Hello Everyone! This is Ethan. I decided to share my side of the story for this weeks blog!
So many of you don’t know that Rustic Corner was my dream child and has been something that I have ate, slept and dreamed about for almost 4 years now. So I thought I would share a little about how Rustic Corner came to be.
So like every good story I thought I would start at the beginning. I got into this business and the love of wood and furniture by watching both of my grandfathers work in their homes. They would build anything and everything from step stools to full dressers. As they showed me how to use a saw, hammer a nail or find a straight board, they where helping mold me to love working with wood and love working hard. Not only did I learn from my grandfathers but also from the women in my family. My grandmothers and Mom have given me the artistic and crafty skills that I use daily to create the beautiful booths at Rustic Corner.
Before Rustic Corner I was building and remodeling homes as well as doing custom orders for furniture. I was working a full day then going home and working in the shop till very late, so someone asked me one day if I thought of doing booths?
Booths ? I asked, what is that? A store rents booths for you to display all your work and show of your designing skills. Well I did not have the time but that has never stopped me before so I decided to try it out.
I opened my first booth at Used to be New in Hudsonville and loved it.
Well that is all history so now fast forward 1 ½ years and I met this amazing, beautiful woman named Hannah. We met on a blind date but that is a story for another time. We quickly found that we worked together like clock work and started calling ourselves the dream team. At this time I was still working in the building trade as well as having 12 booths in 4 different stores. As time progressed, I asked Hannah to marry me and to my amazement she said yes.
It has always been a dream of mine to own my own store. Shortly after meeting Hannah some space came available at a store called The Attic. I had a booth there for a time but after 9 months they had to closed their doors and move out. Seeing it for the opportunity it was, I took over and started the long makeover process of the building to have it come to be the store you now know as Rustic Corner.
In the middle of this process I said goodbye to the building trade and had taken a full time job at a building supply company. Working full time, renovating after hours and being a newlywed took its toll. Hannah said it is time to either make the dream of owning a store a reality or work my full time job? Can’t do both.
Well there was at least 2 months of work left before the doors could open and we were expecting Oliver. So I did the unthinkable, quit my job and went where my heart is.Everyone said we were crazy for leaving my job and going for something that may not even work especially with a baby coming. Those two months flew by and before we knew it, it was time to open the doors. Hannah, my mom and I worked hard and filled the store with our own products.
We were so happy to open the doors and we cut the tape. The first two hours no one came…. Hannah and I were devastated. There where a few tears and the thought of every one saying that this was a dumb idea flooded in.
But then they started to come slowly but surely and more each day. Now we have a store full of amazing furniture and home décor for every room in your home. With over 70 booths filled with incredible vendors!
This road as been crazy with ups and downs but looking back I am so happy that I listened to Hannah. I am living my dream and I cannot be happier to have found a woman who shares my craziness! Our store is going to turn 3 this summer and we now have two beautiful little boys. I can’t help but look back and say wow.
So I just wanted to say thank you to all that have helped our dream come true. I also want to encourage all of you out there that are looking for that thing you love, hang in there. When you work hard, the sky is the limit!
“A Dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”