Inspired by a dream: Mother-daughter team open up Beautiful Junque in downtown DL
Mother-daughter duo Carol Foltz and Alicia Bowers finally got their storefront on Washington Avenue that they've been dreaming of for years.
After traveling to craft shows and flea markets, or working out of Bowers' barn for so long, they have proved their dedication to what they love: junk.
Their shop, Beautiful Junque Boutique, is likely to become a landmark in downtown Detroit Lakes.
It is a haven for DIY crafters and a one-stop-shop for a last minute gift or two. They have anything from candles, to repurposed furniture, pillows, t-shirts, and much more.
Foltz and Bowers have a special gift. They take an object that most would pass for a piece of trash and turn it into something usable or at the very least, beautiful.
"We are saving the earth, one piece of junk at a time," Bowers said with a chuckle.
They have been enjoying this craft for far too long (about seven years) to pursue conventional careers any longer.
They say they are a little intimidated by the business side of things, but they have the support of family and the Detroit Lakes community.
"We are fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kind of girls," Bowers said.
Besides hiring some help for Mondays and occasional weekends, they will be running the shop in addition to producing items to sell for it.
And while this is their first own, permanent store, they've had a quite a run up to this point.
"We had barn boutique sales. We'd travel to shows like Eco Chic Junk Market in Fargo. We had a cabin at the Shady Hollow flea market for two or three years and started getting some followers," Bowers said.
Their grand opening on June 1 and 2 was a massive success with shoulder to shoulder attendance and visibly emptier shelves after the weekend debut.
"We are extremely thankful to the community for their support," Bowers said.
In addition to their own masterpieces, they also display products from other artists and companies. For example, they have a furniture paint line, FSR Soap Co. soap, bath bombs, candles, and much more.
With hours every day in the summer, they will have their hands full.
"We always run out of time before we run out of ideas," Foltz said.
Nonetheless, they look forward to continuing to create beautiful junk as well as an atmosphere that customers can feel at home in.
"When you walk in, you'll find an eclectic mixture of vintage, new, repurposed and handmade goods," Bowers said. "We want people to have an experience here."
Eventually, they'd like to host DIY classes. Foltz said she'd like to host a class where people can bring a small piece of furniture to paint and refinish.
"We could get together and talk about design and colors over a glass of wine and treats," Foltz said.
Foltz was a teacher in elementary and middle school for several years, and before that she did a lot of painting, wallpapering, and refinishing.
Thus, her passion and skill for painting came to be.
They also take custom orders like handmade signs for special occasions or donations of items that have potential.
"We get things from people, and they say they don't want it and are gonna throw it away, and then we make it into something awesome," Bowers said, adding that it would be a little while before they can achieve all of their goals, liking hosting classes.
In the meantime, they have a basement full of junk to sort through.
Beautiful Junque Boutique is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
They are located at 918 Washington Avenue in downtown Detroit Lakes.