A woman's long-time dream became a reality when she had her crafts and antiques store's grand opening Saturday.
Stephanie Kern, of Risingsun, bought the building at 212 State St., Bettsville, in March. Her store, Daydreams and Memories, opened almost four months after she left her job to pursue opening a crafts store.
"This has always been something I've wanted to do, and my husband found a building and said, 'Let's go for it,'" Kern said. "I'd probably still be dreaming about it, but he said, 'Let's go.'"
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Stephanie Kern poses in front of her new store, Daydreams and Memories, which opened Saturday.
The store is to sell crafts, collectibles and antiques, she said. She also makes many of the crafts in the store, and she buys some items from garage sales and flea markets.
The store has pictures, candles and garden decorations, among other crafts and antiques, most of which sell for less than $50, she said.
"I probably have something for everybody, even if it's just a gumball," Kern said.
Kern and her family has spent the past three months working on remodeling the interior of the store from the ply wood floor to the ceiling.
She said her husband, Tim, helped with the renovations, including building the counter.
"He did a great job, he's awesome," she said. "We wanted it to look farm-y, country, barn-like."
Kern said she has gotten help from her daughters, sisters-in-law, mother and friends with the store.
"I want to take it all home with me, and my husband says, 'It's all for sale,'" Kern said. "I got all of this yard stuff to sell in the store that was the plan and as we're loading it up, I was like, I really like this, I want to put it in my yard. I want it all for me, so I have a hard time parting with things because I love everything I have."
Last February, she left her job at Liberty Center of Sandusky County, a homeless shelter where she had worked for 12 years.
"I just kind of decided it was time for a change," Kern said.
She said she has been interested in crafts and antiques for as long as she can remember.
"I've always loved doing crafts, and with my job I had at the shelter, I just didn't have time to do any of that stuff," Kern said. "I like doing craft shows and that kind of stuff, but I didn't have time to pursue any of that or do any of that. So this is kind of a dream come true, and I've been wanting to do it for as long as I can remember."
Kern said she had the name Daydreams and Memories picked out for her store "For as long as (she) can remember."
She said the "daydreams" refers to the ideas and creativity involved in the crafts and the "memories" is about the antiques.
"I'm just hoping it'll be semi-successful," Kern said. "I just want it to be fun; it's just something I've always wanted to do, and I hope it'll be fun. If I can break even every month, I'll be good. That's what I'm hoping for."