New upholstery shop part of a long family traditionPublished 11:24am Monday, October 7, 2013
Upholstery has been a part of Layne Thernell’s life since she was born.
Now, after living in Fergus Falls for the last 10 years, she will open her own store this week.
The grand opening of Memory Layne, 112 S. Mill, is set for Saturday. There will be an open house from 1 to 7 p.m. where guests will be provided refreshments.
Much work still needs to be done to get the shop ready for the opening, including painting the walls and having three chandeliers delivered and installed. But Layne Thernell said the opening will happen Saturday, no matter how much redecorating is left to do.
When she was growing up, Thernell’s mother Karen owned an upholstery business. Layne Thernell worked for her mother until she moved to Colorado for 18 years. Since returning to the area and living in Fergus Falls, Layne Thernell has stayed in the business and worked from home.
She has been thinking about moving into a shop for a while, but only when one of her favorite spots in the city opened up did she make her move.
“Everything about it was perfect,” Layne Thernell said. “The location is great, there’s a lot going on.”
Memory Layne will include window displays of some of her work. Customers will also be able to buy different fabrics in the store, which Layne Thernell said gives her an advantage over bigger furniture stores.
Layne Thernell also does window covers and interior design as part of her business.
Because of her experience working from home, Layne Thernell said the transition to owning a shop should be easier.
“I’ve got a lot of clientele already and fortunately I’ve had some really nice people put up with me for the last few months because this hasn’t been an easy undertaking.”
But Karen Thernell’s history in the business is not her only tie to Memory Layne. She will also work there in the mornings a few times per week when her daughter is at her second job at the YMCA.
With decades of experience, Karen Thernell knows good work when she sees it. Her daughter’s work, especially when it comes to antique furniture, definitely qualifies as good work in her book.
“So many old pieces of furniture are so good and so beautiful and yet the fabric will wear so it can be renewed and still be an antique,” Karen Thernell said.
“That’s another part of her business that is so fun.”
Opening a new business is almost always a nerve-wracking endeavor, but Layne Thernell feels more anxious than anything. After months of planning and moving, she is ready to open Memory Layne and add another piece of upholstery history to her family’s legacy.