Who are 'we'? Andrea Kett and Yvonne Lenhares, two Dixon locals. Andrea has been in Dixon for over 30 years and Yvonne was raised in true Dixon local. We met years ago through a mutual friend and a love of scrapbooking.
Every year a group of us crafty gals would get together at the start of the year for several days. Kind of a crafty kick start to the new year. As we would scrap and talk, we would always joke about "when we have our own scrapbook store". Well, in January of 2013 one of the large local scrapbook stores was closing, and we wondered what would it even take to open a store. We started our reconnaissance work that month. We visited other local stores, spoke to the owners, looked at websites and social media of stores across the US. Since we both live in Dixon, we looked at all available retail sites in town. We found the perfect site and a great landlord. Did some improvements and all the paperwork involved, ordered product and just like that we were having our grand opening in August 2013.
We have been blessed by our growth. We initially occupied the one Suite, half of the store for retail and had only 17 spots for crops and classes in the back of the room. In 2017, we expanded into the adjoining vacant suite. We took the risk and signed the lease, and never regretted it. Now we have an additional 2,500 square feet just for classes, crops and events. We have fifty 6-foot tables! This meant we could double the size of our retail area in the original space. The retail space is full of thousands of items: 12x12 papers, paper pads, collection kits, embellishments, flowers, ribbon, albums, tools, adhesives and mixed media. When we opened we would get maybe a three shipments a month on average. Now we receive at over three shipments a week! We can't help ourselves. If we don't have it, we can get it for you. And the inspirational pieces around the store will be sure to get your creative juices flowing.
We have an amazing group of instructors who are so talented. They continue to create the most inspirational classes and kits month after month. We are very grateful to have them in our lives.
Our customers are amazing. We love to hear your stories, see what you are working on and what you have created. We consider our store to be a "happy place". A place where you can come to be inspired and create. A place to spend time with your friends and make new friends. We thank all our customers for your support, without you, we would not be able to keep the lights on and bring in new product.
We hope to see you soon! Be Inspired and Create Andrea and Yvonne