The Red Velvet Shop turns 2!

Elsie at red velvetOur storeRedvelvetSweet shopRed velvet shopElsie at workRed velvet turns twoEmma at workThis week our local shop is turning two! I cannot believe it's been two years since we had our grand opening. There's a part of me that feels like it was just yesterday, and there's a part of me that feels like it was a decade ago. Does that mean I'm getting old? (Don't answer that.)

In the past two years Elsie and I have been lucky enough not only to live our dream but to watch our little business grow. I was just reading last year's shop anniversary post, and I'm now sitting here getting a little teary-eyed about Red Velvet. We love our local vintage shop. It has been a vintage shop for years and years now. We purchased the business from the previous owner who had worked there for a long time. She actually sold me my high school prom dress from what was then Nellie Dunn's (and is now Red Velvet). If you had told 18-year-old Emma she was going to grow up to own a business with her sister… well, actually, I probably would have believed you. I have always believed in my sister.

Many of you are a part of our shop story too. We've met so many ABM readers over the years who were passing through our town and stop at the shop. Thank you. It has been an amazing two years. We feel so blessed, and we are so excited for what the future holds. xo. Emma (and Elsie)

  • congrates on the 2 years. amazing shop. Lovely pics. found you through my olf school freind bec at naughty shorts. xx kaz

  • Your shop looks AMAZING! Just the kind of place I’d like to shop. Pity I’m over here in rainy Yorkshire, UK. Congrats on 2 years!!! Am a little obsessed with following your progress, well done.

    Kirsty x

  • I had no idea the two of you were sisters until now. You look so different to one another!

  • Congratulations on turning two! It feels like yesterday for me too (a humble reader). I remember when you first opened – it was so exciting. It is my most favourite thing to read about on this blog and I’m so happy for you both that it is still going strong and indeed growing… good times 🙂

  • Congrats to you! How fun & exciting:-) There’s nothing better than a sense of accomplishment. I’ve been reading ABM for almost two years now and I love how dynamic it is. It’s nice watching you girls grow up and expand in your life and in business. It’s very inspirational for someone who is trying to do the same. I wish you all the luck in the world!

  • Congratulations, Ladies! I love your positive vibe and your willingness to try new things. I hope the coming year is even more successful for both of you and your shop.

  • CONGRATS on 2 years there! LOVE your blog, it’s make everything feel right at home.
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • Hey,

    I just found your blog and I am completely blow away! This was by far the most interesting blog I have ever found. Very inspiring! So, I am a bit into photography and I would really like to know if you have edited the pictures above (in the shop), because they look fantastic!

    Good luck with the shop

  • Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Red Velvet Shop! Hope there are many, many more birthdays! You ladies look super stunning, by the way!


  • happy anniversary red velvet! what a gorgeous shop! i am not too far (in kansas) and i really want to pop in one day when you are both there so i can do a celebrity picture. teehee. your blog never ceases to inspire me to go for my dreams and keep trying when people tell me i can’t.

  • Headed your direction at the end of November and plan on being one of those readers who stops to see the shop! Congrats on two years, ladies 🙂

  • You guys are the absolute cutest (and luckiest!). Congratulations on your two year anniversary! And Elsie, that dress fits you like a dream.

  • Hi, I’m from Mexico and next year maybe I’ll go on a road trip to USA and I hope I could visit Red Velvet 🙂 PS1: I love the name of the store PS2: the blog is an inspiration for me PS3: sorry, my english isn’t good :S

  • Yay!! Congrats guys. What an accomplishment. You must be so proud!! You both look so dang beautiful in these pictures. xoxo

  • It is so fantastic! You two seems to have a lot of diserved success, your shop looks amazing, I am surely going there when I go back to USA (from Quebec!). I really like the fact that this store have an history, it makes it magical! Well, happy birthday!
    Olive xox

  • Congrats for 2 years with The Red Velvet shop. Many more successful years to come.

  • Congratulations! Best wishes for continued success!

  • I am much older than you both but still have a little dream that’s still bubbling away….reading your blog inspires me to go for it even at my age!! (not yet 50–still feel like I’m 20!)

  • Happy Two Years, i love this pics, are so perfect, one day i’m going to make my dream come true and visit your blog 🙂

  • Wow! it’s so beautiful, I love red velvet!
    And your dress is great elsie, you look great! 🙂


  • Aww, congratulations all! I have made some fond memories myself via Red Velvet (my wedding shoes came from your store) <3. Thank you!

  • Congratulations! I’m so happy for you guys. I can’t believe I’ve been following you for so long. I remember when it was just opening. Truly happy for you and your shop!

  • Awh! This makes me feel so happy 🙂 I’ve been reading your blog since before you opened the shop, and I feel like I’ve been so many places and done so many things with you (even though I’m just a reader sitting in bed at home haha). So proud of everything you’ve accomplished! I hope I get to come visit the shop someday!

  • Congratulations! Hopefully one day I can visit! It can only be the best vintage shop!

  • Congrats, Ladies! Beautiful pictures, I would love to visit your shop on day…

  • I can’t believe it’s already two years that I read about your shop opening here. Wow I’m following you Red Velvet Girls for a long time already 🙂 – Congratulations!!

  • you both and your shop are one of the reasons i want to travel to America!!

    Regards and contratulations from Uruguay!!

  • Congratulations on your two years – and it’s only just the beginning!

    Just also wanted to say that you both look sensational in these pictures. Especially the one of Emma – those eyes! You’re a real inspiration for making your dreams become reality.

    Maria xx

  • Congratulations on two years in Red Velvet wonderfulness! How amazing is this? You are both inspirational and fabulous.

  • Congrats Elsie & Emma! Reading this post reminded me that I’ve been thinking in the past week I wish I could see more Red Velvet posts on the blog! Maybe once a week or once every 2 weeks? Congrats ladies; it’s such an accomplishment 🙂

  • How wonderful! A visit to Red Velvet has been on my bucket list for about a year now. I will come see you guys soon! 😀

  • Congratulations, ladies! You have the most beautiful shop. Hopefully I will be able to visit it someday!

  • Helloooo ladies!! Miss Elsie I am so happy to see you getting wear out of your naughty shorts dress! I would love to make you another one 🙂 Congrats on the anniversaire of your delightful shop. If I am ever over your way I will make a point of stopping in. Bec x

  • Congratulations!! You are so inspiring. Love reading your blog daily. Strong, creative woman, making things happen! Loves it!

  • Wow! Two years sure does fly by and I can’t wait to one day come into your wonderful vintage store! Both you girls inspire me 🙂 Congrats again and to many more years of Red Velvet xx

  • Congratulations! I would tooootally love to visit your shop once! Pretty inconvenient I live in Belgium, hehe 🙂

  • Congratulations 🙂
    One Day I hope to come across the pond from England and visit your shop!
    Here’s to many more successful ‘Red Velvet’ years!
    Milly xo

  • Big big congrats! The pictures are beautiful – so happy and bright!


  • Happy happy anniversary girls!!
    I’m happy to say I saw your business and dream come to life (although from overseas, ha!);
    you really have accomplished so much!! Congrats with all my heart!

    Ps. That first picture is stunning!

  • Congratulations you two! A trip across the atlantic would be worth it just to visit your shop. I don´t understand how you find the time for everything though. Doesn´t it take a looot of time to dig up all the items to sell? Or do they find their way to you on their own?

    Thank you for blogging, you are without a doubt the two most inspiring people I know of!

  • Happy birthday to your shop! *throws confetti*
    I think it’s absolutely incredible how far the both of you have come. You inspire me to do better every single day. Thank you!

  • Yep, we have had the pleasure of visiting twice now while road trippin, and love to drink in all the shop lovliness, and eat Emma’s cupcake’s! Congrat’s you clever girl’s!

  • Oh congratulations, that’s so exciting! I know you guys have been a big inspiration to a lot of people. Here’s to many years to come. xx

  • Congratulations on 2 years!!! You have worked really hard for this and it reflects to your work! You are both amazing and so full of ideas. I wish to you all the best and many many more successful, fun and creative years to come!!!

  • Congratulations on two very beautiful and inspirational years! I know you have thousands of readers, but you have truly blessed and encouraged and grown me. I am so thankful for you!

  • Both of you are amazing. Congratulations on the wonderful success of your store!
    Agree with Sophie above – if only I lived in the US! 🙂
    Ronnie xo

  • Seeing those picture I just wish I lived closer!!! I would LOVE to browse the shop!!!! Three cheers for locally owned vintage shops and for your 2nd anniversary!!!!!

  • I will have to make another road trip and check out the store again. I wish it were closer.

  • Congrats, you guys! I can’t wait to visit someday (:

    xo, Clare

  • Congratulations! Good luck in the years to come and I look forward to following your journey.

    – Emily

  • I’ve been to your shop, and I plan on going again whenever I get down that way. I didn’t have the courage to talk to you guys last time, so maybe second time is the charm. 🙂
    It was so amazingly inspiring to be there. I can tell you guys pour your soul into every aspect of that little store. Thank you for sharing your creativity (and your sweets!) with the world!

  • Congrats on the two years, have been following for months now and me and my girlfriend are planning to make a visit in November!! So excited 🙂

  • My, how time flies! This year, my small business turned three and I cannot believe it. I feel so incredibly blessed. From the bottom of my heart, congratulations, ladies! Isn’t it funny how overtime feels different when you work for yourself? I hope to meet your shop someday!

  • Congrats to you both! You are doing such a wonderful job! Red Velvet holds such a special place in my husband and my heart! Thanks for creating such a magical spot!

  • Congrats guys! Hope to one day be able visit the shop! -jb.

  • Congrats Red Velvet team!! I remember the first time I stop at ABM and read a blog about the first Red Velvet Shop!! You have grow very much since that post! I’m sure that someday (not inmediatly but I hope in a few years…) I’m going to live my dream come true…go to EEUU, do the Route66 and eat a cupcake and buy a dress at Red Velvet!!haha 🙂 Congratulations girls! Kisses from Spain!!

  • i can’t believe it went by so fast! you guys are amazing and so inspiring. xo.

  • I just found your blog, and I already adore it. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary. Love the dress and hair in the first picture!
    Wish you both a wonderful weekend.

  • Oh my god, you two are absolutely too adorable! …and I never say that! I adore Elsie’s dress! Did you make it?

  • Happy Shopaversary! 🙂 I really love your blog and it’s all the time so absolutely inspiring and motivating me to do something on my own again 😉

  • Congrats! I hope to be out there one day and visit your shop!

    xo Jennifer

  • Entering the wonderful (not terrible) 2’s! Congratulations to all of your dreams and hard work. I only wish I lived closer to see it in person 🙂

  • Happy Anniversary! I was lucky enough to visit your lovely shop in June, sadly you guys weren’t there but it was still wonderful to see in person!

  • The pursuit of your dreams through Red Velvet has been a huge inspiration to me. Thanks for taking the risk and for sharing it with us! Happy Anniversary, Red Velvet!!

  • Congrats girls!! May the next two years be EVEN BETER! 🙂

  • OMG! The Houndstooth Skirt that Emma dressing up there in that last picture is hanging in my closet!

    I’m so happy I have a unique piece i can say I got from the wonderful grirls at Red Velvet!

  • Congrats on 2 years! The shop looks stunning. Such a nice feel. Love the whole feel about everything you do. So inspirational. Here’s to many more years to come 🙂

  • Congratulations! I have loved following your story, it’s such an inspiration to new business dreamers like me.

  • Congrats!!!

  • Congrats on two years ladies and here is to many, many more! Seeing your shop, your blog and your sweet sister relationship is inspiring…I love when all ones passions can collide! Thanks for showing it can be done!

  • When I visited your store this summer from St.Louis with my friend, we loved it! We both wished it was closer! We definitely are planning a trip back before christmas.


  • Elsie I love your dress! Happy shop anniversary. I am glad you posted about Red Velvet. I hadn’t heard how it was doing for a while. Glad all is going good.

  • Congrats!

    I’ve loved visiting RV each time I come to Springfield! SO much fun.

  • Congratulations! Your shop is still high on my list of places to visit, once the right road trip presents itself 🙂
    Also, I agree with Kate – a shop tour would be great to see!

  • Congratulations! I’ve visited your store just a few times when I’ve been driving through Springfield. I love it. It makes me happy just to walk in the doors.

  • Congratulations ladies! You are both such an inspiration 🙂 Here’s to many more! <3

  • I seriously want to be there on this anniversary! Would’ve been awesome!

  • elsie i love that yellow dress! so autumnal and retro x

    x erica

  • Love it! The photos are gorgeous. Hopefully someday I make it out there to see it in person and do a little shopping 🙂

  • Congrats! That must be so exciting. Xo Inna


  • Congrats on your 2nd anniversary! That’s quite an accomplishment! I’m sure you’ll have many more successful years!

  • I love that dress! I’m so excited for your two years being open! Do you plan on (or have you already) putting up a tour of the shop, kind of like your home tours? I know I’ll never make it all the way to Missouri, and I’d love to see the whole thing!

  • Congratulations! I’m still dreaming about the day when I journey to the states from little old new zealand and finally get to tread the floors of your beautiful store. All the best xo

  • Happy shopaversary!! Hopefully one day I’ll be able to visit it! xo. Deanna

  • It looks like such a great shop. Warm congratulations to you guys on your 2 year shop-owning anniversary!


  • That is so unbelievably exciting! Congrats!!
    xo Heather

  • Beautiful shop… If only I lived in America! Sophie x


  • So darling – hope I get to stop by some day. 🙂 Cognratulations on your shop’s bday!


  • Everything you two touch is golden! What a beautiful shop! I would love to stop by sometime!

  • Wow–congratulations! The shop is so unique and gorgeous. I hope I can visit one day!

  • Gosh Happy Birthday guys!

    Being all the way here in the UK I literally die inside a little every time you share photographs of your store and I can’t visit!

    I came about 18months ago on a jaunt round the Southern States, and really dig the place!

    Cant wait to come back next year!

  • I’ve been reading your blog for years and it’s been so exciting to watch you and your career grow! Congrats- you’re incredibly talented and I hope you have many more years of success How Bout Some Cake

  • I love Red Velvet. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and I hope that I have the opportunity to visit one day! It would be awesome to meet the two of you!

    XO Krystin

  • Two years? That means I’ve been reading ABM almost three years; HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? I could swear it was maybe ten months at most. How much time do I lose to the internet?

  • Hi, just found your blog through Apartment Therapy! You guys are darling…sisters are the best. Period. Congrats on 2 years…here’s to many more!!


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