My love of the customer and wonderful products has guided my retail career over the last 30 years. It has always been my dream to someday own a store and be able to sell unique products and offer excellent customer service.
I am thrilled to say that my dreams have come true.
With the love and support of my husband Mark, my daughter Annette, extended family, and friends, I have begun the journey and can’t wait to share it with you!
Naturally, we started with the name, tumbleweed, courtesy of Annette. As we were talking about what I wanted to sell and how I saw it all laid out — rustic but elegant products made by family-owned companies, as well as fixtures found at salvage yards and antique stores — the name fit perfectly.
So, welcome to Tumbleweed!
Amy, Mark, and Annette
The area around the Rock Creek basin where Kensington is located was primarily agricultural until 1873 when the B&O Railroad completed the Metropolitan Branch which traversed Montgomery County. A community arose where the new railroad line intersected the old Rockville-to-Bladensburg road. This early settlement was first known as Knowles Station. In the early 1890s, Washington, D.C. developer Brainard Warner began purchasing land parcels to build a planned Victorian community, complete with a church, library, and a local newspaper. Fascinated by a recent trip to London,Warner named his subdivision Kensington Park, the 10th and largest subdivision in the area which became the Town of Kensington. Upon incorporation in 1894, Warner convinced the Mayor and Council to name the town Kensington. The historic core of Kensington was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as the Kensington Historic District in 1980.
Originally a farming community at Knowles Station, Kensington developed into a summer refuge for Washington, D.C., residents wishing to escape the capital’s humid summers. As years passed and its residents increasingly remained year-round, Kensington evolved into a commuter suburb. The large southernmost section originally mapped out by Warner remains largely unchanged since its inception and is a historically preserved zone. Indeed, the only major changes in the town’s basic layout have been the bridging over of the original railroad crossing in 1937, and the extension and widening of Connecticut Avenue, the town’s main thoroughfare, in 1957.