Market Trip Day 1

Day one officially in the books! We had such a successful first day at Market. HUGE thank you to all of you that followed us along and helped us out with making some of our selections. We love being able to incorporate our customers in this experience! Here are just a few fun things we didn’t get to share yesterday that we found:

We all know how much you love our dreamer sweaters year after year, so this year we have decided to bring the full color runs in. This is a closet staple that will make you want one of each color. The softest sweater you will ever own and very versatile from casual to the office!

 

It’s back…. yes ladies sequence! Now don’t get too nervous about this one. I know I made that same face you are making at first.  The pictures don’t quite do justice of these pieces! We have some fun plans and ways to pair these. Along with a few fun occasion ideas on where these pieces would fit right in. Trendy can be scary but we are here to help!

 

Mommy & Me please! We found lots of adorable casual  sets for mommy and the littles. We are hopeful to have these in store by mid October. Just in time for the weather changes.

 

Ombré , wide leg pants, chunky sweaters, and distressed denim. Need I say more?! We had to have each of these outfits as well. The color variations we selected will have you wanting more.  I love how much navy incorporation we are seeing this Fall!

There’s a few sneak peeks of day one! (We cant give away all our secrets!) but hope you will continue to follow along via our VIP and Instagram pages today. Today our focus is women’s casual and basics, children’s,  shoes, and a few appointments with our larger lines! Stay tuned 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Up, Up, & Away

Up, Up, & Away, Fall Fashion here we come! We are officially in route to one of our biggest markets of the year and we couldn’t be more excited! This will be Krista and I’s first market trip together since becoming partners and we couldn’t be more excited! We have big plans for this upcoming season and plan to bring you a long on this incredible journey every step of the way.  We have several appointments lined up with some of our favorite vendors, along with plans to bring in TONS of new lines throughout all locations .  We will be asking for lots of input, sharing sneak peeks, and might even throw in there a  few exclusives to those of you that choose to follow us along on this trip via social media.  If you don’t already make sure to follow us on both Instagram and our Facebook VIP page to join in on all the fun:

Instagram : @therefinerymn

Facebook VIP page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/175015516413996/

We also plan to do a brief recap of our days via the blog each night,  which will include various trends we are seeing, new styles heading your way, and whatever else we can dream up throughout our days.  Get ready to have some fun and in the mean time drop us a line in the comments section! We would love to hear from you.

 

Ashleigh

Welcome To The Big City

As I sit here writing this blog post, I keep thinking to myself: has it already been 2 years since I walked into The Refinery asking if they were hiring? I remember it was the summer after I got married, I had a year left at school, and I was just looking for a fun part time job to keep me busy! I never imagined 2 years later that this small town girl would still be working in retail, better yet – a Store Manager who absolutely loves her job! Through my journey so far at The Refinery, I have been able to experience multiple store-openings in Minnesota and I am very excited about our newest location, Minneapolis.

Growing up in a very small town, I am not much of a ‘city girl’ so I was a little nervous when Ashleigh told me about Minneapolis. I remember saying, “there’s a lot of people there…” But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past 2 years, it’s that I should trust Ashleigh’s gut and heart when it comes to opening another store (even if in my mind I was saying  “another one, Ashleigh”?) We have so many customers from the metro area who travel down to our small town locations in St. Peter and New Prague, so they were super excited when they heard we would be opening in their hometown of Minneapolis!

If I could describe our Minneapolis store front in 2 words, I would choose: Intimate and Charming. This space is smaller than our other locations, but with the black & white theme and super tall ceilings it’s the perfect fit for our style and our customers! Selling primarily clothing and accessories at this location, we will also carry some select gift items in store.

Aside from the adorable layout and abundance of clothing options, one of my favorite things about the Minneapolis location is that we are right next door to an amazing restaraunt, Harriet’s Inn. They have a large outdoor patio that is always packed full of people and great food! If you are looking for a fun day out with your family and friends, this is an ideal area because you can dine and sip on the patio and then come inside for some shopping! We are located just a few blocks from the 50th and France area, Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, and the Uptown area. We are so excited to do some events at this location that will involve dining, sipping, and of course… shopping!

 

As our locations started venturing towards the metro area, we have been asked to be apart of some great events in the Twin Cities. An exciting one coming up is Open Streets Minneapolis. This event is free and brings together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major roads and open them up for people walking, biking, rolling and playing. Residents and visitors will be able to explore this neighborhood in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment. This event encourages people to use active modes of transportation, engage in healthy living, and rethink our streets as a public space. Open Streets Minneapolis is a unique opportunity to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and civic pride in Minneapolis.

On June 10th we will be closing our Minneapolis store front and participating in this event by setting up a Refinery pop-up shop from 11am-5pm on Lyndale Ave. We are so excited to get involved in the community for a great cause and a fun day!

Photo from Open Streets Minneapolis 2017

 

After months of sitting on edge, marketing, planning, and gearing up to open our Minneapolis location, the time has finally come and we are ready to rock it!  Like they say, don’t let small town life make your dreams small. If your dreams don’t scare you… they aren’t big enough!!

 

Maybe this big city thing will be good after all 🙂

 

Claire

Store Manager – St. Peter, MN

 

 

 

Duty. Honor. Country

Patriotism Instilled at an Early Age

Duty. Honor. Country

Remember and Honor

In Memory of Our Fallen Hero’s.

Just to name a few of the countless Memorial Day, and patriotic quotes that were instilled in me at an early age, remembering as far back as the 4th grade.

Floyd and Marge Allen (my grandparents), and managers of the Kasota Legion Club, Post #348. My grandfather a World War II veteran, and my grandmother, a Women’s Auxillery Club Member, most importantly a proud patriotic woman who encouraged patriotism in supporting our veterans, our flag, and most importantly our country. She could have been a jeopardy winner, when it came to American history. As a young girl, I was a camp fire girl, and a junior woman auxiliary member of the Kasota Legion Club, this was not optional, grandma made sure that was my place of duty, and I respectfully and faithfully carried out those duties.

My camp fire girl club, sold poppies in honor of Memorial Day, helped during the Legion Club sponsored fish fries, steak, and spaghetti feeds, and toured or visited anything representing American History. One in particular was the field trip to the Freedom Train that toured the United States in celebration of the United States Bicentennial. I will never forget how special of a moment  this was for my grandmother to arrange such a special trip.

My grandfather; loyal, and dedicated to Post #348, not to mention proud to be a Military Veteran. A member of the Legion Club color guard who  professional and faithfully carried out Memorial Day services at the Kasota Cemetery. The color guard provided full military honors for veterans who passed within our community. I recall a flag initiative in which he took charge of ensuring patriotism was represented within our small community of Kasota. Residence ordered flags, and flag poles, my grandfather one by one cemented the poles in their yards where they could proudly fly our American Flag. Duty. Honor. Country.

Why is this important to me and my family? My grandfather, and my father, served in the Army. I then went on to faithfully and honorably complete 26 years of Military Service. I passed this onto my daughters, as they too have served, born into a military family. They moved 11 times (which included 2 overseas moves) Sold poppies, and attended many Memorial Day Services. Remembering our fallen hero’s and those that still serve. This now was their duty in which they respectfully and faithfully carried out for their mother.

Patriotism was instilled in them at an early age and is something as a family we cherish very much. Throughout my time in the military and many deployments, I witnessed the loss of mothers and fathers fighting for our country.  I watched as the caskets with American flags draped over them were carried onto aircrafts to be reunited with their families before laying them to rest. Attending numerous memorial services for  families whos loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of these families and all of the soldiers who have served and who continue to serve. 

So as we reflect on the importance of Memorial Day, I encourage you to  share with your loved ones what it means to you. I would guess it was from a grandparent, a father or a mother, who instilled Patriotism within you.

In Remembrance of Those who Fought and are STILL Fighting for our Country so that we have the freedom we have today.

May you never forget nor allow your children to forget. Duty. Honor. Country.

With honor,

Kimberly Green (Ashleigh’s Mom)

Sergeant Major (Retired)

“You gotta Nourish to Flourish”

This Past week we had the amazing opportunity to shoot at a beautiful local Organic Farm with our friends from Tink & Fox.  I had the opportunity to see the entire property throughout the shoot and was amazed by the concept and passion behind a farm to table atmosphere.  Growing up as a military brat these are things you don’t too often experience. 

We of course had to incorporate some of our customer favorite farm pieces!

 

We often talk a lot about the word Refine and what it means to The Refinery. Refining and fine tuning ourselves in various aspects of life is something that I believe is so important. Every day is a new opportunity to do so but if you are anything like me (along with 80 % of society) making yourself and your body a priority sometimes can be placed on the back burner. No matter what stage of life you may be in, we so often get caught up in the craziness of day to day life and forget how important it is to take care of ourselves.  

I absolutely love when our customers come in and look and feel good about the items they are purchasing. One of my biggest questions I always ask when they ask me what I think is “How do you feel?”  Because let’s be real.. When you look and feel good in what you are wearing it brings out the joy and confidence in a person.  

Farm girl by Day..

 

Event ready by night!

and something to keep it casual in between!

As we shot around the property it opened my eyes to so many things. Seeing all aspects of this organic farm and wrapping my head around it all was life changing. This past winter I was pretty sick for about a month. Throughout that time period I lost all the weight I had wanted to loose since baby number 5 came along. Clearly it wasn’t exactly how I had hoped to lose that weight but as I began to feel better I felt amazing! Not only because I wasn’t sick anymore but because my body felt better than had it had in close to two years.  Since then it has been important to me to really focus on how I am nourishing my body and how I am feeling overall and a lot less about the number. The saying “You gotta nourish to flourish” has never been truer to my lifestyle these days. It’s a work in progress everyday but I am dedicated to “Refining” this aspect of my life. One Vegetable at a time.. Literally one at a time.. Baby Steps (Ha!) 

What are some of the things you like to do for yourself?  Comment with your response on the  Facebook or Instagram link! Also don’t forget to check out all of our new arrivals online. 

XO

Ashleigh