The home is where the heart is. People’s homes, whether it is a house or an apartment, it is where they let their personalities reveal themselves. From the art on the wall, to the colors used, to the types of candles and other knick-knacks. Many people scour their towns, looking for the perfect decoration to put in their house. Every one wants that unique, original piece, that their visitors are sure to love.
If you are in the Towson area and are looking for something like this, drive west on York Road to With Gratitude. This locally-owned shop sells everything you need. or don’t need, for your home. Specializing in locally-made merchandise, the small shop is tucked in-between other mom-and-pop shops and shares its place with another consignment shop, The Lily Pad of Towson.
Owned by Pamela Somerville and Courtney Creamer, With Gratitude opened seven years ago and was known as just Gratitude. It filled the entire shop, but two years ago, Somerville’s original business partner left, leaving Somerville to regroup. She downsized the store to just the one side and got together with Creamer to create With Gratitude.
“[With Gratitude] has far exceeded my expectations,” said Somerville. “It’s a real mix between real people and national companies.”
The store offers a few national brands integrated with locally made products. Most of the products are bought outright from the artist and resold in the store. Bigger items are sold on consignment with the store gaining 60% of the sale.
The homemade items each come with a story from Somerville . She is quick to tell her customers where each product came from and who made it. Somerville said people like to feel connected to the item they are about to buy, so that is why she learns so much about her artists. Almost everything in the store is made in the Towson area, especially from the Stoneleigh neighborhood, which is right behind the store.
This store is perfect for anyone looking for the original piece in the Towson area. One of the hottest items in the store are towels that read “what happens in Stoneleigh, stays in Stoneleigh.” These towels are custom made and the customer can get any neighborhood they want printed on them.
The merchandise in the store changes seasonly, so a visitor is sure to find something new every time they go in. Somerville is very happy with the success of her store but does not wish to expand anytime soon. “This is all I can handle,” she said laughing.
Many visitors to the store use it more for inspiration. Looking around, the products in With Gratitude are sure bring ideas to any crafty person. If you are looking for a do-it-yourself project sure to make your home unique, check out Addicted to Decorating. This blog offers many ideas on how to dress up your home or apartment. It is perfect for anyone looking to reuse common things most would throw away.
Your home is where you express who you are. Don’t be afraid to make it shine with unique pieces sure to make your friends jealous.