"I love all different kinds of cultures," Amy said. "I love the nature of handcrafted things."
The Yellow Frog Company is primarily a bead store where people can come in and choose their own blend of glass beads, semi-precious gemstones and other embellishments to craft a piece of unique jewelry that reflects their interests, tastes or personalities.
"I had one gentleman in the other day who loves the Miami Dolphins," Amy said. "His caretaker brought him in and he worked at making his own Miami Dolphins bracelet. It was great for his dexterity."
"I love this store," added Travis. "There is a story behind everything here, and Amy knows it.
"From the Australian didgeridoo to African Toca drums carved from trees and topped with animal skin drum heads, Amy knows where it's from and how it's made," Travis continued. "She comes from an artistic background."
Her father is renowned artist T. Morgan Crain, one of the nation's top wildlife artists who has designed for the likes of Franklin Mint and Home Interiors. Her aunt was a traveler and came back with treasures from foreign jaunts.
"She had beads from Peru, and we made bracelets," Amy said. "I got hooked."
Amy has been making beaded jewelry since the age of 10. With the opening of The Yellow Frog Company, she will have the opportunity to teach others the basics of beadcrafting and the art of making lampwork beads.
"This is not just someplace to shop," Amy said, "it's something to do. We hope to offer painting and pottery in the future."
Travis, who grew up in the Monett area, is glad to return home with his family.
"We are happy to contribute to the revitalization of downtown Monett," he said. "I remember growing up here and going to the Gilloiz Theater."
The couple already has plans in place to host birthdays, youth events and grandmother/granddaughter day at the store. They will also offer after-hours parties for those wishing to host a private party or to celebrate a hallmark event.
"People will come in, grab their tray and collect the beads and embellishments they want in their project," Amy said. "The cost of a bracelet rig is $2.50 plus the cost of the beads. Projects can cost as low as $3."
"If they want to bring in their own cake and food, that's fine," Travis said. "If they want us to provide it, we will cater from local merchants, such as Mocha Jo's and Denali Dreams, instead of generic cakes from a big box store."
The party room will also have a big screen television to play a loop of favorite photos or songs during an event.
"We have a Tadpole Table for kids to stay occupied while a parent shops," Amy added. "They can use plastic beads to create something of their own.
"People tend to think this is a time-consuming process," she said. "But you can make a simple gift in as little as 15 minutes. Or they can come in, choose their beads and we will bag them until they have more time to come back and finish their project."
"I have been blessed to be allowed the opportunity to travel with Amy to craft stores, bead stores and art stores," Travis said. "This is her passion. It's her love to be able to create something."
The couple is also enthusiastic about the warm welcome they have received from many downtown merchants.
"Of all the places I've lived, the small business owners here have been most supportive and encouraging," Travis said. "It's amazing all the help we have had from local people in getting ready to open."
The Yellow Frog Company is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and after hours by appointment.
For more information on jewelry, beads, gifts and parties, call 417-635 FROG (3764) or visit the store's website at www.yellowfrog-co.com.