French flair in Fredericksburg
After participating in Fredericksburg Trade Days for almost six years, Hollie Fairchild decided to call Fredericksburg her permanent home.
In July 2015, Hollie opened Farm Haus, an antique and home décor shop.
“My family heritage is German, so being in this town, it just felt right,” Fairchild said.
Making the move
Moving from Houston to Fredericksburg was a huge undertaking and a bold move, as their house at the time had not yet sold, Fairchild said.
“We signed the lease in February and I moved into my camper until we could get things rolling at the store,” she said.
Fairchild then proceeded to get the store ready on her own.
“I have had instant success and it hasn’t really slowed down,” she said.
Eventually Fairchild also leased out the space next door, to accommodate the large pieces of furniture.
With the future growth of the west side of town, Fairchild is confident that her retail shop will continue to grow.
When Farm Haus first opened, many of the items at the store were considered industrial. The style has since evolved.
Fairchild describes it as “eclectic and ever-changing,” saying it is European with a French slant.
Farm Haus sells everything from lighting, to couches, to items to display on a mantle to antique French-style sinks.
They also have items like vintage cowhide chairs that can pair with a large farm table and kitchen cupboards that have been restored or patched with tin can lids.
“It’s not so much anymore that hokey farm-y look, it’s more of a homey, eclectic, comfortable look,” she said. “Everything that I sell in the store, I would buy for my own house.”
If a customer is looking for a specific item, Fairchild will do her best to bring those items to her store. It can be challenging as many of the items are unique antique pieces.
“These have character that you aren’t going to find if you buy something brand new,” she said.
Fairchild now offers a variety of design services to her customers.
The store offers a variety of vintage fabric samples for custom furniture and pillows.
“I hand-select all the fabrics we have from African to Turkish to French,” she said. “It makes it one-of-a-kind and people mention that it’s the perfect fit for their space. It’s very rewarding.”
They provide delivery services to Austin and San Antonio as well as Houston and Dallas for those who make weekend or day trips to Fredericksburg.
“If they don’t have a truck, they don’t have to worry about how they are going to haul it home because we make weekly and monthly trips to bigger cities,” she said.