‘Fairy’ gives dream life
By Sue Ellen Ross Post-Tribune correspondent November 16, 2012 5:22PM
Owner Yolanda Roman is shown at her new store, The Junk Fairy, in downtown Hammond, Ind,. on Nov. 7, 2012. Roman repurposes antique furniture and other unique items. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
IF YOU GO
◆ The Junk Fairy
◆ 5213 Hohman Ave., Hammond
◆ (708) 704-6300
◆ Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday
Updated: December 20, 2012 6:10AM
Yolanda Roman has had a special dream for more than 15 years. Two weeks ago, it finally came true — she hosted an open house for her new business, The Junk Fairy, in downtown Hammond.
“We offer an eclectic variety of ‘upcycled’ reinvented furniture pieces, along with other unique antiques and oddities,” said the new business owner. “We specialize in the shabby chic, romantic, French country-themed home decor.”
Roman started as a vendor with It’s Just Serendipity, another downtown Hammond business, and appeared at Hammond special events.
“We work with many items to give them new life,” said the Calumet City, Ill., resident. “I decided, after being a successful vendor at all of the shows I participated in, that I wanted to pursue my designing passions, thus The Junk Fairy. All because I believe almost everything can be recycled, repurposed and reinvented.”
The new venture is sharing a space with a business supply company, Basic Business Products, which has been located in downtown Hammond for many years.
At the recent open house, many people commented on the colorful displays in the front windows, which can be seen from busy Hohman Avenue.
The current window dressing highlights a refinished desk and chair alongside a beautiful reinvented bed headboard. A colorful comforter on the bed completes the homey scene.
“I love to shop at the second-hand stores, you can find some really nice things,” said Saida Fernanez of Lansing, Ill., as she browsed the “upcycled” offerings during the open house. “With today’s economy, it makes sense to shop at this kind of store.”
Roman said she’s optimistic about the business’ opening.
“I will be successful because I have an immense belief in God, who has opened doors where some were shut, who put me in the right place at the right time.”
She credits Karen Maravilla, downtown Hammond Council president, with encouraging her to go with her dream and settle in Hammond.
“We chose Hammond because I think it is still a quaint town, and I love the multicultural aspects of the area,” Roman said. “The unique thing about my business is that it is a shared space (with Basic Business Products), and this will also allow for more traffic into the building so both businesses will benefit.”