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Cherry Blossom Boutique sprouts

Cherry Blossom Boutique’s Karen Marchell offers a warm, inviting inventory of gifts and accessories. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

By Jean Ruzicka

A cherry blossom is blooming on Highway 71 north of Park Rapids, the fruition of a lifelong dream for Karen Marchell.

Marchell has long been inspired by French mercantile establishments, historically specializing in elite and fashionable items.

The Heritage Living Center employee of 32 years determined when the kids were grown, she’d open a boutique.

By happenstance, while traveling near Dorset, she spotted “the building in a field.” She “screamed to a stop,” headed up the drive and spoke with the owner. She learned an Amish man near Toad Lake constructs the quaint quarters. She motored over to contract with him.

“Meanwhile, we went shopping,” she said of heading to market with daughter Mandy.

The feminine ambiance of Cherry Blossom Boutique, housed in a “log cabin,” includes gifts for co-workers, friends and sisters.

Journals, cards, jewelry, wine accessories, trendy beaded scarves and signs with gentle reminders - “Always kids me goodnight” - are displayed. Gift baskets for kids, babies, gardeners and coffee enthusiasts are available. Little girls’ jewelry as well as kids’ games will intrigue.

Diamond willow quilt racks and other pieces created from the wood known for its novel character have been made by dad Jim Sackett.

A fall and Christmas line will soon be arriving. The store, located between Marchell Electric and Dotson’s Small Engine, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through Christmas.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Marchell said of pursuing her dream.