NANCY MENEFEE (left) and Cindy Chase are ready for business in the barn at 15 Dame Road in Tuftonboro. The Grand Opening of their shop, For Every Season, is today, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. The shop will remain open on Friday and Saturday as well, and again Thursday, Aug. 28 through Sept. 1. Watch for more such events this fall. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
August 21, 2014TUFTONBORO — The Grand Opening of For Every Season is upon us. Today, Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m., the doors of Nancy Menefee's white barn at 15 Dame Road in Tuftonboro will open for the first time to shoppers.
Menefee and Cindy Chase have been shopping for antiques and home décor items since January, beginning with a gift show in New York City, to furnish the well-kept barn located at the former Wingate Farm.
They've been having a good time, they say, but it's time to stop collecting and invite people in to take a look at what they've assembled. The store will be open this first weekend from Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then again Aug. 28 to 30 and Sept. 1, those same hours.
It's a seasonal business, open for events on and off until the end of November. The two say they are doing what they love – Menefee had an interior design business in California and New York, and Chase has experience in business – and it's a very enjoyable hobby.
"She handles the beauty," Chase says of her partner's eye for color and design, "I just put things where she tells me!" She points out a gold bedspread that is now serving as a tablecloth, and a display of china and glassware that achieves elegance on the deep gold backdrop. Items, both old and new, invite inspection throughout the spacious old barn.
She calls their endeavor "repurposing with a purpose." " I love to see women be more interested in their homes," says Menefee, " and it doesn't cost a lot of money."
At the end of this month, they will donate 10 percent of their proceeds (First Fruits), to the charity, Kisses for Katie, a global initiative that supports a young woman who adopted 13 Ugandan orphans, following a mission trip over Christmas break when she was a senior in high school.
"We're going to pick a local charity for September," says Chase, and each month will benefit a different cause. "It's a way to give back," adds Menefee.
Dame Road is located off Route 109A (Middle Road) in Tuftonboro, between Spider Web Gardens and Sodom Road. For Every Season is located at 15 Dame Road, the first driveway on the right.