Owl’s Nest is unique gift shop

July 10, 2014

Owels NestBy Pat Maurer

A new and unique business, featuring antiques, collectables and one-of-a-kind gifts, is open at the former Countryside and before that Sumi and Sue’s party store midway between Clare and Farwell.

Roy and Libby Soldan of Lake recently opened the store, the “Owl’s Nest,” located at 1410 West Ludington Drive. The couple moved to the Lake area 16 years ago when Roy retired from Detroit Edison (DTE) after 41 years.

Roy has been a collector for 50 years and has come out of retirement to offer some of his unique pieces for sale at the new Farwell shop.

“I’ve been in this business for over 40 years,” Roy said. They also owned another store, the first Owl’s Nest downstate in Richmond, featuring some of Roy’s lifelong collections. “I also did shows all over the State,” Roy added.

The new store features country, primitive, collectables, clocks, books, sporting memorabilia, vintage furniture, crockery, wooden bowls, antique lamps, coffee grinders, … “a little bit of everything,” Libby noted.

“It is a perfect place to find collectables, or that one-of-a-kind special gift,” said Libby. With prices that begin below $5, you are sure to find something in the many rooms in the store that will fit your pocketbook perfectly.

Roy showed off some of the items you might not find anywhere else like a 1800s vintage Roller Organ (also commonly known as a cob organ), an antique wooden vegetable slicer, wooden burl (or byrl) bowls (made from tree knots and very rare and valuable), grain bins (used to measure), antique coffee grinders (including one that doubles as a food slicer), porcelain items including a pair of tiny dolls, china cups and saucers, baskets, trunks and much, much more.

With the amount of things there are to see, you would think the store would be cluttered, but instead it is neat, clean and filled to the brim with unique items. Each of the several rooms in the business is carefully designed around a theme, one with kitchen items including a cast iron stove and one with vintage hats and clothes and an antique iron bedframe. “I have been working on this for the past six months,” Libby said.

Along with the store, the couple also rent out storage units, located beside the new shop.

The Owl’s Nest is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They don’t have a business phone number as yet, but for more information you can contact the Soldans at their Lake home 544-2216.

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