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6 | April 12, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot News newlenoxpatriot.com New Frankfort woodshop’s name inspired by New Lenox resident Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor Like a scene from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” Mike Moyzis and Stacey Burke are constantly creating something new from something old. Vintage and repurposed home goods are their specialty, which will soon be showcased in downtown Frankfort at Morgan’s Place. Moyzis and Burke, who run the store, have been creating for countless years, and teach woodworking and crafting classes at their warehouse near Center and Laraway roads. During the store’s grand opening celebration on Sunday, April 15, visitors will get a chance to meet the shop’s namesake Morgan Schiller, a Lincoln-Way Central senior who is the daughter of Burke’s longtime friend Michelle Schiller. The two have been friends since attending the College of St. Francis together, and Burke said Morgan has had a significant impact on the lives of her and her friends. Of the four friends, Burke said they have “been through hell and back,” but have remained friends and leaned on one another through it all. All of life’s “junk,” as Burke calls it, can start to wear you down, but she said Morgan, an outgoing and friendly teen, has been inspirational for them because of her beautiful personality. “It’s been a journey for us throughout her life, she’s been though a lot, but because of who she is she’s just such a good person,” Burke said of Morgan, who was diagnosed with Williams syndrome as a young child. “Being that good of a person, I think that’s what I believe, and what Mike believes, is who most people are at their core.” The goodness, kindness, friendship, loyalty and love that Burke said they have learned from Morgan is what Morgan’s Place Co. 9 W. Nebraska St. in Frankfort Phone: (815) 534-5832 Online: www. morgansplace.net Facebook: @ morgansplacenet Instagram: @ morgansplace4u Grand Opening 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 15 fuels the pair’s business model, and she and Moyzis want to bring that to everyone who comes into their new shop. Besides being able to pick up just about anything on the side of the road and turn it into something useful or decorative, Burke, who has a master’s degree in social work, said she believes that “there isn’t anybody that you can’t work with, and you can’t help, and you can’t shape and mold.” “Everybody just wants to be loved, everybody just wants love in their life and friendship, so we like to be the home base for people in general,” she said. Moyzis said the business is an opportunity for them to give back to the community through their customized approach and attention to detail in each project they work on. “Our society is so ‘me, me, me’ orientated right now,” Moyzis said, “so this is an opportunity for us to give back, so to speak ... We want this to be a place where you can come and enjoy the love and enjoy the opportunity to have things made for yourself and hopefully a place where we can make a difference in kind of a different way in people’s lives.” Burke said people are often surprised that they are able to recreate or customize something a customer has seen on Morgan’s Place Co., located at 9 W. Nebraska St. in Frankfort, will open Sunday, April 15. Photos Submitted Pinterest or taken a photo of at another store. “That’s the cool thing about this store: everybody is wired differently,” Moyzis said. “They can walk in and get what they want.” In addition to creating unique pieces for people, they also teach classes at their warehouse for people to learn to do it themselves and will sell a variety of paints and stains and other do-it-yourself supplies at their shop. Their talents are put to work in setting up in-home parties for locals as well, and Burke’s friend Tara Triefenbach is known for her inhome cooking that accompanies many of those events. Triefenbach will be making the food for the grand opening, and Moyzis said he hopes people will come and hang out for a while during the event to soak up the love — and maybe some sun, if the weather cooperates. The Frankfort woodshop’s name was inspired by Lincoln-Way Central student Morgan Schiller.

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