Haven showcase re-branding, renovations – Plainview Daily Herald

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For store owners Jack Oswald and Larry Hinds, it was out with the old and in with the new.

They cut the ribbon on their new store Haven, formerly known as Old World Antiques & Home Decor, on Thursday.

The pair almost closed for good to retire but decided to re-brand instead. The store was closed for about four months for renovations.

“We originally were in the antique business, then we got into the gift and decor business,” Oswald said. “This is a smaller version of what we had here before, which was Old World Gifts & Home Decor. This is Haven.”

Store Manager Lorri Matlock said the renovations were necessary for the new feel of the store.

“The space needed to be different,” Matlock said. “We still have a great selection of gifts, home decor, bridal, but just in a brand new, fresh space.”

The building was previously a warehouse, but everything from the size of the salesrooms to the actual products has been scaled down.

“We’ve got a lot of the same type of merchandise, but the furniture’s all scaled smaller than what we had in the past,” Oswald said. “We try to have furniture that will fit in an SUV or pickup.”

Haven still offers home decor and gift items as well as jewelry, gourmet food, candles and bath and body products. The store also does bridal registries.

“We love that we’re able to offer this to Plainview and our community,” Matlock said. “We feel, along with our community, that this is needed, and we want to serve our community and want the support from our community to make it beneficial for everybody, for us to continue to have this and offer it to them.”

Betty Stanford saw the building for the first time for the ribbon cutting, but she said she will visit again.

“I think there are just really a lot of very interesting and beautiful things,” Stanford said. “It looks like a fun place. It’s a good place to browse and get ideas.”

In addition to browsing the store, attendees got to sample some of Haven’s gourmet food. After Oswald and Hinds received their first tax-free dollar from the Chamber of Commerce, Oswald thanked everyone.

“Thank y’all very much for coming. We appreciate it,” Oswald said. “We’ve been in business 45 years. I don’t think we’ll make another 45, but we’ll work at it.”


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