Talking Shop With Bob Yearick
We Took to the Woods | Greenville, South Carolina
In 2011, lifelong Greenville resident Bob Yearick decided to sell the inventory from his storage unit, opening what he intended to be a temporary pop-up in a dilapidated pawn shop on East Stone Avenue. Although he and wife Nancee transformed the building completely, they did not fathom it remaining their labor of love all these years later.
“We named it We Took to the Woods because the forest is where seasons change the fastest,” explains Yearick, whose concept evolved to include transforming the former parking lot into a gracious garden and closing the doors for several months, twice per year, allowing spring and autumn inventory to emerge anew.
After Yearick teamed up with his eldest daughter, along with longtime retail partner Denise Corey, We Took to the Woods developed into a full-fledged brand with luxury candles carried by Bloomingdale’s, Serena & Lily, Juliska and others, remixed for 2019 with high-quality ceramic containers and new scents. Among the latest inventory from Yearick’s global scourings are a smattering of hand-selected art and antiques; indigo plates and bowls from France; and small-batch pottery from Japan.
This year’s “summer cabin” theme debuted April 25 with an array of historical green-painted furnishings, vintage linens repurposed for upholstery and dried florals suspended from the ceiling. “We wanted it to be inspired by a little cottage on Lake Keowee or Lake Toxaway,” Yearick explains.
On May 15, the Yearick’s Charleston pop-up, We Took to the Coast, will open for its encore year–this time in a 400-square-foot nook in the back of beloved King Street menswear boutique Indigo & Cotton.
Both locations will remain open through mid-July.