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New Rustic Junk'tion is a family effort

Rustic Junk’tion opened in the former Yarn Garage space over the weekend. A family owned business, Brittany Navratil, Bailey Schomaker, Vicki Schomaker and Deborah Pelch, partnered to open the home goods boutique.

Deborah Pelch has a close-knit family. So when she suggested opening a new business in the former Yarn Garage space, her sister, Vicki Schomaker, and nieces Bailey Schomaker and Brittany Navratil didn’t bat an eye.

“We have a unique family in that we spend a lot of time together anyway, so the idea of running a business together didn’t seem strange at all,” said Pelch.

They started planning on the spot and in March the group signed a lease for the property. They decided to open a home goods boutique and named it Rustic Junk’tion. The shop offers home décor, furnishings and gifts.

Pelch said Rustic Junk’tion offers an eclectic selection of housewares and décor with a rustic touch. Much of their inventory, Bailey said, has been repurposed, refurbished or renewed.

Additionally, Rustic Junk’tion is one of two distributors of Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in Minnesota.

Sweet Pickins is an organic, VOC-free paint. Brittany said the paint works well to freshen up furniture pieces. A number of pieces in the shop have received a coat or two of Sweet Pickins.

“It’s a great product,” said Brittany.

To help those new to milk paint, Rustic Junk’tion plans to host a several classes in the near future on techniques and ways to use it.

That’s just a start. Pelch said a tenet of their business will be offering do-it-yourself and crafting classes.

“I think our business will evolve as we figure out what people want,” said Pelch.

Rustic Junk’tion opened Friday. Vicki said they had a warm reception from customers and neighboring businesses.

“We’ve had a lot of people stop by and welcome us,” added Pelch.

Opening in Rosemount was no accident. Bailey and Brittany are Rosemount High School graduates. And they all live in the Apple Valley/Rosemount area.

“It’s nice to be in the community where we’re from,” said Bailey.

Rustic Junk’tion is really a labor of love, as all four women have full-time jobs. Pelch said they are excited about the business’ potential, though, and committed to seeing it forward.

“We would love to grow,” said Pelch.

Rustic Junk’tion, 2980 145th St. W., will open every other weekend. Hours for the summer are Friday noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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