What started as a dream has now flourished into a reality with embellish celebrating its one-year anniversary in downtown Asheville.
A year ago, owner and boss lady Barb Skupien, set her sights on opening a store that would house locally handmade goods from independent designers and makers. Her vision was to keep it thoughtful, elegant and more importantly, a place that was inviting and warm for customers to enjoy.
Today she has succeeded in accomplishing just that (oh so well) …and why not celebrate those achievements with a party? All while inviting the community and her trusted designers to join in on the fun.
On October 6th, we hosted the festive event featuring signature cocktails by Bittermilk, a vendor out of Charleston, SC who takes the work out of making awesome cocktails with their collection of handcrafted mixers .
For our guests’ sweet tooth, we featured a tiered popcorn stand with none other than local popcorn aficionado Poppy’s Popcorn whose storefront is located on Merrimon Ave in North Asheville. Her ability to make a sweet and salty caramel popcorn that you never want to stop eating is phenomenal.
The best part of the evening was the realization that everyone in attendance was having a fantastic time. That and of course the fact that local designer and all around lovely person Dawn Rentz held an exclusive trunk show with her collection of handbags, cocktail napkins and pillows.
The overall feeling of the evening was that of community - old friends connected with new friends, walk-in customers enjoyed shopping the handmade jewelry selection and others simply enjoyed hearing the story of how embellish was born.
While running a small business can be as nerve-wracking as running a small country, it is comforting to know that our sweet little shop is supported by so many. For that, we are incredibly grateful and can’t wait to see what embellish Asheville has in store for us in the future.