Sage & Lila Company Invites Public to Noon Saturday, Dec. 16 Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of New Retail Space

Oak Hill, W.Va. (December 13, 2023) – West Virginia Hive client, Sage & Lila Company, LLC, is
inviting the community to a noon Saturday, December 16, grand opening and ribbon cutting at
its new retail space at 124 Main Street in Oak Hill, W.Va.
Sage & Lila Company, owned by Samantha Phillips with business partner Michelle Bowman, is
an Appalachian Boutique featuring West Virginia handmade items from local crafters. The store
will also carry some of its signature grab and go food items and baked goods.

Phillips is dedicating this store location to her late grandmother, Elma Lee Hodge. Hodge lost
her life before Phillips was born in a tragic domestic violence incident on Main Street in Oak
Hill, across the street from the new retail location. Phillips said, “Dedicating this location in
memory of my Grandmother Elma is the greatest accomplishment of my professional career. I
may not have had the pleasure of meeting my grandmother, but she has still made an
incredible impact on my life.”

Phillips and Bowman are passionate about using this social enterprise as a resource for their
community, advocating for raising awareness for the need of more mental health resources,

addiction treatment programs, resources for those in recovery, and support for teens aging out
of state care. “Our company is a proud partner of the recovery to work Communities of Healing
program, and we provide transitional job training for teens aging out of foster care, individuals
graduating substance abuse treatment programs, and women leaving domestic violence

Mary Legg, senior business advisor at the WV Hive who is working with Sage & Lila Company,
said, “The talent and resiliency of Samantha and Michelle are inspiring, and they are truly on a
mission to make a positive social impact on the state of West Virginia.”

Refreshments will be served at the grand opening event. The community is encouraged to
check Sage & Lila Company’s Facebook page for special announcements. 
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