As the phrase goes, “When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” No one understands her more than a woman juggling all the roles that we chicks so often do. Mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister, employee, community volunteer, den mother/soccer mom, birthday party planner extraordinaire. You name it, she’s done it. Mama’s Happy is for her, or more aptly you, if she sounds familiar.
Mama’s Happy is chock full of beautifully displayed handcrafted, upcycled, repurposed painted furniture, home decor and gifts. Created by an eclectic group of bargainistas and artists who, like our shopping guests, want a little happy in our lives.
Mama’s Happy started selling painted furniture and locally made merchandise in 2010, operating as an Occasional Shop in Mound, MN. A short 18 months later, the call came in that the building we were renting was to be torn down.
On the hunt for a new home for our new business, we came across the Historic Lyndale Creamery. A brick building dating back to 1894, it had all the potential to be the perfect spot for our little shop. However, the building was not available to rent, it was only listed for sale. After some serious number crunching and divine intervention, we took the leap of faith to purchase the property. Not only would it become the new home for Mama’s Happy, it would become the new home for my family as well. We moved the store in immediately and spent the next year renovating the upper level to accommodate our family of five. We still live there today.
In 2012 we discovered Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. It was a game changer for our business. What used to be a grueling process of stripping, sanding or priming the furniture we set out to re-design, became something we actually enjoyed! It wasn’t long until we decided to become retailers of our new favorite product. Little did we know what this paint line would do for our business! As women heard how they could transform their own furniture with the paint, and were led right to our door to learn more about it.
In 2013 we made the decision to expand Mama’s Happy to the urban markets of Minneapolis & St. Paul. These stores are open 7 days a week. The perfect go-to spot for locally made gifts & home decor as well as furniture for your home.
In 2017 the property next door to the creamery, the former butter-maker’s house (for real) came up for sale. A perfect spot for women to get away from the distractions of life and recharge! (I sold husband on the idea because it has a garage with a sweet workshop, both things our home was lacking.)
We furnished and decorated the entire home with merchandise from our stores. So it’s essentially like living in one of our stores. (People are always telling us they want to do this, but that would be a little creepy)
So we invite you to visit one of our four locations across the Twin Cities! Come in to get your creative juices flowing, to roam our shop for ideas and inspiration for your home. Or perhaps take a class with a group of girlfriends or even spend a weekend together at the cottage!
You’re sure to love our unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and furniture for you and your home. It’s like walking through a magazine filled with ideas you can reproduce. Oh, but who are we kidding, really? You’ll never find the time. So pick out your favorites & take them home…a little happy just for you.