Good Lake – Denise Savela fulfilled her lifelong dream on Nov. 12. That was the day he opened The Cozy Cottage LWB.
Her husband Tim died in December. The disease has long kept him at his home in Lake Worth Beach. Two good friends, ten years older than him, also died. Her arthritis is getting worse.
“I decided that I wanted to live without fear. I choose joy. That’s why I did this. It’s been a life-changing experience,” said the 61-year-old Detroit resident, pacing among the colorful macramé, stained glass, paintings and other handmade art at the Dixie Highway vintage and gallery.
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Money is not his motivation, Savela freely admits. He touches his heart, wipes away tears, and says that Tim died, and he was inspired to change. “Tim died at the end of the epidemic, just when we could start life again. I understand how short and precious life is,” he said.
Savela reconnected with an old high school friend. He attended his 40th high school reunion. He examined his genealogy.
One of the new friends he made was Nancy Kumpulainen, an artist and longtime Lake Worth Beach resident who lives in College Park. “Denise likes this. I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Kumpulainen, who hand-carved the collage art at Cozy Cottage.
Before opening Cozy Cottage, Savela refused to let her friends go with her to Alaska, a decision she now regrets. But a friend of his invited him to come to Argentina after Tim’s death.
Eight glorious days are all he remembers. “In Buenos Aires, they live happily and well. They drink coffee in the beautiful town square. There is a marionette show. It brought me back to life,” he said.
When he returned, he found a house that had been vacant for about eight years on North Dixie Highway for rent. He knows who owns it. He offered to rent the house of 700 square meters. The owner accepted.
The museum sells handmade art, paintings, and stained glass by local artists
Savela spent about $12,000 on the investment, remodeling and painting the walls robin-egg blue. He invited his artist friends to put their work on display at The Cozy Cottage. Savela receives a portion of the sales price as well as commission on the sale.
Nora does glass art and painting. Nancy works as an artist. Cathy is making a folding plan. Kimberly makes a string lamp.
“I want people to come here and have fun,” Savela said.
Like many entrepreneurs, Savela has led a varied business life.
He came to Lauderhill and Broward County in 1982 while working for Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza. He moved to Palm Beach County in 1984 to work for The Gap. In the late 1990s, he and his partner formed a roller hockey team.
We have about 750 players. We rented the Atlantis Skateway,” he said.
He received a degree in marketing and communications from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2000. He worked at PBAU in the admissions department until 2003. For the past five years, he has been working remotely in the industry. markets and shops.
He enjoys his shop’s warm atmosphere. The New Church of Nazareth is in the south. Amigos Grocery and McMow Art Glass are across Dixie Highway. Carwash Detail Tropical in the north. People’s houses and houses are in the east.
Savelas hopes to keep the spirit created in Nov. 12 large living spaces. The guitar player strummed. Friends and family came. People learn and communicate.
“I want Cozy Cottage to be a happy, beautiful place where people can have community events, study and make friends,” he said.