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Three Minutes Across the Counter With: Rena Wilhelm

Rena Casey-Wilhelm of The White Weathered Barn in Greenport talks about the joys of creativity and working side by side with her husband.

Rena Casey-Wilhelm of The White Weathered Barn in Greenport.
Rena Casey-Wilhelm of The White Weathered Barn in Greenport.
"Three Minutes Across the Counter" is a new feature on Patch in which we chat with local business owners. If you would like to be featured, email Lisa.Finn@patch.com with the name of your business. 

The new series kicks off today with Greenport shop owner Rena Casey-Wilhelm, who said she has found artistic inspiration on the North Fork. Working side by side with her husband Jason, Casey-Wilhelm said opening their business, The White Weathered Barn, in Greenport has infused her life with creativity and the joys of the area.

Patch: What's your morning routine?

Rena: The routine starts at 4 a.m. when my eldest cat wakes me for food, then again at 5 and 6 a.m. (He's old). I try to get back to sleep, only to oversleep and then make a mad dash to open my shop on time.

P: What do you do for a living? And what's the best thing about your job? 

R: My husband and I own an home décor and gift boutique in Greenport. He and I make over 50 percent of the merchandise. The best thing about my job is being creative all day with my best friend, my husband.

P: What's the hardest?

R: Trying to focus on a few things when I do over 50, at least.

P: How long have you lived here?

R: Three years.

P: What's your favorite thing about living here?

R: The landscape, the simplicity and the entrepreneurial spirit.

P: If you had to arrange a secret meeting here, where would you have it?

R: Um, that would be giving away the secret, no?

P: When you want a really indulgent snack here, where do you go and what do you get? 

R: Frisky Oyster's Pecan Pie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream or Noah's Flourless Chocolate Cake!

P: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

R: Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life.

P: What are you doing after this interview? 

R: Having dinner with my husband.

P: What's the single word that describes you?

R: Creative. 

Rena Casey-Wilhelm February 20, 2014 at 10:11 AM
thank you Lisa!
JET February 20, 2014 at 02:50 PM
The White Weathered Barm is a lovely shop!

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