HUNTLEY – Anyone traveling through Huntley can visit a new boutique-style home goods store that sells decor, jewelry, artisan work and other unique items from around the world.
Plenty, the name of the house-turned- business, opened Thursday at 1103 S. Church St., Huntley.
Owner Lisa Uidl and her husband, Randy, chose a residential location on purpose, thinking it was the perfect location for a home goods store.
Uidl said they almost bought a different Huntley location, but that fell through.
“We knew were going to open a store, but we didn’t want to rent,” Uidl said. “We wanted a home. Something we could feel like we were at home in it and the people would come in and feel like they were at home.”
The layout of a home helps with the placement of Uidl’s goods. For example, kitchenware is on display in the kitchen.
Uidl spent the past year and a half scouting for items and vendors she felt would fit in her store. Local artists created items displayed in the store as well as artists from Thailand, Estonia and Italy.
“I’m kind of growing my direct contact and that’s one of my favorite things – to connect with people from all over,” Uidl said. “It’s so fun to talk to people around the world who make really cute things.”
Uidl described herself as a frustrated artist. Uidl said she doesn’t have the talent to create, but makes up for it by collecting items that other people have created.
“I love to travel and every time we go some place, my first thing is checking out tiny little shops, so I just like stores that have things that are adorable, that you can’t find other places, like you can’t get them at Target,” Uidl said. “That’s kind of my operating mode. If you can buy it at Target, I can’t carry it.”
Uidl formerly taught English and is currently a discipleship pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. She said the link between these other jobs and running her own business is dealing with people, which is her favorite part.
“Every job I ever had is very relational and just has a lot to do with people,” Uidl said, “And so this is nice just to meet the people in the community.”
Just as much as she loves the home itself, Uidl said she enjoys the community built around it. She applauded Huntley’s work creating the downtown area that it has today.
In addition to the shop, Uidl’s son, Zack, teaches guitar lessons upstairs with students of all ages. Zack Uidl can be reached at 224-406-2397 or at email@example.com. More information can be found at www.huntleyguitarlessons.com.
Having her son right upstairs and her two daughters-in-law and husband helping around the shop, Uidl said Plenty is really a family business.
Visit Plenty in Huntley’s Facebook page for open dates and hours of operation.