Gabrielle Pazour started selling her upcycled, repurposed and refinished furniture at local artisan markets, such as the Fetching Market and Hunt & Gather.
Her business took off so much she opened the brick and mortar boutique Aster + Gray in downtown Valparaiso in August. Its newly renovated home at 20 Indiana Ave. on the courthouse square includes reclaimed wood from historic barns in Porter County.
The shop sells goods handcrafted by more than 80 local artisans, including Regionwear, Mother Wilma's Marshmallow Factory, Nomad.Breadth, The SpOiled Housewife, BUN's Soapbox and many more.
"We focus on merchandise that's handcrafted by artisans and locally made," Pazour said. "There's a wonderful, very supportive artisan culture. These are people who love what they do."
Aster + Gray sells curated home decor, housewares, soap, bath items, skin care essentials, candles, gourmet food, coffee, tea, jewelry, stationary, apparel and crafts. It has a pet products, such as handcrafted collars and dog treats.
"We're always getting new merchandise in," she said.
Aster + Gray is open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. After Memorial Day, it plans to have extended hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information, call 219-510-1114, visit www.asterandgray.com or find Aster + Gray on Facebook or Instagram.
Source: NWI Times