Expect more. That’s the philosophy behind the recent redesign of Hen House Home & Gift. It’s also what’s driving owner Tamara Walker to expand her business offerings in downtown Emmett to include the recently opened sister store, The Barn Door, with plans for a third, more whimsical shop on Main Street to satisfy local demand for wedding décor and rentals.
“We want people to expect more. We have what’s not already available in Emmett and we’re bringing people back to downtown to shop. There are great shops and something for everybody here,” she said.
Black Friday drew crowds of people to the new store, and shoppers were treated to deep discounts on merchandise left over from Hen House Timeless Treasures. There are still great bargains to be had, from vintage furniture – including 20 percent off an 1860s parlor set with local history – to fully decorated Christmas trees on sale.
The Hen House makeover occurred over a two-week period when Back in Time reopened its doors and attracted several of the vendors who were renting space at Hen House. “I had been wanting to expand to new décor and new merchandise, so it worked out perfectly. It was exactly what we needed at the right time,” Tamara said.
All-new inventory includes a huge variety of unique holiday and gift ideas, from accessories home décor, candles and melts, herbal soaps, artwork, wall décor, jewelry and accessories, handbags, hats and more. There’s a selection of brand-new furniture, including sofas and loveseats, refurbished vintage furniture, and an “Inspirational Corner” featuring Brave Girls Club artwork. Hen House also carries a nice selection of Billy Jacobs cottage-style art, rugs and coasters, linens, primitives, tin works and signs, and popular Willow Tree collectibles.
There are still some familiar touches at Hen House, too. Ron’s “Man Cave” is still stocked with all the guy favorites, and the wrap-around balcony upstairs is still a great place to find one-of-a-kind treasures. You’ll also continue to enjoy the hometown feel of the store as well. “We have great, personable service. Old-fashioned values in a modern era,” Tamara said.
Hen House is located at 110 E. Main St. in Emmett. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call the store at 208-398-8300.
Thinking of opening a downtown business?
Tamara is willing to help anyone who’s thinking about opening a business in downtown Emmett. “The Business Improvement District is working hard to get the downtown area revitalized. I’d be happy to help you! Give me a call at 208-941-0066.”