Grand Opening

by | Sep 25, 2010 | Miscellaneus | 53 comments

Today was the day!  The shop in Walkersville, Maryland had its grand opening and it was a great success!
Here are some of the vendors…
From left to right: meet Gail, Lynette, Christine, and me. 
Lynette, the woman with the dream, is so talented, has great taste, great ideas, and is a delightful person as the cherry on top (and just to be an over-achiever, she looks cute in skinny jeans!)
This space started out as measured out “booths”, but before the shop even opened, it was very clear that things would work better if our stuff mingled.  My vintage industrial chair paired with a more feminine desk owned by another vendor.  Lynette paired things together artfully and it gives this shop a cohesive look.  So, I’ll stop with the narrative and let you enjoy the pictures. 

It was a wonderful day.  We sold a ton of furniture, which has us all scrambling to make more.  We also had great support from blog readers, friends, and family.  Leslie even brought me some farm-picked flowers and a truck full of goodies for me to makeover.
I know many of you don’t live anywhere near the shop (ahem…mom), so here’s a video…
Thanks so much, girls, for all of your well-wishes, prayers and support in this new endeavor.  The blog world is an amazing community of women and I am really blessed to be a part of it. 
Miss Mustard Seed


  1. Sommer

    You are my idol and inspiration. I can't wait to be posting this on my blog and I've decided this is my year. My two oldest are finally in school and I think I can manage getting my business looking more like, well a real business! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us, I have enjoyed it every step of the way.

  2. SueBee

    Oh how exciting for you! We just opened our space in August for the first time and we are having so much fun. I'm so glad it went well for all of you. Congratulations!
    Enjoy your Sunday,

  3. Carol

    The shop and all the stuff is so amazing!! So glad you had a great Opening day and every day will be good.
    Sure wish you were closer so I could see in person and also unload some treasures from my basement that the husband is threatening to throw in the dumpster next month.

  4. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely

    I am just BEYOND excited for you in this venture!! (and just a tiny bit jealous…) 🙂 What a fantastic opportunity! I wish you all HUGE success.

  5. molly susan strong

    Oh it was so nice to see you. I should have broken that camera!!! Hahahah. So glad it was such a great day!

  6. The Green Pea

    How exciting for you. The shop looks
    beautiful. Congratulation on the grand opening. Thank you for sharing
    the video. Hope that you have a restful weekend. sandi

  7. Andrea

    I see many many items that I would buy if I were closer. Lovely store, and I'm sure you'll all do wonderfully with such talent working together!

  8. Barbara

    You should be so proud of yourself! Your new business seems to have gotten off to a fine start!Congratulations! I love your stuff!You're an inspiration to me too.

    Hugs XX

  9. Custom Comforts

    I loved your pictures and especially your video! Makes me feel like I was there.
    I just wanted you to know I referred a couple ladies your way. They were here in town (Columbus, OH) this weekend for the Country Living Fair.
    They came by a small local show today where I was participating and bought something from me. We got to talking and they are from around Gettysburg, so I told them about your shop. Since I follow your blog, I told them to look on my blogsite and link over to yours to find out more about your shop and its location. I hope they come see you soon and may you continue to be blessed with many more profitable days to come.

  10. Pieces of Dreams

    Hello Miss M!

    Congrats to you and yours! How wonderful for you! You deserve every bit of the success you have had and what comes your way. Thru you, we all get bits and pieces of the journey of success. You have reached and inspired many! God bless you and may nothing but good things come your way! Karen

  11. Cath

    (Clapping) everything looks wonderful!! I can't wait till I can venture out in person.

    Continued success to you and all the ladies.

  12. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    Congratulations. Everything Looks absolutely fabulous. I am so glad your grand opening went well. Hugs, Marty

  13. Laurie

    Congratulations! Beautiful… wishing you a successful adventure!

  14. Sarah

    Congratulations. Wow the store looks great. 🙂

  15. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    So happy that you had a great opening day. How exciting. I'm a tad jealous too. It looks like such fun! There are so many beautiful pieces. I love what you did with the mirror too!

  16. Micah

    love Love LOVE the shop! Its a little piece of heaven. Thanks for the video tour!

  17. Susan @

    CONGRATULATIONS on the Grand Opening! I wish I lived closer, but I don't. I am so happy for you!

    OK -Can I just take a moment to tell you what you have done for me? You have inspired me so much. Really. Because of you and your blog, I have stepped out there into the world of selling and have sold some "creations" on Craigslist and Etsy! I have also started my own blog. This has been such an adventure over the past few months. I have encountered much doubt and frustration and have often times thought "I wonder if Miss Mustard Seed had to go through this". I know you probably did. And I keep going 🙂 Thank you Thank you Thank you for your posts and your honesty in them. I so appreciate you. God bless you and your family.

  18. Rustique Gal

    Oh my, I wish I was closer! I love the shop. Congrats to you all!

  19. Erin

    Sounds wonderful Marian:)

  20. Crystal from Fussy Monkey Business

    So happy for you guys! Definitely have(had) some great stuff in your booths. Makes me wanna go open up a booth too:o) Congrats!!

  21. bj

    Congratulations on the opening..I had no doubts whatsoever that it would be totally successful.
    I love the booths…everything looks great…

  22. Megan {Honey We're Home}

    Congratulations! So glad the opening was a success- that's a great idea to mingle the pieces.

  23. LouLou

    I am so happy for you… It seems like just yesterday that I discovered your blog. Do you remember how we emailed at the beginning? You've been such an inspiration to me and taught me so many things… No one deserves success more than you!


  24. AntiqueChase

    Lots of goodies in there…. congrats!!

  25. Rebecca@This Present Life

    The shop looks great! I would totally shop there if I lived closer! I am excited to hear all about this new adventure in your life and wish you the best of luck. From the looks of the shop, you'll be a great success!

  26. Sixty-Fifth Avenue

    I'm so happy you made that video, I wanted to be there in real life shopping all that goodness. Congratulations on your first of many great days! I'm so happy for you. Hope your little guy is feeling better.


  27. Designs on 47th Street

    whine, whine, I WANT TO LIVE IN MARYLAND! The shop looks so fun and sounds like a dream come true for you. Congratulations and know it will all go well. 🙂


  28. Lynn Richards

    Definitely one of the more beautiful shops I have seen. Just fabulous. congratulations on your grand opening, you deserve all the sales and more!!!

  29. Lynn Richards

    did you sell the sweet stool that you painted?

  30. Tales From My Empty Nest

    I wish I lived closer, but I think your shop is about a 5 hour drive. You all have some awesome items in the shop, so I know the items didn't stay around very long. You are going to be busy trying to get more stuff to fill up the space. That is a good problem to have. I am so thrilled that your new venture was a huge success. You certainly deserve it! You have truly inspired me to do some furniture pieces myself. Love & blessings from NC!

  31. KATHY

    I just love the video.The shop looks fantastic. I wish i lived close by so i could come in and shop!!Good luck with your new venture….Kathy

  32. Robyn

    YOU ARE IN MD? I MUST mapquest this fabulous little slice of heaven you call a store! Everything looks just delightful! I hope your grand opening was just fabulous. I have to say I love LOVE Linette's blouse, it's so pretty! 😉 Oh, BTW, I'm having a CSN gift certificate give away and I'd love for you to stop by if you have a moment!

  33. projectanthologies

    Wow! So true what others said – you are an inspiration. Congrats on your new shop. I want to be you when I grow up. (lol – I'm probably older than you).

  34. Jen T

    Congratulations Marion! Your hard work is paying off. It's fun & exciting to watch your mustard seed grow. I'm praying for your continued success and know that you are an encouragement to others & a blessing.
    All the best! Jen

  35. Dayka (Life +Style)

    congratulations on your big accomplishment, and a successful day of sales. you inspire me to keep on pushing & live my dream! 🙂

  36. Anne Marie

    that's wonderful! everything looks great – especially you ladies!!!

    all the best!
    Anne Marie

  37. Funky Junk Interiors

    Congrats on your success! This store seems to be the absolute PERFECT fit for your wares. Having like minded items close by yours only enhances what you've created. I'm so excited for you!!

    Thanks for showing us one avenue to help progress our dreams. 🙂


  38. michelle

    Oh I wish I lived closer!! Everything looks so great and I would probably shop there everyday!!! Congrats on the opening!!!

  39. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here

    Hi Marian, Congrats on a successful Grand Opening! The shop looks amazing and I can't wait to visit.
    Hugs, Sherry

  40. Kolein

    It's so lovely, MMS!!! So happy for you that it was a great time!

    All those beans in the bottoms of those vases make me so happy!!!! I just want to run my hands in there!!!!

    It's so nice that everything was "blended" cuz isn't that what this is ALL about anyway…such a wonderful blend of lovely creative geniuses!!!

    Thank you for sharing this with all of us… and I'm echoing Donna….showing us the endless possibilities that are attainable in our own creative worlds!!

    So, now, when we get to Gettysburg, will you be here or there??? Looks like our trip will happen in October…


  41. Cindy

    Hi Marian, I am just getting time to stop by and see catch this post. What a delight you and the other ladies were yesterday. I LOVED meeting you all. The shop is great and can't wait to come back and check out the goodies again. I can't believe how much you all sold in one day.

    Still trying to decide on the cabinet, but the TV spacing for this particular room has me baffled, hence can't make a decision about the cabinet. But isn't it darling.

    I am so happy for you and the success that this shop promises.


  42. mitziscollectibles

    The store looks lovely, and has a great cohesive look to it. I'm glad to hear you gals have sold so much already. That's a good sign….and hopefully if will continue!

  43. Tania

    looks fantastic and it sure looks like you are going to be be very happy there!

  44. cleverpenguin

    Oh congratulations! It looks like you're off to a roaring start, so here's to things continuing in the same line. The photos are charming, and it seems like mingling the goods was definitely the way to go. I love seeing all of your hard work in a brick and mortar shop. You must be so proud and excited!

  45. kim

    oh my how exciting and congrats! I live in Florida now but am originally from MD and before we moved down here, we almost moved out near Walkersville. If I ever get back up that way I'll be sure to stop by and visit your shop 🙂

  46. Farmer's Wyfe

    Wow!!! It looks GREAT! I LOVE the livery stable and the old tray on the table! MUST HAVE LIVERY SIGN!! 🙂 I'm sure the store will do GREAT!!!

  47. Susan

    I don't even know you, but I feel as though you're my good friend. Oh, to be there to walk through your new shop… It looks absolutely wonderful! I LOVE every little thing you've shared on your blog, and it has given me the courage to forge ahead with my own ideas…inspired by yours. Thank you so much!

  48. Dreamy Whites

    Hello Marian,
    Congratulations….I am so excited for you… what a great group of women… I wish I lived closer…
    The shop looks amazing…..
    I hope you are having a great week…..
    Take Care,

  49. Casii

    As someone who lives just down the street from the shop, I truly hope it thrives! What a beautiful addition to our funky little town.


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