Today we’d like to introduce you to Annie Holland.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Annie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have been immersed in creativity from the time I was born and found myself always wanting to follow in my mother’s footsteps. She was a stay at home mom but also needed to make an income so after mastering many trades from sewing to candle making she found that photography was her passion. She helped me discover my love for photography after moving from small-town Oklahoma straight to Downtown Dallas when I was 22 years old. I worked in Property Management for 10 years, but once I became a mother in 2011 it was important for me to be a stay at home mother as well and also had to find things to do on the side to make money.
I have been making jewelry since I was 12 years old so I busted out my needle nose pliers and started stringing beads again. I was also “picking” again. I had a shop while attending Oklahoma State University and sold retro home decor and vintage clothing. It’s in my blood to hit every garage sale or estate sale I see, but it was too hard with 2 babies in tow so that’s when my Mom convinced me to bust out some of my old photos and next thing you know, my Dad was building me a work table, my Mom taught me to frame and had my first sale in a week!
It snowballed from there. I tell folks all the time that Social Media is what got me noticed. Friends of friends started seeing my landmark photo art so I decided it was time to get an Instagram page and quickly found myself framing 10-12 window frame pics a week! One year after framing in old wooden window frames I felt confident enough to open the store as I found there was a huge demand for the landmark photo art. People find a connection to the images because they can say “Hey! We had our first date at the Granada Theater!” or “I met my wife at The Kessler!”.
I’m now providing artwork for Dentist Offices, Law Offices, Ad agencies and more! They are a great conversation piece and really showcase the essence of our city. Plus they are bold and colorful which add so much to a blank space.
Has it been a smooth road?
Hahaha! I laugh about this all the time because I’m 100% living my dream right now as we speak but balancing family and the store is the toughest thing that I have ever done. Two months after opening the shop I found out that I was pregnant with my third baby.
She is now 1 and the other two are 3 and 6 so busy is an understatement! The mental load of making sure my family has everything they need on a daily basis as well as making sure the shop has what it needs can be overwhelming. I only work the shop 3 days a week and the other days I’m in the studio making or doing bookkeeping, but with having young children, you can never really make a daily task list because your day can change in the blink of an eye.
So having all of these grand ideas to better the shop is hard because I can’t physically give it my 100%. Letting that go is so hard. But family comes first so unfortunately something I have to let go of and learn to be happy with where it’s at this time and stop justifying it to others. I just wish there were more hours in the day for it all. People ask me all the time, “why don’t you XYZ?” and I have to remind them that I’m a small business owner and mother of 3 and that maybe someday I’ll be able to do that said thing.
Until then, I’ll continue to do the best that I can and still learn to be ok with not being able to do everything that I would like to do with the store.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lone Chimney Mercantile – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Lone Chimney Mercantile is located inside of the newly revamped Dallas Farmers Market indoor market. We feature over 300 bold and colorful images from Dallas, Austin, Waco, Houston, Oklahoma and many other popular hot spots. My most popular items are the photographs framed in 100-year-old wooden window frames that were pulled from Dallas homes but started carrying canvases and prints as well for those that are not into the rustic look of the window frames.
Those have become just as popular as the window frames. The Pegasus, Dallas Skyline, Deep Ellum and Lakewood Theater images are my top sellers. I’m most proud of being able to provide a space for other local makers to sell their wares as well. We feature 12 local makers and support the Ahadi Collective as well. We carry succulent & cactus plantings, handmade ceramics, jewelry, string art, graphic design prints, greeting cards, laser cut art, embroidery and much more!
All of our makers also share a love for all things Texas and I am so thankful for each of them as they are very helpful around the store with creating a unique shopping experience. As big as a city Dallas is, there only seem to be a small handful of us shops carrying local makers wares so our customers get excited when they find us! Visit our website for a list of our current makers. www.lonechimneymercantile.com
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I absolutely LOVE Dallas! I moved here as fast as I could. I was obsessed with the music venues and went to live shows at least once a week. The best venue, in my opinion, was The Gypsy Tea Room. Damn, I miss that place. I saw a lot of great shows there. I loved walking the streets taking pictures of all the cool buildings and was obsessed with being in the heart of the city. I met my husband on Lower Greenville and we moved into a loft in Downtown Dallas two years later. We lived downtown for about 8 years and then decided to purchase a home in Richardson.
We love Richardson, especially now at this point in our lives with the 3 littles in tow, but definitely miss being able to walk right out our front door to go have dinner and drinks. BUT having cool shop neighbors like Noble Rey, Scardellos, La Ventana and Rex’s Seafood to name a few is pretty nice!
What do I like least about this city?
Hmm… I think one thing that bugs me is how privileged everyone drives around here and has traffic gotten worse over the past 3 years or is it just me? But honestly… it’s no biggie. I love Dallas. I’m the most casual person you’ll meet and have a ball cap on most days, but I absolutely LOVE meeting true Dallasites and the ones that are dressed to the nines and look like they just walked straight out of the Zodiac Room at Neimans.
They make me think of the original Dallas television series. They have some pretty great stories and LOVE hearing about Dallas back in the day. I have also become a lover of the Ticket even though I can’t quite talk Dallas Cowboys talk with you yet.
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