25 tips for small shop owners

25 tips for small shop owners

Here are 25 tips for small shop owners I’ve learned from opening (and subsequently closing) my first boutique. Some are things I knew and worked well, some are lessons learned the hard way. Owning a shop has been a lifelong dream. I went into it wholeheartedly and intent on succeeding. But as with any new venture, you […]

Where all the stuff goes when you close a store


So it’s been 23 days since I closed the shop. Believe it or not my living room looked like this, too. I’ve just been sorting through it every day, bit by bit. Everything that belonged to anyone else was sitting on the shop counter neatly bundled and labeled. But not everyone got there to pick […]

A change is coming ~ closing one location, moving to another


Years ago I had a photo studio and gallery in Pilsen. I loved it. I had a beautiful courtyard, a garden, and wonderful neighbors who inspired me every day. So when I first moved to Brookfield I felt very much like a fish out of water. I didn’t know anyone, especially not any creative professionals. […]

Design question: Using industrial light strings in a retail setting?

industrial light string white cord

I’m trying to figure out lighting for the shop. LOATHE the flat paneled fluorescents in the drop ceiling. Yuck. The light is unflattering and not warm or inviting at all. Considering canned or track lighting, but not sure if I can make that kind of permanent installation in the space.

This weekend’s jewelry event! And furniture painting classes!


Hello Friends! Last week we ordered a bunch-a-bunch-a-BUNCH of fresh jewelry for the shop. There’s something for everyone. A little boho, a little trendy, some arrows, leather Junk Gypsy-style cuffs. C’mon out! I know you’ll find something fun to take home. And the prices on these new lines are really good…an easy treat in these […]

It’s kinda like a commercial


A fun little video tour of Nest Vintage Modern in downtown La Grange, IL. Why don’t ya take a break and enjoy a couple minutes of browsing the shop.

I ::heart:: La Grange event


Tomorrow, February 12th, all of downtown La Grange, IL will be aflutter with hearts and specials. Check out the list of retailers below and find some sweet stuff for your sweetie, plus save $5 off $25 at the participating shops. While you’re strolling, be sure to stop in at Nest Vintage Modern and check out […]

American Dealers

American Dealers TV Show

About 3 weeks ago I got a really exciting email from this guy named Shawn, who’s working on a show called American Dealers. He explained that he is working with a team who are putting together a pilot season for a new show focused on the stories behind vintage and antiques dealers. -Because each of […]


American Dealers television show

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE La Grange vintage home decor & gift shop, Nest Vintage Modern, will be the subject of a new show in development called “American Dealers”. The show, produced right here in Chicago, will feature stories from vintage and antique dealers, focusing on the history which led them to their chosen career. […]