CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — A mural created through Crystal River's Main Street Program recently inspired one downtown business owner so much that she's changing the entire concept of her store.
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- DeAnna Boyer has owned "Wholesale Leather" for 12 years
- After mural of octopus went up on her building, she was inspired to make a change
- New store will have a beach theme
DeAnna Boyer's "Wholesale Leather" store is hard to miss on U.S. 19 in Crystal River.
She’s had the riding apparel shop for twelve years, but after working with the Main Street Program to get a mural of an octopus put up outside, she realized it was time for a change.
“I wanted to fit in with the community," Boyer explained. "The mural inspired me. Sea-going creature, we’ve got the bay, the gulf, I mean, this is paradise!"
She said her new store will have a beach theme.
“Think Ron Jon Surf Shop," she said. "It’s going to be packed — apparel, bathing suits, cover-ups, UV shirts for fishermen.”
Boyer's response is touching to local artist William Mickey, who is creating the mural on Boyer’s building.
“I’m pretty jazzed about it,” Mickey said. “I wanted to create something that would have an impact on some of the local people and also the tourists."
This is the second mural that’s gone up in downtown, and Boyer hopes it will only encourage more people to visit the area.
“I want them to pull over and stop and take pictures,” she explained.
The Main Street Program uses a city grant to help the businesses and artists create these murals.