Thanks for clicking my “About” link. I guess I should tell you a bit about myself and more importantly, all about The Foundrie.

 My name is Shelah McClymont and I live in St. Louis, MO with my husband and daughter. I love the diy movement, getting crafty, home décor & design, long tunics with leggings, and a cold beer every now and then.

 I have my bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising, years of experience doing visual display work, and a jewelry line that I launched in 2006 under the name Destroyed by Design.

In 2009 I took what I thought was the next logical step and (for lack of a better word) I “founded” The Foundrie. Looking back, maybe it was more of an illogical leap. Either way, I am so glad that I gave it a go and so far I haven’t had the time to look back.

 The Foundrie began as a way for me to merge all of the things I love into one creative outlet. The concept was to curate a pop-up holiday boutique within a local shopping mall to showcase my own work as well as the work of other local artists and independent designers.

 I leased a space at Chesterfield Mall and invited all of my crafty pals to sell their handmade goods during the holiday season in December 2009. It was so rewarding to use all of my past experiences to get creative designing displays and merchandising the shop all while supporting the local economy and individual artists.

 And the customers were so excited to be able to buy something at the mall that wasn’t mass produced in a factory someplace over-seas. So as soon as we wrapped up the 2009 season I began planning for 2010.

 The 2010 holiday season was even bigger and better. With over 40 vendors selling gifts like scarves, jewelry, hats, clothing, body butters, headbands, and bags as well as a small selection of vintage clothing and home décor, customers were beside themselves.

 If I had to guess, I would say that during the month of December I had to have the heard the following statement, close to 300 times: “What do you mean you are only here for the holidays?! You have to stay year round!! This is the only place I want to shop!”

 So after much thought, deliberation and negotiation, I have decided to give the customers what they want. In April of 2011, The Foundrie will open as a year round boutique at Chesterfield Mall. I am so excited to start a new part of this adventure and have to thank my vendors and our customers for being so over-the-top awesome. Without you all, The Foundrie would still be floating around in my daydreams. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us all.