What's old is new for Oelwein businesses
A cluster of new shops is taking shape as a destination shopping experience for "Junking Sisters" (and brothers!) in the community of Oelwein. Junking is the art of repurposing or upcycling one person's outcasts into another person's treasures - and Oelwein is becoming a hub for shoppers looking for this creative home décor. Several businesses are open, or in the process of opening, that showcase a wide variety of repurposed chippy, rusty, retro and vintage housewares and furnishings.
Denise Wilson owns and operates "Styles of Distinction" on E. Charles in downtown Oelwein. Denise is an avid consignment shopper herself and began her business as a clothing consignment shop with over 360 consigners and has expanded into home décor in 2012. "Styles of Distinction" offers many of Denise's own chalk-painted pieces in a lovely boutique atmosphere. Denise carries a line of non-toxic, VOC-free chalk paints (Shabby Paints) and offers painting classes on a regular basis to those interested in creating their own "distressed" look with found items. Another bonus to shopping at "Styles of Distinction" is the coffee and espresso bar in the back of the store.
Kelly and Ben Driscoll own and operate "Turkey Bottom Haven," which began as a hobby in their garage and moved to downtown Oelwein on W. Charles last fall. Turkey Bottom Haven offers a wide array of repurposed items; some original to Turkey Bottom Haven, while others are antiques, vintage or collectibles. Jill and Ben Kvigne own and operate "Prospects & Possibilities," also specializing in repurposing unique found items and furnishings. Facing a lack of space in their respective locations, Turkey Bottom Haven and Prospects & Possibilities joined forces (along with The Other Guy) to open "7 South" on S. Frederick in downtown Oelwein.
Just across S. Frederick is "Home Again," a creative venture of Nancy and Bill Black and their daughter, Sara Lewis. Bill found enjoyment in painting furniture and Nancy soon noticed the trend and interest in used and repurposed items. They purchased the old Hallmark building in Oelwein and opened their shop which offers new and one-of-a-kind treasures.
The shops downtown will soon be joined by "Decades" in the old bakery building on S. Frederick. Donna Saathoff plans to offer new treasures with vintage and retro items from over the decades. To start, Donna will host "lunch by Marsha" on Thursdays and hopes to expand lunch to additional days of the week and different daily chefs as time progresses. Donna will have a special sneak preview of her store during Oelwein's upcoming "Olde Tyme Christmas" celebration on December 5th. She plans to open this spring.
These shops join several other stores in Oelwein with similar themes: Flowers on Main, Buds n' Blossoms, Woodworks by the Lake, Corner Market, A&W Antiques, Lee's Antiques, and Antiques and Whatever. Oelwein is becoming a shopping destination for people seeking unique, repurposed, vintage, retro, upcycled, one-of-a-kind or however they can be described items, and other businesses supporting these shoppers are benefitting too. Great restaurants and other community treasures like Lou Ann's Quilt Garden and Retreat, VanDenover's Jewelry, Sam's Clothing and Margaret's Crafts are part of what makes a day or two of "junking" in Oelwein complete.