What’s in Store!


Yes­ter­day the ambas­sadors from the Cham­ber of Com­merce joined us for our offi­cial open­ing with a for­mal rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony. It was so fun! Here is a shot of all of us cut­ting the ribbon.


Here are some shots of the fin­ished shop, well fin­ished for now! New art­work & gifts will con­tinue to be added so some shift­ing might occur, but for the most part, here is how we turned out.





And of course the cus­tom design con­sul­ta­tion table, which is nice and cozy. Just a reminder that in addi­tion to our retail items, we offer beau­ti­ful & unique invi­ta­tions & per­son­al­ized stationery.


I hope you have enjoyed see­ing our progress shots for the shop. This month was a crazy one, but both Jason & I are so happy with how the shop came together. We would love the oppor­tu­nity to meet you and show off our new shop. Please feel free to stop and visit anytime!

Have an amaz­ing day! — Brandi

We are Open for Business


Today is the grand open­ing of Pow­pourri! We were so excited to get things started that we barely slept this week­end. Just a reminder that the ribbon-cutting cer­e­mony is com­menc­ing at 11:30am, so if you are in the neigh­bor­hood, please stop by and say hello.

Our reg­u­larly sched­uled busi­ness hours are Thurs­day & Fri­day 11am to 5pm and Sat­ur­day 10am to 2pm. We are also plan­ning a spec­tac­u­lar open house to take place in late March, so we will keep you posted on the date & time. We look for­ward to meet­ing you all.

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Ribbon Cutting on Monday


I had hoped to post another round of shop update photo’s before open­ing, but if you can believe it, we open on MONDAY! This month flew by like you would not believe.

We will be open­ing on Mon­day at 10am for the first time. The Win­ter­set Cham­ber of Com­merce has sched­uled a ribbon-cutting cer­e­mony for 11:30am if you would like to join us, we would love to see you there.

For those of you who can’t make it, I will be sure to post photo’s on Mon­day after­noon, or Tues­day morn­ing, of the cer­e­mony & the shop.

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Setting Up Shop: Round 3


We are finally get­ting things filled up around the shop. Please excuse the not so per­fect photo’s today, as my hus­band Jason usu­ally takes them, but he was work­ing today.

Above is a shot through the front so you can see how we done some more build­ing up of the fur­ni­ture and adding more prod­uct. Below is a shot of the table that we added to the end of the Foyer as that spot had a tiny book­shelf before and it looked a bit awk­ward there all alone!


Here are a few shots of the prod­ucts I have been cre­at­ing. Most of them you will rec­og­nize as I have had var­i­ous ver­sion of these prod­ucts in my Etsy shops and at Mar­ket Day for a few years now. Most of the designs are dif­fer­ent as this body of work is focused mainly on unique type designs and very geometric/minimalist illus­tra­tive designs. Sev­eral of the rub­ber stamps that I designed & sold through my Sweet Har­vey line have stayed with me as they were mainly type designs as well.






Hope you enjoy the update! The fin­ish­ing touches will be going in this week as we are only 1 week away from open­ing — yeah! I will post another update next week and hope­fully my hubby will be tak­ing the photo’s so they will be much better!

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Setting Up Shop: Round 2


After the last post, it was clear that I still needed some fur­ni­ture — well, at least going upward. There was no height vari­a­tion in the shop and you can really see it when your ceil­ings are nearly 12ft high. It was also appar­ent that the book­shelves that I bought, while cute, were not very use­ful. They are 4 shelves high, but the two bot­tom shelves are way too low for buyers.


To rem­edy this I pur­chased a larger book­shelf and another table to stack it on. Then I pur­chased a smaller two step shelf for the smaller of the tables and a tiny round stool for one side of that. I also have a wall mounted wrap­ping paper rack on order and sev­eral pieces of art­work that need to be hung. The back wall and the right side wall look great now!


The left wall where the card shelves are is still look­ing great, but the area where I plan to enter­tain cus­tom design clients is still in need of some work (see below). That is next on the list and then of course, I am still work­ing away at mak­ing prod­uct to fill the shelves.


I will try to post some photo’s of the prod­ucts that are going to be avail­able in the next post. I also plan to have the client area reme­died. What do you think so far?

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Setting Up Shop: Round 1

Before Paint

We are only 4 short weeks away from open­ing day and just get­ting started with the set-up of the new shop. We thought it would be fun to share the progress shots of the shop com­ing together. This is round 1 of the set up. We still have a long way to go, but here is what we have done so far.


The shop was painted last week from the medium brown (above). This shop space does not offer a lot of light so we choose a soft paint color called Can­dle­light (light cream) for the walls and white for the ceil­ings and trim (below). You can already see a huge dif­fer­ence in the light­ing with just a sim­ple change in paint color. We will still need to add some addi­tional light­ing, but this was def­i­nitely a step in the right direction.

After Paint


The shop lay­out is a bit dif­fer­ent from the stan­dard retail floor lay­out, as the space was pre­vi­ously used a two room office space. The lay­out is two nar­row rooms with a walk-in foyer, that joins the two rooms, in the front. Here is the lay­out that I whipped up in Illus­tra­tor to mock-up where I was plan­ning to place the fur­ni­ture & check out desk.

The left room is going to be the retail space and has two win­dows (one is on the back door). The win­dows let in quite a bit of light. The right room is going to be either my office space (in the future) or a space for classes. This space is a bit darker as there are no win­dows. The third space is the foyer, in the front, which is filled with light by the large dis­play window.


Below  is what I came up with for the foyer. The green cab­i­net will even­tu­ally have more of a built-up win­dow dis­play on it, that can hope­fully be seen from street view. I also plan to have some prod­uct in the foyer that will eas­ily lead into the actual shop space. There will also be a huge 32″ chan­de­lier in the foyer, which is not hung up yet. It will show through the front dis­play win­dow, which should be very beautiful.





Here are a few more shots of the shop space. This room needs a lot more work as I need to build things upward a bit and of course — I need a LOT more prod­uct for this room! Open­ing up shop was truly a last-minute deci­sion (will post more on that later) and being that I haven’t been cre­at­ing actual prod­ucts for a while, I have noth­ing made. No wor­ries, it will get done.


Above is the view from the back of the shop toward the foyer. Below is a photo of the card wall. I am proud of this wall as I made the lovely shelves myself and my hubby put them up for me. I wanted some­thing for cards that wasn’t very deep so I built the shelves from the mold­ing you would nor­mally use on the top and bot­tom of your walls at home. They are super cute and only 1″ deep. Perfect.


So that is the first round of set-up for the shop. Next in line is a few more pieces of higher fur­ni­ture, light­ing and of course, more & more prod­ucts. What do you think?

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