“There’s a lot of variety in what we offer,” Connie says. “And we have clever things that guys really dig. That’s important for us because there aren’t a lot of stores that men and women can visit together and both enjoy.”
“We receive new shipments multiple times per week,” she adds. “And I’m proud that the majority of my inventory is locally sourced. We have a lot of local art and jewelry, and we carry a good number of books by local authors, which people really enjoy.”
Currently, they have a hand-carved rocking horse; nautical signal lamps; SOS lamps; gear clocks; Bulova watches; and whimsical things, like glitter dusted dear heads with antlers. But the biggest draw by far is their full-sized 1965 Cobra race car.
“It’s a showstopper,” Connie says. “And leads to wonderful conversations about cars, racing and automobile engineering. After years of inquiry, we’re finally offering it for sale.”
In the five years since it’s arrived in the Market Common, the store has been a hit— and the two have expanded their floorspace to include a back room. Connie continues to offer residential design services from Manifest Design, including whole-house designs.
“I have a low-key approach to designing,” she says. “I create according to my clients’ needs— how they want to live in their space. My whole mission is to make interior design accessible. Everybody’s situation is unique, so I want to make this an option for all.”
Connie and Dusty really enjoy what they do. During the holidays and periodically thoughout the year, they’ll serve wine and hot cider to those who are browsing to enhance their customers’ shopping experience.
“People love our store,” Connie says. “We make for a fun and fascinating retail therapy session. I know we have succeeded in elevating the hum-drum and average shopping experience when the men come in, bringing their wives with them.”