A profitable passion

Teresa Godschalk worked as a vendor for years, bringing her passion for updating and painting furniture to others. Then the time came for her to venture out on her own, and Kiki’s Kottage was born.

Kiki’s Kottage will host a grand opening celebration on March 1, a Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 320 Main St. The store will feature cottage chic furniture and home décor from a variety of different vendors.

Godschalk currently manages eight vendors, most of whom paint furniture and refurbish home décor items such as chandeliers and birdcages, all of which have different tastes.

Customers “will find something they will fall in love with,” Godschalk said of her store, which she is bringing to downtown Pineville because it “reminds me of back home,” she said.

“I’m really passionate about this business.” Godschalk added. “I just really have a creative side and am very passionate about the painting and thought I’d take it to the next level.”

Although there are other consignment-type shops and antique malls in the area, Godschalk knows she can set herself apart. Godschalk provides space for vendors to rent and display their items, and she’s there all the time with the help of her daughter, Elizabeth Porter. Vendors can be on hand if they desire.

Taking her hobby to the next level isn’t something Godschalk is nervous about. She’s excited and thinks the business will be a success.

“I guess because if it feels right in your heart and you’re just so excited, you just start to see it come together,” she said. “Plus, it gives me a chance to do things my way. … When you’re a vendor, there’s only so much you can do. When you own a building, the sky’s the limit.”

Godschalk has had good luck finding vendors so far and still has room for more. Anyone interested in working with Godschalk should have some experience to rely on, she said, as she wants everyone to be successful and make the most of their space.

“The girls email me their pictures of furniture they’ve repurposed, and then we go from there,” she explained.

So, who is Kiki in Kiki’s Kottage? The unique name comes from Godschalk’s brother, who couldn’t say Teresa when he was younger. So, he started calling her Kiki – a name that stuck.

The store will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Call 704-889-5454, or visit www.facebook.com/kikiskottage, for more information.


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