“We’ve got a bunch of antiques that have been stuck around here for years, and I’ve just pulled them out to make them come back to life,” he says.
Estes says they were fortunate that his family kept so much over the years.
“Everything from the sales counters to our dis- play tables, we’ve built out of either the old doors from the house or workshop tables,” he says. “Even the shelves on the wall were built out of reclaimed wood from the farm. We used hayloft floor for a lot of the accent walls.
“We’ve used some of the original siding from the house.”
Yet even with such attention to detail, the store opened only nine months after construction began in April 2022.
“We’ve been lucky. We’ve had lots of good crews to work with,” Estes says, adding that he depended on a good friend to help him find con- tractors.
His parents, Gary and Karen Estes, and other family members who live close by often stop to see how everything is coming along.
“I think everybody’s been kind of excited,” says Estes. “Everybody just likes to come see the project, cheer us on.”
And best of all, it’s just what Estes envisioned only a few years ago.
“I sat out here in my farm truck, feeding cows, and dreamed this up,” he says.