Chrisy's Cottage Celebrates A Year Of Growth

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Chrisy's Cottage has tripled in size during its first year of operation.

And owner Chrisy Wickstrom is celebrating that growth with an anniversary event.

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Don Wickstrom has been partnered with Chrisy of Chrisy's Cottage for more than 30 years; now the couple has teamed up in business, too. Don has cowboy, primitive and Tuscan pieces in the new addition to Chrisy's antique and shabby chic shop.

The shop opened July 1, 2006, but in the last three months, Wickstrom has expanded into the neighboring spaces. She also acquired a partner, her husband of 33 years, Don, who is running "Horsefeathers" through Chrisy's Cottage.

Wickstrom's shop has antique and shabby chic furniture, architectural salvage pieces, chandeliers, cast iron beds, vintage linens and a clothes line of romantic designer fashions and accessories. She also carries vintage garden implements and decorations.

In the Horsefeathers section of the store, customers will find cowboy fare, primitives and Tuscan villa pieces. Additionally, "Your Silk Garden" was brought into the shop by its owner Bobbie Klavuhn -- her work is in a lovely, little spot with a trellis entrance.

"The year has been fun and I love my little spot in the Swiss Village," Wickstrom said.

Wickstrom has been in the antiques business for 18 years, retiring to a home in Flowing Springs three years ago. Her love of antiques goes back a bit longer though; she said she started antiquing with her grandmother and mother when she was only five years old.

She said Chrisy's Cottage is different because, "We have a mixture of old and new, with a little nostalgia and romantic cottage thrown in."

Wickstrom is carrying the things she loves and uses in the shop.

"I like furnishings that are worn and imperfect," she said.

"They make a house feel lived in. I love textiles and I've collected them for years. They bring a comforting element to every room."

The Wickstroms just returned from a three-week buying trip to the Midwest. "After antiquing in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, we looked liked the ‘Beverly Hillbillies' when we pulled back into town," Wickstrom said.

"My last purchase was an antique chicken coop I found in Amarillo. I just had to have it for my garden at the ranch (which is what she calls her place in Flowing Springs)."

Much of what the Wickstroms purchased will eventually find its way to the store.

Customers can find furniture that ranges from delicate and feminine in style to massive and masculine. Whimsical pieces can be found around every corner and romance flourishes everywhere you look in the main area of the store.

Take a peak through an interior window to a wonderland of garden decor. A few steps more and customers will find the Old West alive and well with everything from chaps to a cowboy wash stand.

Across the hall are two rooms packed to the brim with touches of Tuscany.

"This type of store really speaks to who I am," she said. "It says, ‘Come on in, sit down.' I love my family and I love my customers. I just want everyone to be comfortable."

Chrisy's Cottage is at 718 N. Beeline Highway in Payson.

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