Pat Snyder is living out her lifelong dream.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. This is my space. I can’t wait to get in it,” Snyder said of her new business, Salvaged Soul.

The business, located at 1114 2nd St., will offer a mixture of new home decor with vintage and antique piece. Snyder will also offer classes in the workshop in the back. She hopes to open this fall.

Work started on the building in April. Snyder said the building, built in 1883, is the oldest building in downtown Perry. Her husband Joe helped her to gut the entire building. The walls were crumbling and the floor wasn’t in good shape.

Snyder and her husband fixed the walls and salvaged what they could of the original tin ceiling.

“We wanted to be able to keep some of that and not totally get rid of what makes it a really cool building,” Snyder said.

Ceiling tiles from the middle of the main retail space were salvaged and moved to another spot in the building. A floating ceiling will be installed using knotty pine boards salvaged from The Scottish Fox building.

The floors weren’t in good enough shape to be salvaged. New flooring will be installed instead, along with a new HVAC system, plumbing and electrical work. New windows were also installed. A new ADA-compliant bathroom was also installed.

Snyder decided to keep the exposed brick walls in the back workshop space. She plans to offer small classes for 10 to 12 participants. Those classes could range from painting furniture to embroidery to stenciling.

“I want it to be a creative space. I want it to be someplace where you want to come in and have fun,” Snyder said.

She wants to extend that mentality to the front retail space. She plans to sell a mixture of new home decor pieces with vintage pieces that she has found and fixed and possibly repainted.

“I think it’ll be one of those things where you never know what you’re going to find in here,” Snyder said. “It’s going to be things I pick up, but it’ll also be some newer, trendier things. Mixed with your vintage and antique.”

The style she gravitates toward is the modern farmhouse style. She plans to sell modern farmhouse pieces with a twist. Along with a variety of other items that will be constantly changing.

Snyder plans to open her shop this fall. She encourages area residents to keep coming back to see what’s available.

“I just want it to be open to have fun and be creative,” she said. “It’s probably going to be a work in progress as far as where it really lands, but I don’t want to limit people on what their imagination is.”