At ladies’ clothing boutique Monkee’s of Blowing Rock, Jess and Kenneth Wehrmann want their customers to feel they’re at home.
As children growing up in Wilkesboro, both Jess and Kenneth Wehrmann would frequently come up to the Blue Ridge Mountains with their families to cool off, sightsee, hike, and shop. Many years later, when an opportunity arose to become part of the mountain community permanently, the now-married couple didn’t hesitate; they already knew and loved the area.
That opportunity? Jess had been attending Wake Forest University, studying sociology, and was working part-time at Monkee’s of the Village, in Winston-Salem. After graduation she became a full-time employee, and one day in 2012 she learned that the Blowing Rock Monkee’s franchise, a fixture in the town since 2001, was for sale.
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