So, here it is! The story behind the name of our store: Where Roses Bloom…
It’s been over a year now that our business has been open and ideas have been flowing. A wonderful, inspiring year full of many hopes and desires for the future. We’d like to take the time to share with you how Where Roses Bloom developed into a vintage-inspired boutique.
Bethany and I were first introduced by her Aunt Megan a few years ago. Before Bethany had even moved to Tennessee, Megan had sent me a few emails saying that I should get to know Bethany, that she liked the same things I did and we’d be fast friends. It couldn’t have turned out to be more true. Bethany and I first met in a Bible study group in Murfreesboro and our friendship quickly developed. We quickly realized that we both shared a love for vintage pieces that held stories and a love for things that were truly unique and eclectic. We spent our weekends going to antique stores, flea markets and making crafts. We couldn’t get enough of it! After talking about our own personal dreams and hopes for the future, we both realized that we wanted to own a store, and when we put our ideas together, Where Roses Bloom developed.
The story of how we came up with the name Where Roses Bloom is pretty special too. Once we realized that our passions were quickly developing into something tangible, we started talking a lot about how we could put our ideas and thoughts into action. I went on a trip to NYC with friends and the whole time, Bethany and I were texting back and forth about inspiration and knowing that it was time to get the ball rolling on our venture. The night after I flew back into town, we met up at Starbucks, pens in hands, and began brainstorming. What could we call this store of our collectibles? We both knew that we wanted it to be something extremely unique and whimsical. We brainstormed for hours, pairing words up with each other, but nothing seemed to go together. And we had one thing in common- both of our names contained ‘rose’ which we tried to incorporate into our store’s name. Then Bethany had a wonderufl idea. She pitched the idea of using “a world where roses bloom”, a lyric from a favorite song, “La Vie En Rose”. Amazing! The idea seemed so perfect- a store that talked about a beautiful place filled with blooming ideas and things. After talking a bit more, we decided to shorten the name to “Where Roses Bloom” and voila!, our store started.
The store name holds so much meaning for us. Not only does it incorporate our names, but at the time we lived on Rosemont Avenue where all of our ideas came to life for the very first time. We’re so happy with the name of our store and always joke about people will hopefully one day say, “I’m going to Where Roses Bloom.”
And if you have a moment, check out the song by Louis Armstrong that inspired it all here.
It was our first time hosting a gathering under the name of Where Roses Bloom, and what a success it was! A Flannel Friendsgiving came together over many, many dedicated hours to painting leaves, handwriting place cards, gathering pine cones, and creating elegant floral arrangements. Oh, and lots and lots of baking. We are so incredibly happy with how everything turned out, and extremely impressed by the talented cooks we call friends! Who knew?!
We are two very blessed girls who are so thankful for the opportunity to have their friends gather together and enjoy each other’s company during this busy holiday season. Take a look at our pictures as we reminisce on such a beautiful night with a few close Nashville friends.
We hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with those you who are dear to you.
I’ve always been so amazed at people who take the time to create their own wreaths. To be perfectly honest, wreaths have intimidated me in the past. I just couldn’t imagine my wreath’s decor staying attached without a million wires showing.
Finally, one Sunday afternoon, I took the time to try and learn the art of creating a wreath. It really was a lot easier than I could have imagined. I chose a few of my favorite colors, textures, & ribbons and started laying them out to see how I would like them attached to my wreath.
After I figured out the position that I thought looked best, I hot glued the feathers into the wreath, added ribbon and braided twine to the other parts and placed a few rocks as “gems” in it too.
I am so happy with how the wreath turned out & am excited for my friends to be greeted by it when they come visit for Thanksgiving festivities.
Last weekend, we snuck away for a few days to visit our friend Chip at his home in Asheville. It was so thrilling to take in the ever-changing fall leaves & experiencing the unique tastes of this one-of-a-kind city. Asheville truly is a place of its own- from the organic restaurants to the retro dance floors- we just couldn’t take all of it in over the weekend!
Just to name a few of the great places we visited- The Admiral, Ultimate Icecream, The Junction, and last but not least, the breathtaking mountains of the Blue Mountain Ridge.
We both decided that getaway trips like the one we experienced definitely need to happen more often. Who lives somewhere cool & wants two visitors? 🙂
Happy Birthday, Bethany! What a year it has been! A year living as roommates, starting our blog, and dreaming up big plans for the future. I am so thankful to have you in my life and be surrounded by your everyday encouragement and optimism. No matter what the situation is, you alway see the best in it. It’s something that I really admire in you.
And let’s not forget that sense of adventure! One of the things that I love most about you is that you’re so daring. You not only show your sense of adventure through your clothing, but also spontaneous trips and future plans for yourself. I love hearing what you’ve been dreaming up and the places you plan to go!
A girl full of whimsy and wonder, that’s what fits you best. Everyone, please wish Bethany a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! May all your dreams and wishes come true this year, B, you have many beautiful things headed your way.
Here in Music City we are constantly surrounded by talent and wonderful shows, but last month seemed to be extraordinarily magical. From the Imogene + Willie backyard show featuring Karen Elson to Jack White bringing his unique style to the historic Ryman, we have had permanent smiles on our faces! We wanted to share with you a few memories from the concerts over the past few weeks. Hope you enjoy!
Karen Elson’s inspired show at Imogene + Willie
Jack White at the amazing Ryman Auditorium
Florence and the Machine’s performance at Memphis in May
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s free spirited show at the Ryman Auditorium
With Summertime just around the corner, we can’t stop dreaming about hanging out with friends & enjoying an iced cold tea on the porch. We decided to add a little twist to the classic iced tea by adding infused flavors & could not be more happy with the outcome! It was so much fun playing with flavors, and we can’t wait to enjoy these delicious beverages in the hot summer sun.
The great thing is many of these ingredients came from our homemade garden!
Here are the three yummy favors we came up with: Lemon Orange Tea, Berry Rosemary Tea, & Vanilla Infused Mint Tea (Our Favorite!).
Take a look at our adventures with infused flavors below:
Lemon Orange Tea: Half an orange & half a lemon twisted.
Berry Rosemary Tea: Frozen berry medley (ours had strawberries, raspberries, blackberries & blueberries), sprig of rosemary (crushed & as garnish) & we made heart shaped ice-cubes with berries in them as well!
Vanilla Infused Mint Tea: Handfull of mint crushed & drops (or teaspoons!) of vanilla extract to taste.
And Voila! Ordinary tea turned extraordinary! It’s amazing how a few simple ingredients can transform the traditional summertime tea.