North Central entrepreneur Lisa Conti is expanding her Floral Keepsakes business to include an eclectic boutique featuring vintage, repurposed and new furniture, home décor and accessories, local jewelry, gifts, and more.
The new venture, Once Upon a Find, will feature several local vendors, interior designers, furniture refinishers and artisans. It is schedule to open by Oct. 15 inside Floral Keepsakes at 5202 N. 7th St.
Floral Keepsakes was opened in 1990 by Conti’s mother, Nancy Mata. Conti came on board a year later to pitch in and “never left,” she says with a laugh. Conti continued to run the business after her mother retired in 2000.
Floral Keepsakes offers custom silk and preserved florals. “I love the creative side to this business and all the amazing flowers I get to work with every day,” Conti says.
She had the idea for Once Upon a Time several years ago and trademarked the name in 2012 but didn’t have the space to expand at that time.
“When my tenant told me they were moving, I jumped on the chance,” she explains. “I love the idea of having a place to shop where all the vendors are local and filled with unique quality items. We will also have some new items as well. I am so fortunate to already have some wonderful vendors joining the Once Upon A Find team.”
Vendors who have already signed up include Color Me Pink Boutique, Rhinestones & Relics, Bubbles Bath Boutique, Artistic Possibilities, and Don Fannies jewelry. There also is an artist who specializes in Venetian plaster, custom artwork and trompe l’oeil murals.
Conti says there still is space available for additional vendors and the shop also will accept appropriate consignment items on an ongoing basis.