10/25/09 — Taste of Pennsylvania offers wreaths, baskets, furniture

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Taste of Pennsylvania offers wreaths, baskets, furniture

By Laura Collins
Published in News on October 25, 2009 2:00 AM

Tina Holloman is trying to bring some Pennsylvania to Goldsboro.

Holloman, owner of A Taste of Pennsylvania, opened her new shop Oct. 1 at 1301 N. Berkeley Blvd. The store features homemade wreaths and baskets, among other things.

"We like to do crafts. We have wreaths, gifts, pocketbooks, jewelry and stuff for the holidays," she said. "We do specialty baskets for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or any occasion and we make the baskets to suit whatever they need."

The store currently has several wreaths on display, most of which are fall or Christmas-themed. In the spring, Holloman said they will also have spring and summer-themed wreaths. The store will also make specific wreaths upon request.

"If people want special wreaths all they have to do is come by and we'll make it for them," she said.

Store prices range from $5 for some of the jewelry or "holiday knick-knacks," to $60 for their largest wreath. The average specialty basket runs about $35 and the average wreath runs about $45.

Holloman said people should visit A Taste of Pennsylvania for a wreath or basket because they are personalized and inexpensive.

"These are homemade and we make them to suit you," she said. "We're not as expensive as other places."

Even though she was born and raised in North Carolina, Holloman said she wanted to have a piece of Pennsylvania here because of her fondness for the state.

"We love Pennsylvania. We want to incorporate more of the Pennsylvania things in North Carolina," she said. "We have some of the jams and jellies and beets and knick-knacks that we get when we go to Pennsylvania and we have some furniture and chairs that we can order for people and we'll be glad to go pick them up. It's beautiful and it's peaceful."

So far, Holloman said they've gotten a positive response from their customers.

"Everybody really loves it when they come in. We'll be glad to make anything or do whatever people want," she said. "Being a family business, we pretty much suit everybody."