Surrender:

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 To our dear OHFSHOP community, supporters, and friends:

A little over 4 years ago, it was a dream of mine to open a shop. At the time, I had no idea I’d end up with a 1,600 sqft brick and mortar store filled with all of my favorite stationery and gifts. I had no idea that we’d hold workshops (a lot of workshops!) or host encouragement nights. I never dreamed of the impact this little shop would have on the community or that it would be a place of inspiration for so many.

As they say in retail, “location is everything”. So we searched for months and months for a space. None of the locations we looked at seemed right. Then we came upon a location on Harbor Blvd and I knew this was it. I remember being excited, nervous, curious, and filled with wonder about owning my own shop. My parents owned a “gift shop” on Harbor Blvd next to Disneyland over 20 years ago, and I thought it was pretty neat that I too would have my own shop on Harbor Blvd only 10 miles away from the shop I remember ringing customers up at. I loved using that cash register ; )

These last several months, I’ve been on a journey of seeking God’s will, learning what true surrender is, exploring what faith and trust really look like, and going in obedience to what He is calling me to. It is with a mix of emotions that I write and let you know that God is calling me out of my season of being a shop owner. Let me tell you: I have wrestled with this like crazy! The decision has not been easy. I’ve been filled with so much confusion, doubt, sadness, anger, you name it.  I have fought and debated it but through all the questioning and resisting, it is so evident that this is the path He wants me on. He is calling me to surrender it.  

I love the symbol of a white flag. Surrender. The definition of surrender says: “to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed”. Okay, surrendering is really hard! Some of you may know what I mean : ) Having to abandon and let go of my ego, pride, security, and identity. But I have come to a place where I realized that my trust and faith have been in the wrong things. I have been holding on to and fighting for what I think is best for myself, but this is a battle I can’t win. The Lord’s will and plan is so much better, beyond than anything we can ever comprehend, His plan is perfect! Why am I fighting so hard in my own strength and resisting His perfect plan? There is such freedom in letting go and in true surrender.

As I struggled with moving on from the shop and what would happen to it, the Lord answered and brought a huge (totally unexpected) blessing our way. I am so incredibly excited to let you know that we will be passing the shop-baton to one of my dear friends, Jeni from Found Vintage Rentals. Jeni started her vintage rental business back in 2010, the year Nick and I were planning our wedding. I happened to do a search for “vintage rentals in Orange County” and Found Vintage Rentals came up. I could not believe they were located in Fullerton, 10 minutes from the venue we were having our wedding at! Even then, God was orchestrating our paths to cross for what was to come. Jeni and I remained friends over the years, held lots of vintage sales together (you might have come to one of our sales!) and I like to brag that we were her first official rental inquiry ; ) Jeni has curated an amazing collection of furniture and decor that are rented all over the country!

With great joy, we announce that Found Vintage Rentals will be launching The Found Shop! The Found Shop will make their home within the space you know as OHFSHOP. Their vision is in complete alignment with ours, and their love for the Fullerton community is strong. They will offer quality products, gifts, handmade, vintage + custom furniture. You’ll still be able to find many of your favorite things at The Found Shop. Though the name OHFSHOP will no longer be on the door, the spirit of the shop will live on through The Found Shop! I could not be more excited about this transition, and you will, without a doubt, be in good hands. If you aren’t familiar with Jeni’s rental business, her vision and aesthetic is absolutely amazing, everything she does is done incredibly well. So I leave you in good hands, the shop you are used to coming to for gifts and inspiration will continue and be alive through The Found Shop and their team. They will also continue hosting creative workshops in the space, so don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Wow, it has been an incredible 3 years! One thousand thank you’s are not enough to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for you – for believing in OHFSHOP, supporting a local small business, dropping off a note, coming out to a workshop or event, leaving an instagram comment, bringing a friend to the shop, making a special visit from out of town, the list goes on and on! I never imagined it would become what it is. Through your support, you have made the shop what it is. It’d just be a building filled with a lot of paper and stuff without you. 

I am sure you might have a lot of questions, like when all this is happening! We have created a handy QUESTION + ANSWER page that can be viewed here. Please read through it when you can! If you have any questions that have not been answered or would like clarification on anything at all, feel free to email me or leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to respond to you!

For all your love and support to the oh, hello friend shop, i hope you know how grateful i am and will always be to you, dear friends.

all for His glory,

Danni

14 thoughts

  1. Thinking if you ❤Such a tough decision, but it sounds like you are following your heart. So proud of you and all that you do!

  2. Aw what shocking news!

    First I want to say thank you for what you have build Danni, it is beautiful! This shop grew and succeeded because of you, people constantly mentioned ‘the owner is Christian and she’s so nice” everytime I heard of OHFriend. I can’t believe how fast time flew since you first launched the brick & mortar location!

    Thank you for everything and best of luck on this new chapter in your life! Get lots of rest and chase that creative heart further, God has amazing plans for you, I have no doubt. :)

    PS I met Jenni at The School Of Styling in LA and was so taken back by how humble and kind she was even with all her success. I think she’s the perfect one to pass the baton to, I can’t imagine anyone else. Excited to see what’s to come out of that :)

    As always, let me know if there’s anything we can do
    xoxo Grace Belle Team

  3. I’ve been following your blog for several years now and was always hoping to one day visit your shop (I live in Seattle). I’m disappointed I never got to visit, but I’m really encouraged by your blog post about surrendering. Too often we fight God’s will in the little and big things, and it’s such an encouragement to see you trusting this into His hands. What a huge change. But He undoubtedly will guide you into a new and exciting season of life. Thanks for sharing your life and your creativity with us!

  4. Thank you for being obedient to your loving maker. Your little store carries joy and warmth; it is evident that the holy spirit lives there.

    Thank you for providing Fullerton a safe and loving environment!

  5. #AMDG Danni!

    Your shop and presence at the corner of Harbor and Amerige will surely be missed, but we’re super excited for this next step in life for you, your husband, and other loved ones!

    Keep shining in His Light!

    -Anna and Brenton

  6. Hi Dani! I’ve been an avid follower of your blog and shop for I don’t know, maybe 6-7 years now! I’ve watched you grow and mature and make tough life decisions and I stood on the sidelines as a super fan! I feel like I could relate to you in so many ways- from loving super cute stationary and paper goods- to personality- and almost on the same path and stages in life. I understand what tough decisions you had to face & the enormity of it all. Though saddened to see you move away from OHFshop, I’m also happy to hear Jeni Maus will continue your vision and legacy in her own special way. I’m 2011, Jeni’s husband Joel took our wedding photos! So I feel so connected, though I don’t know you personally. Wishing you lots of love, blessings, and God’s grace in your journey!

  7. hi Dani, I have been following your blog for years and years and I had hoped to visit your shop one day (I am in Florida). So bummed I missed it. But I am glad that you are keeping your online shop. I have shopped your online shop few times over the years and loved it. I hope you start blogging again. I think it is safe to say that we all missed your blogging! Sending you hugs from across the country!

  8. Hi Dani, I too own a gift shop, but on the other side of the world in Melbourne . I am looking over a favourite book of mine entitled The Shopkeepers Home in which you feature. I thought I’d look up your site, and voila just read your announcement. I too am a Christian, and am touched by your lovely letter to all your customers, and ultimately your faithfulness to Him. I’ve only owned my shop for 18 months but from the start felt like God placed me there. With all the conversations I have on a daily basis, He is ever present. I’ll be there, until He decides otherwise. All the best with your next road travelled,
    Sue x

  9. I had been by your store several times over the years, but had never been to the site before. I was looking you up today because I was planning on stopping by after work today. I am so sad to hear that you are gone, but thank you so much for the beautiful letter. It is truly heartwarming to read the behind the scenes that goes on with our favorite small businesses.

  10. First I want to say thank you for what you have build Danni, it is beautiful! This shop grew and succeeded because of you, people constantly mentioned ‘the owner is Christian and she’s so nice” everytime I heard of OHFriend. I can’t believe how fast time flew since you first launched the brick & mortar location! Thank you for everything and best of luck on this new chapter in your life! Get lots of rest and chase that creative heart further, God has amazing plans for you, I have no doubt. I’ve been following your blog for several years now and was always hoping to one day visit your shop (I live in Seattle). I’m disappointed I never got to visit, but I’m really encouraged by your blog post about surrendering. Too often we fight God’s will in the little and big things, Thank you for being obedient to your loving maker. Your little store carries joy and warmth; it is evident that the holy spirit lives there. I’ve been an avid follower of your blog and shop for I don’t know, maybe 6-7 years now! I’ve watched you grow and mature and make tough life decisions and I stood on the sidelines as a super fan! I feel like I could relate to you in so many ways- from loving super cute stationary and paper goods- to personality- and almost on the same path and stages in life. Thank you for sharing your article .

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