Southern Indiana Living

NOV-DEC 2018

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Nov/Dec 2018 • 16 she does translate into the atmosphere of her store. "I want people who come in to feel like this was a very inviting, warm atmo- sphere, that they felt inspired by all of the handcrafted goods they saw and that they leave feeling like they want to come back," she said. Meeting new people and getting to share stories has been one of the most exciting parts for Ryan. As a New Albany native, she's also been able to see the town develop rapidly over the past few years. "I feel like it's to the point definitely now that there's no worry of it becoming a ghost town again. It's just on the incline consistently and steadily going up and up," she said. Louisville restaurants taking a chance and opening locations in New Al- bany really grew and expanded the com- munity. "That to me was showing people that they were taking the risk to invest here because they saw the possibility." Ryan only anticipates growth in the future for New Albany and for True North as well. Down the road, she said, she's toying with the idea of a mobile boutique. "I have the interest to travel, but it's very hard to do — a little cute trailer that I could pop up wherever I wanted and do a pop-up shop," she said. Ryan runs the place by herself as the owner, but has two interns — one from New Albany High School and one from Community Montessori. "They are tremendously helpful and I enjoy the teaching aspect too of it all," she said. "It's very fulfilling for me to be able to share knowledge." Ryan has stayed true to her vision from beginning to end. When she first moved the shop into the building, it was being renovated so she was able to com- mission local artists to create the sign out front. "I commissioned them — Shelly and Kyle Daughtery — to make our hanging sign," she said. "The timing was perfect that I was moving over here and able to put that sign out — I was really excited that I could utilize them." Ryan has an exciting future ahead for the shop, but also for herself. About a year ago, her jewelry line was picked up by Revelry, 5-0-Lou and Mercantile on Main. "I'm excited to create a collection for them and have that in stores — so ex- citing!" she said. As far as following her true north, Ryan's main goal is simply to remain in one location. "I know it sounds kind of funny — but I just want to put my every- thing into this one." • For more information on True North, visit or check out their Facebook page @TrueNorth812.

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