Behind the Business: Field of Dreams

Many people dream of quitting their 9-5 job in the corporate abyss to pursue something that stimulates them on a higher level. Local craftswoman and Chamber member Letty Allen did just that and has been thriving in a creative environment ever since. For 24 years Letty has been shaping and adapting the family business into something that holds true to the past while blending new ideas and styles with the classics.

Many locals will remember Letty from the time she spent with her mother in their shop located in Downtown Hillsboro. The store was a hodgepodge of homer decor with used books and antiques throughout the store, and Letty specializing in framing. The store was a family affair, and Letty fondly remembers her then-toddler daughter, Lauren, taking naps in her basket on the framing room floor while she worked on framing orders.

In 2000, Letty’s mother retired and the store in downtown Hillsboro closed its doors. But that wasn’t going to slow down Letty. She decided to move the store out to her home on Mad River Road by renovating an old chicken coop. Measuring 28×48, the old coop is now refurbished and resembles something one would find in Home & Garden. The shop, Field of Dreams, encompasses many of Letty’s hobbies all in one place. While she still frames, the shop also includes re-purposed “shabby chic” decor.

DSC_1349.5Letty commented, “I want young professionals and older adults alike to be able to come into my store and find something that they like. My daughter recently moved into her own apartment and was able to furnish it using pieces from Field of Dreams. It is quality pieces at a price that won’t break the bank!”

The store is also the home base for “Paint-N-Party’s” which have gained popularity in recent years. For just $30 per person, Letty will buy all the necessary supplies for you and a group of friends to come and eat, drink, and paint your heart out! Or, she will bring the party to you! There is no artistic experience necessary, just the will to have a good time.

Field of Dreams is a client of Grow! Highland County which is a program designed to foster entrepreneurship and small business growth throughout Highland County.

Field of Dreams is located at 10330 Mad River Road in New Vienna.

Article by Stormi Bledsoe, Photos by Maddie Cupp

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