Rick and I have always dreamed of ditching our day jobs and opening a store. Over the years, we tossed around a million crazy ideas – ice cream cones taller than our heads (our kids idea, obviously!), a bookstore filled with hidden reading nooks, a garden center where you could get lost for hours (my obsession, no surprise).

Remember those ‘choose your own adventure’ books? We used to play a version with our kids where they’d pick the next store the characters visited. Of course, those little stinkers could never agree! So, we invented a magical place called ‘The Favorite Things Store’ where everyone could find something they loved.

Wendell House is our grown-up version of that magical store. We’re filling it with things that make life easier for busy families like ours – healthy food for everyone (including the furry ones!), beautiful homeware, and little treasures that spark pure joy (think cozy throws for movie nights, local pottery and maybe a shelf dedicated to my plant obsession!).

Right now, it’s all hands on deck. We’re knee-deep in the boring stuff like insurance and fixtures (yawn!), but we’re also taste-testing every local salsa we can find. We want to make sure our shelves are stocked with the absolute best! We’re focusing on local and regional makers, eco-friendly products, and companies that give back to good causes.

We can’t wait to open our doors in July/August and hopefully become your favorite things store too! In the meantime, what are some things on YOUR favorite things list?”

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