Sally Gauthier, the visionary behind Lilacs and Lanterns, had dreamt of opening her own rustic shop for years. Finally, in 2020, she decided that “time’s up!” With unwavering determination and a burning passion for crafts, Sally embarked on a journey that would forever change her life and the lives of those she touched through her business.
It’s clear that Sally’s shop is not just a business; it’s her heart and soul poured into every nook and cranny of the charming establishment.
Lilacs and Lanterns might have started as a dream, but it has swiftly grown into a beloved local institution. Sally reflects on the shop’s journey with a warm smile, “Every year it gets a little more known. I get so much positive feedback from customers. I hear the words ‘Hidden Gem’ a lot. That is great!” Sally’s humility and dedication shine through in these words. Her genuine appreciation for the support from her community is evident, and she reciprocates that love by making sure her shop remains a treasure trove of unique, handcrafted wonders.
Artists and crafters from near and far have found a welcoming space here, where their talents are showcased and celebrated. Sally emphasizes her belief in following one’s heart, explaining that it is the main driver behind her own journey into business. Her encouragement has inspired countless artisans to step into the spotlight and share their creations with the world.
The sense of community at Lilacs and Lanterns extends beyond the shop’s walls. Sally and her team offer very fair pricing, ensuring that beautiful handmade items are accessible to all. But it’s not just about business transactions; it’s about connection. “We go the extra mile and always welcome a visit and a chat,” Sally says warmly. Visitors don’t just leave with handcrafted treasures; they depart with newfound friendships and a sense of belonging to a creative family.