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The Sponsors Behind Shop. Love. 618.

Wow!!! I just want to thank everyone that came out to the first Shop. Love. 618 Pop-Up market. We had so much fun with all the local vendors and really enjoyed spending time talking to so many members of the community. I’m beyond grateful for all the support.

There are three businesses that I want to talk about with you today. They have gone above and beyond to support the community, and I want to share a little about them.

Shop. Love. 618.

First, I am going to tell you a little background on our Pop-Up Series. Back in the summer, I met with Lindsay (Owner of Gabi & Grace Clothing Co.) to come up with a plan to bring some local businesses under one roof for a family-friendly event. That is where the Shop. Love. 618. Pop-Up Series began, in a small local coffee shop, so hyped up on caffeine we decided to turn the one event into three.

If you have been following along on our social, the next event is THIS SUNDAY 11/7 at The Sanctuary on Main in Troy, IL. This is the first of two events we will host in Troy, and I’m super excited about the positive responses we’ve received already. 


Now I’m getting to the good stuff. Those three businesses I mentioned earlier are the three SPONSORS for our Troy events, and they are BA (if you know what I mean 😉). It has been great working with them and we are thrilled to have them as a part of this event.

The Sanctuary on Main

  • “An unconventional & uniquely versatile venue” in Troy, IL
  • Owned by Jen Faulkner and Julie Purnell
  • 114 South Main Street Troy, IL 62294
  • email: info@thesanctuaryonmain.com
  • phone: 618-505-0496

Julie Purnell

  • Realtor. Broker Associate
  • jpurnell07@gmail.com
  • 618.972.9052

Jen Faulkner Homes Team

  • Mother/Daughter Real Estate Team serving the entire St. Louis region. IL & MO
  • (618) 954-8099
  • jenfaulknerhomes@yahoo.com

Jen and Julie came to me about being a sponsor, we were beyond excited. They wanted to show their support for the LOCAL BUSINESSES in our area by bringing this fun event to Troy, IL. In our initial meeting, we discussed their love for the community and we knew this would be a great match.  

Both Julie and Jen are keeping real estate in the Family. Jen and her daughter Hanna are on a team of four who bring over 20 years of experience in buying and selling in the St. Louis Area. Julie grew up learning from her mother that was a realtor in the area for 30 years. Keeping it in the family and learning together is a huge asset to both Julie and Jen and all of their clients. Probably why they have such a great track record.

The Sanctuary on Main

-Historic 1870’s chapel

-Classic yet eclectic

-Quaint Space for 10-100 +/-

-Weddings for those unaffiliated with a church

-Simple yet desirable Decor

-Ability for clients to personalize

-Clients can chose vendors they utilize

-Private bridal gathering areas


– Stunning stained glass windows

-Vaulted White Shiplap Ceiling

-Pure White, neutral deco

-Stunning White Brick Exterior

-Well Appointed

-Signature Clear Acrylic STANDARD Chair with all packages

As you will see in the Q&A below, Jen and Julie grew up in the Troy area and have been lifelong friends. A really fun fact is they both worked in healthcare. Jen as a nurse and Julie and a Respiratory therapist. As a nurse myself, I know that you have to have a “passion to work with others” as Julie’s bio explains. I mean… come on! What better qualities can you look for in a Realtor?

These two phenomenal Realtors saw a way to give back to the community and create a wedding and event venue in the heart of Troy, IL. If you haven’t been to The Sanctuary on Main, you’re missing out. Everything from the tile work to the architecture will make you fall in love with it.

Q & A

Please read their interview responses below and see how these wonderful ladies are tied to our community.

  • How did your business get started? Briefly walk me through the start of your career and how you came to own your own business. What continues to inspire you today?

Jen and I are both grew up in Troy and have been lifelong friends.   When we realized the old Methodist Church was for sale we decided to take a look at the building.   We had no idea what we would wanted to do.   The moment we walked in the door and saw the stained glass windows we knew immediately we needed to convert the historical church into a wedding chapel.  

  • Why did you decide to be a part of Shop Love 618?

We love the idea of bringing new visitors and businesses to our town! 

  • What is your favorite thing about living in the Metro East.    

Small towns & communities with the close proximity to St. Louis.  

  • How are all the sponsors tied together?

Jen and I are both local realtors in the Metro East at Gori Realtors, LLC and the owners of The Sanctuary on Main. 

They took the time to answer a few of my questions and I wanted to share it with you. Please consider using them for your upcoming events. If you are needing help buying or selling your home in this hot market, you will want to use these Pros. They are both extremely professional and fun to work with.

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November Vendor List

  • Love Local STL, LLC
  • Gabi & Grace Clothing Co.
  • Piper and Hollow
  • MMI Design
  • Kazoo Coffee & Coco Roasting Company LLC
  • Poppy Picnics
  • Local 618
  • Coco + Oak
  • The Lefty Letters
  • Mallory Lay Design Co.
  • The Soapary
  • Meg’s Cheesecakes
  • Niki’s Creation

Follow and like them on social and come to the event this Sunday (11/7) from 2p-6p to sneak a peek at the venue. You can sip from The Sanctuary’s cash bar while knocking out your Christmas shopping with local vendors. We all really hope to see you there!!!


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