We were sharing a space with someone to get our feet wet with the whole retail shop thing. Which was probably about the best thing that I could have done, but the worst thing I could have done! Worst because, it didn't take long at all to realize that I wanted our own space and that I had far too many ideas and limitations to stay where we were. Which turned out to be good thing and a best thing! For someone who is not much of a risk taker, it was really evident to me that if we weren't going to try to make a go of our own retail vintage shop NOW, we were never going to. My husband was totally on board. Another opportunity came up and before you know it, we had two weeks to move, and six weeks to start renovations.
On Saturday, we open for our first day of business here:
This little cobblestone front 150 year old building on Main Street in a little historic village where we raised our families.
What JR and I had really hoped for was that we could acquire the space next door ( the yellow building) which had been in his family for three generations. But that didn't work out. And that's okay. But now I'm in love with 433 Main Street and can't WAIT to get up and running! Want to see some of what we've been doing?
In a nutshell, demolition, re-building a window display and vestibule, restoring counters and shelves, stripping wall paper, plaster, and carpets, along with painting. Re-wiring and marketing . Just to name a few things!
So, here we are. A million ideas, and even more butterflies. I've never felt more sure and unsure about anything in my life! Home and nesting and decorating and re-purposing are my passion. Helping others to see beauty and comfort in the things that are discarded has always been what makes my heart swell. Creating a comfortable home from unique and interesting things is what we have always done. And I'm a little thrilled to have this opportunity to share it with another generation.
On Saturday, we'll be open for Wine About Winter.
On Sunday, it's my prayer that we will continue to have guests come through the door.
For inspiration, for treasure hunting, for classes and workshops.
And the other best part? I'll have my own sewing space right there on site...so you know what I'll be doing !
Thanks for hanging in there with me during this transition. I'll let you know how it goes!