My Happy Place: Somerset’s new destination
If you’ve driven down Somerset’s Main Street lately, you may have noticed a big change.
The building that once housed the American Legion, and later Standi Toys Inc., has undergone a complete overhaul, complete with large, wide windows and a welcoming front porch.
Brett and Cherie Link of Somerset will unveil My Happy Place Design Studio (252 Main St.) with a grand opening on Friday, Jan. 30. Not only is this showroom and design studio the Links’ “happy place,” they are hoping it becomes the happy place of many people.
My Happy Place features high-end, one-of-a-kind custom furniture, home goods, jewelry, clothing and much more, all handcrafted or repurposed by a handpicked group of area artisans.
“We truly believe in trying to keep our businesses local and give back to the community,” said Cherie, whose family owns Indianhead Glass. “We want to offer more to downtown Somerset, to make it a place for more than just filling up your car and getting something to eat.”
With that in mind, the Links designed the store with a wide front porch, perfect for shoppers or passersby to have a seat while enjoying the town.
“We want people to come here for a fun time and fun experience,” Brett said. “Not just as a place to shop, but a destination.”
The 2,000-square-foot showroom is a completely brand new addition to the front of the building, featuring tin from the original roof and barn wood walls. When the Links began remodeling the building last year after buying it, water began pouring in from the roof and a total redo was necessary, Cherie said. The storefront was brought out 20 more feet toward the street and the ceilings were raised to 13 feet.
The Links, owners of 360 Concrete Studios, had originally envisioned the space as a place for 360 (a designer concrete company that has been based in St. Croix Falls), but the idea grew into what is now My Happy Place. While trying to figure out ways to display their decorative concrete pieces, such as sinks, vanities, table tops, etc., the idea for repurposing and building furniture evolved, which in turn exploded into home goods and beyond, Brett said.
While My Happy Place is not an antique shop, the themed areas throughout the showroom display items (as in a home) where vintage and modern pieces collide. Claire Patterson, a home stylist in the artisan group whose work has been featured in Woodbury Magazine, will be available to give customers advice on arranging their homes.
“The whole principle is to be able to have a showroom for the core group of artisans we’ve selected to display,” Brett said. “We’re able to manufacture pieces with a team of artisans and bring them directly to the showroom.”
The 4,000-square-foot workshop/studio behind the showroom allows the Links and store manager Sheryl Amos to do just that. The workshop is filled with furniture waiting to be painted and repurposed, as well as hundreds of other treasures and work spaces on which to create new pieces of art.
My Happy Place will eventually offer classes and workshops on a variety of topics, such as painting, recycling, upcycling and repurposing.
Amos, who joined the Links’ vision after closing her store Whimsical in Woodbury, said the inventory and themes will be forever changing and evolving as pieces move in and out of the showroom.
Store hours are Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Myhappyplacedesignstudio or call 715-247-4000.