A new career begins with the opening of Port shop

Former teacher Kristin Chapman is starting the second chapter of her professional life with Revival Home Interiors on Spring Street

A FORMER WOODWORKING shop next to Align Chiropractic on Port Washington’s south side has been converted into a cute and cozy home decor shop owned by Kristin Chapman. Revival Home Interiors at 1040 S. Spring St. opens Nov. 4. Photo by Sam Arendt

By KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM

Ozaukee Press staff

Kristin Chapman is starting a new career, one she’s dreamed of since she was young.

Chapman is opening the home goods store Revival Home Interiors this week on Port Washington’s far south side.

The shop features a wide variety of decor — “anything from textiles to vases and candles to wall art,” she said.

The shop has a modern farmhouse feel, with a bit of a boho flair. It’s her style, Chapman said.

The store is at 1040 S. Spring St. in Port Washington, adjacent to her husband Jacob’s chiropractic clinic.

The couple own the building, and the space now occupied by Revival Home was used most recently as a woodworking shop.

“I always said, if this space ever became available, I wanted to do something here,” Chapman said. “It just happened a lot faster than we expected.”

The store marks a change of course for Chapman, who has a master’s degree in elementary education and taught for a short time before becoming a stay-at-home mother of four.

Her youngest child is now 6 and in first grade, so Chapman decided it was time to pursue her passion.

Home interiors and decorating have always interested her, so last year she took classes through the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and earned her certification as an interior designer.

As a designer, Chapman has tapped into a passion she had as a child as well as the practical experience she gained in recent years, when she and her husband renovated three homes for their growing family before settling into their forever home, an 1800 farmhouse on a Fredonia hobby farm.

“People always told me I should do this,” she said. “I never knew I could do this for other people until I went to school.”

Chapman and her husband basically stripped the storefront to the studs and renovated it over the last 30 days, assigning the front 400 square feet for the shop.

“It was not pretty when we moved in,” she said. “We patched the walls, repainted everything. It actually turned out better than I was thinking.”

There was sawdust everywhere, Chapman said, noting she had to scrape it from the windows.

One of the most striking features of the space is a green wall behind the check out counter. Faux greenery covers about two-thirds of the wall, with a corrugated metal panel covering the bottom portion.

“It was in my head,” Chapman said.

Even their children helped, Chapman said, adding they’re proud of her endeavor.

There’s another 800 square feet in the back, a portion of which Chapman envisions as space to meet with clients and the rest as room for the store to grow into as she adds apparel and furniture to her offerings.

The shop, she said, allows her “to bring what I want to offer as an interior designer here so I can offer it to my clients.”

Chapman said she also sees a need for a home goods store in the area.

Many of the items at the shop are made in Wisconsin and throughout the United States, something Chapman said is important to her.

The shop is filled with holiday offerings and other merchandise generally priced between $4 and $100.

“People want beautiful things but they don’t want to pay thousands of dollars,” she said, adding she wants to give them a good value.

She also has a Christian corner with jewelry pieces by Good Works and other faith-based items.

Many of the store fixtures are pieces Chapman has collected through the years.

“Nothing is brand new but the merchandise and the shelves,” she said.

To mark the opening of the store, Chapman will host a Ladies Sip and Shop with finger food, wine and champagne from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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