“Girls just want to have fun” sums up how Mary Hobe and Karen Yaun feel about their business, Cotton*Wood. Friends for 15 years and partners for two, they have built a really fun business and a friendship that continues to grow. Karen and Mary both live in Richmond Hill, Georgia with their husbands, Dick and John. Mary and John have one daughter and two grandchildren, and Karen and Dick have six children and four grandchildren, collectively.
Karen introduced Mary to painting and a little sewing and that’s when the fun commenced. Gathering inventory and storing it was all part of the madness. They started painting and sewing and trying to sell their goods, and that’s when it got funny! They tried twice to sell at the local farmers’ market in 100° weather with outrageous thunderstorms and 60 mile per hour winds! They spent $45 and got rained on and windblown, but the lesson learned was priceless – farmers’ markets are great for selling vegetables!!
It was a lucky day when they met Shannon Hall in August of 2011, and, as is so often said, the rest is history! “We were looking for a place to sell our wares, and Shannon provided us with what we think is the best venue in town – Two Women and a Warehouse,” Mary said.
“We are a ‘green’ business, recycling old furniture. We paint anything that’s wood, and some things that aren’t! Going ‘green’ is our goal, but we also go lots of other colors! We make old furniture look desirable using vintage color palates and contemporary paints. Our pieces offer a unique addition to any room in the house.”
“What we do is hard work, but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s rewarding to take something old and worn and be able to turn it into something very unique and beautiful, and to know it will be used to make someone’s home uniquely ‘them’. It is such a thrill when something we’ve painted or made sells. We actually consider it an honor, as there are so many other beautiful pieces in The Warehouse.”
“We are so happy to be a part of the Two Women ‘family’. All the vendors support and encourage each other. And Shannon and all the staff members are wonderful; they’re friendly and helpful, work very hard, and represent all the vendors in a positive manner. We’re very proud of our booths. We hope you’ll stop “buy”, and tell your friends what a great experience you had shopping at Cotton Wood at Two Women and a Warehouse, Bull Street.”