Shabby chic furniture shop opens in Orion


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Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2013, 5:29 pm
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NAME OF BUSINESS: The Shabby Shack

PROPRIETOR: Terri Grafton

BUSINESS ADDRESS:1209 Division St., Orion, (located on U.S. 150, across from Pizza Hut)

TELEPHONE NUMBER: (309) 714-8103

TYPE OF BUSINESS: Home décor resale and shabby chic furniture re-dos

WHEN BUSINESS OPENED: Dec. 1

WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I have always been a decorator, and I have refinished many pieces of old furniture to look shabby, but chic. Friends and family have asked me to turn their furniture into something shabby chic, and it has just spiraled from there. I love the hunt for a good deal and finding something that many people would throw in the trash, recycling it and turning it into a fun, useful piece.

WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I love going to sales of all types, and I feel I have a pretty good eye and know what people want. Friends and family have encouraged me and gave me the confidence to finally say, I can do this!

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST HURDLE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME? Finding a place to rent, with a good location.

IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Many years ago, my mother and I had a small decorating business, called Centsible Changes.

TO WHOM DID YOU GO FOR ADVICE? I have had so much support from family and friends throughout this whole process. My husband, Matt, is very business minded so he has helped out tremendously with the set-up/paperwork part of it. I have also paid many visits to Terri Werkheiser, from The Enchanted Florist in Orion, for new business advice.


















 



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