This story spans over 20 years when Briar Patch Primitives was created in a family home basement. It was a way for Lisa, the owner, to stay home with her son but also contribute to the family income. She was the original owner of Seasons of the North in the 1990's which was a local shop that offered handmade goods from local artists. When her son headed off to kindergarten, she sold off her ownership in Seasons of the North to branch out. She began selling at Little Falls Craft Fair and went on to develop a wholesale manufacturing branch. Within a couple years she was selling her handmade candles and home fragrances to over 500 gifts shops across the nation as well as in Great Britain and Japan. The business outgrew the basement and was relocated to a charming main street two story brick building on main street in Holdingford.
Her passion for being a shopkeeper however still remained in her heart through the years of running the wholesale division. "It is those nagging thoughts that just won't leave your mind" she says and then refers to them as "tiny seeds of destiny". When her son graduated from High School and went on to college she started Briar Patch Mercantile, a home décor store in 2010. Her long time acquaintance Sue Gruber, owner of Gruber's Quilt Shop, just happened to have a space available and it was a perfect fit.
As time went by Lisa realized that having a retail store was not just a passing fancy and decided to search for a property that her family could make their own for years to come. "It will be an investment in our future" she kept saying to her husband Al who after years of supporting her dreams was currently looking at her crossways for he knew how much work he was going to be in for. The search went on for over three years as there was a qualifying list of points this property has to have. Above all....it must have historical charm.
In October of 2015 her dream was realized when she found the farmhouse in Sauk Rapids. Months of renovating, her husband was right as it was ALOT of work, they both are very proud of their Vintage Farmhouse.
Now the exciting part of the journey begins and they can't wait to share it with you!