Sisters team up for Next Act

Sisters Nancy Donahue, left, and Patti Peltz opened their furniture and home decor shop Next Act in Apple Valley’s Time Square Shopping Center last fall. Peltz formerly ran Fabric Town, a now-shuttered quilting store located a few doors down from Next Act. (Photo by Andrew Miller)

Sisters Nancy Donahue, left, and Patti Peltz opened their furniture and home decor shop Next Act in Apple Valley’s Time Square Shopping Center last fall. Peltz formerly ran Fabric Town, a now-shuttered quilting store located a few doors down from Next Act. (Photo by Andrew Miller)

Patti Peltz didn’t give herself much of a vacation between the closing of her quilt business and the opening of her furniture and home decor shop.

Peltz, who’d run the quilt store Fabric Town in Apple Valley’s Time Square Shopping Center for about nine years, shuttered that business in July with plans to open Next Act just a few doors down.

While Next Act didn’t officially open until October, work began immediately, Peltz recounted.

“The day Fabric Town closed, I was inside Fabric Town painting furniture for Next Act,” she said.

Peltz has a partner in the new business – her sister, Nancy Donahue. Donahue is the business’ owner and Peltz is the manager, but they share in the painting duties, which has the siblings refurbishing old furniture in the rear of the shop.

They’ve been logging long hours since Next Act’s opening in the fall. Though the store is open for business four days a week – Thursday through Sunday – the siblings say they’ve been working seven-day weeks as they paint their inventory.

Much of that inventory is acquired by Donahue on what she calls “search and rescue” missions – visits to auctions, estate sales and other places where old furniture can be picked up on the cheap.

The sisters tout Next Act as a “green” business, selling environmentally friendly furniture paint and offering weekly workshops to teach others to “go green.” Plus there’s a recycling element at the root of the business, Peltz said.

“We take previously loved furniture and refinish, refurbish and repurpose things that may have ended up in our landfills,” she said.

Next Act is located at 7635 148th St. W. and its hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

More about the business is at www.nextact2.com.

  • Patti

    Nancy and Patti …. Great article on a GREAT shop! I love coming in to see what’s new as its always changing. I’ve even picked up a few items that I fell in love with. To anyone who hasn’t visit the shop, take some time to check them out…I’m sure you’ll find a treasure that you just can’t live without!

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