Thursday, October 25, 2012

Urban Farmgirl - a brick-and-mortar SHOP!!!





Last night I had a life changing moment. 

I signed on the dotted line...and now I am proud to say I am OFFICIALLY a shopkeeper. 

Urban Farmgirl will soon be it's own little shop in Rockford, IL!




I didn't seek out this shop...I feel in a way the shop has found me. There was a chain of random events that led me here, all starting with a conversation between a mail lady that knew of my work and a building owner looking for a tenant. Proof that relationships with everyone you meet are more important than you can ever imagine. You never know when that one little moment is going to lead you down a new path...



I am such a lucky girl...I get to be a caretaker of a lovely old building. It looks a little 'woody' right now...but it is going to be incredible, I promise! Those walls are awesome...they are 100 year old beadboard. They have had the old paint sandblasted off...yet bits of chippy paint still remain in the cracks. The floors are salvaged from a turn of century factory here in my town. I love this building. Every fiber of my being tells me  I was meant to be here. That this is my place. My shop. Of all the places I could have handpicked to represent me, and Urban Farmgirl...I could never have found something more perfect if I had set out and tried. 

I am super excited...but yet nervous. So many thoughts are running through my head. Will my town support me? Will they like what I have to offer them? Will I be able to survive? 

Time will tell. I work hard. I love what I do. I have faith that it is all going to be ok. 

Today I have so much work to do...but I promise to keep give you more details soon!

95 comments:

  1. Congratulations! So excited for you!! Sounds like the perfect fit!! :)

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  2. OMG!!!! I am so excited for you. That building looks amazing. You deserve to have your own shop with all your beautiful pieces to sell. I can't wait for you to open the doors. "build it and they will come"!!!!
    Congrates,
    Kris

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  3. Congrats, girlfriend! Let me know where you're at...Rockford's my home town and I'm there once a month or more! Can't wait to see you in your new shop! xo

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  4. A reason for me to travel to Rockford, IL! Congrats!

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  5. How exciting and how wonderful the way it came to be! Congratulations! You will be a success!
    Julie

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  6. OH MY!! I'm so thrilled for you Mary...and I for one, cannot wait to shop your store!!
    yeah!

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  7. Fantastic news! YOu must follow those instincts, they will lead to success! I love the look of the sandblasted walls! Can't wait to read about the shop's progress!
    xo
    Kate

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  8. I have been waiting for this news ;) I don't think you have a thing to worry about!! Look at all those ladies fighting over your stuff at the flea! Congrats! Can't wait to see you all moved in :)
    xoxoxox~~

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  9. this is so exciting. I am so happy for you! I was just reading about Laurie Anna's Vintage Shoppe and it sounds so similar- how things just come together at the right time. Looking forward to following your new journey!

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  10. You will be a perfect shopkeeper! I would make the trip from Phx just to visit your shop! Please keep us posted. Congratulations!!! sarah

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  11. Oh yay! I've been following you for a couple of years and this past spring was relocated to Rockford. Not my favorite place, but it has a job. This makes me soooo happy!!! Can't wait to visit as soon as you are open!

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  12. How wonderful-congratulations! What a lovely building, it seems perfect for you. I love older building they just have so much more character. :)

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  13. Yeah!!! I can't wait to come and visit! Good for you!

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  14. Good for you . . . I am sending this on to two college classmate friends who live in the Rockford area. I hope they will stop in to say hello!

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  15. Gorgeous and so excited for you! Meant to be...someone up there likes you! :) Can't wait to see how this all comes together. God bless you! I might have to make a road trip.

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  16. Hurray for you, Mary! The shop is wonderful, I like all the wood. I promise I will come by one day!

    XO,
    Jane

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  17. AwESoMe!*! AwESoMe!*! AwESoMe!*! Sooooo excited FOR YOU... I'm vamping over the *Front Entry* Pic...
    I'll definitely plan a Day Trip with a friend ~ not too far away...
    BeSt of Times with your New Adventure!*!*!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

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  18. Congrats!! I'm sure your shop will be a success. Love the inside. All your fabulousy white painted furniture will really pop against the old wood! :) Wish I lived closer. :(

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  19. Well it's about time! YOU will do amazing things - the best shops have the best owners! And you are such a creative and sweet soul I just know people will flock to your shop. I can't wait to see what you do with that fabulous space!
    Congratulations!!!!
    xo~JIll

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  20. I'm so excited for you! Although, kinda sad because I have bought a ton of stuff from your etsy store! Congrats!!

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  21. Hooray! My sister lives in Rockford and we can't wait to be your customers! We would love to know where this beautiful, old building is located. We are having fun guessing! Best wishes on this new venture!

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  22. Cannot wait to see!! COngratulations to you!

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  23. A well deserved treat. It's so perfectly your style, just need a little baseboard trim in there to break up all that yummy wood. My extended family lives in Rockford so I'm sending them your way. Best of luck, it was meant to be!

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  24. Fantastic! I just wish I lived near you!!!!!
    xo kelley

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  25. I am so thrilled for you and wish you the very best success!! Wish I lived closer.

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  26. How exciting! I love your work and I cannot wait to read all about your new journey. You are such an inspiration to this local girl! :)

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  27. Can't wait to go on this adventure with you! Congratulations and can't wait to see more~~~maybe a trip to Illinois in the future~~~~~from one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

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  28. Awesome news! I've sent the info via FB to my friend who lives in Roscoe to come visit you!

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  29. Congrats! This is what I'm working toward too! I'm hoping I will know when it's the right time to take the plunge! :)

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  30. oh mary i am SOOOOO happy for you!!! yay! all the best and continued success!

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  31. This is so exciting! I'll be in Rockford in Jan...when will the store open?????

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  32. What a fabulous space. I am SO happy for you! Congrats. Many wishes for blessings during this exciting time. If I'm ever in IL, I'll be sure to stop by. :-)

    ~FringeGirl

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  33. Yay!!! I'm so excited for you! It will be amazing and of course your town will support you! I had those same exact thoughts and after a little over a week of being open, our town has been amazing and so supportive! Congrats!!! So happy for you!

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  34. look at all this blog love for you. it is going to be amazing. it was meant to be. can't wait!!

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  35. THAT space is incredible!!!! Girl I wish was there I'd be there with bells on. I'm sure everyone else will too. A million times over...congratulations:))

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  36. Some things are just meant to be... and this looks positive. Wishing you lots of success :)

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  37. I've been waiting for this too! Congrats Mary! Can't wait to see what you do with that space. It has your name written all over it! Wishing you much success!

    Rachel
    xoxo

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  38. I think people will come from afar to visit your quaint little shop with the lovely door and incredible walls.

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  39. It will be a great success! You are a wise business woman!! Happy for you, Mary...can't wait to get in there!!!!

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  40. Wonderful news! Congrats and best wishes! I love the space you have and just know your shop will be amazing! Look forward to watching your progress! :)

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  41. Finally!! Now I can spread your wonderful news! I am so completely and incredibly excited for you...and, this town WILL support you, my friend!

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  42. this is great news, and best yet, i can come to visit as we are a nice ride away. congrats and best wishes your great adventure, i know it will be great.

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  43. What great news! Can't wait to see more of the store. Yep, things happen for a reason.

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  44. How exciting!!! I bet you will do AWESOME!!!!! :) XOXOXOXOOX

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  45. What a cute place! I'm so happy for you, Mary. I used to own my own shop...prepare yourself, it's lots of work, but lots of fun too :)

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  46. Yes!!! Congratulations!! What wonderful news and was meant to be!!

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  47. Oh Mary...what a PERFECT place for you; can't wait to make the short trip down 43 to see you there!

    Jan

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  48. Congratulations!!!!!!!!! That is so exciting and I know with your touch it will be amazing!
    xx
    Anne

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  49. Take a leap into the unknown....knowing where you land is where you were meant to be !!!

    You are an amazing talented woman and you are going to be a success in every definition of the word!!!

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  50. That is super super exciting for you! Oh I am just so happy for you! How far are you from I-70? We take a trip to Kansas every year to see my sis and if you are at all near where we travel I'm stopping by to see you!

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  51. This looks so amazing!!! I can't wait to come visit :)

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  52. That building looks AMAZING! Congrats!

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  53. It is clear that your Dad is looking out for you....Congrats...and I cannot wait to see how it all comes together!~

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  54. Best of luck! The space looks wonderful and can't wait to see what you'll do with it! We'll have to make a stop on our travels between the Northwest burbs and Galena :) Enjoy!

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  55. Congratulations- Such exciting news! Wishing you the best of luck!

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  56. Congratulations! I am so excited for you and know that this will be a wonderful adventure for you.

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  57. How exciting! Congratulations!

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  58. Congratulations!! You couldn't have gotten a more perfect store, that would be super fun to merchandise!!! From one shop owner to the new shop owner, LOVE this time!!! Yell at me if you would ever need anything. Rockford, not THAT far from me, next time I head over to Chicago, I must stop by. :) all my best!

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  59. Congratulations! I've been following your Blog for a couple of years now and love it! Your new shop looks amazing. Can't wait to see it after you give it your special touch!

    Best of luck to you,
    Sandi

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  60. Oh my word.
    How on earth will you ever read all these notes???

    Well, I'm leaving one anyway.

    Congratulations....
    As a shop owner for the past 4 years, I will tell you, I am having a ball!!!
    (but, in fine print here...it is a Lot of work.) =) fun work!!

    blessings
    barb
    PS of course your town will support you...You, and all you do, it awesome!!

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  61. Congratulations!! I smell a road trip in my future :)

    I know I don't know you outside of reading your blog, but I have to say I'm so proud of you!! Opening my little shop was one of the happiest days of my life, and even through all the long hours and very hard work, it's still an amazing blessing. I hope yours will give you as much joy as mine has!

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  62. I'm sure you will do wonderful things! Looks like a great space to start a new adventure.

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  63. Congrats!! What a cute place for you!
    Sherri

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  64. Mary, I'm so happy for you! I wish you the best of luck! Knock them all off their feet!

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  65. Congratulations! Please do keep us in the loop....I want to support you in your new adventure all the way from Lake Zurich! Can't wait to see what you do :-)

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  66. Congratulations..it's a great journey. I have been a brick & mortar shop gal going into my 8th year in a small town in the middle of Iowa. And each year is better than the next. Enjoy the process, and I'd be honored to answer any questions you might have (I asked lots when I was getting started!). The best to you, Mary!
    Brenda Schwager

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  67. congrats!
    that is a beeeauuutiful place you have there!
    can't wait to see it fill up with awesomeness! :)
    xo

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  68. I love those woody walls! Those walls will make a perfect background for your furniture! I'm so excited for you! Good luck girl! Hope I can come and visit you now!
    tot

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  69. Congratulations! I can't wait to see the store in all of its Urban Farmgirl awesomeness!!

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  70. Congratulations! You are inspirational - opening my own shop is my dream also! Good Luck!

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  71. Congratulations & Good luck ... and I can´t wait to see moore pictures from the shop :-)

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  72. Exciting to know the building will be used again. I worked there years ago when it was Treasure Shop and the building does have it's charm. From what I can see you are doing a marvelous job. Unless you've done some work . . warning. . . basement floods, so don't store anything on the floor. Can't wait to visit!!

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  73. Oh Boy! I'm in trouble! Dianna just posted the news about your shop! Can't wait to shop there! Congratulations!

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  74. Many Many Many years ago my grandparents ran a grocery store there and lived upstairs for awhile. i am thrilled it has a new owner --good luck!

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  75. Congratulations on your new shop! How very exciting! I used to live in Rockford (well actually Rockton) and I wish I was there now so I could go to your shop! I'm sure it is going to be amazing!

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  76. I think that sounds great, your shop will be amazing and that space is perfect! Congrats!

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  77. It's going to be gorgeous! You have great taste so I have no doubt that the place will be filled to the brim with the work of incredible artists. How cool that Deb Rinaldi's grandparents ran a grocery store from there!!

    Blessings... Polly

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  78. so excited for you..... i will be up to see you once you are open...congrats!! You do work VERY hard-and deserve this opportunity!!!

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  79. As I read this post I had this mental picture of ME coming down to visit and actually seeing you and shopping your stuff and it got me so excited!! I would LOVE that. I'm so excited for you and this awesome opportunity. You are going to so totally rock that place. Cheering ya on..
    S

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  80. I'm so, SO excited for you! I know you will be successful in that latest endeavor! Congratulations to you. I love watching a dream come true!

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  81. What a wonderful space with such history! It was meant to be for sure. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to seeing how you fill this character-filled space.

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  82. Congratulations Mary! You will be so successful! Gorgeous shop...keep us posted :)

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  83. I am in love. Congrats. This has always been my dream. I am very happy to see people realize their dreams.

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  84. OH my GOSH!! CONGRATS!! I can't believe you are literally in my back yard!! I will have to come by some day!! Good LUCK and I can't wait to meet ya in person!!

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  85. so excited for you!!
    what an awesome journey you are beginning!
    you will be amazing.
    :)

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  86. It is absolutely beautiful.
    I can't wait to see more of the space.

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