All About Knock Knock

 

Knock Knock Boutique officially opened in October of 2014, but was in the back of my mind for a long time before then. I'll start at the very beginning...

Me, 1 hour old, eyeing up my grandma's ring

Me, 1 hour old, eyeing up my grandma's ring

My dad's mom had an enourmous jewelry collection. If you don't know me, I am super emotional and sentimental. When she passed away, I couldn't live with the thought of her jewelry ending up in someone else's hands (it wasn’t worth anything!), so her collection ending up at our house. From a young age, I was drawn to and distracted by anything sparkly. My parents usually gave me and my three sisters jewelry for different holidays, and even filled Easter eggs with jewelry one year- they're pretty awesome and in-tune with our true desires.

As evidenced above, I have always been a fan of huge sunglasses and a practical bag.

As evidenced above, I have always been a fan of huge sunglasses and a practical bag.

Fast forward a few years…

I was 20, had just transferred schools to change my major to study something I liked, but deep down knew I wasn't going to love... can anyone relate? At the time, I also thought Tumblr was cool, so I made mine, with the name knock-nock; a little play on my last name, Drobnock. 

The posts that I made journaled what I wore that day, and how I would spend more time picking out my accessories than my actual outfit. It's really funny reading it now (who really cared back then? ..... and does anyone care now?!) For your enjoyment, here are some pictures I posted with updated (and abridged) captions. 

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LOL - just your local business enthusiast circa 2011

LOL - just your local business enthusiast circa 2011

*was super proud of this necklace I found on the street of New York, paired with my grandma's mirrored clip-ons*

*was super proud of this necklace I found on the street of New York, paired with my grandma's mirrored clip-ons*

*cringes reliving those*

The summer after those pictures, I started working at Hersheypark. I LOVED my job, but the uniform left very little to be desired. I relied on my expansive jewelry collection to make a statement, since the uniform did not leave a lasting impression. I remember accessorizing with my crazy clip-on earrings, statement necklaces, and even flowers for my hair. 

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College ended, I landed a job, and while working, I just wasn't loving it. Growing up, I was inspired my the retail business my parents had, and owning my own shop was always in the back of my mind. I needed a different career, and my parents told me to follow this dream before it was too late - angels, right?! 

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We were walking around downtown Hershey, our hometown, and there was a vacant-looking storefront. We peeked in, and saw the space was occupied, but couldn't see much more. I slipped a note in the mailbox or under the door a few days later, asking the tenant to keep me in mind if he/she no longer needed this space, and that I was interested in taking over the lease. Within the week, I had a phone call from the tenant saying he WAS interested in giving up his lease.

 *cue goosebumps*

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We spent mere weeks getting the shop prepared - painted, filled with thrifted shelving, or things my parents had in storage, and throw rugs. All hands were on-deck; my parents painted, my sister and brother-in-law painted our steps, and my now husband was doing whatever I needed/keeping me sane. We worked well beyond midnight most nights, and in just about a month, we opened our doors. 

In the last 4 years, we've met SUCH amazing people and I thank you for shopping or even  just stopping in the shop. It was really hard making the decision to abandon my education and pursue something TOTALLY different. Owning a business is a crazy amount of work, but I LOVE IT. I love what I do, and I think that deep down, we all know what we want. If that's not true, there are a lot of weird coincidences in my life that involve fashion accessories and jewelry... :) 

Before we jazzed it up, September 2014.

Before we jazzed it up, September 2014.

 
Emily Drobnock