We are so excited to share with you all our new products, "must haves," upcoming events and any other tidbits you may find interesting. Check back often for more Shanty news....we may add some "Blog Coupons" so keep your eyes out! Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shanty is Turning 1

We did it!! We made it!!! and we owe it all to you. We turn 1 Wednesday July 1st. We want to thank you so we are throwing you a party. Come celebrate with us. All day we are going to have 16 oz coffee drinks for $1.50. Complimentary treats...cupcakes anyone?? A gift with purchase....yes every purchase (excluding the coffee drinks) you will get a present from us. I think you'll love it too.

Then after 4 we are having a Garden Party with yummy tidbits and WINE. If you have ever been to our other events, Shanty After Hours or Who Let the Girls Out you know how we like to throw a party....if not this is your chance!!

There is one more way to enjoy our day with us, especially if you can't make it to the party (but we sure hope you are). We have started this blog so that our customers, friends and family can check in on us, communicate with us, see whats new, see whats great, see what inspires us and just enjoy this journey with us. If you comment at the end of this blog entry (see note below) you will be entered into a fabulous drawing for a fantastic basket of gifts. Any comment will do. You could tell us about your favorite Shanty purchase, memory, thoughts, suggestions (things you'd like to see in the next year) or you could just leave your name. We will put it in a drawing and announce the winner after the party. So COMMENT away and we will see you on the 1st!!

**NOTE A Blog is a online journal. Many businesses use them because it such a user friendly way to be able to be online showing new products, inspirations and communicating with their customers and other business owners on a more personal level. I really love looking at other peoples blogs, some of my favorites are listed ...look on the right side at "links we love". Check out a few....there are some amazingly creative people out there. To comment on my blog you just 1.click on COMMENTS at the bottom of the blog post...it will ask you what your profile is 2. pick "anonymous" unless you have a gmail account or blogger account? 3. Fill out the Comment Box and be sure to leave your First and Last Name in the comment so I know who you are. 4.click "post comment" If you find at some point you like the "Blogging World" and you like checking in on us regularly and found other favorite blog sites you may find out about being a follower....simple....For the record I am not a techo girl...this is all very simple and fun!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The little house on Union

Shanty is turning 1 July 1st and I thought this would be a great time to tell the Shanty story in the shortest form I can. Many people ask about the little house on Union and how it came to be Shanty....
7 years ago I moved to this little town to be with my best friend and the love of my life David. Always knowing "someday" I'd have a store, but also a dreamer....I would drive down Union Street (a side street that turned into a one way main street) and look at the little homes that needed a lot of work. I always said to David "If one of those houses ever comes up for sale I WANT IT!! " Well one day he comes home and slaps one of those For Sale flyers for N.235 Union on the counter. Let me tell you we were in no position to buy a major fixer upper, renovate, and open my dream at that point, but this was it! I made it happen...very creatively. The big bonus was we had great renters that were in it and had no intentions of leaving anytime soon...so we had time to sit on it and wait for life to catch up.

After a couple years and a couple of sweet additions to our family, our kind renters were ready to move out. It still didn't seem like the right time yet to move in on my dream ...did I say two sweet LITTLE kids....so we decided to just clean it up a bit and rent it a while longer. I remember David and I over at the house, inside....it's in really bad shape....we are talking about what to do to make it livable for the next renters and all I can think of is...were my register would go, what wall would need to come down....would it be possible to just do it? It was that day, that moment that I knew...I always dreamed it but I don't think I ever believed it until that moment. That's how it happens sometimes I think...dreams....you just decide. You decide, make a step, then the other steps just happen. It's not brave....its just??????
2 years later and a lot of work (Thank You David, Mom and Dad, Melanie, Rushelle, Rob and everyone else that had a hand in it and encouraged us), a lot of sacrifices (Thank You Caden and Norah and David again), we were ready to make it official.
I remember the morning of July 1st barely. Melanie, Rushelle and I were at the store very early going over any last minute things we could think of. We toasted to Shanty and our hopes with Mimosas. Then we tore down the "Opening In July" sign. Walked outside and placed our old metal OPEN sign on the chair and crossed our fingers people would come.
They came!! (THANKS Janice and Sharon Martin, our first customers) Every family member, every friend and so many new faces that we now call our Shanty friends. We received so much encouragement, kind words and praise. I felt like saying Sally Fields infamous words...."they like us...they really like us"
So here we are 1 year later. Check back soon to see how we will be celebrating this great milestone!! This will be a celebration of THANKS! to all of you.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Funky Cool!

We just got in these great junk yard metal pieces. So many cool places to put them.

Bathroom Door
Outhouse Decor...hey I live in a lake/river community
Pool House
Children's Room
Anywhere you want art with a personality!

$31.95 each