By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN Occasional sale shoppers have yet another place to check out in Dassel this coming weekend.
Lily Bea, a vintage boutique located at 441 Third Street, is run by six women from the area who share their distinct talents to make a unique shopping experience.
The idea started with Kathy Kangas, who previously owned Green Hill Resale Shop in Litchfield for two years, only to sell the business in 2011 after her son was diagnosed with epilepsy, requiring more time for her to be at home.
Kangas knew she needed the income, but also knew she couldn’t start an occasional store on her own. She had items on consignment at The Little Red Hen in Dassel, saw the location and thought it would make for a great space for an occasional store.
“So I asked my good friends,” Kangas said.
Friends who jumped on board were Nora Hendrickson, Gail Hendrickson, Kay Sundberg, Kara Hendrickson, and Margie Krause, each bring their own talents to the shop.
The space is roughly 1,100 square feet and there is outdoor space to utilize when the weather accommodates, as well, Kangas explained.
The store, named Lily Bea, acquired the name from Kangas, who had picked it out for a baby girl’s name, but was never able to use.
The store offers a vintage feel and a shabby chic look. It includes everything from re-purposed furniture and home decor to bakery items, handmade aprons, purses, and children’s clothing. There is even an assortment of European and Scandinavian candies for sale.
For the upcoming December sale, shoppers will find a lot of Christmas decor and gift ideas, including wreaths and stockings. There will also be bedroom furniture and a dining room set, among other furniture.
Gail Hendrickson said that it’s been fun working together as a team and commented how interesting it is to see how much time and effort goes into even a small store like this.
Nora Hendrickson noted that by having the six women working together, they can divide responsibilities. “It works good that way,” she added.
Lily Bea will be open the first full weekend of the month, with the next sale starting Thursday, Dec. 6. It will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 8.