Tuesday, October 13, 2009

and for my next trick...


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:

sketch42 said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Ella said...

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!

www.betterhomenogarden.com said...

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.

Laura said...

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

EvY said...

DUDE. AMAZING. Online Store?

CJ said...

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

Monique said...

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

ashley morgan said...

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

Laura said...

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

Rachael said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

C + T said...

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! :)

Southern Exposure said...

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!

Lula said...

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

cristinaarkin said...

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

{lovely little things} said...

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

angela hardison said...

so exciting. congratulations!

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

Jenny said...

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...

Kacey said...

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

TeresaAlison said...

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

Elizabeth said...

congrats! I look forward to checking it out.

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

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!

ToniAnnette said...

Yay for you! Congrats and all the best.

angela said...

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

Yansy said...

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

Lyndsey said...

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.

elizabeth said...

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

The Baby Head Diarist said...

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!

Shannon said...

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

Sharon said...

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

Jennifer said...

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

bluehydrangea said...

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

megan said...

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!

Bailey Quin said...

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!

my favorite and my best said...

tears of joy...j mizzle. tears of joy.

brynalexandra said...

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!

Rebecca June said...

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

So Haute said...

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

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

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!

Christiana said...

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!!

royalapothic said...

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!!

Kahea said...

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

Nicole said...

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

compulsively compiled said...

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

Samantha said...

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

Courtney said...

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

domestikatedlife said...

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

Kwana said...

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

Maria said...

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!

meg{moir} said...

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!

ms. less is always more said...

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

Ann at sevenspelledout said...

You Can Do It. And you are.

The Mighty RandR said...

Good for you, girl! What an inspiration.

miss dixie said...

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

becca said...

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

Kara said...

Very exciting! Congrats!

Andrea said...

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

Il Fornaio said...

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

layersofmeaning said...

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

MsAmanda said...

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

Sarah said...

Living the dream. TEOT will be there.

Abby said...

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!

sbfren said...

Good for you!!!

Anonymous said...

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!

Mallory said...

How exciting, Jamie! Congratulations!

Corinna White Charlton said...

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

Jennifer said...

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

MissScientistSF said...

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

salley said...

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!

E said...

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

Jennifer said...

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

darling dexter said...

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

jen shannon said...

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

Freeda Bee said...

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.

Alicia M said...

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!! :)

Elise said...

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

Pink to Green said...

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!

Simone from Elizabeth City said...

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.

carrie said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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

Fiona said...

Woo so exciting! Good luck!

urbansardines said...

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!).

jen said...

That's so exciting! Congrats!

What a cute little store too.

fun+fabulous diapercakes said...

yahoooo!

Susan said...

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-

lucitebox said...

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.

BeautyNinja said...

Very inspiring :)

Erin said...

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

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

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

Blair said...

Gush! I could not be more excited for you!

Diva Style said...

Congratulations Jamie! Hope to visit the store soon!

Anne said...

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

tara s. said...

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.

Julie said...

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

Hopeless Chest said...

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.

emilyalane said...

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!

vintage simple said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

Barefoot in the Park said...

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!

Anna said...

I am so happy for you! Congratulations.

Colette's Cottage said...

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!

Lindsey said...

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

Mango Gal said...

Congratulations! I wish you the best!

Making it Lovely said...

WOAH. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

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!

Jorraine said...

"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!

Kyle Lynn said...

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.

beth said...

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!

because said...

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!

Lindsey said...

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

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

Julie said...

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

Deodand said...

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

Le Owner said...

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!! :)

Jen said...

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

Karlye said...

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

Christine said...

congratulations! that is so amazing and thrilling!

Anonymous said...

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

Eclectic said...

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

parisienish said...

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

carlita dee said...

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.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

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

Suzy said...

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

Old Beach Bungalow said...

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

andi said...

Hooray for dreams coming true!!!!

i suwannee said...

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

Betsy said...

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

edgar cabrera said...

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

nkp said...

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

Eliza said...

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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