potomac trading post, ltd.

1.jpgFamily, friends, readers, wanderers, lovers, haters, and everyone in between. Today I have big, big news for you! I am in the process of opening up a vintage, handmade, and wears store in Saskatoon, SK. The name of my hip new shop is Potomac Trading Post, Ltd.

5.As most of you know, I have been running an online business for over a year now. More recently, I have expanded it from only clothing to include handmade goods and antiques. The amount of inventory that I had accumulated was quickly taking over our living space. I decided that I would need a place to store it. Somewhere small, in the city, and centrally-located. Within a matter of days, I had found a great space that was only a few blocks away from Little Green. A few days after that, I began the process to incorporate my business but under a new name. I wanted a fresh start, and I feel that in the end, it picked me. Largely inspired by this post, Potomac literally translates to “the place where people trade.”

Here is the timeline of my new venture:

July 26: Decided on PTP while on a date with my husband.

6July 29: Found a downtown location to have my store.

July 31: Visited a lawyer to begin the incorporation process.

August 6: Heard back from the lawyer. Now to wait to sign the documents.

August 25: Finally signed the documents.

August 26: Bank appointment to set up a business account.

August 29: Met with a graphic designer team.

August 30-31: First buying trip.

2September 2: Received the keys for the store.

September 3: Bought store supplies.

3September 5: Applied for a business license.

Now – October: Setting up, more appointments, establishing a website, etc.

47I cannot even begin to explain how much of a whirlwind this experience has been. Add onto that we are still building our house and both working full-time, my mind functions on a hour to hour level. Gone are the days of being organized and planning ahead, I literally cannot remember where I parked, what clothes I wore the day before, if I’ve left anything behind, or any other small yet important detail in regards to being a normal and functioning human being. All I can remember is to be home to walk and feed the dogs, what time I have to work, and what appointments I must be at. My head is all business and not personal. However, I am certainly not ungrateful. I realize that this is a rare opportunity that not many people have the courage or desire to undertake. Whatever knocks (both opportune and bad) come my way during this process, I make sure to embrace them. I’m going to try my damnedest to ensure that Potomac Trading Post, Ltd., and everything else in my life currently, is a success.





10P.S. Stay tuned for many more updates on the store over the next few weeks!


  1. Fantastic!!! Congratulations!!

  2. Absolutely Fantastic! Best of luck to you. I love the sign…No turns….it’s only one way….UP. Cheers!

  3. g

     /  09/13/2014

    i cant wait for the grand opening!!! The store looks amazing! Even your cute little ledger.


    • Thanks beebe! As the only Kurysh who seems to care, that means the world to me. <3

  4. So excited for you – congrats!

  5. Congrats! Let me know if you ever need any retail design help (shameless plug & what we do for a living). Wearing a lot of hats can be taxing. Excited for you.

    • Not a shameless plug! As freelancers, we have to do it where we can.

      I do, in fact, need help. I may be enlisting your design services ASAP!

      • :) whatever we can do to help – I know most independent retailers like to do it all so we can do as little or much as helps you keep your sanity during a busy and exciting time. I’m more than happen to bounce ideas or answer questions gratis. That way when you get rich and famous with a ton of stores and a kick butt brand you can remember us little people :)

        Visit us on the web at http://www.chrisweiganddesign.com

  6. Web address and Facebook ??

  7. Congratulations, I wish you the best and keep us updated

  8. It looks amazing! All the luck Emory :)

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of two (one earthside and one with the angels), and an animal rescuer. This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
    email: helloscarlettblog@outlook.com

  • Man, did Remy and I have a standoff this morning. All because she didn’t want to wear socks with her boots. She threw a massive tantrum, and I yelled at her. Afterwards, we went for our walk and everything was back to normal. That is, aside from her puffy eyes and tear-stained face. My poor girl. Parenting can be so hard sometimes. Thank goodness for children being so resilient. 
That disaster behind me is nearly gone. We’re currently installing the last of our kitchen shelves, and our new sink arrived this morning. I’m excited to have a less cluttered spare room!
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