Freedlove took downtown Scranton by storm in 2012. Since becoming a staple on the scene, this bright and colorful storefront has become a go-to place for Scranton trendsetters. We’re so excited to be partnering with Freedlove for #shopscranton and Arts on the Square! Stop in during the event for a chance to win a piece of original art!
When did Freedlove open and when did it move to downtown Scranton?
We first opened our store in the summer of 2009 in Honesdale, PA. About two years later we opened our second store in Scranton, Summer of 2011. We closed our doors in Honesdale in August 2012 to focus on our Scranton location.
What made you want to open another location in Scranton?
We were looking to grow our business and add another location within close proximity to Honesdale. We ultimately decided on Scranton because we wanted to be in a community that had some energy. Not that Honesdale didn’t, we just see Scranton as a making a comeback towards a new vibrant city and we wanted to be a part of it. If you look around, there are a lot of young business owners here trying to do things differently. I feel happy and proud to contribute to that.
What do you enjoy most about being a business owner?
Being able to create a beautiful, creative space and share it with others. Being your own boss has its perks too.
How did you come up with the name Freedlove?
Around the time we started our first store we threw a birthday party for our Dad. We gave him a family tree. When we were throwing around names for the store we remembered a 6th generation grandmothers name, it was Freedlove Northrup. As we were putting together the concept for our store, the name Freedlove seemed like a perfect fit. We kept it and love it
Tell us a little about your personal background… did you go to school for business or art?
I went to Marywood University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Photography. I have always been a very creative, artistic person rather than a business woman. In fact, I never took a single business class in school. Looking back I wish I had, but there is no better way to learn than from experience and I’ve learned a lot over the past five years.
What keeps your creative spark glowing?
Seeing new places, meeting new people, and doing new things. Oh, and reading blogs. I love seeing what other people are seeing and doing too.
What’s your one piece of advice to someone who is thinking about starting a business….
Keep a good support system. Whether it is a business partner, fellow business owner, the community, friends, and/or family, having the help and support of others is invaluable.
Will you be offer something special during AOTS?
15% OFF the entire store. We will also raffle off a few pieces of art that we sell here in the store.