In my very first post on Cupcakes & Shoes, I wrote about the dream I had (with Ashmi, at the time). "...opening a shoe/cupcake boutique would be a wonderful dream come true," I wrote. What you don't know is I envisioned displaying all those shoes and cupcakes on antique furniture that I refurbished.
As time went on, this idea of starting a business began to form. I would walk through Miss Pixie's and my heart would ache. This is what I want to do, but better! I would think as I inspected old knick knacks and ran my hand over the backs of antique chairs that desperately needed to be painted and reupholstered.
I tip-toed around my idea quietly, scouting out spots to open a store and inquiring into the lease pricing with a few owners. I researched small business loans, made connections with other small business owners and picked their brains for advice, and I practiced on my own furniture, resulting in some really beautiful pieces in my apartment.
But I could never muster up the courage to take the plunge.
When I heard about District Flea coming to the U Street Corridor, I saw a low-risk opportunity to get my feet wet in the well I'd been tip-toeing around for five years. I figured out my product (starting out with housewares), spent most of my free time the past two months researching, designing and making my product, and then, largely in part due to other small business owners in the neighborhood who were happy and willing to help me out, I finally found a way in to the flea market.
So, tomorrow, I will be partnering with Stylish Patina, a shop that is basically my dream realized: refurbished furniture and decorative home accents. I can't tell you how excited I am for this opportunity, because it means I'm finally taking the plunge (and it's not nearly as scary as I expected it to be), and because, even if it's in a small way, the dream is finally coming true.
How's that for a happy ending?! Now I just need that handsome stranger to come along and
Here are the deets:
- District Flea is open from 10-5 on Saturdays at 945 Florida Avenue, NW. This was supposed to be the last weekend, but the owner decided to extend it through November, I'm guessing on account of the amazingly lovely weather we've been having. I wouldn't be surprised if it's extended beyond that, so stay tuned. Please note, the address is slightly misleading as the entrance is on Vermont Ave. Just go to the 9:30 Club and you'll figure it out. Green/yellow line, U Street, 10th Street exit, for Metro-goers.
- District Peach will be in the far left corner with Stylish Patina. Come for refurbished furniture, paint, painting demonstrations, coasters, magnets, trivets, jewelry organizers and some other little things.
- There's also really good food there. Red Hook Lobster, Dolcezza, Whisked! (which was just voted best baker in DC!), Churchkey and many more. So come for that if you don't want to shop. But please at least stop by and tell me how cute my stuff is. Here's a sampling: