SYCAMORE – Whimsical Perspective, a new store in downtown Sycamore, will open its doors Thursday.
The shop is located in the Opera House building at 366 W. State St. on the corner of California and State streets.
The building has historic roots in the city, built in 1840 and erected as a hotel in 1872, then sold and converted into the Ward Opera House in 1879. It has been home to various retailers since the 1940s, but has sat vacant since 1987.
Laura Bright, owner of Whimsical Perspective along with her husband, Ron, hope to add a new, unique vibe to the downtown area.
Bright has been posting on a blog under the same name for the past six years, featuring painted furniture pieces, DIY home décor and design, which will serve as inspiration for the store.
“I love having one-of-a-kind pieces in my home that no one else has. No one else’s home looks like mine, and I want other people to have that feeling,” Bright said in a news release.
Whimsical Perspective will feature exclusive, original pieces by local and American artisans.
“I want to be proud to tell you where our pieces come from,” she said in the release. “I want you to know that I got this from an artist in Virginia who made it by hand, or I got this from my friend who I know from the flea market.”
In the coming months, Bright plans to add original artifacts and architectural details in the store to pay homage to the building’s history.
Whimsical Perspective’s spring hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Bright, who also is a local teacher, will extend the store’s hours in the summer.
For more information about Whimsical Perspective, send email to email@example.com or visit www.whimsicalperspective.com.