Community invited to Knothole anniversary celebration

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Knothole staff pose under the original Knothole sign, taken from the original store, which owner Sherry Bitzkie's family opened in Blanco in 1977. Front row, from left: Kris Smith, Office Manager; Sherry Bitzkie, Owner; Shirley Weirich, Floor Manager. Back row, from left: Gerald Hanus, Maintenance; Amy Stone, Cashier; Michelle Malant, Cashier.

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Since 2004, Burnet's shoppers have had the opportunity to stroll the aisles of the Knothole and discover treasures looking for new homes. Knothole staff and vendors will celebrate the store's 15th anniversary this month, and are inviting the community to join in on the fun.

What started with a small store in Blanco in 1977 has bloomed into an 18,000 square foot shopper's paradise, and owner Sherry Bitzkie and her aunt, Shirley Weirich, run the store in memory of their mom and sister, who was, in part, responsible for the original idea.

In the early 2000's Sherry took over and moved the business to Burnet, starting with five vendors. Today, she has 120 vendors setting up shop inside the store.

“We have great employees and are at full capacity with vendors,” Bitzkie said. “We have a waiting list, and it is just going great.”

Each individual vendor brings their own unique tastes to the store, giving shoppers ample opportunity to find the perfect gift, decoration, or knick-knack they may not have known they were searching for.

“We have everything from housewares, décor, clothing, furniture, dishes, everything you could possibly want,” Bitzkie said.

The Knothole has a sweet history behind it that some may not know, a story of family and special memories living on through a sister and daughter.

“My sister and I went shopping at Artisan's Alley in San Antonio, and on our way home, we started talking about how it would be nice to have our own store,” Weirich said. “We started drawing out a plan. After 45 minutes of planning, we got the lumber from an old barn and built our building.”

The old wood contained knotholes, lending the store its unique name, which made its way to Burnet years later. The two sisters were avid “garage-salers” – even topping 110 sales in one day – and would resale the items in their store.

“We found some of the coolest stuff,” Weirich said. “We were 12 years apart in age, so it was great finding that time to be together. We made some memories I will never forget.”

Knothole staff likes to keep things interesting with various sales throughout the year, frequently catering to first responders on Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May, Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, and on Labor Day in September. Then, 10% discounts are offered to all first responders, including dispatchers.

“We like to include dispatchers in these sales because, really, they are on the front line of first responders,” said Office Manager Kris Smith.

On Tuesdays, seniors enjoy a 10% discount, and from Black Friday through Dec. 31, vendors participate in the “Spot the Bucks” sale, in which they place paper dollar bills on various items which customers may purchase at large discounts.

“Mom loved sales, so I dedicated those and the store to her,” Bitzkie said.

The Knothole is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week, and only closes on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and some bank holidays.

Bitzkie and her staff have invited the community to join them for their 15th Anniversary Celebration at the store on Saturday, Oct. 19, which will feature food, gift bags, door prizes, and a special surprise at 12 p.m. Before then, stop in and check out the enormous building and get lost in its 15 aisles of endless treasures.

The Knothole is located at 608 South Water Street, Burnet. For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/theknotholeburnet.

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