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No, it’s not a baby.

Though I am giving birth to something new. Something I have been dreaming of for a very long time. I am giddy about the possibilities this new venture could bring.



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I’m bursting at the seams…

completely and utterly ecstatic…

can’t believe this is happening…

…and totally overwhelmed with excitement.

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I had an incredible opportunity come up just a few short weeks ago that took me all of two seconds to jump on…

The TomKat Studio is opening a retail store!

Such a dream come true! 

As my business has grown, I have explored several opportunities to get “space” in addition to our current shipping offices. However, most of the opportunities have been too high risk and my husband and I have made the decision to continue operations as usual. However, when Kristin from Found + ReStyle Source approached me this summer about leasing a section of her new retail space to open my own storefront, I knew it was the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. (Maybe having the goosebumps the entire time I was meeting with her was a clue?) The new shop will be located in a high-end retail center, Casa Paloma in Chandler. It couldn’t be a better location for shopping. We’ll be nestled right in with shops like Sur La Table, Banana Republic, Gap + more. Whaaaattt?! 

Can you tell that I am beyond excited? 

It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks, getting things finalized, hiring contractors, finding inspiration for the decorating space, shopping for fixtures….but it is all coming right along! Here’s a peek…

tomkat shop

This is all very new to me, but I have always dreamed of styling and running a shop filled with all of my favorite things. There is SO much to do to get ready to open soon! (Not to mention, I’ll be traveling all next week for AH Inspired + Better Homes & Gardens) But, I’m trying to stay calm and take things one day at a time.

I am expanding our product lines and the range of items that we offer (online too, don’t worry!) and I can’t wait to find new, amazing things to showcase in the shop. The focus will be on parties (of course), stationery, crafting items and baby/child gifts/clothing. I will feature both larger brands, as well as independent designers. If you have a product you would like to be considered for the shop, please send product samples to:

The TomKat Studio
Attn: Product Samples
7131 West Ray Road, Suite 13
Chandler, AZ 85226

Down the road as we get settled, I plan on offering consulting, craft + party classes, party planning services and any other crazy ideas that come to mind!

I feel like this is such a huge step for The TomKat Studio and this space will allow us to grow our business and our team. It will be a big change for me to actually get dressed and go to work each day, rather than wearing my pajamas until 3:00 pm, but I’m ready for it!

I’m ready for this new chapter and all the possibilities that come along with it. 

  1. Lucy

    September 9th, 2014 at 5:00 am

    CONGRATULATIONS….you will be a hit. The space is already taking shape and I know it’s going to be stunning. Best Wishes in your new adventure!!!

  2. Debbie

    September 9th, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Congratulations on your new endeavor!!!!

  3. Wendy

    September 9th, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Congrats Kim! I love when dreams come true for hard working people, but when it happens to sweet, kind, wildly creative gals like you, it’s even better!!

    Enjoy this moment!


  4. Melissa Darst

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Kim, I am so very excited for you!! Congratulations on this adventure and accomplishment! I am so happy for you and wish you all the best. I know it will be fabulous!!

  5. Monique

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Congrats! Nothing like embarking on an adventure that you’ve always dreamt about! So happy for you and your family.

  6. Andrea Scatuccio

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I know it will be fabulous, and wish you all the best in this new chapter xox

  7. Tina

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I so wish I lived closer to you! You should open a store in Kansas!

  8. Susan Crabtree

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Congrats Kim-So exciting! I can’t wait to bring clients in & even do a little shopping myself! Let us know when your grand opening is so we can come & support one of our favorite party girls! Xo

  9. lisa-sweet pop studio

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    YaY! Yay! YAY!!! Super exciting news! I can’t wait to travel to AZ to check it out! Good luck Kim!

  10. Cecilia - Sweet Party Day

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Whaou ! Congratulations, it’s a big news !
    I wish you all the best for this new project 🙂

  11. Heather

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:29 am

    So happy for you-it sounds amazing. Wish I lived closer to check it out! Congratulations!!

  12. Maureen Anders of anders ruff

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:31 am

    That is so exciting, Kim! Congrats to you!!! I am sure it’ll be so adorable. High five!

  13. Margie P.

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Whaaaaat???!!!!! How absolutely awesome, Kim! How exciting for you and your team! Best luck in you newest TKS adventure! I’m certain it will be a success – everything you touch turns to gold! xoxo from Buffalo!

  14. Nancy

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Congratulations!! I live right by there, I can’t wait to come visit!!!

  15. Tina Dahl

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I could not be happier or more thrilled for you, your family and the entire TKS team!!! What an accomplishment this is and I cannot wait to come see your new store! A million hugs and high fives!!!!! Xoxoxo

  16. Yodit

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    This is so great! You are such an inspiration!!! I truly admire everything you do!

    Many blessings,

  17. Toni k.

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Fabulous!!!! How amazing to turn your dream into reality. Next time i am in Arizona I’ll for sure stop by! Best of luck to you in this new adventure, you have earned it!!!!

  18. Andrea Worley

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    what awesome news Kim! I can’t wait to pop into your store! I know it’ll be beautiful and everything TKS!!

  19. Jihan Cerda

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    SOOOOO exciting!! Congrats! I LOVE what you have to offer. Only if you lived a little closer. 😉 Best wishes and hopefully I’ll make it out there one day. 🙂

  20. Julie Vazquez

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Congrats Kim! This is fabulous news!!!

  21. Jeanne

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I can’t wait to visit your new shop. Congratulations!

  22. Tori

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Congratulations Kim! The space already looks dreamy!

  23. Lisa

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    How exciting for you! Congratulations on realizing your dream!

  24. Kathleen

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Congratulations!!! Very excited for you. Wished I lived closer so I could shop/browse in your store 🙂 Good luck!!

  25. Katie Meyers / Meyers Styles

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    AGHHH!! Beyond excited for you, Kim and the entire TomKat studio! When are we going to be seeing a store in NYC? :))) (Just sayin’) Can’t wait to visit! Sending loads of love and congrats your way…. well-deserved.

  26. Christina

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    So exciting! Wish I lived in AZ!

  27. Lindsey

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I am beyond thrilled for you, my friend! Mwah!

  28. Heather Bloem

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Congrats Kim! It’s going to be amazing!!! 🙂

  29. Mariel

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Congratulations from Peru!!!! I love your style and blog, I’m sure you’ll do it great!!!!!!

  30. laura @eye candy creative studio

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    big congrats as it looks FAB already! So any chance it will be open (or near) by the BASH conference and we can stop by & shop? Wouldn’t that be great! 😉

  31. Diana

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Congratulations! What an amazing new journey!

  32. Tammy

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    That is amazing – I’m sure it will be just wonderful – I wish I lived closer so I could stop in! Good Luck!

  33. Julie Gallagher

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    WOW! What amazing news and what a beautiful shop! So so exciting to see your shop in “real life”! Enjoy this amazing milestone! And so well deserved!

  34. Nikki @ Tikkido

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations! You can be sure I’ll be there for the grand opening! And many times after that. 😉

  35. Linnette

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    WOW!!!! That fantastic news Kim! Congratulations. Watching your journey has certainly been fun. The sky is the limit!

  36. Joy

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Will you be using the space as a photography studio? As a warehouse? To handle fulfillment (in the back)?

  37. Shauna

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    How exciting! Congratulations Kim! I have been reading your blog for a long time and am so happy for you! Your beautiful creations and amazing ideas are perfect for a storefront. What a dream come true for your local customers as well! 🙂 Best of luck with everything!

  38. Christina

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    How exciting!! Congrats! When will it open? I will be taking a trip to Scottsdale next month and would love to come by and shop! 🙂

  39. Joanna M.

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Yay! This is so wonderful. And Kristin is fantastic for opening her space for what will be the most beautiful storefront for both your businesses. I can’t wait to visit and celebrate the opening of your shop. 🙂

  40. tamara

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Congratulations!!! Very exciting news indeed!! You are going to do a fabulous job with the shop based on all of your beautiful projects I’ve seen over the last few years of following you. I am inspired!

  41. Betty molina

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Congratulations!!!!! I love all of your work and I actually live in Chandler. I can’t wait to go to your store once doors open

  42. Jean Mowery

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations upon this new chapter in your life! I am so happy for you and excited to witness your “store space” transformation!! Take a moment here and there to enjoy all that is happening.

  43. simplecasablog

    September 9th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I’m so excited and happy for you! No good luck needed, it will b AMAZING

  44. Patty Schuster

    September 9th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    CONGRATS! So excited for you! It is going to be AMAZING!!!!

  45. deb

    September 9th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    So fantastic! Congratulations to you and your team!!! So sad that I don’t live in AZ. 😉

  46. jO WEST

    September 9th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Congratulations to you and your family! I know you will be a big hit. Wish I lived in that area! Yes, dreams do come true.

  47. Christine {Pure Joy Events}

    September 9th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    So happy for your continued success! Love seeing your business reach new heights over the past few years.

  48. Jamielyn@iheartnaptime

    September 9th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Congratulations Kim!! That is SO exciting! You deserve every bit of it! Can’t wait to see the store when I come visit AZ this winter! 🙂

  49. Brenda

    September 9th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Congratulations, Kim!! I’m so excited for you! I only wish I lived closer so that I could see it 🙂 I know your shop will be so amazing and incredibly successful!!

  50. Danielle Wurth

    September 9th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Soooo incredibly jazzed for you! I have a couple of interesting items that I feel would be lovely fit for the store. Looking forward to getting updated as things progress. Woot hoot!

  51. Angela

    September 9th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    At the risk of sounding like a crazy person, about a month ago I had a thought of myself at a TomKat store. In my mind it was a pop-up store, but this is even better! Can’t wait to visit your “not just a pop-up” store!

  52. Elena Galli

    September 9th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Kim you’re an inspiration and you are an amazing woman! This is amazing and I wish you all the best for this new adventure!!! You rock!!! Elena – WorldWideParty

  53. Rachel Harding

    September 9th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Congrats!!!!! This is so awesome! Can’t wait to visit the new spot soon!!!!!

  54. Trisha

    September 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news! I’ve loved your site and products ever since I’ve discovered your blog. I’m so happy for you. 🙂

  55. Claudia

    September 9th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulation! Love all your ideas.

    Good luck!

  56. Lorena

    September 9th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Congratulations! God bless your new venture! Wish you and your team lots of success.

  57. Jennifer ~ BellaGrey Designs

    September 9th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Kim, you are amazing and such an inspiration to me! I’m SO happy for you! I can’t wait to meet you in January! Will your store be open by then?

  58. Modupe

    September 9th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Kim that is soooooo cool!! I’ve been following you for a few years now – so happy for you! Just a shame that I’m in the UK 🙁

  59. Shelby

    September 9th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to visit!

  60. Kara

    September 9th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Kim, I am so beyond thrilled for you, I cannot even find the words!!

    i dreamed last night that I was in the TomKat Shop. 😉


  61. Kristina

    September 9th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Congratulations Kim! Very well deserved and I can’t wait to see the amazing things that will be carried in your (online) shop!!


  62. Jen

    September 9th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Congrats and best of luck!! Super exciting to say the least

  63. Daniela

    September 9th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Congratulations, that is so very exciting! I am so happy for you and I wish you all the sucess in the world with your shop. It will be so wonderful to have a gorgeous shop to call your own.

  64. Leanne Ambrogio

    September 9th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    That is so exciting Kim – thrilled for your continued success in all that you do! Stay calm and DELEGATE!!! Much love Leanne xx

  65. elAINE

    September 9th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Awesome! This may be a good reason for a road trip! Congratulations I use tons of your ideas and printables for events and parties. I’m hopeful we could work together soon!!

  66. Sandra Garth

    September 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Congratulations and I wish you tons of success! !!

  67. Emily

    September 9th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    That is fabulous Kim. Congratulations!!

  68. Jessica | Pen N' Paperflowers

    September 9th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I am sooooo super excited and happy and proud of you Kim! I can’t wait to see the shop when it’s all done. It’s going to be fabulous. I admire your drive and creative spirit and I continue to enjoy watching you spread your wings and fly!! You are SO incredibly awesome!!! Love you!!

  69. Brenda

    September 9th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Congratulations Kim!!!!! What an amazing shop you will have. I love how it looks already and can’t wait to follow you along on this adventure. You truly are an inspiration and now I can send samples for possible inclusion in your shop? I’ll be sending a few things along to you shortly for consideration. This opportunity has given me the drive to get going on my dreams as well. Wishing you all the best!!!!!

  70. Georgette

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Congrats Kim! You are truly an inspiration and I can’t wait to drive up from Tucson to see your store!

  71. Cass

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    As someone that has followed you for a long time on social media, I am very excited to hear your great news of a storefront! Although from Oregon, I look forward to being able to visit your store!

    BEST WISHES and I cant wait to see the greatness!

    Kindly, Cass

  72. Alejandra Morin

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Read the news first thing this morning and I’m just now getting a chance to congratulate you…. I am so excited for you Kim! It’s wonderful seeing how far you’ve come and all your hard work and dedication paying off. I know lots of HUGE accomplishments are still ahead for you and I cannot wait to hear all about them. Wishing you the best in this new adventure, Ale. XOXO

  73. Kim Mercer

    September 9th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you!

  74. Cathy

    September 9th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    How exciting, I wish I lived closer, I’d be there all the time! Can’t wait to see it via your blog!

  75. Kate

    September 9th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Congrats!!! I will definitely have to come by sometime!!

  76. Leonor

    September 10th, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Kim, You double rock!! You are a great inspiration for women to take the risk to start whatever it is they have been dreaming to do for a while. You have such good energy that I am sure your new venture will succeed!

  77. BELINA

    September 10th, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Congratulations!!! It’s beautiful everything you do. Dream it! wisht it! Do it!!!!!

  78. Stacey Stephens

    September 10th, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Absolutely wonderful news! Congratulations on such an exciting adventure! I wish I lived in AZ. Have fun!

  79. elizabeth Kay

    September 10th, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Congratulations Kim, I’m super excited for you…and maybe a little jealous! Been following you since pretty early in your older blog and I truly believe you deserve this, you have been such an inspiration for me. Have fun decorating, I can’t wait to come visit the shop.

  80. Lisa Diamond

    September 10th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! I love your site, always looking forward to seeing all the fun things you offer. I wish I lived in AZ. I would be at your store everyday! 🙂

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  82. Jen Kitzmiller

    September 10th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    OMG OMG OMG! How exciting! You are so a HUGE inspiration and I’ve been following you for some time now. So amazing to see all the incredible things you’ve done in such a short time! I’ll be sending you some of my goodies for consideration for the new shop!!! Whether or not they are selected, I give my whole-hearted wish for continued success. Thanks for being an inspiration for us all!


  83. Donna

    September 11th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you! I hope the next visit to beautiful Arizona that your store is open. I wish you all the best of luck… You are an inspiration to all of us!

  84. Kim@EverythingEtsy

    September 11th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Oh my gosh…I’m so excited for you!!!!!! It’s a beautiful space and a beautiful new opportunity for you! I know you’ll be fabulous at this! {Then, you can move on to dreaming about a whole chain of stores!}

    Have fun!


  85. Nicki

    September 14th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Congratulations Kim! I just saw some photo’s on Instagram and am so excited for you! I know your shop will be amazing and I’m even more excited to visit it in person! Best of luck with this shop, I know it will be as amazing as you are.

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  88. georgette kantlis

    September 30th, 2014 at 5:13 am

    This is awesome! I am so excited for people who follow through with their dreams. Thank you for being an inspiration to all us women following our dreams!!

  89. Meg @ Happy Kids, Inc

    December 1st, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Well, I might’ve been destined to see this post! I also have a wedding business (Wedding Belle Favors) and I think a few of my items might be perfect for your shop. Can’t wait to send them to you.

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