Meet Lynn Oxford of Oh How Pretty. What started in the fair exhibition business, turned into a brick and mortar store after over 30 years! Lynn has loved expanding into a storefront this year, and making her store a destination for all shoppers. Not only does she have an expansive collection of varying patterns, and sizes, of embroidered linens and doilies, but she also carries funny and inspirational gift items.
Lynn’s eye for detail makes her shop much more than just a store, but a destination. Come browse the gorgeous collection of linens, and stay for the laughter.
Learn more about Lynn and Oh How Pretty below with her interview!
Give us a brief introduction to who you are and to your business (what you do):
It’s possible that I have the largest collection of patterns and sizes of embroidered table linens and doilies in one retail location. I also carry funny and inspirational gift items including block signs, wall art, ornaments, tea towels, socks, and magnets. Some items are as low as $3. My husband makes and sells eight-shot repeating rubber band guns and targets and I have those in the store too. Sometimes it feels like I’m running a comedy show with all the laughter going on in here.
Tell us about how your business got started:
My husband has been in the fair exhibition business since he was sixteen years old. We’ve been in this together for 32 years. The pandemic has been devastating to our industry and people have had to get creative to stay afloat this year. Six months ago, I wouldn’t have believed I would be in a brick and mortar store.
Why do you do what you do?
I think we’re probably too ornery to work for other people. We love our fair family and friends. Thankfully things are opening up for 2021. It would be a good idea to give me a call or check my Facebook page before traveling very far to visit my store next year. We have three fairs in Florida from January to April.
What are some things that help you stand out as a business?
I carry things you won’t find in a big box store. My building is quite nice and I love hanging out in here. I have chairs in case you want to sit and visit for awhile. It’s also very personalized and low key. For example, if you tell me the likes and activities of the person you are shopping for, I might have the perfect item in my storeroom, if not in the showroom.
What do you envision for the future of your business?
I hope that it will eventually do well enough that I can hire a helper for when I’m out of town. I’m working on getting a website of some kind but first I have to photograph and inventory each pattern and size. I’m almost there but new spring patterns are coming out soon. I’m limited to what items I can sell at fairs. I”m hoping to add a few more American made items. I just ordered some soup and dip mixes. I have celiac disease and many of them are gluten-free. I hope they are super delish and I can find a spot to put them in the store.
What is something that inspires you each day in your work?
I just love decorating for the seasons and Holidays and switching up my merchandise. I also love to shop for new items. It’s a reason to set the alarm and get dressed in the morning. I’m a little bummed that I won’t get to decorate my window for Valentine’s Day. I’ll be decorating my booth at the Florida State Fair instead.
What are some great things about the local area?
There are lots of things to do, you just have to search them out. I love the courthouse and old buildings in downtown Versailles. My first date was to see Gone with Wind at the Royal Theater. Times have really changed and I’m grateful every day to live in a small town.
How can customers and consumers support local businesses like yours?
Just remember to shop the Mom and Pops before going to the big box stores.
Where can we connect with you?
Please check out her listing here on Discover LOZ and give her a review and rating, and share this amazing small business with all your friends on the socials ~ https://discoverloz.com/small-business-directory/1101/oh-how-pretty/