Molly Schroeder, a native of Alta, moved to Cherokee last year from Cedar Rapids to be closer to her family. Schroeder, 25, has her hair stylist degree from Capri in Cedar Rapids, but her passion is decorating homes. The intrigue started for her when she was in high school working at The Garden Gate in Alta and learning design. She continued working in design while living in Cedar Rapids, and is excited about the possibilities her new store will hold.
"The Weeping Willow will be a combination of modern, eclectic and vintage pieces for homes," Schroeder said. "I will specialize in wall décor, silk arrangements for homes and weddings, tapestries and vases."
|Brides, along with their mothers and bridesmaids, are welcome to stop at the Weeping Willow with their ideas of what they want for their special day. Schroeder has a number of books for customers to look at for ideas on color and style, and she is able to order special requests that are not found in- house.|
"I will also be renting out vases for reception decorating, and can do reception flowers as well as wedding flowers. I can also order large quantities of vases, if someone is looking to purchase rather than rent them," she said.
The Weeping Willow will carry a variety of brands to give her customers options for all of their decorating needs. Sullivan's pottery and flowers, Meravic pottery and flowers and Uttermost wall décor are just a few of the brands that will appear in Schroeder's store. Schroeder also uses Floramatique flowers for silk arrangements and will be doing custom home arrangements as well as bridal.
"I am more than willing to do in home appointments to help someone find the perfect décor or arrangement for that specific place in their home," she said.
Schroeder's new business will be holding a red ribbon cutting after opening in late April as a new member business to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
"I just want to say thank you to Cherokee. Everyone has been so nice and welcoming. I feel so lucky to be part of this community," Schroeder said.