Hard-fought success is usually sweet, but for Roswell Provisions owners Cyril Blacha, Kelly Smith-Blacha and Lorry Kemp the ever increasing sales and overwhelming popularity of their charming market on Canton Street had an unexpected side effect - people wanted to buy everything, including the furniture.
"We decided to open 'Provisions for Home' to save our marriage," jokes Cyril. "Since the opening of Roswell Provisions, everybody wants to buy the furniture and decorations we used! As a business man, I was willing to sell it, but my wife, Kelly, refused and argued with me that not everything is for sale."
The couple compromised with the mid-December decision to open a secondary store on Alpharetta Street, just around the corner from their current location. Provisions for Home has the same look and feel of Roswell Provisions, but doesn't include the food sales element - focusing entirely on aesthetics sales including the type of furniture and decor which populates the flagship store.
"[Kelly] is now agreed that everything is for sale, even myself, with no return," Cyril continues to joke.
Provisions for Home sells old European antiques alongside local pieces; some of which are one of a kind items. Many of the pieces are unique industrial items that have been re-purposed in a decorative fashion.
"We are trying to keep our price as low as we can," said Cyril.
Cyril says the community response has been unsurprisingly favorable. People have told the couple how happy they are to have another retail option in the area, versus just another restaurant, he said.
The runaway success of Roswell Provisions, which now includes Provisions for Home, has the couple looking at different options for a new location potentially.
To check out the new store for yourself, stop by 942 Alpharetta Street in Roswell anytime: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday from 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; and Friday, Saturday from 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Call them at 678-938-7225 or find them on Facebook.