Almost one year ago, I sat at my computer and drafted up an email, mustering up the courage to hit send. I had been following an Ohio based brand for quite a while and was pitching them an idea to collaborate with me. It was my first time ever reaching out to a brand and I was so nervous.
Within a couple of hours, the owner of the brand replied to my email and was just as excited as I was about the opportunity to work together. After an hour long phone call we set up a day to get together for lunch and thus began my journey working with Erie and Anchor.
Fast forward eleven months, and I’ve had the joy of watching my favorite Ohio brand open their first brick and mortar store. I remember sitting with Micah at our first lunch and talking about this dream of hers to someday open her own retail store. When she told me she was going to do it in the place that inspired Erie and Anchor, I knew without a doubt I wanted to be there for the opening.
This past weekend, Rob, Lilly and I hopped in the car for the hour long trip to Vermilion, Ohio for the soft opening of the Erie and Anchor flagship store. We had never been to Vermilion, but let me tell you, it is a coastal gem. It’s described as the “crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie” and it’s 100% accurate.
This enchanting seaside community has all the charm of a New England coastal town. It’s full of quaint shops and restaurants, beautiful old “Lake Captain” homes, spectacular beaches, and an adorable lighthouse and maritime museum. It’s the perfect setting for an Erie and Anchor store and I’m already planning many more trips back to enjoy all the delights this coastal community has to offer.
The Erie and Anchor store is situated on the corner of Main Street and Liberty Avenue, right in the heart of “Harbor Town” (what the locals call the downtown). It’s the perfect location!
The inside of the store is absolutely gorgeous. Everything from the window displays, to the hardwood floors, and shiplap wall are just stunning. No detail was overlooked and it has such a cozy, easy going, lake vibe atmosphere.
One of my favorite parts of the store includes the back wall which boasts five rowing oars and two floating shelves with nautical rope. So simple, yet perfectly preppy and right on brand. I also love the large wooden sign behind the checkout desk that is a beautiful replica of the logo. It’s one of the first things you see upon walking into the store and it’s just stunning.
Micah will be selling not only Erie and Anchor merchandise, but also merchandise from Coastal Cleveland, Shabby Shore, and a few other Ohio based companies. It’s truly a store that embraces coastal Ohio and the community that loves the lake.
I had no idea what this brand would come to mean to me and how much working with Micah would change my blogging life. I’m so grateful for her support, encouragement and friendship. I don’t know where A Dash of Solt would be without her. I’m so thrilled that I have been able to watch her grow her brand, not only across Ohio, but across the country.
The Erie and Anchor store will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6:00 p.m. until the grand opening weekend on March 21 and March 22. If you aren’t local to Ohio, you can always shop their merchandise online. And as always, a percentage of each purchase made is donated to the research and cleaning up of Lake Erie!
Congratulations on a beautiful dream coming true, Micah!! Thanks for letting me be a part of it.