Specialty Small Business

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? 


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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