First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON — Sonya Sealey lights up like the Christmas tree in her store-front window when she talks about her new business.
The Lady Bug, a shop featuring decorative flags and bows of all kinds, is located in the shops of Old Elm on the plaza. In addition to a wide variety of flags and bows, other items for sale include decorative mailbox covers, bird houses, bird feeders, windchimes, and what Sealey likes to refer to as “yard art.”
“Opening a shop like this is an idea I’ve had for a while,” Sealey said. “I have always liked flags in my yard, and you would be surprised how many people travel out of the area to buy flags. I think this is a business that is eventually going to take off.”
Sealey, a Lumberton native and single mother with a 5-year-old son, admits that her business is a little unusual for someone like herself who holds an associate degree in medical assisting. She worked for a year as a medical assistant at the Lumberton Family Medical Center.
“I have held a lot of different jobs in my life and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been with this job,” she said. “I’ve finally found my thing here and I like it.”
Sealey said that she decided to make her dream of owning a flag shop come true when she saw a commercial on television advertising the Shops at Old Elm.
“It took me a couple of months to make all of the arrangements,” she said, “but I knew this was where I wanted to start my business. It was meant to be.”
She added that she chose the name The Lady Bug for her shop because she likes lady bugs.
“It goes along well with the gardening theme,” she said.
Since opening, Sealey said she has sold a lot of nativity and Christmas flags. Also, a large number of university and college flags have been sold to people looking for holiday gifts.
Currently, Sealey is offering 25 percent off of all fall and Thanksgiving items. She said that starting this week all Christmas merchandise will be 10 percent off.
The Lady Bug is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Hours will be extended when spring arrives.
For information about The Lady Bug, call Sealey at (910) 536-4734.