When 26-year-old entrepreneur Blakely Byrd started running and operating Carolina Cottage Furniture out of her former business, Catch & Release sportsman's consignment shop in Cayce in 2015, she didn't anticipate how quickly that home decor portion of her business would grow.
In May, Byrd sold Catch & Release in order to branch out and focus on building on the success of Carolina Cottage.
That decision paid off.
As a result, this Saturday, Byrd will open her new Carolina Cottage Furniture at 4346 Fort Jackson Blvd. across from the Whole Foods-anchored Cross Hill Market shopping center.
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The shop is stocked with copious amounts of cottage and farmhouse decor and furniture.
"Carolina Cottage stocks painted furniture, farmhouse-chic home decor--both new and vintage--and home goods from local artisans including candles, soaps and pillows and art," Byrd told The State.
Carolina Cottage will also sell the full line of the increasingly popular Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and products and will offer chalk paint workshops.
"My business is unique in that I am the only Stockist for Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Columbia," Byrd said. "Chalk paint is a decorative paint for use on furniture, walls, fabric and more. While it originated in 1990 in England, it has recently become immensely popular in the United States."
Carolina Cottage Furniture will open at 10 a.m. Saturday morning and host its grand opening until 5 p.m. Shop hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store will be closed on Sundays.