Saturday May 20, 2017

Cool Clutter Barntique Celebrates Grand Opening This Weekend

Owner Tricia Cool Lorenz goes from marketing to world of creativity
By Lou Sorendo

    Tricia Cool Lorenz

    This is an opportunity too “cool” to pass up.

    Tricia Cool Lorenz has had many experiences in the corporate world.

    They range over a span of 18 years and included stints at AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Syracuse Media Group (now Advance Media New York), also known as and The Post-Standard. Her corporate career mainly focused on sales and marketing.

    During her stint at Syracuse Media Group, she served as an account executive and essentially was responsible for growing new and existing business.

    Now, she has opened Cool Clutter Barntique, a shop specializing in up-cycled décor and gifts, at her home at 312 county Route 89, town of Oswego.

    She is celebrating her grand opening this weekend. She is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both today and Sunday.

    “I’m being really choosey. I want it to be something that is high quality that people will come to expect starting right out of the gate,” the Auburn native said. “It’s going to be cool and fun and just something out of the box.”

    Lorenz, 42, said she has seen several up-cycling businesses in the area, “but they seem to come across as flea-markety” and not creative.

    “The main motivation for opening my own business was that my husband Jay and I wanted to start a family, and we were blessed to have our daughter Jana Rebecca in January of 2016,” she said.

    The couple decided that after six months of Tricia being a stay-at-home-mom, they would make the decision if she would return back to work.

    “After doing the math, considering the commute to Syracuse and the amount of time Jana would be in daycare, it was too costly,” she said.

    “I knew it was going to be a drastic change going from years in the corporate world to being a stay-at-home mom, but to me it was worth it,” she said. “At that time, I had considered making my dream of being a business owner a reality and the true blessing is that I could have the best of both worlds — have the business on our property and still raise our daughter.”

    When she told her husband about the idea of turning their existing barn into Cool Clutter Barntique, he saw her vision immediately and embraced the concept.

    “When my now-husband was courting me, he brought me to his property for the first time. The instant I saw the barn, I thought, ‘Wow, that would be an awesome storefront.’ I loved the energy I felt being inside of it. That was the moment it became a goal of mine,” she said.

    In a word, the shop can be described as eclectic.

    She noted several artists will be featuring shabby chic vinyl country style signs that will be “different and out of the norm.” She said it’s the perfect showcase for stay-at-home moms, single moms, retirees and “everybody in between.”

    Other items expected for sale will be up-cycled furniture, children’s clothing, designer jewelry, and stained glass creations.

    Also available will be Alpaca fleece items, handmade wooden cutting boards and bowls, and even specially made turkey calls.

    “My goal is to have a little something for everybody,” she said.

    For more information, call 315-278-2599 or visit Lorenz' Facebook page at

Oswego County Business Magazine
Issue 158

Issue 158
October/November 2018

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