Creating something beautiful
If you're looking for a way to make your home beautiful, you should meander over to Northwest Fourth Street in Prineville, where two businesses have recently relocated.
When Patrick and Jenn Hayworth lost their lease at their Northwest Third Street location, they used it as an opportunity to make some changes to their Home Beautiful Oregon shop, and they invited Jodi Kerr of Meandering Maker to join them in their venture.
"It's smaller, so it's easier for us to manage," pointed out Patrick Hayworth. "We only brought five vendors with us out of the 40. We downsized a lot so that we can go back to customer service."
The retired Coast Guard couple opened their restored furniture and home décor shop on Main Street in Prineville in October of 2015. They outgrew that space and moved to their Third Street location in the spring of 2017, where they expanded their offerings.
But, the business became so busy that they felt they might be neglecting their customer service, and they wanted to get back to the basics.
So, they closed up shop for the month of April and reopened four days a week in their own smaller digs.
The building they purchased was originally an accounting firm and has since housed a day care and doctors' offices.
"It's a lot more compartmentalized," Patrick said. "It's broken into rooms, so it's really a lot easier to organize. A lot of our customers have complimented that it's easier to walk into a room and look around than to walk into that big, huge lobby that we had and just be engulfed by everything."
Aside from their wood palette artist, who has his own small room, their vendors' items are intermingled throughout the store. They have an eclectic selection of furnishings, home décor, gift items, jewelry and garden décor.
They have nicknames for their rooms, such as the Baby Cave, the Western Room, the Blue Room and the Bee Room.
The outdoors garden center features yard art and accessories, planters and even a few potted plants.
Rather than refurbishing furniture away from customers in the back room of the store – like they did previously – they now do all of their painting and fixing at their home on their three days off and bring the finished pieces in to sell. Patrick says this schedule allows them to offer better customer service.
The Hayworths love being in a neighborhood rather than on the busy highway, and they have plenty of parking. Although they are now off the main drag, their sandwich board signs bring people in, and they don't think the move has hurt their business at all.
And having Meandering Maker set up Base Camp in the back of the store has also benefitted Home Beautiful Oregon.
Kerr, who started her mobile crafting parties business two years ago, says she was on a journey that she didn't realize she was on.
"I started a mobile business, and that was great, I loved that, but you were kind of at the mercy of space," she said, adding that she still travels for private parties, but she now has a home base. "Home Beautiful offered me the opportunity. It was a scary jump, but it's been a blessing."
She rents a 600-square-foot space at the back of the shop, where she keeps her equipment and supplies. Crafters can drop in to Meandering Maker Base Camp to work on projects or can invite their friends to join them for a crafting party.
Kerr, with help from her husband, Jeff, specializes in helping people create personalized wooden signs. They can create original designs or use transfers and molds from companies like Iron Orchid Designs. She often relies on local businesses Boxes and Crates, T.A.G., and Rafter BT Creations to provide materials for her parties. Kerr has saws, a 24-inch vinyl cutting machine, oodles of paint and lots of ideas.
Customers can choose from a variety of sizes and types of wooden projects that run anywhere from $15 to $65.
For those who like to throw a party – whether it be a girls night out, birthday, bachelorette or fundraiser, Meandering Maker can come to their space and teach a group of crafters to make signs and home décor. Guests can all do the same project or different ones. Or, they can host a party at Base Camp with as many as 12 guests.
She enjoys the challenge that comes with new projects as well as being able to collaborate with local artists, and she's always open to new ideas.
"I enjoy facilitation, and I enjoy putting my ideas into action with groups of people," Kerr said. "I really enjoy getting people together and being creative. It fosters a sense of community, and I love it when people can just sit down and relax and let go of things and try something they love."
She first met the Hayworths when she became a vendor in their store, selling paint and her signs. Eventually, they invited her to hold classes there.
She opened Meandering Maker Base Camp in early April just as Home Beautiful Oregon began their move.
"I look back on my business and my journey and my steps, and I see that it was always going towards this, but I would have never said I would open a store," she said. "When I did my logo, I said, 'Creating fun here and there.' When I did it, I just meant here and there. I feel like it had a meaning I didn't know was there."
The Hayworths are happy with the new partnership and invite folks to stop in and check out Home Beautiful Oregon and Meandering Maker Base Camp.
"We're grateful for the community, and we're glad they were able to find us," Patrick said.
Home Beautiful Oregon
Owners: Patrick and Jenn Hayworth
Address: 750 NW Fourth St., Prineville
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
Meandering Maker Base Camp
Owners: Jeff and Jodi Kerr
Address: 750 NW Fourth St., Prineville
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and by appointment