Find out what your passion is, and try to make a living doing it! That is sometimes easier said than done, but Debra is living proof is it possible. Debra had built a successful telecom career in Greenville, SC, and truly enjoyed the work and relationships she’d built with her customers. But, the hours were long, the travel was intense, and the stress level was high.
Spending quality time with a close friend, Debra took a class and learned about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. “I went home and painted a piece of furniture I had sitting in my garage, and a friend bought it. So, I painted another piece, and another friend purchased it. Because I posted pictures of these projects on my personal Facebook page, the word got out, and I’d started building a home-based business!”, Debra said. Soon after, Debra quit her corporate job, replaced her baby grand piano with a huge tarp to cover her wood floor, and started painting furniture full- time in the front room of her home.
From there, she started working a few part-time hours in the shop where she’d taken her Chalk Paint® workshop, and in April 2015, she bought the business. She is now the full-time matriarch of Vintage Now Modern on Greenville’s South Main Street. And, she gives credit where credit is due! Her husband Tony, is just as passionate about Vintage Now Modern, but to him it’s more of a hobby. Although Tony’s career is in Digital Advertising and Marketing, he spends countless hours in the evenings and on weekends in the shop, moving furniture and assisting with merchandising and décor. “He is the “picker” for our shop!”, says Debra, “Customers know it, and visit often, just to see his great new finds!”. Because we are a small business with limited space, we have a lot of one-of-a-kind items. You don’t want to miss out on an amazing home décor item or perhaps whimsical trinket for your home.
Debra also has an amazing and creative part-time staff. Her Manager, Janine, assists with managing employee staffing, teaching workshops, and managing the calendar for painting projects and kitchen cabinet makeovers for customers and Interior Designers in Greenville. Over the past year, Debra’s shop has moved up the ranks from the top 20% of stockists in the US for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, to the top 10% nationwide.
Debra is intentional about maintaining an inviting atmosphere and inspiring aura in her shop. She loves when customers drop by simply because being there makes them feel good. “We always keep coffee and snacks and invite people to linger and look around,” Debra says.[/jaw_custom_text][/jaw_section]