With today’s rustic décor trend, handcrafted wooden signs have become a sign of the times. Take an online stroll through Pinterest or visit some of the local interior design stores and you’ll see quaint signs for every occasion and every philosophy.
To take advantage of this trend, two local entrepreneurs are launching Wood & Limn in a storefront location at 519 Broadway Street in New Haven. Heather Wyss and Chrys Kimpel will be celebrating the opening of their new boutique this Wednesday, June 14, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an Open House starting at 5 p.m. in coordination with the New Haven Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members and the public are invited to attend.
Wood & Lymn is a make-and-take art studio where the focus is on handcrafted wooden signs. In addition to offering pre-made signs for sale, and making custom signs for individual clients, the boutique will offer workshops where patrons can enjoy the experience of making their own art project. The shop also will host private sign-crafting events for special occasions such as baby showers, bridal showers, and birthdays. Eventually the owners hope to offer community fundraisers along with wedding décor design.
“Wood & Lymn is designed to be a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere where everyone is inspired to be an artist,” according to Kimpel. “Regardless of artistic ability, every guest will be able to create a sign that is ‘wall worthy’ to display!”
Wood & Lymn is the fruition of a lot of hard work by the business owners, who are sisters. Wyss studied art at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and nursing at Ivy Tech Northeast and Indiana Wesleyan University. Prior to opening the boutique, Wyss created signs as a hobby while working as a nurse. She and her husband Mike have raised six children in addition to serving as foster parents for more than 50 children. Kimpel and her husband Jeff live on a small farm, where they raise chickens.
Store hours and workshop times for Wood & Lymn are one and the same: Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For workshop information and registration, visit woodandlimn.