If you’re thinking about tossing an old piece of furniture, Lisa Boston encourages you to try looking at it through a new lens.
Her shop Ready Set Stage just might be able to help.
Ready Set Stage, a certified retailer for Dixie Belle Paint and Redesign with Prima products, opened early last week in Tunkhannock.
“Four days before the pandemic, I started getting my products in,” Boston said. “The companies were nice enough to let us sell from home, and it’s doing pretty good, so I decided to get my own little spot and take it a step further.”
Aside from owning Ready Set Stage, Boston is a certified interior decorator/stager and works as a real estate agent for Sherlock Homes and Properties. Originally from Pittston, she’s lived in Tunkhannock for about 12 years.
Boston has always enjoyed creative pursuits and became familiar with Dixie Belle Paint and Redesign with Prima through personal use.
Customers can find mineral chalk paints, transfers, and more from these brands.
“I was buying them from another store that I had to travel for because there’s none around here,” she said. “I started doing furniture and people wanted to buy it, so I said ‘We may have something here.’”
Ready Set Stage also features homemade signs from h[ART] by Tanya Sakulich.
Boston sells her customized furniture at Eclectic Heart Antiques & Furnishings in Tunkhannock and accepts commissions.
Judy Mead, co-owner of Eclectic Heart, said the partnership works well for both businesses. Customers can find a piece of furniture they like at Eclectic Heart and enlist Boston’s help in customizing it.
“You can pick one up at our store and Lisa can show you how to turn it into one of the pretty ones she has done,” Mead said. “It’s great that it can work back and forth between the two stores.”
Eventually, Boston plans to offer do-it-yourself crafting classes for all ages, from tie dying shirts with kids to more advanced projects for adults.
Opening Ready Set Stage was both exciting and nerve wracking for Boston.
“I’ve had a lot of visitors, friends to congratulate me,” she said of her first few days in business.
Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association Executive Director Nancy Parlo called Ready Set Stage “a nice complement” to other businesses in town.
With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping people at home, she believes Boston’s products could spark inspiration for creative projects to stay occupied, and she looks forward to seeing classes start there in the future.
Parlo added that a new shop opening as the local business community recovers from the pandemic is a positive development.
“We’ve been fortunate. Certainly it’s been a difficult situation for the businesses,” she said. “It’s wonderful to see that someone has that trust and faith in the Tunkhannock area to wants to open a business here.”
Ready Set Stage, located on 69 Bridge Street, is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shop is closed Sunday through Tuesday, but Boston plans to be at Eclectic Heart every Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.