Carver Junk Company started out four and a half years ago in a 300-sq ft space with a month-to-month lease. Our goals were to create a store that appealed to people like us, that was open one weekend a month, and to fill our “spare” time with a hobby we could work on together. I wish I could remember how those conversations sounded.
“It’s 18 hours a month. It’ll be fun!”
“It’s an excuse to go to flea markets! And we’ll have a place to sell all the things we find, so we don’t turn into hoarders!”
We lasted four months in that 300 sq ft space before we outgrew it. We moved a half block up the street into a bigger space, we found some equally-crazy and motivated vendors to join us, and opened our doors.
A year later, with a baby on the way, we knew we couldn’t keep moving dozens and dozens of furniture pieces up and down treacherous stairways every month. We moved. Again. This time, 2 full blocks up the street, into our current location.
In 2014, we heard a demand for a CJC location that was open more often, and closer to many of our customers, so we opened a second location in Mpls.
Each time, our business was busting at the seams, and our demand had outgrown the space we had. And this time is no different. Yes, this time…we’re moving again!
We’ve loved our time in Carver. The town is charming – it’s why we live here, in the same historic downtown area. The members of the community are amazing, and have been incredibly supportive of our small business.
We’re moving because we need more space, and it’s not available in our little downtown Carver. We’re looking forward to almost double our square footage and a dedicated workshop space where we can share our passion for DIY with more people via more classes!
We’re moving because Chaska feels as much like home to us as Carver has been. Chad grew up in this area, living in Chaska from the time he was born through middle school. The building we’re moving to is a historic bank in downtown Chaska. It’s the same historic main street where he grew up riding his bike with friends.
We’re moving because the future of downtown Carver feels uncertain, and the focus of the City government is on growing the community far from its center. We’re moving to a downtown that’s actively working on revitalization and growth, and we know our current customers and our supportive Carver community will love the new space as much as we do!
Our beautiful new building features 13-ft ceilings, exposed brick, natural wood work, the original bank vault (which will be a part of our sales floor space!) and a light, bright interior. It’s the perfect fit for modern, industrial farmhouse style. We can’t wait to show it off to you in May, at our Grand Opening!
We still intend to be open one weekend [plus maybe an extra day] each month, along with the other occasional stores in Chaska. We’re beyond excited to be joining a group of existing businesses that started this occasional market. They’re unique, local shops that support dozens of other local makers. They focus on remaining unique, supporting one another, and ensuring that their products are complementary to one another. It feels like the perfect home for CJC!
Thank you all for making this possible, for helping us continue to grow, expand and push our boundaries. Our customers remind us, again and again, when we take on crazy projects that push us far beyond our original goals for this business, that we have so much support and love!
Chad, Brandy, and the CJC team!
Visit the Carver store for our Grand Finale: March 16th – 19th, 10 am – 4 pm each day. We won’t have a “store” location in the SW Metro for April, but our Minneapolis store is open 7 days a week, and our CJC@HOME event is April 21-23rd in Apple Valley!