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Oddbird gift emporium opens in downtown Charleston

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A new store that sells items for the eccentric in us all has just opened in downtown Charleston.

"I started noticing that we have a gap of gifts and things that are available downtown," said owner Naomi Bays.

Bays plans to fill that gap, with the gift she offers at Oddbird, A Gift Emporium.

The items in the store are inspired by her traveling experiences and are "decidedly quirky."

Fine art, kitchen items, garden décor and even baby clothes can be found at Oddbird.

Bays say she wanted to make the store complimentary of other businesses in the downtown area.

Originally from Germany, Bays says she mixes European sensibility, with some West Virginia uniqueness.

"One of the fun lines that we offer is a jewelry line called Made from Books, and it's by Yes and Yes Design."

"They take recycled books, and they make lovely jewelry out of them, that have a nice mod feel to them," added Bays.

They also have greeting cards, written by comedians.

"If I'm having a moment, where I'm taking everything a little too serious, I go to the cards, and I read them, because they're hilarious."

Oddbird also features work from local artists, like Nitro native Staci Cornell.

"She comes up with these lovely birds and bird creatures."

Coming from a line of small business owners, Bays says she feels like she's carrying on a family tradition, but also bringing something fresh to West Virginia.

"I wanted to take that leap for myself and the City of Charleston."

Oddbird is open Tuesday through Sunday.

They're located on the corner of Capitol and Lee Streets. For more information, visit their website www.oddbirdgifts.com.

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