Sharpsburg boutique owner following her dreams
Mossy boutique, filled with trendy items at 606 Main Street in Sharpsburg, is like Santa’s workshop but with only one busy elf.
Owner Elaine Tierney wears a lot of hats including designer and seamstress.
The Indiana Township woman’s creativity is showcased by items perfect for fitness. Her yoga shirts are cut with a higher neck than most tank tops. And they have
eye-popping designs on the front. Her fleece hats, ready for outdoor activities, fit snug under a bike helmet. Some of the hats are open at the top to let some heat escape on long rides.
While athletic items are go-to’s, Tierney’s shop has many one-of-a-kind jackets and skirts, too. All Tierney’s creations reflect her ideas.
“I like to think I know what looks good on people, what is comfortable and fashionable,” Tierney said.
Her designs step into an active life while also appealing to other senses. Tierney works intuitively, buying material and studying it
until she has devised the perfect look.
“I have gotten out of bed and written down an idea so I don’t forget it. I lose myself and have no idea of what day it is,” she said.
In addition to her creations, friends and relatives supply jewelry and vintage pieces, displayed inside the trendy store. Walls
are brick red and mortar. Display fixtures are baskets and everyday items used in novel ways.
Tierney will open her doors for private parties, serving wine and munchies while customers try on her designs.
“I want people to come in and find a really cool piece that nobody else has.”
Mossy, the boutique named after Tierney’s mother Margaret, was a spur-of-the-moment idea. Employed as a teacher, Tierney had been selling her designs online and to friends.
“When I saw the space, it was just perfect. Sometimes you just have to do it,” she said.
Tierney enjoys the neighbors who have stopped by since the July 30 opening and stays current with borough news. The
storefront is located about three blocks from the western end on Main Street and easily found by those who get off Route 28 at the Sharpsburg exit.
Tierney enjoys the neighborliness of the area. Because her workshop is in the rear of the store, her clock is always on overtime.
“I just like what I’m doing so much I just want to be able to support myself. If your dreams don’t scare you enough, they’re not big
enough,” she said.
At 60, Tierney said she is now living her dream — after several varied beginnings.
She has been an editor for an online magazine, teachers’ aide at Dorseyville Middle School, adult college student and a special education teacher.
“I just hope this continues to allow me to create,” Tierney said.
Sharon Drake is a contributing writer.