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Cottage LunaSea, a 1,600 square-foot home decor shop, will open this fall off Princess Anne Road, if approved by City Council.
The City’s Planning Commission recommended the application for approval in a Wednesday hearing. Jennifer Harris, a nurse at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, hopes to open the shop at 2397 Liberty Way by mid-October. The space will include a gift shop with small decorations and room to host workshops.
“It’s time for a change,” Harris said in a phone interview. “I’m trying to wean myself out of here [Sentara]. I can’t take my retirement for 18 more years. I don’t see myself being here for 18 more years.”
Harris has been a nurse for 33 years; most of that time was spent at Sentara, she said. She received a business license for the shop in October. She enjoys painting and finishing old pieces of furniture to create “distressed” or “classic” effects. Customers will be able to purchase specialty paints to finish decor and furniture pieces themselves or employ Harris to do it for them, she said.
She also plans to offer workshops for customers to create small decor and holiday-themed pieces to take home. Some of the items she plans to have for sale include picture frames, candles, adult coloring books and markers, jewelry, boot socks and painted wine glasses, she said in a text message.
She believes the shop will do well, particularly with consumers in their mid-20s.
“Especially with millennials – they are interested in purchasing older pieces of furniture that is well-made, solid wood, but that has no current decor,” she said in the interview.
The shop would offer resources for customers to update older pieces and give them whatever look the patrons would like. She will also sell handmade dog beds, handmade dog collars and other accessories. All proceeds from the dog items would go to the K9 Justice League, a Virginia Beach nonprofit that rescues dogs in need, according to its website.
More information about Cottage LunaSea is available here.