TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Ike-N-Carol's Creations has opened its doors to Texarkana. A boutique featuring clothing items for both men and women. Shuntrell Rogers, the owner, sees this enterprise as a way to honor her parents.
"I lost my mother (Carol Polk) three years ago," she said. "I began praying about what to do next. I've always wanted to own my own business and I began feeling that now was the time. I decided that now was the time to step out on faith and now, here we are."
Featuring clothing and accessories from Dallas clothiers and online vendors, shoppers can find interesting, unique items.
"Some of my bestsellers are my cardigan suits," she said. "Also, the handmade gift baskets sell well."
The store was established just in time for the holidays.
"Our grand opening was huge," she said. "Since then, folks are steadily discovering us, here and there during each week."
Some may ask about both the name as well as the fact that cardinals, or red birds, are rather prominently displayed in the stores signage and décor. Rogers can explain both.
"I decided to honor my father and mother in the name of the store," she said. "I wanted to have something that would have Carol and Ike's names displayed prominently. After my mother died, I prayed for guidance as to the next step. I felt the need to move in this direction."
As to the prominence of the cardinal, Rogers says the bird is said to come when the deceased are present.
"Cardinals did tend to come around right after my mother died," she said. "So the red bird can be seen everywhere in my place."
(Ike-N-Carol's Creations is located at #2 College Hill Center, Suite 3 on East Street.)