My parents have started off the New Year with a wonderful new adventure.
Finally, after many, many years of patiently waiting for the right timing, they took the leap and bought their dream store.
For three years my dad has made probably weekly trips by, or to, this store. He got to know it's previous owners personally, and fell in love with it. I think anyone else would have given up long ago on it. Written it off, and jumped on the next best thing. But he knew this was it. Everything else was always compared to this store, and never matched it.
Finally, it's theirs.
I couldn't be more excited and proud.
And now the fun begins - making it their own.
On the right hand tool bar is a link to their blog, which will document their adventures. I hope you follow along.
Anyone who was able to make it out to my annual Vintage Tag Sale would have met them. They ran the sale for me while I laid in bed, sick.
You may have even brought home one of the fifty-something pies my mom made, or enjoyed a gooey butter tart with a coffee while browsing.
Here is their new location.
91 Main St. West in Port Colborne, Ontario.
The store is actually two that have been converted into one. They will be living in the apartment above.
The store below will be a combination of all the things they love.
A small bakery and cafe, fresh flowers, and antiques.
Once they got the keys, it seemed like the entire family showed up to help them get settled and paint.
It was a painting party!
You would not believe how quickly a place can transform with a new coat of paint. And how quickly when so many people are painting!
In one day, they got most of the apartment painted and started moving furniture up that night.
Because the store downstairs will require quite a bit of work, their main goal was to simply spruce the apartment up, make it their own and only fix what's was absolutely necessary.
I have the most amazing family ever.
Here are a few sneak peaks of the transformation so far.