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The House of Milk and Honey Opening in Fredericksburg

By Susan Larson

Azadeh Rahmani has long wanted to open a shop of antiques and vintage finds.  “That alone seem[ed] far fetched, but the fact that I wanted it to be in a historic district made it even more far fetched,” she said.  “Then I wanted my shop to be in a charming house with a front porch and a little yard — and with all these aspects everyone told me it was impossible and I would eventually have to settle in some regard.”

But Rahmani did not have to forgo any part of her dream.  She has signed a five-year lease with Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite for 807 William St.  That retail property is a 3,200 square foot home in Fredericksburg’s Historic District, complete with yard and front porch.  Rahmani’s shop will be called The House of Milk and Honey.  She plans a September 1, 2014, opening.

The House of Milk and Honey will feature top quality fine antiques, country primitive decor, Americana vintage, painted furniture, seasonal items and more. “I would like to maintain a high end shop with a cozy, down home, small town feel, where clients feel comfortable coming to sit on the rocking chairs on the porch and having a cup of coffee with one of us,” Rahmani said.

Rahmani believes in the importance of investing in your own community, and calls it the Happy Cycle.   “The customer who spends $50 in our shop, for example, is essentially putting money into a local resident’s pocket, who in turn will spend a portion of that money buying coffee at Hyperion, a sandwich at Goolricks, flowers from Roxberry Farms, which in turn happens to be where that customer buys her plants,” she said.  “I call this the Happy Cycle. The more money we spend within our own communities, the more prosperous we all become.”

Charlotte Rouse of Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite represented both the owner and tenant in the lease transaction.

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