GASTONIA, N.C. -- A local store is doing its part to make homegrown business owners popular in their own cities.

For Theresa Neumayer, the owner of Faery Kiss Naturals, a business she runs out of her home, it s always been a dream to have her products on display for thousands to see.

So when Lowes Foods in Gastonia began a new initiative that focuses on the community, it was a chance to see her dream come true and her products front and center.

You go there, you buy your groceries, then you see products from people who live next door, said Neumayer.

Noelle France who runs Bayberry Woods Candles has had the same opportunity.

A very exciting chance to be there, she said. It's a wonderful opportunity. They really are putting their money where their mouth is.

For both women, their home-based businesses started when they were both out of jobs then through word of mouth, they heard about Lowes plans to connect with the community in a different way.

I've had some nice feedback, said France.

People are on my Facebook page. My profile page Faery Kiss Naturals Soaps. They talk about that they got my soap at Lowes. They're so excited, added Neumayer.

She added, there are some shops that cater to local businesses [for] a chain shop to do that, that's a win-win, that's great for everybody.

Lowes said it s able to give back to the community it serves and for those small businesses they re getting more exposure in the process.

Manager of the Hoffman Road location Chris Beckstead says the response has been positive.

We are finding that people feel connected when they see products from people they know, and that builds community, he says.

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