PERRYVILLE - The thread of faith is woven deep into one of Perryville's newest businesses.
Sandy's Simple Expressions, a Christian bookstore and inspirational gift shop, is the creative business outlet for owner Sandy Mattingly.
She said faith and the opportunity to serve as a witness drive her in the business.
"It's a way I can combine a retail business with witnessing," she said. "My husband (Tony) had never been too excited about any of my ideas for a new business before, but he was excited about this one.
"Faith is important to me," she said. "Everyone needs to hear more about God and Jesus, but never more than these days. It's especially important to give our children that kind of exposure, because there are so many bad things out there they see."
Mattingly said her family has contributed a great deal to the new business.
"My husband did a lot of the painting and built the shelves and counter for me," said Mattingly, who is a familiar face to the families in Perryville through her daily work at Perryville Elementary School's cafeteria. "My girls (Casey, 12, and Abby, 7) like to help out, too. And we're geared toward serving families, so I guess you could say we're a family business. My family has worked and sacrificed to help me do this."