Forget Me Not Store Opened Downtown
Article by Sue Carpenter | KPC News | December 14, 2018
AUBURN — A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning officially opened the Forget Me Not Shop in downtown Auburn, where owners Judy Watson and her daughter, Tammy Sims, offer unique clothing, jewelry, books, vintage, home décor, collectables, culinary items and accessories.
Forget Me Not operates in the front of a brick colonial home at 310 S. Main St. The home’s vintage furnishings and decor lend a perfect backdrop for the shop’s unique wares.
Forget Me Not originally opened last summer in a shared space in Garrett. It was during a visit there by Lois Light, who serves as executive director of the DeKalb Chamber Partnership, that the opportunity to move to the Auburn site was proposed. Light, who owns the home, formerly offered the 150-year-old residence as an Airbnb.
“I always wanted to be in Auburn,” Watson said of the shop. So when Light offered the space, the owners jumped on the opportunity.
Watson also uses space on the second floor for storage of items to offer in the shop.
“I just like stuff,” Watson said of the thousands of items she has accumulated at her home and in storage since the early 1980s.
Watson, who retired from her job in the DeKalb County clerk’s office last spring, has met her share of challenges in the past year, successfully battling cancer and surviving a car crash in February that kept her from her job for several weeks.
While recuperating, she came to the realization that five years from now, she didn’t want to wish she hadn’t stepped out to do something different and fun.
She asked herself, “What is it I really want to do in this stage of life?
“It makes you look at things from a different perspective,” she said.
Sims handles the business side of the shop and her daughter, Shelby Sims, is in charge of social media.
“I am so impressed with the reception we have had in town,” said Watson, along with the support and advice offered by the Downtown Auburn Business Association and the Auburn Main Street organization.
The shop is open from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.