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March 11, 2019

Home décor, gift shop opens in Remington

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Sara Branner and Mindy Gray started working together three years ago with a booth in a Culpeper antique mall.
SaraGray Designs, LLC
• What: Retail shop and studio selling home décor, furniture, antiques and gifts.

• Where: 301 E. Main St., Remington; main entrance off N Franklin St.
(across from Infinity Art and Comics); booth in The Country Shoppes of Culpeper, 10046 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper.

• Owners: Sara Branner and Mindy Gray.

• Opened: March 2.

• Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5-6, May 3-4, June 7-8 and July 5-6; additional dates and times on Facebook.

• Facebook page: Click here.
By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Staff Journalist
The owners of a new home décor shop hope to bring a fresh look to Remington each month.

Mindy Gray of Bealeton and Sara Branner of Fredericksburg on March 2 opened SaraGray Designs at 301 E. Main St.

The store will feature Chalk Paint furniture, cards, home accessories, jewelry, antiques, gifts and other “farmhouse, shabby chic” items.

Prices range from $3 for home décor items to $400 for a piece of furniture.

“We can meet your needs from a gift to a piece of furniture and anything in between,” Ms. Branner said.

On the first weekend of each month the “pop up” store will open to customers for shopping with different items.

“Each month we will have a different décor theme,” Ms. Branner said. “Each month the whole look (of the store) will change. We want it to become a destination.”

The rest of the month, Ms. Branner and Ms. Gray will use the 600-square-foot space as a studio for painting and repurposing furniture with limited hours.

During that time, they will notify customers of the limited shopping hours via Facebook.

“That gives us the time during the week to go to estate sales, do online bidding, find new things,” Ms. Branner said.

They also hope to offer paper crafting and DIY workshops in the studio.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for them and I think it’s much needed. I feel they will bring some foot traffic into Remington,” said Kim Peterson, a longtime customer who lives in Madison.

“I like that it’s going to be different each time you go in . . . . It’s going to be decorated for different seasons or holidays,” Ms. Peterson said.

“The shop is very neat and clean and everything displayed wonderfully,” she said of the Remington space. “It’s a happy, cheerful atmosphere.”

Before signing a one-year lease in December for the Remington space, Ms. Branner and Ms. Gray experimented with booths in Madison, Fredericksburg and other towns.

Ultimately they decided on their own storefront in Remington so they could use it as a studio and host workshops.

“We were reading information about new housing and how it’s growing” in the Remington area and took that into consideration, she said.

“There were a lot of aspects of the building that we fell in love with from the brick wall to ample parking . . . It’s a cute little town,” Ms. Branner said.

Both in their early 60s, Ms. Branner and Ms. Gray three years ago started with a booth at the antique shop, The Country Shoppes of Culpeper.

Before renting the Remington space, they painted and refinished furniture in their homes.

Their booth in Culpeper will remain open with regular hours.

“We will keep both spaces fresh,” Ms. Branner said.

Ms. Gray hopes the store excites customers and gives them “joy that they found that perfect price at the perfect price. We are trying to keep our prices reasonable.”

“We love what we are doing and want people to love what they are getting,” Ms. Branner said.

Contact Cassandra Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-878-6007.

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