The Called To Edify Story
"When we started Called To Edify® Boutique in our Oak Forest, Illinois apartment in the summer of 2011, we never could have imagined what God would have manifested!
My husband and I started Called to Edify in our home with $300 (despite the many trials and tribulations we were going through at the time- in which we had prayed our way through). Our goal was to furnish our home with home decor that was inspirational and would constantly remind us of God’s Truth. This Idea came to us after visiting a local home décor store. While in the store, we got frustrated on how expensive a simple Christian wall art would cost. We bought a few pieces of art anyway, left the store, then began our journey back home. It was during that ride home that my husband and I realized that we both had the skills to make our own wall art (him being a graphic designer, and myself being a writer of Christian poetry. So, we turned the car around, went back into the home décor store, returned the items we had bought, and then started on this path of “self-design gratification!” We left the home décor store, drove over to a nearby Michael’s Arts and Crafts store and purchased the necessary items to start our wall art building process.
We began our creation by typing Christian poetry over photo paper of random nature photography shots we would capture during vacations and frequent ride-arounds. We would then add 3D sticker decals of flowers, butterflies, birds, trees, etc. that would coincide with the background image. We would pop the photos into its own 8x10 frame, and then hang them up around the house. When family and friends would come by for a visit, they would notice these unusual life-like wall arts that we had hung. I mean, we hung wall art in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room- you name it! The next thing we knew, folks started calling us and asking if we would build wall art for their home.
As we grew over the years (seven website changes, three logo changes, and going through four drop shipping companies later), we transitioned from wall art, into a Christian Apparel Company. We started Called To Edify® Boutique committed to provide the best customer service, affordable pricing, and great quality. We have been blessed to inspire thousands of men and women with the gift of encouragement that embodies biblical messages of Faith, Hope, and Love- and the sovereignty of God.
Today we are proud to continue providing our customers with those standards and more. At Called To Edify® Boutique, we help individuals live out the principals of Christ daily. Now, more than ever, is the time to brighten someone’s day with the never-ending love of Jesus! Each person who receives or gives an inspirational gift will be blessed! We are honored that you have chosen to visit our shop, and we promise to give you an exceptional experience. Remember to continue to have faith, and encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Al & Tona
A portion of our profits will be donated to Voices of the Martyrs organization monthly. Our final goal is to spread His word and love through our products that will allow you to everyone wherever you go.
In the summer of 2011, my husband and I started Called To Edify® Boutique in our Illinois apartment with just $300, driven by a vision to fill our home with inspirational decor that echoed God’s truth. Our journey began with creating unique, nature-inspired Christian wall art, combining my writing of Christian poetry and his graphic design skills. As our creations gained popularity, we expanded into a Christian Apparel Company, committed to spreading messages of faith, hope, and love through quality, affordable products. Today, I'm proud to continue inspiring others to live out Christ's teachings and support Voices of the Martyrs with a portion of our profits, as we strive to spread His word and love everywhere.