Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Getchell.
Bonnie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The two birds in our logo represent my Mom and I – Beth and Bonnie Getchell. I grew up with my Mom constantly going to garage sales and doing tons of crafty things. Being the lovely teenager that I was, I rolled my eyes at all of these projects and declared that I would never do that.
Fast forward to 2011 when I graduated from college and realized that I had no money to purchase new furniture for my home. So, off to the thrift stores and garage sales, I went to purchase furniture that I could redo. Little by little I transformed my home and I loved it so much that I started a blog where I documented my furniture before-and-after projects, posted about DIY crafts, etc. From there, I started selling my furniture and decor finds in a local antique store, and then I started working at the antique store. I adored the customer interaction and the creative vibe I felt every time I went in.
Even still, I desired to create a space where I could expand the kind of products I created and encourage others to get creative with Creative Classes. In June of 2016, I made the biggest step of my now 28-year-old life and opened my own shop in Downtown Monroe – Revolutionaries Market. Then, in October of 2017, I made another big step and partnered with Coffee Camper Co. to open at a larger, more visible location in Downtown Monroe.
With this move, we added around 30 Makers (vendors) that feature their handmade products at our store. I seriously look around and wonder, “How in the world did I get here?” and how thankful I am to do this. It makes my heart so happy!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not! The biggest struggle for me was being at my previous location (a side street in Downtown Monroe). While I loved the building, the location was tucked away and people simply didn’t know we were there or were not willing to walk a little further to get there. I tried practically everything to get people in the doors, but it just didn’t work. After a little over a year of being at that location, I partnered with Coffee Camper Co. and moved to a bigger, more visible location that is in the center of the Downtown area. Since then, it has been a night and day difference of traffic!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Revolutionaries Market – what should we know?
When I first started this journey, I never expected to bring other Makers in the shop. I specialized in repurposed furniture and unique decor finds, and we were known for our Creative Classes. I had a few of my friends’ products in the shop, though, and I quickly realized that I loved to share about them. There’s something about having that constant community of support – sharing ideas, promoting each other, and working together.
I started bringing in more and more Makers and then with our big move a few months ago, we were able to bring in even more! We are so thankful to work with and feature some of the best artists and handmade products in our little slice of Georgia! We still have re-purposed furniture and Creative Classes, but adding other local Makers was like the perfect ingredient to our “recipe.” NOW with the addition of the coffee shop (Coffee Camper Co.), it’s like the best combination ever (although I’m addicted to coffee now for sure).
I think what sets us apart is the feeling of community you feel when you walk in the shop. A lot of our customers say there’s a peace when you walk in the store and I feel like that’s the biggest compliment you could ever give me. You can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, have a great conversation with friends, purchase products from incredibly talented local Makers, and have a fun night out at a Creative Class – all under the same roof.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Oh man – where do I even start? My parents are my biggest cheerleaders and the older I get I realize I definitely don’t deserve all of the support they give – you know, like when a 25-year-old who has a degree in English Literature and has never owned a business says, “I’m going to open my own store!” and they say, “Okay, what can we do to help!?” and actually make you feel like you CAN do it. My Mom is my constant support and encourager, and my Dad is my go-to tell-it-like-it-is mentor. I am forever in debt to my Dad for all of the things he has built in order to save money, or simply achieve this crazy vision I have in my head.
The next person I would say is my best friend Crystal Padilla. She was another huge cheerleader for me as I dreamed, planned, and opened my business. She’s the owner of Coffee Camper Co. so it was SO cool to see it come full circle and I was able to be her cheerleader as she opened her coffee shop inside my shop. We’re opposites so we work really well together and I’ve loved having another perspective in the shop as we learn and grow.
- Address: 101 North Broad Street Suite B
Monroe, GA 30655
- Website: www.revolutionariesmarket.com
- Phone: 678-635-8189
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/revolutionariesmarket/
- Facebook: https://www.instagram.com/revolutionariesmarket/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/RevMarketMonroe
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