Live Oak brings history to forefront
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 11:33 am
Bubba Kelly and his wife, Valli, Sandra McEhiney, Chad Snider and his wife, Kara
There’s a new store in downtown Martin with unique product offerings and a unique approach to finding products.
Live Oak opened Sept. 4 in the former Apple Barrel, located at 407 South Lindell St., between Radio Shack and Vicki’s in downtown Martin.
Bubba Kelly and Chad Snider purchased the building from Wanda Vowell and began work to uncover the original brick walls, install new lighting and restore the original tin ceiling.
The pair said, “The restoration work creates a rustic setting that’s appropriate for the store’s offerings and we wanted to recognize and celebrate the building’s history, and Martin’s history. We’ll have a number of historic items and photographs on display in honor of Martin and the area’s history and we’re delighted to be in downtown Martin.”
Kelly and Snider said they formed a partnership to fulfill an interest in having a retail store for unique home furnishings and related items, as well as occasional products, that will be available at wholesale prices. Live Oak will offer select popular brands of furniture, as well as home decorative and accent items that are sought by customers.
In addition to established brands, Live Oak also has an unusual source of products for shoppers by utilizing a group of “pickers” who will bring their discoveries to the store for sale.
“We only want to offer products that customers want to buy and what better way to do that than to involve a select group of customers as ‘pickers’ to help us find these items.
“We already have a number of people who have agreed to serve as ‘pickers’ and we’ll be looking to add some others. Anyone interested in helping us find such treasures can visit the store to learn more about how this works,” Kelly and Snider said.
Live Oak will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 281-4880 for more information.