A new retail store is open for business in Tyrone. The Country Cabin opened one week ago at 908 Pennsylvania Ave, and promises to bring warmth to the home through rustic décor, bears, furniture, gifts, cabin furnishings, handmade quilts, candles, soaps, lotions, metal signs and much more.

Local business owner Heather Caracciolo said that it was the perfect time to open her new business in town. With three growing boys who will be heading off to college soon, one by one, Caracciolo, who likes to be busy, jumped on the opportunity to begin something new. “I love decorating, changing things, constantly doing these things in my house. It was the right time for my family,” she said.

Heather’s husband, Tim Caracciolo said that most things in the store are handcrafted, both nearby and from Lancaster. “You’ll find very little here that is made in China,” he said.

Heather said that she is working with a lot of local people to purchase items for sale in the new store. A local crafter hand paints bears on rounds of wood, another provides blankets and coffee mugs, Firehouse Metal Works in Bellwood supplies custom metal signs and décor, and the list goes on. Caracciolo selects and buys the items and then sells them in the store. The Country Cabin is not a consignment shop, but Caracciolo is continuing to consider local, handmade merchandise to add to her inventory.

A special collection from much farther away that can be found in The Country Cabin are Charlie Bears — made in the United Kingdom. The Country Cabin is just one of 108 places that these collectible, much sought after bears can be purchased in the U.S. “I still am in shock that they’re sitting here,” Caracciolo said, and is happy to have the opportunity to be a distributor. “The closest other distributor is in Pittsburgh,” she added.

Already, the Charlie Bears are selling, and Caracciolo has even fulfilled some online orders from Florida. “The website is not set up for online sales,” Caracciolo said, but people can shop online and then call The Country Cabin to place orders. Caracciolo reported a great first week in town, as she wrote recently on a Facebook post, “I can’t express my gratitude enough for about how welcoming and warming the Tyrone community has been.”

The Caracciolos are a local family, as both Heather and Tim graduated from Altoona High. Heather grew up in Sinking Valley. The couple married and eventually moved to the Bellwood area in Riggles Gap in 2005, where they are raising their three sons, Dominic, Nicholas and Jacob, students at Bellwood-Antis. Tim works at G & R Excavating for Glenn Ray, who owns the building and made the space available for The Country Cabin — which is what led to the opening in Tyrone. With more and more people visiting the train station area, the location promises a steady stream of customers.

The Country Cabin (908 Pennsylvania Ave.) is open weekdays Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Caracciolo said that she is planning to extend hours until 7 p.m. soon on one of the weeknights. The store can be reached at (814) 684-2724, on Facebook at The Country Cabin, LLC, online at www.thecountrycabin.net, and by e-mail at thecountrycabin@yahoo.com.

Julie White can be reached at jwhite@thedailyherald.net.

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