COLUMBUS — Patti Stuthman ran a store in the early 2000s, selling shabby chic items for three years before transitioning to a career in health care.
She recently decided to give the artistic entrepreneur dream another shot.
“I’ve always been very artistic,” she said. “Very intrigued with anything related to arts."
Stuthman and her husband Todd hosted a pop-up boutique in their home in April featuring their original works alongside four other vendors. It worked out well enough for them to rent what used to be The Tool Shed at 3121 13th St. and turn it into Urban Farm Boutique.
While the Columbus area has its fair share of stores selling antiques and repurposed furniture, Stuthman hopes her business will stand out because of its aesthetic, which she described as “a combination of cozy cottage and rustic farmhouse style with a touch of modern flair.”
The office desk Stuthman and her husband made is an example of what they’re aiming for. It’s made from an old door that was painted pink in a previous life and is now chipped, covered with a glass pane and held up by wooden legs Todd fastened on.
She also has eight other vendors to help fill the 2,000 square feet of retail space.
The Stuthmans, Anna Luckey and Tina Crawford of Norfolk will supply refurbished items. Kelsey Greisen of Platte Center sells women’s clothing and Kim Sueper of Lindsay sells children’s clothes. Amy Blaser and Becky Brandenburg, both of Columbus, offer leather earrings and, from Genoa, Tammy Johnson will sell vintage items and Jeremy and Abigail Vetick offer essential oils, a line of paints, coffee mugs and Christian-themed stationary. Mickey Leptak of Columbus has an Etsy corner where customers can buy the components of an Etsy project to take home and assemble.
Along the far wall, in an area she calls “The Makery," Stuthman has a chalkboard where she, the vendors and guest artists will hold art classes. Kansas City master calligrapher Gail Nation is already scheduled to teach on Nov. 3-4.
Stuthman said there will be summer art camps for kids next year.
“I believe in community over competition,” she said. “We’ll bring together different vendors to make a cohesive store.”
Stuthman hopes her hometown ties — she was born and raised in Columbus and she and Todd were high school sweethearts — will translate to support for her business. But she views the relationship as a two-way street.
On Thursday, the day before the store’s official opening, Urban Farm Boutique will hold a private VIP early shopping event. The $5 admission charge will be donated to Center for Survivors, which is located next door.
“I’ve always had a heart for Center for Survivors,” said Stuthman, whose daughter was member of the organization's youth education group, Revolution.
The event is already sold out at 150 tickets, which will generate $750 for Center for Survivors and its services supporting domestic abuse victims.
“It’s a win-win because I know there will be 150 people coming through my doors and $750 for Center for Survivors,” said Stuthman. “I see us doing more and more things like that.”
Urban Farm Boutique opens Sept. 1. Business hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The business will stay open until 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
To contact Urban Farm Boutique, call 402-276-2217.