“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

After my father passed away in 2017, I would often come sit in his house as it emptied out. I felt surrounded by his presence when I was there. I would just sit with such a heavy heart as tears would pour down my face. Seeing his home look less and less like the space we created so many memories in was soul crushing.

The assumption was his house would turn into a rental unit. This space that I would come to cry in, also had an energy that was undeniable. Behind the tears,I would sometimes look around from a different view. I would say out loud, “What should I do Dad?” Not even knowing what that meant or why I was saying that.

I also started thinking more about how if I leased his home to someone, I would never be able to go inside when someone moved in. If I did have to go in, I would have to see it as someone else’s home.

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

In 2019, I opened my first business, Barre(tend). I had some incredible women entrepreneurs in my studio space and I started bringing them into my late father’s home, sharing some of these ideas. We would sit on the floor and just dream openly and freely about how beautiful it would feel to have this space full of women, to hear soft music playing, women talking, laughing, candles lit, products everywhere, the coming and going of people – to have life back in the space.

A week before the pandemic hit, I had the pleasure of hosting a bachelorette party in The Hiraeth House. We had multiple women vendors set up and an amazing group of family and friends celebrating a really special bride. The entire evening I looked around and knew this was exactly what this space needed to be. The energy was so vibrant. What I needed to do was so clear after that evening (I will forever be so grateful for that evening, that group and that experience).

When the pandemic hit, everything paused. I had to rethink everything, from a different view. From the view of fear. From the view of what a shut down feels like and how terrifying that is.

“The middle is messy, but it’s also where the magic happens”

When the world was ready to open again, I was ready to fill the house. My pandemic plan for the house did not get one single response. Maybe it was too soon, maybe it was a bad idea. It wasn’t the right time. Eventually, I sat back to see what would happen organically. I put it out in the universe that I was looking for women business owners who want to work in a shared workspace. Running our own businesses but sharing common goals. Community. Growth. Togetherness. Respect. Support.

“The middle is messy, but it’s also where the magic happens”

“I’m gonna live in the arena. I’m gonna be brave with my life. I am gonna show up. I’m gonna take chances.”

And now we have, 9 tenants in the house. 5 tenants on the other side of the Hiraeth House wall. 2 artists lining the walls. Monthly guests joining us. Relationships with countless businesses in the community.

“We don’t have to do it all alone, we were never meant to”

The women I have met in every stage of this process have changed my life.

I absolutely love meeting women business owners at any stage of their journey and hearing about their stories. I LOVE when there is an instant connection where a meeting about one thing turns into taking out notebooks, calendars, and making all sorts of plans and an idea sesh that leaves our head spinning.

Once a month I have women supporting women (not just a hashtag) group that meets and I leave that meeting with so much energy and such a buzz. I really am constantly surrounded by inspirational women…. in The Hiraeth House, my staff at Barre(tend), the students who come into my studio, and the women’s group are the constant motivation and validation that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and to continue going because this is just the beginning.

“We don’t have to do it all alone, we were never meant to”

Quotes by Brene brown.

Our Vendors

Barre tend

Hello! My name is Megan and I own Barre(tend). We offer yoga and barre classes for all levels. Barre is a combination of small movements using light weights that is easy on your joints (you do not need dance or ballet experience). Barre is a great option for everyBODY!

Check out our one week unlimited class promo for only $15 on our website: barretendbuffalo.com

Nickel City Skin Spa at Barre(tend) is a holistic esthetics studio promoting the skin and body’s innate vital energy. Offering customized skin and body care treatments, professional waxing services and comprehensive, organic products that focus on the health of the mind, spirit and body.

Nook Space

Nookspace is a short term residential rental business that is emerging after the pandemic after seeing just how important time for oneself can be. NS wants to create spaces for women who need to get away minus the usual months of planning and coordinating. We believe a simple day to yourself to unwind will do more for your soul, mental health and overall well-being; Nookspace makes rest easy. Pack an overnight bag and we take care of the rest.

Communitea

Cup of Communitea strives to educate our customers and help them discover the world of tea that we are so passionate about.   We are a place together, learn together, and steep together.  Our main retail shop in Williamsville offers loose leaf tea, honey, and accessories.  At Hiraeth House our Tasting Room offers a tea bar of hot and cold drinks made from our fresh looseleaf teas for public and private events. To check out our menu, explore our loose leaf tea, or to book your own private tea experience head to our website cupofcommunitea.com

Papercraft Miracles

Papercraft Miracles is an eco-friendly handmade paper art company that makes magical things out of paper that bring meaning to people’s lives. 

papercraftmiracles.com/

Amy Hartt

Hi I’m Amy Hartl, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Manual Lymphatic DrainageTherapist. I work exclusively with women for therapeutic, lymphatic, and oncology support.

I invite you to learn more about my practice at lmt.amyhartl.com

Whimsy by Kelly

I’m Kelly Barone, CZT, art educator, and artist who loves to play with new ideas. I have taught and exhibited both domestically and internationally.

My new space at Hiraeth House will include Zentangle classes, watercolor paint nights, decorative lettering workshops, team building events, and a stamp library as well a space to create and sell the works I’ll have for sale.

Whether you are looking to learn a new skill, have a fun evening with friends or family, or purchase a gift for yourself or others, Whimsy by Kelly is truly art for everyone.

You can register for classes, see my work or learn more about what I do by visiting my website or making an appointment at www.whimsybykelly.com

BUffalo Macrame

Hello, I am Andrea and I own Buffalo Macrame. Buffalo Macrame creates unique, handmade designs including plant hangers, wall art, coasters, keychains and more. You can also sign up to learn how to macrame at one of our classes.

Visit @buffalo_macrame on instagram to see the latest designs and class offerings.

If you’d like to book a private macrame class at the Hiraeth House, email Andrea at: [email protected]

Love This Day

Hi! Rachel and Amanda here, owners of Love This Day Cards & Crafts. We specialize in handmade greeting cards and thoughtful crafts that make perfect gifts for that hard-to-shop-for person. We are open to customizations and bulk orders too! (invitations , holiday greetings, etc)

We are also available for parties at the Hiraeth House.

Let us know how we can help make your event or celebration have that special touch!

Naked Up North

Hi there! My name is Jennifer, and I’m the creator of Naked Up North Soy Candle Apothecary. My pouring studio and main retail shop are located in Snyder, New York, and my secondary location is right across the street at the Hiraeth House! I offer several scent collections, all poured with three simple ingredients: USA-grown soy wax, organic coconut oil, and essential fragrance oils. Naked Up North candles make the perfect gift or treat for yourself, and can be customized as favors for events and special occasions.

For more information, visit nakedupnorth.com

As We Are Now

As We Are Now supports women impacted by breast cancer through recovery and survivorship via personalized consultations and self-care education. If you are struggling to figure out what comes next after treatment and surgery and ready to start taking back control of your body beyond breast cancer, you can learn more at: amyhart.com

The Knotted Fox

Hi! I’m Nicolette Tse and I am the owner of The Knotted Fox. The Knotted Fox is a small business that is continually working to create a space with depth, texture and character with the use of handwoven vintage rugs. We are a business committed to curating the perfect rugs to fill your home and lifestyle while placing an emphasis on craftsmanship and durability. I would be happy to help find unique pieces for you! Stop by in person or online at theknottedfox.com

Feel free to message with any questions.We hope to see you soon!

FAQ

We look forward to seeing you at your upcoming visit to Hiraeth House. In order to ensure you are well informed, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions below. 

What is the Hiraeth House?

With local vendors and a unique charm, The Hiraeth House is a one-stop-shop for an afternoon escape, a girl’s night out, or a bridal shower.

Where to park?

There is metered parking on Delaware Ave, and unmetered parking behind the building on Virginia Place.

What are the hours?

Each business has their own hours. Some are by appointment only and others have set hours.  We also have set days per month where all the business are open at the same time, refer to the events tab on the website.

Who can I talk to about selling my merchandise on consignment in the house?

The Hiraeth House consists mostly of tenants who have a lease. Please refer to the become a vendor tab to see when we have our next opening for a tenant. 

How do you pronounce Hiraeth?

Here-ith

House

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