Hip-Hip-Hooray for our first small business spotlight post! Today we are going to talk about Harmony Society, a small business in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and get a little glimpse into this adorable shop's beginnings, what it has to offer, and all the creative opportunities wrapped up inside. Amber, Harmony Society's owner, also offers us a few pieces of information and shares her heart behind the shop. Let's take a little visit, shall we?
What started out as an ordinary day in Carlisle, soon turned into a peaceful, inspiring afternoon. Mark and I walked down the street past the typical offices, school buildings, cafes, and gift shops. There were really only two or three busy streets in Carlisle and on those streets only a few shops that called out to creatives. Harmony Society is one of those places.
As we walked through the door we instantly felt at home. There were house plants everywhere, tons of soaps, yarns, quarterly journals, and vintage clothing waiting to be perused, and a room in the back that held knitting classes and flower workshops. (In fact, a week after our visit I went back to The Flower Press's floral arrangement workshop held there!) After we looked around, tried a few fun vintage pieces on, and bought an issue of Cereal Magazine, we chatted with Amber about her heart for HS and got a little history behind the shop.
Oakmoss: How long has Harmony Society existed?
AMBER: The shop has been around for about 2 years and in December of 2015 we'll have been in this location a full year.
OM: What made you move the shop here to Carlisle?
A: I've always loved the space and moved in when it became available. Before HS was located here, it used to be a woman's home. She was very eclectic in design and style and I loved what she did with the space!
OM: Did you always carry the same kinds of products or did you start with one core item?
A: I started with vintage clothing mostly, and a few gift items. As the store grew I added more items like yarn and knitting supplies as well as hosting knitting classes. There was a need because the local yarn supply store had closed down.
OM: What would you say the main focus of Harmony Society is?
A: Sustainability. Vintage meets that because it is recycling! I also think that a lot of it is better made than the fast fashion today.
OM: Aside from Harmony Society, tell us a little bit about yourself!
A: I studied some art and design in fashion. Before HS I worked at a wellness store in the area and before that I worked at a yarn store in Philly! I am from the Carlisle area and have moved around a little, but now I am back and brought Harmony Society with me!