May 20, 2016

letting the cat out of the bag

The last time we chatted I promised you some news so I might as well just blurt it out.

I'm opening up a shop here in St. Louis!

I have to tell you that it feels really weird to type that (and it will feel even weirder to hit publish) because this has been what we refer to in our house as a 'lock it up conversation' for well over a year - meaning no one outside the walls of our house was to know. But now that leases are FINALLY signed and construction is underway, slowly over the last few weeks I've started to tell others - clients, close friends, etc. - and no one has laughed at me yet so we are off to a good start.

This is a very long time coming and it has been even harder than I imagined. And my imagination can lean pretty doom and gloom so that should tell you something. Potential business partners that flake, potential landlords that don't return phone calls and an architectural review board that has had...challenging opinions have made this difficult to say the least. However, I'm not a quitter. A cryer during all of this for sure, but not a quitter. And finally we lucked out and found a great landlord and a unique spot so with the biggest hurdles behind me (knock on wood) we are officially underway and I finally feel comfortable sharing.

So this is my new home away from home. Ain't she a beauty? NO. The answer to that question is no. If you think this is bad, wait till you see the inside. But she has a lot of positives - location, size, and most importantly - free range to change whatever I want. Of course when I planned and dreamed about this whole thing, I had visions of a super cute little shop downtown with a fabulous store front. But the more time this little mint julep and I spend together the more we are bonding. And let's be real, who doesn't love a great before and after?! Can I get an Amen!

And speaking of mint, that is the first thing to go. In my ice cream mint is an excellent thing, on buildings not so much.

So what will be in this little cinderblock gem? I'll have my office, which means I can have client meetings, store all my goodies and finally use my dining room table at home for dining. Wahoo! And on the retail end I'll have tons of great vintage furniture and lamps that have been refurbished, refinished and refreshed as well as accessories, custom lampshades and pillows, art etc. The goal being to provide people with pieces that have the character and uniqueness of vintage items without the work of having to remove the funk (old upholstery, broken drawers, missing legs etc.)

I'll for sure take y'all along as renovations progress and as I prepare for opening day, which will hopefully be in mid-June.

So, that's my Friday news. What do y'all have going on this weekend?


  1. So happy for you! This is so exciting and I can't wait to see it. Happy weekend :)

  2. Sounds very exciting. Thanks for letting us follow along on the renovations (removing the funk?). I think this will be wildly successful.

  3. Can't wait, I'll surely stop by once it's open!!!!!

  4. How exciting. I'm in Kansas City but my son goes to college in St. Louis so I'll plan a visit when you're up and running. Congratulations!

  5. So exciting!! Can't wait to see what you do to spiff this place up!!

  6. I just happened to pop in on a whim... everyone is gone and I'm having little glass of wine and can read blogs w/o interruption... so I'm visiting some I haven't visited n a while... and hooray! here you are with exciting news!!! I'll be following along for sure! Sounds like a dream come true even if it is a ton of hard work. And you will make that little spot so fab!! Enjoy!

  7. SO exciting! Can't wait to see this come together and congrats on all the hard work you've put in thus far!

  8. oooooh i am SOOOO excited for you!!!!! hooray!

  9. I'm so excited for you. Congratulations!!! I'll send in my one and only friend that lives there. Great news worth sharing!!!!

  10. It looks so much better already! So, so happy for you and can't wait to give you all of my money!

  11. So excited that 1) you are blogging again and 2) we can follow along as you transform this building! Wish it was close to me so that I could visit when it opens. Best of luck!

  12. Can't wait to plan a trip to STL. You will be my number one stop! Congratulations and good luck :)

  13. Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! Congratulations Elizabeth! That is beyond exciting news!!!

  14. In my excitement I forgot to mention how much I like your new logo!

  15. I'm so excited for you. Can't wait to check out your shop when I'm next in St. Louis. In the meantime, looking forward to your blog posts about renovations and updates. If anyone can turn the little minty building into an amazing space, it's you!

  16. So exciting. You will be GREAT at this next step.

  17. Wow, this is so so exciting!!!! I can only imagine how amazing your little shop will be! Good luck prettying it up and getting things going - such a fun new adventure!

  18. So so so happy and excited for you Elizabeth!!!!!!

  19. Thank you for sharing it with us. Great article!

  20. Such great news! Congratulations! Wishing you the best of luck in your new endeavor.


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