Why this Hamilton business is doubling in size in preparation for 2021

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Petals & Wicks owner Sherry Hoskins is revamping her small business because of a much larger one that’s on the way.

Hoskins trekked to Spooky Nook Sports’ hometown of Manheim, Pennsylvania and the nearby city of Lancaster to see the gargantuan sports facility, which is touted as the nation’s largest indoor sports complex. Business owners recommended that Hamilton business owners start preparing now instead of waiting to see what happens when Spooky Nook at Champion Mill opens here in 2021.


She’s already launched efforts to do just that, recently doubling the size of Petals & Wicks to 1,500 square feet to add a body shop that allows customers to create their own lotion, shower gel, hand soap, bath bombs and other products for which customers can create their own custom scent.

“We want to be ahead of this because we believe it’s going to be a game changer for Hamilton, Butler County and the surrounding area,” she said.

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

The Main Street business, which has a half bar at which customers can create their own candles, will add another full candle bar by this summer to maximize its seating capacity and accommodate large crowds, Hoskins said.

She estimates that doubling the shop’s size was a $5,000 investment. Adding the candle bar will be a $6,000 investment.

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Hoskins said she was impressed the size and drawing power of Spooky Nook Sports even before visiting the Pennsylvania attraction. She said it “doesn’t take much to figure out” that Spooky Nook at Champion Mill adding tens of thousands of visitors to Hamilton on some weekends will help area businesses. Having Spooky Nook’s convention center should also help weekday foot traffic to area retail and dining establishments, Hoskins said.

“We are expecting a huge increase in business,” she said.

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