Awhile ago a friend introduced me to a fun local business here in Newnan called Vinyl Chatter. Vinyl Chatter started at the home of Deb Odel, founder & owner. She started with a pink Cricut machine. She bought the pink Cricut because a portion of the proceeds went to fund the Susan G. Komen foundation, a charity close to Debra’s heart. She played with it, and made gifts for family & friends. Soon those same family & friends who had been getting the personalized gifts, started asking for gifts to give to others – and it grew from there and Vinyl Chatter was born!
At first products from Vinyl Chatter were availbale on Etsy & Facebook (and still are). She quickly outgrew the garage, and then home office and as time went on it was clear to owner Debra Odel that she had to go big – in the form of her own retail store! Deb outgrew the cricut she originally bought, and moved onto a large commercial style vinyl cutting machine.
I went to visit the store a few weeks ago, and clicked with Debra like we’d known each other for years. It’s a special skill that Marine wives have – as we quickly discovered we were both Marine Wives (and Debra a Marine herself!). Debra has been married for 31 years, has 3 children and 7 grandkids – she is a busy lady all around. Debra also enjoys doing local craft fairs, and can even be seen at the upcoming Cotton Pickin’ Fair in May!
The retail store is an amazing, colorful and happy place. I felt instantly at home there, and also thankful I had NOT brought a credit card with me – there were so many items I wanted! What I loved most is how much Debra loves what she does – she loves to create items for people that they will love – from personalized license plates to easter buckets!
Deb even does personalized items for parties, like these little buckets she did for the birthday of a customer! One of the most beautiful items I saw was an old window with the lyrics of Miranda Lamberts “The House that Built Me” on it. So beautiful! I plan on getting a ”House Rules” sign done by her later this spring, and will probably get my kids easter “buckets” done here too! Check out Vinyl Chatter onlineor visit their retail store at: 395 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd, Newnan, GA 30263 or give her a call at 678-416-2826.
Debra is an avid supporter of Susan G. Komen, and will be participating in the 3 Day for the cure – for the 5th time this year. She also supports local Coweta events such as “Fighting Fire with Fire” benefit concert (April 2011) and events at her grandchildrens schools. Debra also does the “798″ badge logos to help support the family of Chris Landreau, a local firefighter who lost his battle with cancer last year.