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By 10/13/2009


here's the big news: i am opening a store.

yup, it's really happening. and it's a lot like driving up a huge hill. when you approach it, it's pretty scary. once you start up, the perspective changes, and it's not as steep as it seemed. and i'm sure i'll look back and say that was a big. ass. hill.

anywho. furbish studio. in this cute little building on glenwood avenue in raleigh. lease is signed. upfit is in progress. inventory is being ordered. furniture is having fairy dust sprinkled on it as we speak.

i'm going to carry 'reimagined' furniture, other home furnishings and accessories, and offer interior decorating services out of the store.

this has been a dream of mine FOREVER and i can't believe it's really happening. it's the culmination of a lot of fortuitous events - some bad, some good - that has brought me to this once in a lifetime chance.

the ship might sink, but i'm going to enjoy the view from the back of the boat until it does.

i'm aiming for a grand opening party mid-november, and of course you'll all be invited.

wish me luck.

130 comments

  1. Wow Congrats!! This may seem dumb, but what city are you in?

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  2. So great!
    and to the above question - it does say in the text Raleigh. . .

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  3. NO WAY! Is that the building that used to be a hair salon? I can't wait to check out your shop! Best of luck!

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  4. Pat yourself on the back! I'm going to follow your progess and hope to post pics of your beautiful shop when it's complete.

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  5. Congrats! Do you need any part-time help? I live in Raleigh, and I also "reimagine" furniture.

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  6. DUDE. AMAZING. Online Store?

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  7. Very cool! Glenwood seems like the idea location. I will def. be stopping by!

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  8. how very exciting!! i am so happy for you...if only i lived in raliegh, potential online availibility???? just wondering....best of luck!

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  9. Wow, congratulations! What a huge, amazing deal! If I wasn't in CA I would so be checking that out.

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  10. YES!!! I'll be driving up from Winston-Salem to shop. I can't wait!

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  11. Yippee!!! Oh my goodness, Jamie, Congratulations!!! I am so thrilled that this long-cherished dream is coming true. I believe in you and you have my support.

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  12. Ship might sink... I think not. You've got the vision and ambition normal people like me are looking for. Good luck!

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  13. Woohoo!! Congrats! That'd be worth a visit if I'm ever near Raleigh. May it be a huge success and may you enjoy the ride! :)

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  14. Congratulations! I used to live in Raleigh (right off Glenwood!) and still have family in the area. Maybe I will come visit your store when you open up. Good luck!

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  15. Yay for you! I don't even know you, but your happy news just made my day! Good luck!

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  16. Congratulations! I will definetly be stopping by when you open!

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  17. How exciting!! Congrats, can't wait to hear all about it :)

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  18. so exciting. congratulations!

    if i was in the area, i'd definitely visit. online store?!

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  19. Congratulations, Jaime!!!! You are living my dream!! Good for you!!

    I'm going to Raleigh sometime in the next couple months to visit a friend who recently moved there. I'd LOVE to swing by to meet you and see the store in person!

    Good luck with all the work you have ahead of you!! So awesome...

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  20. Oh, how exciting! I read your blog every day from Chapel Hill (where I often imagine calling you for design advice!). Congrats!

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  21. Congratulations ~ How scary and exciting! The store front is just the cutest - I can see a very successful future there for you!

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  22. congrats! I look forward to checking it out.

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  23. omg jamie!!!!! thats so exciting! congrats and best of luck! I may be down that way for a wedding next year, and will be sure to drop by!

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  24. Yay for you! Congrats and all the best.

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  25. Luck! This is so awesome and I hope you'll keep us updated!

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  26. Congratulations! I love your little store and I know you're going to have an amazing and successful business.

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  27. It's lookin' good! I was a little worried when I drove by there the other week and still saw the "For lease" sign up.

    It's such a cute spot. No pic does it justice.

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  28. woo woo!! i heard rumors of such - thanksgiving grand opening perhaps? so proud of you. xoxo

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  29. CONGRATS! I wish I could come and visit for the grand opening, but I'll have a newborn then. I hope I can stop by one day. I know you will have great success!

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  30. Congrats! I'm almost convinced to take a trip to Raleigh to check it out!

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  31. Congratulations! Can't wait to visit. Where is it on Glenwood?

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  32. Mucho congrats on following your dream! Let us all know when there is e-commerce so we can direct traffic your way!

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  33. Big news...congrats!! Next time I am in Raleigh I'll stop by. Know it will be a huge success!!

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  34. wow! what a great surprise! even though i don't know you, i'm so proud of you! congrats and best of luck to you. you will be a huge success.

    i look forward to seeing pictures of your store since i am far, far away!

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  35. That is so great, amazing, inspiring, best best best of luck! And keep all of your loyal readers updated on all of your success, if I am ever in Raleigh this will defff be one of my shops! Congrats!

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  36. I am so so so so so excited for you!!! I wish I could come to the opening but I will definitely visit the store in the future! Congrats! What an exciting time for you!

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  37. I am SO very excited for you as I hope one day I can achieve this same dream! It already looks so cute from the outside and I know you will have no problem making it twice as cute on the inside!

    xoxo

    Rebecca June

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  38. CONGRATS!! So exciting! Wishing you lots of luck and success! xx
    Nicole

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  39. It's a lovely storefront and logo...I just know you'll do beautifully.

    I find myself in Raleigh every now and then for work and hope I'll be able to come by some day!

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  40. Wow, that is so fantastic! Very inspiring. You have such a great eye, I don't think you'll need much luck, but best of luck nonetheless! Congratulations!!

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  41. So excited for you. Ive been following the blog for awhile and I the stores is going to be just as perfectly edited. Good Luck!!

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  42. congratulations! and wishing you huge amounts of success! can't wait to hear more about it!

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  43. Congrats, Jamie - that is wonderful and you are going to be a smashing success. Wishing you all the best!

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  44. Fantastic, you are going to be a huge success! It's really the only outcome possible.

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  45. Wow. And yay! My only tinge of sadness is that it's a long was from San Francisco to Raleigh...road trip?!

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  46. this is so so so fabulous!! It will all be amazing and we can't all wait to follow along and see your success! CONGRATS

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  47. Congrats! Can't wait to see how it all looks when it comes together!

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  48. Great news! I'm wishing you much success and hoping I can get to your neck of the woods for a shopping trip.

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  49. Wow that is HUGE!!! so exciting, I just came across your blog not too long ago and I really enjoy it and your! Hubs are and I are planning a drive from va to texas over the holidays and I would love to stop by your store!! Praying for all the logistics and for everything to go smooth. congrats!

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  50. Wow how exciting! This is one ship that I think will be sailing for a long, long time! I'm a Raleigh girl, I'd love to come for the grand opening and can't wait to drop in and see all the deliciousness!

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  51. Fabulous! Thrilled for you and can't wait to see how it all unfolds!

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  52. Good for you, girl! What an inspiration.

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  53. YAY! congrats! i'm sure this store will be as fabulous as you are! looking forward to the grand opening!

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  54. i'm going to cry. i'm so proud! and i'm a stranger!

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  55. Congrats! This is so exciting! I would seriously drive down from DC to see the store!

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  56. Congratulations! Next time we're visiting my inlaws in Raleigh, you will definitely be one of my first stops!

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  57. Congratulations! How amazing!
    I'm in GA so I might just make the drive up there!

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  58. Congrats--good on you! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  59. Living the dream. TEOT will be there.

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  60. now i might actually come to raleigh...so happy for you jmeares.
    best of luck - although you don't need luck when you have your sense of style and design. it's a gift!

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  61. Congratulations! I came to your Furbish Studio last fall and loved it! You have a faithful reader here and I will be in your store next time I am in NC!

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  62. How exciting, Jamie! Congratulations!

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  63. congratulations! so inspiring to see you doing what you love to do, i wish you all the best success (hip hip hurray for capitalism :) )

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  64. Congratulations! Wish I lived closer to your shop. Please keep updating your blog for your fans in the Midwest.

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  65. Congrats!! I will so be there. Good luck!

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  66. congrats! you are filling a big void in the downtown/five points retail scene- combine that with your talent and this store is sure to be a hit.
    i'm looking forward to stopping in often!

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  67. Congrats! I'm new to your blog - and wishing you all the best in your new venture!
    -Erin

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  68. CONGRATS!!!! I know it will be fab!

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  69. How amazing! What a lovely little space and on GLENWOOD ... wowy :) congrats!

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  70. Congratulations! I'll definitely stop by the next time I'm in Raleigh.

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  71. Bravo! I will also be jetting over from Winston-Salem. Hope the opening party will be a on a weekend. Best of luck, MEL

    P.S. Thanks for the referral to Meg Brown's store.

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  72. WOW! Awesome news!!! I'm a bit envious but you absolutely deserve it!

    Warmest congrats and best wishes, I'm sure you'll do AWESOME!! :)

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  73. Congratulations and best wishes! I imagine they'll be a bookcase of some kind in the store... ;)

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  74. Jamie! Congrats on this milestone event; I'm so excited to see where this adventure takes you. I recently moved to Charlotte and may have to take a little trip up to checkout the store when its up and running, I'd love to meet you!

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  75. Simone from Elizabeth CityOctober 14, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Congrats! You must be thrilled your long time dream is coming to fruition. Hope to pop by on my next trip to the Triangle Area at the top of 2010.

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  76. Good gracious! That is fantastic news. All the more reason to visit our 1000 friends/family members in the Triangle. And since my own (fabric) shop-owning dreams have been put on hold for the time being, I will live vicariously through your sure-to-be successful and fabulous store. Congrats!

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  77. Martha Stewart can suck it! Jaime, I'm beyond excited about this news. Just promise you'll never be a scary evil boss and that all of my holiday shopping can take place at one store, and I'll be behind you 1,000%. Okay fine, I already am.
    xoxo, Chomps

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  78. Wow, that is awesome! Best of luck! Wish I were in Raleigh to come to the opening (but I'll send you all the best fairy dust!).

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  79. That's so exciting! Congrats!

    What a cute little store too.

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  80. Congrats! All these *hints* of "something exciting" coming up is now true! I wish I lived closer to Raleigh so I could check it out-

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  81. This is such grand news! Good for you. I wish you LOADS of success! Dream big, baby, because it's gonna happen for you. I can feel it.

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  82. WAHOO!!! I'll totally be at the party.

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  83. Amazing! A big huge congrats!!! I can't wait to see it all come together. You are totally living the dream!

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  84. Gush! I could not be more excited for you!

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  85. Congratulations Jamie! Hope to visit the store soon!

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  86. This is awesome news! Can't wait to come shopping.

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  87. Woohoo!!!
    Look at all this support - this many readers can't be wrong!

    Looking forward to all your future blogging about how ridiculously well living your dream is going.

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  88. oh my lands! what wonderful news. I can't wait to come by and meet you in real life. it also happens that I close on my house the end of October, so your store will be opened just in time for me to get a healthy dose of Furbish fabulousity.*

    *You can totes use "furbish fabulousity" if you want!

    www.thedailyjulie.com

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  89. congratulations on following your dream, how exciting! good luck. can't wait to see pictures of your progress with the shop and the end results.

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  90. oh hell yes!! let me know if you need any part time help!! I should be working.
    see? not so bad to get laid off huh?

    get it girl!

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  91. Congratulations - that's HUGE news!!! Good luck and I can;t wait to read more about this - it's going to be fabulous..! Good for you, lady!

    -maria

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  92. Trying to push you up to 100 here...

    I know you'll be the perfect shopkeeper, never following customers around and making a pest of yourself. You strike me as someone who has the lightest touch when working with people.

    You'll be smashing.

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  93. lucky duck. ive literally had my eye on that space since it went empty (its walking distance from my house)

    Pete and I will have to come take a walk and visit once its up and running!

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  94. I am so happy for you! Congratulations.

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  95. How many people get the chance to live out their dream. You've totally inspired me to make my dreams come true!
    Congrats! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  96. How exciting!!! I can't wait! I've always loved that little building.

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  97. Congratulations! I wish you the best!

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  98. Congrats! I'm relatively new to your blog and found it from designsponge links. I've enjoyed your blog. I also live in downtown Raleigh and I'm so excited that you're opening a store. I can't wait to come by!

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  99. "the ship might sink, but i'm going to enjoy the view from the back of the boat until it does" - but i believe passion will see anything through =)

    congratulations!

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  100. Congratulations Jamie! I will be in Raleigh visiting my Mom for Thanksgiving.... I will have to stop by! Good luck, I am proud of you.

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  101. awesome! i'm from raleigh (in nyc now) and can't wait to check it out when i'm home visiting. i'll also tell all my friends and family to stop by. congrats on following your dream!

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  102. this is huge news! congratulations! it's also been a dream of mine forever to completely uproot this career of mine that i've started and am now neck-deep in, and i'm so glad that you are doing this and hope this works out for the best.

    please do keep us updated on all your trials and tribulations, and any other tips you might have for others who may want to do a drastic career move from something that basically has NOTHING to do with design. best of luck!

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  103. Congrats and best of luck! I'm sure your store will be fabulous and you will be very successful.

    { Lindsey }
    http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

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  104. CONGRATULATIONS! What a wonderful accomplishment. Best of luck to you.

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  105. Look at you! I wish I lived anywhere near you so I could shop there. Congraulations!

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  106. Best of luck! Speaking from a lot of shop ownin' experience, this is going to be the best, hardest, most rewarding thing you'll ever do. I can't imagine doing anything else with my life!! :)

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  107. You're a bad ass. You will definitely be a success!!!!

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  108. Congratulations and best of luck in this endeavor! You are living my dream. I hope to stop by on my next trip through Raleigh.

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  109. congratulations! that is so amazing and thrilling!

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  110. Congrats if i didn't live in Australia I would shop in your store for sure

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  111. Congratulations! I am envious as I too share your dream but hope big things for you!!!

    Just discovered your blog and I am really enjoying it :)

    Sidney

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  112. yes! i knew you could do it! i like the "reimagined" idea. you'll do great.

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  113. Oh my! Congratulations in a big, big way! I love it when a plan comes together.

    "it's the culmination of a lot of fortuitous events - some bad, some good - that has brought me to this once in a lifetime chance." Love that.

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  114. I don't know how I missed this. Congratulations! I wish you much success. :)

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  115. Fantastic news - good luck indeed! I'm sure you'll do well.

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  116. Holy crap Jamie. I just found your blog so randomly through Urban Grace Interiors then My Favorite and My Best...I was like hold on-- I know her! Not sure if you remember me, I went to UNCA with Anna and I met you a few times. I'm stoked about your shop. I hope you keep posting all the details b/c I def want to stop in. Lovin your blog and your site!

    Kristen

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  117. Hooray for dreams coming true!!!!

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  118. Hey Kristin!

    Of course I remember you! How are things!! You'll def. have to drop by the store and say hello. Shoot me an email, and I'll make sure to invite you to the opening party

    jamie.meares at gmail.com

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  119. Oh My!!
    CONGRATULATIONS on the big news!
    I'm so excited and I wish you all the best.

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  120. I wish you the best of lucks! I love your optimism! Since I live in Greensboro, NC, I might visit you one day!

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  121. How wonderfully, exhilaratingly exciting. Best of luck. I wish you soaring success...I really do!

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  122. oh hooray!
    last time i was home i noticed that place was empty. i've always loved that little corner and was hoping someone would snatch it up and turned it into something wonderful.

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