“We are immensely grateful to the special community of kind, well-traveled people who have become our clients and friends since we opened The Outpost,” Keith Foster explained. “Every success we’ve enjoyed is due in great part to them and to their appreciation for what inspires Pam and me.”
“Over the past three years, as we have been buying for The Outpost, we have found some incredible items both new and old that we loved, but didn’t fit the vibe of our existing shop, and our space is limited in Middleburg. We had been looking for a property where we could store and stage things prior to bringing them to The Outpost. It turns out that what we were looking for was right under our noses and we passed it every day driving to Middleburg. In looking at the old Upperville Baptist Church on John Mosby Highway, we realized we had the opportunity to create a totally different kind of environment where we could offer an exciting range of new gift items that our clients have never seen before as well as a slightly different style of antiques-lighter and more nature inspired, as well as fantastic garden pieces.”
After purchasing the property last fall, an extensive renovation was completed, and recently, Outpost clients and friends received an invitation to stop by The Keep for a grand-opening weekend including a sneak party on Friday night, April 15th. “The response has been incredible-we’re so thankful that so many of our regular clients came out and loved what we have created. As well, we’ve had so many new people come in, excited to see a new business in Upperville.”
The opening evening at The Keep drew a fun mix of 125 clients and friends who enjoyed tasty fare from The Locke store and wine from Boxwood Winery. In partnering with these two local favorites The Keep will always have a selection of baked goods, wine and other refreshments available for you to enjoy while you are shopping, as part of The Keep experience.
Some of the items available include luxurious ostrich feather dusters, beautiful decoupage cachepots, boxes and smaller furniture pieces that are absolutely unique and designed especially for The Keep, an incredible English candle line, fine Italian soaps and amazing garden antiques and accents. Arriving in mid-May will be an extensive line of gorgeous garden pots and planters by an English company that provides to British nurseries and gardens and is endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.
“I am so fortunate to have Pam’s support and encouragement at The Outpost,” Keith elaborated, “but the intention at The Keep was to create a shop that was lighter, a little more whimsical and reflects more of Pam’s style and interests.”
Both Keith and Pam are quick to acknowledge how thankful they are with Lauren Rhodes, who became part of The Outpost last June. “Lauren always strives for The Outpost to exceed every customer expectation,” he emphasized. “Her commitment and contribution to the shop’s success is immense.”
One thing that Keith and Pam have heard repeatedly from customers when they come into The Outpost is “I could live here.” The new property in Upperville happened to have an adjoining cottage that has been completely renovated and beautifully decorated and is available for short-term rentals through VRBO.com. “The Cottage is so charming and comfortable-Keith and I joke that WE should move in, and the guests that we have already had have loved it and have already re-booked for future visits”.
The new Upperville shop, The Keep, is intended to be a weekend destination shop and will be open every weekend through July 5th, closing to restock in July and August and will re-open Labor Day weekend. Hours are Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5 and by appointment.
The Keep truly is a charming and memorable shop that has one thing in common with The Outpost-you may never want to leave.