on the handbags. What do you carry besides Vera?
Auckerman: We have a new line of handbags called Spartina 449. These are linen and leather. The makers of these are from Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. And a portion of the profits go to the Daufuskie Island historic foundation.

You opened this shop about a year ago. What were you doing before this?
Auckerman: I have a store in Springfield called The Chandler House, and we've had that for four-and-a-half years. Before that, I was a stay-at-home mom, and so was she. We just always kind of thought we'd have a shop together.

What's been the most fun part?
Auckerman: Probably the shopping trips. And, I think, just meeting all the people. (Turns to her sister.) What's the most fun part for you?
Miller: The shopping!

You've recently been hosting private parties. Can you tell me who they're for and what they're like?
Auckerman: (They're for) a group of women who want to come here and shop together. They can provide refreshments, or we do. And for fundraisers, we'll give back 10 percent of profits to whatever group they pick.

Finally, you're having an open house soon. When is it?
Miller: It's Nov. 20 and 21.
Auckerman: We'll have special events and refreshments.


Kristy Eckert is the editor of Capital Style.