Impulse and circumstance can lead to unexpected turns in life. After forty years in higher education, Sally Hutslar retired from the North Carolina community college system and moved with husband Jack to Smith Mountain Lake, VA After just a weekend at the Lake, Sally and Jack knew that Smith Mountain Lake would be the perfect place for Jack to sell his log homes and for Sally to become a Realtor.
Unexpectedly, we were offered the opportunity to acquire two pregnant female alpacas from a nearby farm in January of 2012. We jumped at the opportunity. Jack had a bit of extra space in his office, and Sally took the opportunity to begin a retail clothing business — Alpaca by Jaca. Very quickly, our retail business outgrew Jack’s office, and we moved the clothing store and the log home business to The Forum at Westlake in Moneta, VA. Spring 2016 we moved our store again to Graves Mill Shopping Center on Rt. 221 in Forest, VA. We wanted to be in a larger population area to increase the traffic in our store and Forest seemed to be the perfect place.
Today, the business is more than we could have imagined. We love being in a busy shopping center, with more space so we are able to bring our wonderful clothing and accessories to more people.
At Alpaca By Jaca we are always evaluating our inventory. We have recently added new lines of summer clothing made of natural fibers: bamboo, linen, organic cotton and rayon. This has greatly expanded our summer inventory.
We welcome families to our store. We like kids! We were both former coaches and teachers. We have a variety of super-soft stuffed animals, finger puppets, design t-shirts, coats, ponchos, hats, socks, and dolls. We also have handmade musical instruments from Peru.
We donate alpaca products to a variety of fund raising causes that benefit non-profit organizations in Bedford County and the Lynchburg area. Sally volunteers with the SML Civitan Club and the Friends of SML State Park and Jack enjoys networking through the local Chambers of Commerce and Lynchburg Merchant Groups. We both serve on the Board of Directors for Skyway Animal Farm; a non-profit organization that provides educational activities for disabled children and adults.
What we enjoy most about our business is meeting new people and having them become satisfied customers. Once you purchase alpaca clothing or our other natural fiber clothing, we know you’ll return to purchase other items for yourself and gifts for your friends and family.
Look for Sally and Jack at local wine festivals in the Lynchburg/Bedford area. Customers can sign the guest book at the store and receive emails about new products and specials. We also have a website www.alpacabyjaca.com; a Facebook page, and a blog: alpacabyjaca4U@blogspot.com.
We are always working to be the friendliest store in the area, but that is the easy part. Drop in now and then to see what’s new, No Spit.