Ryan family artisans create farm decor
Creativity is a Ryan family staple, and the Nevis landscape bears testimony.
Pete and Deb Ryan of Nisswa and their five children have made Nevis their summer home, joining "good friends since college" Joe and Tracy Ganley in the retail trade.
The Ganleys, owners of Muskie Water Company, were looking to expand retail space and purchased the former antique shop on CSAH 18 in Nevis.
Joe Ganley recruited the aid of Pete Ryan, owner of a custom fireplace installation business based in Nisswa, and family. Each has added time and talent, including Jake, 12. The pencil behind his ear is used to draft designs for log furniture, which he proceeds to build.
"We find pieces of wood, and see the potential," Deb Ryan said of the benches, bookcases, head boards, chairs, tables and more emerging.
The family, camping at Whispering Pines this summer, worked to restore what had at one time been part of a small resort and, later, a real estate office. After removing layers, they discovered the original wood floors and walls.
Like the shop itself, the family finds inspiration in the days of yore. "I like a homey home," Deb Ryan said.
They are compiling photos and memorabilia of Nevis history to display in the shop, adding ambiance.
Much of the material used for the Ryan family creations is reclaimed and rescued, including rough barn wood, which initially sparked Pete Ryan's creativity.
The racecar that was housed in the family shop was moved out of the garage. A family business, that includes twins Luke and Tim, 11, (assisting Dad last week in Nisswa last week) was born.
"They are probably building something right now. It's contagious," Deb Ryan said, recalling a morning when Pete headed to the shop at 4 a.m.
"He gets an idea and whips it out," she said of the products emerging from the garage. "It's something he can do with the boys."
And Deb Ryan, who's "had retail in my blood since high school," has found a venue for her penchant, Mason jar lamps one of her signature pieces.
The Ryans will custom build for clients. "Be inspired or bring in your inspiration" is their shop credo.
Plans call for adding antiques to the inventory.
The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Ryans can be reached at 218-820-1433.