NICEVILLE — A local boutique owner wants her store to feel welcoming and inviting.


“My vision really is to create a place where people can come and feel inspired to create beautiful spaces of their own,” said Allyson Dutton, owner of Cottonwood.


Dutton said she brings her own style into the store using a variety of different designs.


“I try to take all the things I like and create a cohesive store even though they can go in different spaces,” Dutton said.


Rustic looking pieces, beachy colors and wooden kitchen sets are some of Dutton‘s favorites that can be found within her store.


Dutton, who studied design in college, said the business side of the store was something she learned as she went.


“The store has evolved a lot,” she said.


The idea for Cottonwood began at a small booth in an antique store. She enjoyed helping her mother-in-law create and design the display.


Eventually, Dutton expanded to a larger space within another antique shop.


As her son got older, she had less time to run the store. In 2017, she took a break from her business.


But, Dutton said she struggled to let go of her dream.


“I just missed it so much,” she said.


After some time she started searching for a new building. She never thought the John Sims location would be the one, but when she toured the facility she knew.


“I just walked in and said this is it,” she said. “I could just see there was so much potential in the building.”


The previous business was a motorcycle repair shop, so there were some needed renovations before Cottonwood opened.


“Oil was everywhere,” she said.


Dutton and her husband started renting the building in July of 2018 and they opened for business in October.


“It‘s given me a lot of confidence,” she said.


Dutton said the store is rearranged often, but major renovations only happen twice a year. Recently, the store underwent one of these major renovations.


Adding walls and extra storage were two of the latest changes.


“My style has evolved a lot,” she said.