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Once Again Consignment is nearly ready to open in Farmington

Nikki Freeburg is putting the finishing touches on Once Again Consignment and Boutique this week. The theme of the store and the items on offer will change with the seasons.

Nikki Freeburg's dream is a bit of a mess at the moment. There is a pile of jewelry on the floor in one hallway, and there are decorative items still to be put away.

It's all a little cluttered, but it's getting undeniably close to reality. And Freeburg hopes it will be ready for the public by the time this issue of the Independent reaches readers.

Freeburg's dream is a boutique and consignment store called Once Again. Located on the ground floor of Farmington's Prairie Centre, a converted farmhouse located at 18556 Pilot Knob Road, the store has a mix of new and repurposed items, antiques and Farmington Tiger gear.

For Freeburg, the new business is both a natural progression and the realization of a longtime dream. She's always wanted to run her own store, she said. She has a background in retail, having been an assistant manager for Home Depot for nine years.

The seeds that grew into Once Again were planted about a year and a half ago when Freeburg noticed what she considered a gap in the kinds of clothing available to Farmington Tiger fans.

"I wanted to find some really cute, girly-girl stuff for the Tigers," Freeburg said.

Freeburg found a manufacturer who could make sweatshirts and other items with logos and slogans spelled out in faux gemstones - bedazzled, as Freeburg describes them - and started selling them to the schools.

Freeburg also ran a boutique from her home, selling hand-made jewelry and other items as well as the Tiger gear.

Then, about four months ago, Freeburg decided it was time to take things to another level. She started to get serious about opening her own store. She looked for a location and hired an attorney. She did a lot of research at antique stores and boutiques.

Freeburg signed a lease at the beginning of September, and she has been working hard ever since to get things ready. Some of the walls have been removed from the space and those that remained got painted. The floors have all been replaced.

What is left still looks a bit like the farmhouse the building used to be. The space is divided into individual rooms, each with its own feel. All of the Tiger gear is in one room. Others are decorated with furniture, jewelry and home décor items.

Many of the items, including refurbished furniture, were made by Freeburg's friends. Freeburg hopes the items she has for sale will help customers decorate their homes at a reasonable price.

Friends and family members have also helped Freeburg get the store space ready.

"I couldn't have done it without them," she said.

Freeburg has scheduled a grand opening for Oct. 1, but she hoped to open her doors to the public earlier this week.

When your dream is about to come true, you don't really want to wait.

"I can't wait to get the doors open," Freeburg said.

Freeburg plans to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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