I'd like to introduce you to today's vintage hot spot, the swanky store that is Hot House Market and it's owner Carrie Rosen.
Vintage Indie - When did you open?
Carrie - We opened our shop on June 1st of 2012, but Hot House Market has been in business since 2010. We traveled and sold at vintage shows around the midwest and east coast before we decided to open a brick and mortar location.
Vintage Indie - What kind of store is Hot House Market?
Carrie - Hot House Market is a vintage boutique filled with hand-picked curated vintage clothes, jewelry, furniture and home decor.
Vintage Indie - How did you get started in this business?
Carrie - I got tired of my "real" job and up and quite before I even had a plan (not the best idea!) However, I have always loved old stuff with character and personality and started selling my vintage items that my husband (now business partner, Douglas) didn't want in the house. From there my business grew and eventually Doug quit his job as well, and here we are.
Vintage Indie - What is your shop address?
900 KOSSUTH ST.
Vintage Indie - What are your hours?
WE ARE OPEN
WED~SAT FROM 11AM TO 7PM
Vintage Indie - Do you hold any special events at your store?
Carrie - Every once in awhile we hold a "happy hour" event where we serve food, drinks, and fun. 20% off of everything in the shop. It is a great opportunity to visit with our customers and have a good time.
Vintage Indie - Is shopping indie and small businesses important to you? If so, why?
Carrie - When we look back, we can't believe the type of stuff we used to buy. Crappy made in China clothes, and home decor. What were we thinking? After being surrounded by vintage and indie, we appreciate well made clothing, study built-to-last furniture, handmade pieces and quality fabrics. We wouldn't even think of buying from big box stores anymore! Not to mention, supporting other small businesses is super important to use too.
Vintage Indie - Anything else you would like to add?
Carrie - Hot House Market focuses on great customer service. We stand behind every single item we sell and always accept returns if you aren't 100% happy with your purchase. Although, we hardly ever get something returned.
A special thank you to Carrie & Doug owners of Hot House Market for the wonderful interview.
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