Eric and Danielle Landrum, owners of Locals Only, are expanding into Asheville
When Eric Landrum wanted to send a gift basket to a client, he thought it would be great to have it filled with local products. After a week of lunch breaks going to various places to find contents for the basket, Eric’s wife Danielle suggested that they might be on to a new business.
They were inspired to find countless products produced locally at price points to meet every style and taste. After selecting an assortment, the Landrums realized that their baskets could hold their own on a shelf next to big-name products.
The idea moved to a business that became Locals Only, which launched in Chattanooga as a booth at a pop-up market. After receiving an enthusiastic response from those visiting their booth, the couple decided to move forward in making Locals Only a brick-and-mortar store.
The Landrums prioritized giving back to the community by creating a platform that would showcase products and pieces created by local artisans. Since opening their doors in Chattanooga, the response has been positive and allowed the Landrums to make their first move toward a new market: Asheville.
Working with BrightBridge Capital, a CDFI (community development financial institution) and SBA 7a Lender, the Landrums recently closed on a Community Advantage loan, which is a product of the U.S. Small Business Administration. From providing technical assistance to funding for the new store, BrightBridge has been an active funding partner with the growing business.
Asheville Locals Only Gifts and Goods celebrated their grand opening at their store which is at 29 Page Ave. The couple is excited to offer one-of-a-kind gifts and locally-sourced goods made in Asheville. Danielle noted, “We’ve met the most amazing artists and artisans as we’ve selected items for the store. “