Local Business Owners Join Forces to Open Oswego Store
Sep 06, 2016 06:37PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori
Local artist Tim Shelton paints the Hudson Design House logo at the new shop, which is set to open later this month in downtown Oswego. (Photo courtesy of Hudson Design House)
A new store selling furniture, home décor and specialty goods is set to open later this month at the former site of a downtown Oswego antique store.
The work of three friends and business owners, Hudson Design House is slated to open Sept. 15 at the corner of Main and Washington streets. The storefrtont was formally Rejoyce Antiques.
“We’re really excited,” said Leslie Hilderbrant, who is opening the store with fellow vintage shop owners Amy Griesmann of Plano and Autumn Ramsey-Narney of Oswego.
Hudson Design House specializes in timeless furniture and home décor, with the tagline, “A vintage boutique specializing in vintage furniture, home decor, and specialty goods from artisans and makers.”
Hilderbrant is the owner of Birdie Bean Design, selling furniture and handmade goods out of Affordable Antiques & More in Naperville.
All three women have a passion for vintage home goods. Griesmann owns Amelia & George, offering home goods and décor out of a Yorkville storefront, while Ramsey-Narney runs Autumn’s Serendipity, specializing in furniture, at Outside In by Cappenollie in Morris.
The three are also regular vendors at area vintage markets including 3 French Hens in Morris, Backroads Vintage Market at Emerson Creek Pottery in Oswego and Urban Farmgirl in Rockford.
“We all met doing markets,” said Hilderbrant, an Oswego resident.
The idea to open a joint venture in Oswego came in July, when the trio learned the space previously occupied by Rejoyce would soon be available.
“We got the keys on Aug. 1,” Hilderbrant said.
Since then, the three women and their husbands have been hard at work preparing the store for a Sept. 15 soft opening.
“It’s been crazy and nonstop,” said Hilderbrant.
They’ve also been working to spread the word about the shop via word of mouth and social media.
“We get a lot of people walking by stopping and asking (what’s opening),” said Hilderbrant.
Hudson Design House is now a member of the Oswego Chamber of Commerce, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Sept. 29. An official grand opening is planned for the following weekend, Hilderbrant said.