Shop Spotlight: Why Talula's in Galena is Worth the Drive

Taylor Starek

We've seen no shortage of what could be called shabby chic, vintage and antique shops pop up around town, but the owners of Talula's in Galena-and their vivacity-are what make the 30-minute drive worthwhile.

"Every item we sell is going to promote women to be true to themselves," says Anne Severs, who co-owns the shop with her sister, Suzanne Kelly. "Be who you are, and be proud of it."

Severs and Kelly were both stay-at-home moms with a creative itch before they decided to open Talula's. They often did craft shows and refurbished furniture. Kelly, 48 and a painter, recently celebrated her graduation from Otterbein University with an art degree.

"Family's first to us," Severs, 45, says. "We've always taken care of our families, so we put our dreams on the back burner."

But with the kids grown up, the sisters decided it was time to put their talents to good use. Talula's opened in July in Galena, and the sisters say it fits in perfectly with the small town's laid-back vibe.

"We're a little bit of country, a little bit of rock 'n' roll-all wrapped up in a Jesus/gypsy soul," Kelly says with a laugh.

Evidence is in the décor, clothing and gift-able items they sell, which are priced anywhere from $5 to $500 (for Kelly's art). You'll find sassy quotes to hang on your wall, as well as antique furniture and delicate accessories.

"It's like you're walking into our house," Kelly says.

And they mean that-customers who come in rarely leave without getting to know the owners, and the upstairs of the old home that houses Talula's serves as a hangout for friends. They're planning to host a monthly Girls' Night Out event there, as well as painting classes.

They'll celebrate Talula's grand opening with an event in September. Details will be posted on Facebook. Keeping with their love of mixing high and low, the ladies plan to host a pig roast-with champagne.

Talula's is located at 39 Middle St. and open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours will be extended in the fall. Here's a look inside: