Our business, Farm Grove Collectables, began as a small consignment craft business I did in my spare time, while raising the kids. From there, it became shops and a tea room-style restaurant in a 4-level restored dairy barn. From there, the barn became home and the shop moved downstairs to become a home-based business. All this from grapevine crafts in the 1980’s.
Small business or home-based business is a growing outlet for young mothers or women seeking a unique lifestyle. I encourage women to pursue such an alternative. It will be the hardest work you ever do, especially as you build your business, but it is also extremely rewarding. As a result of our experience, I’ve made several friends who take the road less traveled, becoming entrepreneurs in the world of specialty small business.
Monica has a charming tea room in East Peoria, Illinois. I just put her web link on the right sidebar [blogroll] if you would like to visit in cyberspace and learn more about this gem of a get-away in the heart of the downtown.
Tea rooms are the epitome of cottage lifestyle, a place to enjoy good food in a charming atmosphere. Each is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience, unlike chains or crowded high-traffic restaurants. I find myself actually relaxing and savoring the meal, slowly, there.
Monica’s desserts, every one a made-from-scratch, dense delight, especially draw me. With her excellent coffee selection and something chocolate, or seasonal depending on my mood, lunch becomes an event. Try it as a treat to yourself.
[Emerald Tea Room, 132 McKinley Street, East Peoria, IL – 309.694.1972]
What specialty business lurks in your heart of hearts?