New decor shop set to open in New Richmond
Rural New Richmond resident Carissa Greschner is no stranger to home decor. She is armed with an associates degree in interior design from Century College, and as a manager at the Home Depot store in Forest Lake, Minn., she knows a thing or two about what people are putting in their homes.
Now, Greschner is set to open her own shop in New Richmond — Loganberry Interiors — to sell those items herself.
“It’s a consignment boutique that offers a lot of handmade and hand-picked items, and it has lots of vendors,” Greschner said.
Some of the items are crafted by Greschner herself, but most of the merchandise comes from her more than 30 vendors.
The home decor items range from furniture to antiques to rustic and shabby chic items, and even some things for children.Even though Greschner keeps pretty busy with a full time job, a husband and three young boys, she carved out what spare time she had to pursue her home decor hobby.“I wanted to find something that I enjoy doing, as far as a part time job to start, and then something I could work into full time,” Greschner said.To start, Greschner’s shop will be open only on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and either a Thursday or a Saturday each week as her schedule allows.Greschner plans to continue working her full-time job as a manager at the Home Depot store in Forest Lake until Loganberry Interiors grows into a full-time job in itself.Greschner said her retail job inspired her to get her own business off the ground.“I have worked eight years in retail management, and I have worked in retail for 15 years, so that’s part of what I love to do,” Greschner said. “I love working with customers, and I love to shop, and I love to craft. It’s kind of everything in one.”Greschner’s journey to opening her own retail shop has been two years in the making.“I like to craft, so it started as just trying to figure out what I can do,” Greschner said. “I tried selling some items just on a Facebook page. Then I put my stuff into The Looking Glass (a curiosity boutique in Osceola) last summer.”When her items sold well at The Looking Glass, Greschner knew she was onto something, so she began assembling her own list of vendors and planned to open a New Richmond shop.A quick spin around her shop shows the time and care she has put into choosing a variety of vendors from the area.She has items from a custom furniture maker from Scandia, Minn., signs from a Menomonie graphic artist, doilies from a St. Croix Falls artist, handpainted signs from a Somerset schoolteacher, antiques from Roberts and Forest Lake, rustic signs from artists in Star Prairie and Clear Lake, jewelry from a New Richmond woman, and much, much more.Greschner said she is always looking for additional vendors to feature at the store to help keep things fresh. She urges local artists to reach out to her on the store’s Facebook page.“The shop is full of unique, one-of-a-kind items you can’t find anywhere else, and we support local artists,” Greschner said.
What: Home decor consignment boutique
Where: 117 W. Second St., New Richmond (behind SAM’s Corner Bar)
Grand opening: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, June 6
Owner: Carissa Greschner
Facebook page: facebook.com/loganberryinteriors