"I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that."
I always loved Pippi Longstocking from the first time I read it, probably in 2nd grade-ish. The story is so vivid in my mind and my connection to this young girl I have carried with me my entire life. Creative, independent, strong and a girl who forged ahead despite great loss. She loved finding 'things' and looked at the world as a treasure hunter, seeing things that others either didn't see or didn't appreciate as she did. It's funny how full of life and color the story was to me and as I am 'googling' images from the original book, the illustrations were all in black in white. In my mind, it was full color.....and still is.
My nickname as a young girl was "busy Beth" and into adulthood evolved in "Pippi". Always very busy, always onto the next adventure. I began my retail journey 22 years ago with a story I named "Butterflies and Bullfrogs". My vision was creating a resale store that appealed to all the senses. Color, display, imagination, sound, play......but most of all making quality merchandise not only affordable but making resale merchandise preferable. Five years later, I opened a women's store named "At the Chrysalis" where I created a space for women like a 'retreat'. Same idea, providing high-end, quality merchandise for women- affordably. It was an environment like being cocooned.....oriental rugs, crystal lamps, beautiful music, coziness and we all loved it. In time, I combined the two stores and after 18 years sold it the Summer of 2013.
Today, I find myself in a new town, new home, both of my precious boys off to college, newly engaged and ready to begin my next adventure with Villavillekula- Pippi's house.
I love color and patterns and art and seeing through a child's eyes. The store will be filled with artistically inspired, creative, quality clothing, gifts, handmade items and toys for girls and boys size newborn - 10 Each item sure to be a very favorite.