After several years of day dreaming and many hours of round table discussions (over house-made sodas, of course) we decided to expand our business yet again.
Almost consistently since 2005, we’ve been carefully renovating our corner of Olive. First it was our beloved (and decrepit) automotive repair shop that would become the base of operation for Bowood Farms in the city. Before we really let the paint dry on our first project, it was phase two… the collapsing warehouse next door. It made a perfect location for our garden to table eatery Cafe Osage- complete with a rooftop garden where those famous house-made sodas get their start. Before we knew it, we were expanding across the alley and repairing what we could of a crumbling 3-story, Saint Louis brick home. This would become The Studio at Bowood a place for our customers to get creative, experiment with new techniques or to improve their garden knowledge. Not long after the dust settled we began thinking about a way to expand our current houseplant assortment and finally give our “gift and home” categories the proper spotlight. The past two years were spent meticulously planning and renovating another property on Olive- this time across the street.
We decided to call this space Holliday, named after our great grandmother who was a long-time resident of the Central West End. She and our grandfather purchased Bowood Farms in the 1930’s as a refuge from city life. Generations since have appreciated the balance of city life and quiet time on the farm.
In this new space, you’ll find an expanded assortment of table top- exquisite dishes, kitchen accessories and cookbooks. Candles, perfumes and apothecary live alongside artisan made jewelry and accessories. There is an expanded section of beautifully made, limited production apparel and soft goods. And in our children’s section you’ll find that the Maileg mice have comfortably found their way across the street and made a permanent home among our books, science experiments, craft projects and plush stuffed animals.
Inside Bowood you’ll find the same wide array of garden tools and accessories, seasonal staples like seeds and bulbs, and gardening books from heirloom vegetables to cut flower arranging. We’ve filled the building with even more plants (somehow) and we’ve enhanced our towering assortment of cache pots and vases. Botanical curiosities have always been our thing, so the addition of a dried floral bar was only natural. Overflowing with expertly dried flora, it allows customers to create a one-of-a-kind arrangement as a season-less showpiece for their home.
We look forward to introducing you to our new space, Holliday, and allowing you to rediscover Bowood.