New home decor store in Huntington

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Saturday, Jan. 2, for a new business in downtown Huntington called “Not to Shabby Home Décor.” Featured are (from left) Mayor Richard Strick, Dale Howell, Pam Howell, Tiffany Walker, Mari Kuoch and City Councilman Charles Chapman.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Saturday, Jan. 2, for a new business in downtown Huntington called “Not to Shabby Home Décor.” Featured are (from left) Mayor Richard Strick, Dale Howell, Pam Howell, Tiffany Walker, Mari Kuoch and City Councilman Charles Chapman. Photo by Katelynn Farley.

A new business officially opened its doors in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Jan. 2, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Not To Shabby Home Décor and Design, co-owned and operated by Pam Howell and Tiffany Walker, is located at 500 N. Jefferson St., near many  downtown Huntington staples like Nick’s Kitchen, Griff’s the Cutting Edge and the Dream Center Thrift Store.

According to Walker, the business began after Howell started receiving requests for home décor options. After the demand grew, Howell started looking for ways to expand the business outside of her home, which is where she started her projects.

“We just wanted to bring it to a store-front and make it more of an official place,” Walker said.

Walker explains that, though they have items within their store for purchase, the scope of their business will also include services such as interior design help.

“We started getting more into helping people decorate and getting a lot of requests for re-arranging their houses, finding new ways to revamp their houses without spending a ton of money, keeping it budget friendly.”

This option for interior design was sparked by the pair’s desire to help share a “creative touch.”
According to Walker, the interior design offering will be an in-home service to help customers re-envision what the spaces in their homes can look like, whether it be “decorating an archway” or “re-modeling a kitchen or a living room.”

Walker will be partnering with local crews for larger projects such as painting homes or remodeling entire rooms.

Other offerings include personalization for outside items, vinyl projects, embroidery projects, jewelry, accessories and home decoration pieces.

Walker says that customers may bring in their own pieces to be painted or customized for a fee and that larger furniture pieces will eventually be available for purchase, once they have more items available for display purposes.

“We want to make sure we’re reaching all different kinds of styles,” Walker says. “I just see things that I like and I like to put together the right colors and grains of wood and make things work.”

Steve Kimmel, the executive director of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, was present to give a few words before the official ribbon cutting.

“I just wanted to congratulate you and welcome you to downtown Huntington. You opened at a perfect time. . . we’re going to start 2021 on the right foot.”

Kimmel noted that many new businesses are opening in the downtown Huntington area, but that this should be an encouraging thing rather than a discouraging thing for other new business owners.

“As more and more of us open, we don’t compete with each other, we compliment each other,” Kimmel said. “And that’s what’s happening right now.”

Kimmel thanked Walker and Howell for all of their efforts and offered congratulations from the chamber.
Mayor Richard Strick was also present, congratulating the pair on getting their business off the ground. He expressed support of the pair.  

According to Howell, the process for opening a brick-and-mortar store started in May of 2020. Howell originally planned to open in a smaller location before their current location opened up. Their original goal was to open in 2020 around the downtown Christmas shopping season, but with COVID-19 causing delays for the business owners, it was decided to open at the start of 2021, giving everyone a fresh start to look forward to.

“We just want to get acquainted with all of the customers that come in and help them redesign if they need the help, do whatever we can to help them . . . we just want to grow as a community and bring everybody together,” Howell said.

Because many of the items within the store are refurbished in nature, Howell does not expect most of the items within the store to be regularly stocked, but rather constantly changing.

“I would love to have a couple of local artisans in here and expand in different ways, but you just never know.”

The store will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Howell says they are considering opening by appointment only on Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Howell at 224-2083.

“We just really appreciate everyone’s support and we look forward to helping people out!” Walker says.