Thursday, September 25, 2014

Featured Retailer: Very Violet

Today, I am thrilled to share with you one of new retailers, Very Violet located in Missouri. Melissa Wuennenberg just opened up the store September 13th but has already planned her first One Step Paint® Workshop in two weeks! She said "It's been a crazy but amazing journey so far." Very Violet is open Tuesday- Saturday, 10am-6pm! Lots of handmade items, jewelry, fall decor, candles, amazing furniture, t-shirts, hats, home decor, Amy Howard one step paint, etc.

Amy: What made you decide to start your own business?
Melissa: Very Violet Boutique is located in a commercially zoned house, in the center of Downtown Lee's Summit, Mo. I started out renting a space at an amazing Vintage store, Restoration Emporium, in the Historic downtown Kansas City area. I have enjoyed my time there and really had no intention of opening up my own store. I was approached by a friend with the idea about opening up a store and 8 weeks later here I am. I'm glad I took the leap of faith. Everyone has been so supportive of this little shop that appeared out of no where.

Amy: What is your company motto?
Melissa: My motto is, We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. I just took one look at this sweet happy house and now it is the home of Very Violet. It just feels right but definitely was not in my plan.

Amy: What do you love about having a store and what sets you apart from others in your area?
Melissa: My favorite thing about owning my own store is that I get to work side by side with my daughter. Whether it be a painting or a decorating question, we love being able to take the time to visit with our customers, to find out their needs. That makes our store stand out among some of the larger chain stores. Also the fact that most of our goods are handmade, vintage and repurposed. In this crazy busy world handmade is getting harder to find.

Amy: What is your aesthetic in 3 words?
Melissa: If I were to describe my style in 3 words, it would be eclectic, French, farmhouse.

Amy: What is your favorite season?
Melissa: My favorite season is fall. I love living in the Midwest during the fall. Crisp air, the smell of the first wood burning in the fireplace, beautiful changing colors of the trees, the anticipation of the gathering of family members for a feast, baked pumpkin spiced muffins. What's not to love about Autumn?

Amy: I can't live without my...
Melissa: I guess what I can't live without would have to be my paintbrush. It's like therapy for me. There is something so gratifying in taking an old piece of furniture that no one else wanted and renew it to something everyone wants.

Very Violet
Store Owner, Melissa Wuennenberg
111 SW 2nd Street
Lee's Summit, MO 64063


  1. Congratulations on your new, exciting venture! You'll work your tails off, but it will be all yours!
    Barbara, another AHAH retailer

    1. Thank you Barbara! We are working our tails off but enjoying every minute of it.