By Matthieu Vollmer
MARSHFIELD — My Oh My Boutique, located on South Central Avenue in Marshfield, will host a Christmas Open House on Nov. 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We have a lot of unique gifts and furniture that you can’t buy anywhere else. The upcycled furniture is older, is good quality, and is really well made. It’s a good place to buy unique gifts,” said Barb Mueller, owner of My Oh My Boutique. She works in the shop with her Australian Shepherd named Piper.
The open house will include complimentary hot cocoa, punch, cookies, and a winter photo booth in the changing rooms.
Mueller, a Colby native and Marshfield resident of 30 years, opened the shop on Dec. 7, 2013.
“I always had this creative side and wanted to create things. It kind of runs in the family. Everyone is kind of artsy,” said Mueller.
The boutique sells upcycled furniture, unique gifts, and books from four local authors and 18 different Wisconsin-based artists and artisans.
“I try to order handmade items that are made in the USA, some of which come from Etsy. I like to support people like that, and I get really excited about the stuff they bring in,” said Mueller.
Artists who have merchandise for sale at My Oh My include Rose Jicinsky, Bonnie Wanta, and Linda Aldrich. Jicinsky displays work such as handmade pillows created out of vintage fabrics, ornaments, and upcycled jewelry boxes.
Wanta showcases handmade pillows, aprons, ornaments, and fabric calendars. Aldrich makes screen-printed dish towels and pillows.
Other artists carried by My Oh My include Stephanie and Theresa Schauer, who sell digital prints, and Kathy Phillips, who makes mittens out of repurposed sweaters.
Mueller does her creative work in the basement of the shop. The boutique sells a lot of glassware and vintage items. The upcycled furniture is also a good seller.
Mueller said that business has been good and that she is starting to see more recurring customers looking for unique gifts.
When asked why she chose Marshfield for the location of her shop, Mueller replied, “I love it here. I see Marshfield growing, and it’s exciting. We have a really nice downtown that we need to utilize. They have done some fabulous work renovating storefronts, and I think the town can support more shops like this.”
My Oh My Boutique is also the home of Chair Affair, owned and managed by Rebecca Hein, where she rents furniture, chandeliers, candles, chalk boards, and other unique items for special events such as bridal showers and weddings.
When asked what her favorite items were in the store, Mueller replied, “I don’t have a favorite. I love it all. It’s very fun to see what people come up with. For example, we have amazing handcrafted gingerbread houses in the shop right now.”
My Oh My Boutique is located at 125 S. Central Ave. in Marshfield. The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Cash, credit, or checks are accepted. For more information call 715-305-3746 or search for “My Oh My Boutique” on Facebook and PryBuy.com.