If you are looking for unique, hand made home furnishings or decorations Lena and Richard Shackleford’s new store, Petals Metals & Wood, in downtown King may have just what you are looking for.
And, if they don’t, there is a good chance they can make it for you.
The new store is a showroom of re-imagined, re-purposed, upcycled, old, new, vintage and antique items.
“There is a dinning area, a kitchen area, a living room, a bedroom and a sanctuary, church area,” said Lena. “We also have a section called Grace and Gratitude featuring items from Mary & Martha.”
While the store is new, Lena said she has always had a passion for re-purposing items.
“This has been a passion of mine for all of my life as far as making and taking old stuff and making it into something else at home and as gifts for people,” she said. “I have had friends for years telling me I should open a business.”
Lena has operated a cleaning company in the area since 2010, but issues with her back led to her focusing on creating a business around her passion.
“This building came open and my back was in bad shape so I gave up the cleaning business and took a leap of faith,” she said, noting that while the store features a couple of items made by other local crafters, the majority of the items for sale are made by her and her husband. “We do what we call barn diving. We have customers who say, ‘Oh, I have a barn, come check it out.’ Sometimes we are blessed that we are given materials and other times they tell us what they want for stuff. We also go to a lot of estate sales and get furniture and antique stuff from those.”
But the real magic happens when Lena puts her mind to how to re-purpose the items they have acquired into something new.
“I am constantly creating something,” said Lena, noting that she has been inspired by HGTV’s Joanna Gaines and posts on Pinterest. “My pallet, as far as design and color, is I like it simple and try to bring the old back.”
She said she sometimes enlists the help of her husband to make her ideas a reality.
“He doesn’t give himself enough credit,” she said. “I tell him what I need him to pull out for me. Sometimes I just need him to saw the wood to size for me, but the rest of the stuff that is harder he is doing that.”
She said Richard had created several pieces of furniture in the showroom, including a kitchen island crafted from discarded wood pallets.
The Shacklefords were quick to point out that what is on display in the store was just the tip of the iceberg.
“The showroom changes almost daily,” she said. “We have merchandise in the back and in our basement at home that we have not put in here yet because it is full. It will also change on a seasonal basis. I will be pulling the petals out of Petals Metals & Wood from spring to fall. There will be a whole garden section in the store.”
Lena said she could also make almost anything a customer imagined.
“I had a lady come in just the other day who picked up some wreaths off of the table and said ‘I need you to turn this into something I can hang on the wall,’” she said. “She waited for 15 minutes and I created a burlap wreath door swag for her. If someone walks in and has their own idea I will do it for them. Absolutely. Whatever they want us to do.”
She said they have even been commissioned to do some work off site in people’s homes.
The Shacklefords noted they wanted to bring their faith into the store as well.
“God has blessed us,” said Lena. “We have encountered people who have come in and prayed with us. That is a huge part of our life. God is in the center of our life. I would not want to run this store at any level without Him in the middle of it.
“The store is a labor of love, but it is also to support our family,” she added. “We are a big old family of 10. That is who we are. Richard has a full-time job and this is my full-time job. We have been in King all of our lives and we love it. We have had a lot of support and are very appreciative of it. The other merchants in downtown King have been amazing.”
Petals Metals & Wood is located at 103 East Dalton Rd. in King, and can be reached by phone at 336-985-5754.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.