We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Vetnar and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erin, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
It’s strange to think of my shop as a success because to me it’s a fun place that I get to go every day. It’s not a job. It’s my happy place that I get to go and create and make things at. I think people feel that when they walk in. I think our brand is successful because people know we treat everyone with respect and kindness. That we will help them with their projects or give advice about their space and how to use objects they already have. I think we are successful because we take an honest interest in helping our customers.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’d say I came about being a business owner by accident. My unofficial motto has been necessity is the mother of invention. I’m flattered when customers come in to shop and get inspired. To see how we use things. I like to hear that. It makes me happy to know items will have a second life and not end up in the landfill. Starting my shop was actually my sons idea. We were out of town at a friend of mines shop and he said-Mom. You should SO be doing this. This is everything you like to do! I think hearing that from him, the confidence he had in me, when I didn’t see it in myself, that was the fire I needed. I jumped in with two feet. Not having AnY idea what I was getting myself in to. I’ve never looked back. I will say when asked, everything I have done in my life prior to the shop prepared me. EVERY job. Every class. Every interaction with someone… Being a Mother, A Christian. It’s all played an important part of who I am and how I’ve been able to run my business. When there are challenges… I go back to the best advice my Father taught me. Stay in your lane. Look ahead of you and focus on what YOU do. Do not look behind you. Or to the side of you. Stay focused on why you continue to do what you do and don’t worry about what other people are doing or saying. That advice has helped me more than once.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Funny this is a question… when my best friend first came here years ago, we would go hiking and sit and talk for hours over an Ajs iced tea. Now we head to Flower Child and to Federal Pizza. Driving up to Sedona and hiking is always a must and eating lunch on the back patio at the Garland’s. Driving 89A from Sedona to Flagstaff is gorgeous and if it’s Fall, then seeing the Aspens in Flagstaff would be on the itinerary. The most interesting people watching I find is at the Botanical Gardens.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Shoutout would absolutely go to my family. My children. My parents. Without Their help none of my accomplishments would have been possible. Their encouragement. Their belief in me. And all the blood sweat and tears they’ve shed with me -helping me to bring my visions to life. (On social media and websites especially!)

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