Can you believe June is already over and that it is 4th of July weekend? What an eventful month it has been! We have been busy busy between keeping up with the stores and the crazy yet fun demands of keeping up with the kiddos and their summer activities. This month alone we have managed to celebrate two birthdays/parties (Jack turning 6 on June 8th and Callan turning 1 on June 9th) 2 weeks of swimming lessons, 5 softball games and practices, T ball practices, a car accident, Summer at the DQ, 3 pop ups, welcoming new vendors, our 1st traveling market, store transitions, prepping and planning for Fall/Winter, and all the dynamics that come along with all the craziness above! We are camping this weekend but I had a quick hour to sneak in a new blog post while the littles nap.
We have so many new followers but some of you may remember this time last year when we were updating you all via a facebook post that our son Callan Joe was born at 26 weeks weighing 1 lb 13oz. Your encouraging words, special visits to the store, and many of your thoughts and prayers is what helped get our family through that 12 weeks hospital stay!. Callan has beaten all the odds and is doing so great! This year has gone by so incredibly fast and we are so blessed to have such a happy and healthy little boy who has brought so much joy to our life.
And we couldn’t forget our awesome now 6 year old Jack!
On the store side of things we have had lots of fun and exciting things take place this month. We have welcomed two new vendors into the store.. Lark & Owl kids, a fun creative play kids line and Meyer Signworks who will be offering a few of their customized pieces throughout our St. Peter and New Prague locations.
This summer we have kept things lightweight, casual yet classy, and fun! We have been trying out new vendors for some of our staple pieces and ordering in samples from some of the new vendors we plan to carry this Fall/Winter. Fall is my absolute favorite season and I can’t wait for you to see everything we have planned for this upcoming season. We have been working on a new fun project with two new brand reps that I am really excited about. We will be offering capsule wardrobes online and in store that I plan to share more about in just a few more weeks. It has turned into such an amazing project that I know many of you will love. For those of you not familiar with a capsule wardrobe, here is a little snapshot.
Yes, those of you that always feel like you never know what to wear or how to style things without making it too complicated, this is for you!
A staple this summer has been t shirt dresses. We can’t order them fast enough it seems! This is one of my favorite styles we have received to date.
Midi Dresses have also been another big hit this summer!
Our home and gift selection in store also continues to grow! Along with my passion of interior decorating and design. Some of you have asked if we are beginning to go into more of a home decor and gift direction versus clothing and the answer is no. We still plan to offer clothing, home decor, gifts, and MORE! When we first opened The Refinery we primarily had home decor, unique finds , clothing, and accessories. As we have grown over the short year and a half we have added in additional items and expanded greatly in other areas. It truly has turned into a fun one stop shop. You can purchase an outfit for yourself, a gift for someone else, or a piece or two of home decor to add that special touch in your home. As we continue to plan for the upcoming expansion we will have more of a divided area between clothing and the home decor, gifts, and more side. Giving one entire side (Roughly 1200 square feet) dedicated just to clothing and accessories! We will have the ability to offer 8-10X’s more the amount of clothing than we currently have in store which I know many of you are just as excited as we are about as we are.
OK, Family craziness, store fun, new vendors, store expansion, and of course THE TRAVELING MARKET!
A few months ago I had a vision of what it would possibly be like to travel to rural communities within Minnesota and host a traveling market. We would open it up to other local makers and vendors and provide a fun retail shopping experience to local communities that maybe don’t have as much of a downtown shopping district as some. A few weeks ago we were able to make this happen and host our 1st ever Refinery Traveling Market in Lake Crystal, MN and lets just say my heart is FULL!! Weeks leading up to the event I was a nervous wreck. The thoughts kept running through my mind. What if no one comes? What if it rains? What if we forget something? Do we have enough of this? Do we have enough of that? Let’s just say sleep was little and I am fairly certain I could have owned stock in coffee that week!
The day came and everything went smoother than I could have ever imagined! Lake Crystal and their community welcomed us with open arms, the weather was perfect, our vendors outdid themselves with their gorgeous booths and products they offered throughout the event, and guess what? My biggest fear of no one showing up was quickly laid to rest! People showed up from all over! The tent was hoping right at 8am that morning and consistently steady all throughout the day. Some driving as far as Shakopee, Jordan, Belle Plain, Hutchinson, Jackson, the list goes on. . A big goal of ours when hosting these markets was that it also drew new customers to the local businesses within the towns we are in. I recently had a store owner from Lake Crystal share with me that the market brought tons of new customers to her store that day and that is truly what events like this are all about. Sharing the love for the Refinery while also supporting and promoting those around you. As I sat in bed writing out our thank you’s to our vendors the other night and I couldn’t help by tear up (Yes, such a sensitive girl at heart!) Without them this event wouldn’t have been possible and for that I will forever be grateful! I say it over and over and I may be bias but we truly have the most amazing customers in the world! No matter what crazy ideas we may come up with, you are there to support us and follow our journey every step of the way. We have a couple more traveling markets coming up this summer and are still accepting vendors. For more information please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
I hear giggles and a few footsteps coming from the camper which means the gang is up from nap time and its time for me to log off. I hope you all are enjoying your summer so far with family and friends and that you have a safe and Happy 4th of July!