Boutique opens Saturday in downtown Elgin
From Staff Reports June 28, 2012 6:08PM
Two artists used their talent to uniquely renovate and decorate an abandoned home in Elgin they now call, "The Sparrow House." The renovation project developed into a vision to launch the store "Soulful Sparrow," a boutique opening in downtown Elgin, June 30.
Where: 10 Douglas Avenue, Elgin
Opening day hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Updated: July 30, 2012 6:09AM
ELGIN — Two artists used their talent to uniquely renovate and decorate an abandoned home in Elgin they now call, “The Sparrow House.” That renovation project developed into a vision to launch the store “Soulful Sparrow,” a boutique opening at a separate location in downtown Elgin, on Saturday, June 30.
Judith Walsberg, an Elgin resident, purchased an abandoned auction home located on Elgin’s east side, July 2011 and together with business partner, Mary Pierce — also an Elgin resident — and a local contractor, completely rehabilitated and decorated the home. However, unlike a typical home renovation project that brings in new materials, they recycled, reused and repurposed in order to decorate the home in a creative and artistic way.
Though the pair has been operating a boutique in downtown St. Charles since 2010, it was through the renovation project they realized they wanted to expand their store, by relocating to a larger space in their home town, Elgin. Their new store, “Soulful Sparrow,” located at 10 Douglas Avenue, opens at 11 a.m Saturday, June 30 in downtown Elgin.
Says Pierce: “It has always been a dream of mine to have my own gift shop in my home town... and now the time has come.”
For more information on the boutique, “Soulful Sparrow” go to soulfulsparrowshop.blogspot.com.