New Home Shop in the Works for Molly Singer
The longtime interior designer’s retail and design studio in Blawnox will feature a curated collection of high-end and handmade pieces.
There may be a pandemic going on, but that hasn’t stopped Molly Singer from pursuing her goal of opening a brick-and-mortar home goods shop to complement her burgeoning interior design business.
“Since it was time to look for commercial space, I thought that now was also a great time to pursue the shop I’ve always dreamed of having,” says Singer, who for years worked out of a home-based studio.
Offering hand-picked pieces for the home, Singer’s shop and studio is tentatively slated to open in mid-October along Freeport Road in Blawnox.
Noting that big-box retailers such as Target have already cornered the market on everyday accessories, Singer says her shop will focus on high-end and handmade pieces. The selection will include everything from baskets and serveware to decorative objects, pillows, custom furniture and original artwork.
“I have spent a lot of time personally curating this collection of things I love,” Singer says. “It’s my hope that this becomes a place where people come to find something specific, or just freely browse and discover that perfect piece they never knew they wanted.”
Because kitchens and bathrooms represent a large portion of her design business, Singer says the location also will feature a full kitchen and butler’s pantry as a way to showcase her cabinetry designs, not to mention provide a natural meeting spot for design clients.
“The two businesses will share the space, which will allow me to stay focused on my design business, as well as be very present on the retail side of things,” she says.
Opening a boutique in a small town is another dream come true for Singer, who was charmed by Blawnox’s historic buildings — as well as ongoing redevelopments efforts that include a new brewery — and its central location near her existing design clients.
“I have this sort of romantic obsession with old town Main Streets lined with boutiques,” she says.
And while she never pictured opening a brick-and-mortar business in the middle of a pandemic, Singer is making the best of it, including keeping her plans for the shop flexible.
“Initially, things may not operate as I originally intended, a grand opening party will be postponed until it is safe to hold one,” she says. “And I will be shifting some focus to add an online presence to make sure I offer customers the ability to shop both in person or online, whichever makes them feel more comfortable in the current environment.”
Singer says final plans for a grand opening will be announced on her shop’s new instagram page, @mollysingerhome.