What’s Monkey Have To Do With It?

Serendipity has an agenda all of its own and we had no idea a year ago what to expect or how the journey was going unfold.

It’s not WHAT you know, It’s WHO you know. This has been a year spent learning where to buy and becoming friends with antiquity connoisseurs all over the country. While it has been the most exciting part of the journey, finding those amazing one-of-a-kind pieces is not as easy as it looks and certainly not as glamorous as it may appear. Real old stuff  paired with reproduction pieces that vibe the look of 1924, with a bargain lover’s price, is our mantra. The hardest part of the journey is not keeping everything we find for ourselves!

People ask us all the time what our personal style is and the only way we can describe it is a mix of old, (like was once ugly and is now a come-back kid) found, (something found in the strangest of places; and has a great story) grandma’s style (something with sentimental value or reminds you of a place and time; so not to forget) and new (you know, that new stuff that looks old, but is at bargain prices)…and a little kitsch (that something,…well, it’s hard to explain).

We don’t want to be Pottery Barn, One Kings Lane or Joss and Main, but you may be surprised to know we find our stuff where they do. In fact once this past year we were in a warehouse of a friend of ours and saw a stack of skids carrying some old snowshoes addressed to Pottery Barn. So if you bought a pair of those pricey snowshoes, you really should have called or come to see us, we probably had a pair (or two) at grandma’s price. At market we were so surprised to see a lady shopping at one of the same vendors we use and she was the buyer at One Kings Lane. That was quietly gratifying to know, despite having our own taste, we  play and buy with the “big dogs” of design.  We never imagined WE would be carrying the same dog biscuits (coming soon) as those featured in  a recent HGTV magazine.

Monkey Love. We feel so blessed that our customers (also affectionately known as F.O.M.s; Friends of the Monkey) have supported and become Monkey Ambassadors of our shop while spreading the love  to their friends. (just like an old recipe from grandma). Because our relationships have bloomed with many people spanning as far as California, it has urged us to expand, think outside the box and continue to surprise our favorite monkey followers.

We are very excited for 2014 with the introduction of our garden center in the spring, offering planters,  hanging baskets (and not those ready-made versions you can find at the big box stores) gardening containers, fountains, supplies and tools along with unusual plants and herbs of all kinds.

Monkey What? You asked, we listened. Monkey Paint™ is on the horizon offering an economical alternative to furniture antiquing paint. Due to a national shortage of the “scent” Marshmallow, we had a little delay and may have left you hanging ,not knowing if we are still doing it. Yes! We are. Watch Facebook for the launch of our paint. We think our paint is special. It  is made by and sold by us, and us alone.  Who does that anymore? Yeah, we do.

The first batch will have 8 colors. Every two to three months we will introduce a new color. That may leave you asking “what color is next?” The awesome part is you won’t have to conform to a set palette of colors because you (the FOMs) will vote for the next color. We will then have a contest for the naming of the paint. The winner gets the first jar of the new color! This is just the beginning, so stay tuned as we mix things up.

Monkey Studio? We will be offering free paint advice daily and studio classes routinely once we launch the paint. It’s hard to believe this idea spawned from the request of our customers almost immediately after we opened a year ago.

Get the Monkey off your back? Our fresh flower business is picking up. As we began our journey, we initially wanted to keep the flower business in the “back of the house” maintaining the clients from our family’s business.  As we conjure up one-of-a-kind creations, business continues to grow. We recently installed cooler allowing FOMs to see and grab stems from the cooler and offering inspiration for an arrangement suited for any occasion; weddings, funerals, birthdays or “just because”.

This will be our first Valentines Day in our new location. We are anticipating plenty of locals to snatch upour special featuring 16 tulips or 12 roses in our most popular lantern (that is converted to a vase for Valentine’s) and is packaged with a special candle for  $65.00.; a bargain compared to any competitor or “big box” flower shop.

Monkey See, Monkey Do We also have a few surprises in the works that will be shared once we complete the behind-the-scenes business planning. Have an idea? Want to see something new at The Marshmallow Monkey? Do tell!  You never know what we may be up to next. We certainly aren’t done with our monkey business.

The Marshmallow Monkey is located at 436 E. Jefferson in Franklin, Indiana. Home to vintage-inspired décor, furniture and fresh flowers. You can grab a piece of history, flowers, a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend, and  great garden stuff  (with a pinch of kitsch). Marshmallow Monkey is not just a shop, it’s a way of being.  Tell someone, shop and visit often. #FOM

Nicole and Brandon

Owners and Monkey Makers

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