It took a little bit of vision and a lot of elbow grease, but with the help of friends and family Patty Dycus has transformed the once hollow shell at 159 N. First Ave., Oakdale, to a welcoming business space.
Just three months since opening its doors, the business name – At the Corner – as well as its location are proving to be the right combination for the business owner’s clientele.
“I’ve been in resale about 33 years now,” Dycus said of her passion for the business.
At the Corner has seven contributing vendors in addition to the goods offered by Dycus. The business owner describes the inventory as shabby chic, as well as vintage. She also sells Swan Creek Candles and melts which she noted have a faithful following of customers.
Currently, Dycus said, the “Shabby Chic” is the most popular home décor in her shop space.
“I think all Shabby Chic right now. At this time of the year, tables and hutches are real popular because people are getting ready for the holidays.”
The shop name, as well as the location Dycus credits to her husband Dave, who along with Store Manager Aimee Sundberg, visited the space when it was all but a vacant shell in need of some TLC. Thanks to the help of family and friends, the trio was able to create a space which leaves no evidence of a past pet store or grocery store, which both once occupied the address.
“We did the floors, we did the walls,” she said, “we did everything. You know how they say it takes a village? It did. It’s been wonderful, we’ve been so blessed. People have been wonderful. It’s not big, but it doesn’t seem to matter because we’ve got the clientele.”
Dycus attributes three things to the early success of the business: word of mouth, social media and a flower cart built by her husband, which serves as an identifiable beacon for the downtown shop.
“I have been so helped by the local store owners around me,” she said of her business neighbors. “Everyone has said ‘let us help you’ and that has made such a difference. Everyone is just so supportive. I think that’s why we’ve been so successful.”
At the Corner will be one of a number of local businesses participating in the “Jingle All the Way” Event on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help usher in the holiday shopping season.