Walker and her husband live and shop in the area, and said Kelley's already has a working relationship with many of the storeowners in the area.
Elisa Payne, owner of Eggplant, just across from the new Kelley's location, thinks the new store could bring in new customers to the area.
"It's all women and you don't have a lot of men up here working so it can be overwhelming," Payne said. "I think it's good. It will just add a whole other level of customers up here."
Payne bought the business in October after working there for seven years and is constantly surprised at how close the business community on Bridge Road is.
"We all talk, we bounce ideas off each other, we advertise together and try not to cross market our items," Payne said. "Coming from a community that was more urban outside of Atlanta, you just didn't develop those ties or just didn't run into people that knew your best friend. It's unique."
To begin with, Kelley's will move employees around between the two stores. Hopefully around Christmas time and busier times in the year, the store will hire students or part-time employees, Walker said.
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