Welcome to my new business, blog, and lifestyle: Tobacco Road!
In the last 7 years I sold my Curious Sofa items online, in an antique mall, and was asked to be a guest dealer at Good JuJu in Kansas City for the Christmas season. That proved to be fun and successful and lead me to meet 4 amazing individuals that wanted to open their own First Friday antique venue. They asked me to help them design and brand their new shop, Top Hat Mercantile, and once it was open I became one of their 25 dealers. This was my life for the next three years.
On March 17, 2015 my beloved Bichon Pearl died in my arms from a tumor on her heart that I didn't even know was there until 6 days prior. If you knew Curious Sofa at all from shopping in my store or seeing articles in your favorite design magazine, you knew Pearl was with me 24/7. She was the ultimate shop dog. She was my love and when she was gone, well, I fell into a grief I have never known. It surprised even me. Six months later my mother died and suddenly my comfortable daily routine was turned upside down. I struggled with working because I had to, socializing because I needed to and trying to maintain some sense of normal when I really just wanted to hide under the covers most days. I can honestly say, some of that is still with me. I will never judge another for how they handle grief. It is a powerful emotion that can disrupt you life, your thinking and your heart. I lost some friendships because I couldn't and didn't want to explain it, and I struggled with my work and business trying to find my direction.
I also concluded after 15 years of antique dealer/retailer mode that I wasn't ever going to be the kind of gal that carried a delicate handbag, wore heels and dresses and lived without a bruise or scratch! So Tobacco Road is me accepting and "embracing" (I hate that word!) the part of me that isn't going to be the delicate flower I wish I were!!
I spent the better part of August curating, shooting, and loading products to the new Tobacco Road website as well as fine tuning my "brick and mortar" space at Urban Mining. Instagram is my new form of advertising all things new but the ShopTobaccoRoad Facebook page shows you the same posts, so feel free to follow me on whatever connection is best for you.
I hope you enjoy the items I have found for you, and more to come!