Cozy Cottage artisan gallery opens in Lake Price Seashore
LAKE WORTH BEACH — Denise Savela fulfilled her lifelong dream on Nov. 12. That was the day she opened The Cozy Cottage LWB.
Her husband Tim died in December. The pandemic had saved her in her Lake Price Seashore dwelling too lengthy. Two shut mates, a decade youthful than her, additionally died. Her arthritis is getting worse.
“I decided I want to live boldly. I choose joy. That’s why I did this. It’s been a life-changing experience,” stated the 61-year-old Detroit native, stepping gingerly among the many myriad of coloured macramé, stained glass, work and different handmade artwork within the Dixie Freeway classic and artisan gallery.
Economics is what retains most small business entrepreneurs awake at evening. They fret about overhead, insurance coverage, paying workers and maintaining prospects completely happy.
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Cash isn’t her motivation, Savela freely admits. She faucets her coronary heart, wipes away a tear, and says when Tim died, she was sparked to make modifications. “Tim died at the end of the pandemic, just when we could start living again. I realized how short and precious life is,” she stated.
Savela renewed previous highschool friendships. She attended her fortieth highschool reunion. She researched her ancestry.
One of many new mates she made was Nancy Kumpulainen, an artist and longtime Lake Price Seashore resident who lives in School Park. “Denise is very passionate about this. I’m excited to be a part of it,” stated Kumpulainen, who has hand-cut collage artwork in Cozy Cottage.
Earlier than opening Cozy Cottage, Savela turned down a proposal from mates to go to Alaska with them, a choice she now regrets. However a pal additionally invited her to Argentina after Tim died.
Eight wonderful days is what she remembers. “In Buenos Aires, they live joyously and vibrantly. They sip coffee in the beautiful city square. There are marionette shows. It revived me,” she stated.
Upon her return, she observed a constructing that had been vacant for about eight years on North Dixie Freeway was for lease. She knew the proprietor. She made a proposal to lease the 700-square-foot constructing. The proprietor accepted.
Gallery sells handmade artwork, work, stained glass by native artists
Savela spent about $12,000 for financing, redecorating and portray the partitions robin-egg blue. She referred to as her mates who’re artists to place their work on show at The Cozy Cottage. Savela will get a portion of the gross sales worth and a fee on the gross sales.
Nora makes artwork glass and portray. Nancy does collage artwork. Cathy makes folding paper designs. Kimberly makes rope lamps.
“I want people to come here and feel joy,” stated Savela.
Like most entrepreneurs, Savela has led a flexible business life.
She got here to Lauderhill in Broward County in 1982 whereas she was working for Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza. She moved to Palm Seashore County in 1984 whereas working for The Hole. Within the late Nineties, she and a accomplice operated a curler hockey league.
“We had about 750 players. We rented out the Atlantis Skateway rink,” she stated.
She earned a level in advertising and communications from Palm Seashore Atlantic College in 2000. She labored at PBAU within the admissions division till 2003. For the final 5 years, she has been working remotely with a advertising and actual property agency.
She enjoys her eclectic store location. The New Church of The Nazarene is to the south. Amigos Grocery and McMow Artwork Glass are throughout Dixie Freeway. Tropical Element Carwash is to the north. Personal houses and flats are to the east.
Savelas hopes to maintain the spirit created on the Nov. 12 grand opening alive. A guitarist strummed music. Family and friends got here by. Individuals have been shopping for and discussing artwork.
“I want the Cozy Cottage to be a happy, colorful place where people hold community events, have classes and make friends,” she stated.