By Jennifer McDaniel, for the Lincoln Sentinel
Though the bones forming the framework of the new Rustic Floral and Gifts building are new, many of the elements Lincoln business owner Angela O’Bannon incorporated into the shop’s interior design are not.
Once old and discarded, rusted and forgotten, the items were reclaimed by O’Bannon, who put a fresh, functional spin on objects once overlooked.
O’Bannon opened Rustic Floral earlier this year – a few months after the death last fall of longtime Lincoln florist Jean Rohrig. Though she considered opening her own business for some time, it wasn’t until the community was left without a key business O’Bannon decided to take a chance and open a flower shop.
When she opened the floral shop, O’Bannon operated the business out of Rohrig’s former Buds and Blossoms building at 110 E. Elm, something she remains thankful to Rohrig’s family for making possible. Her new shop is located up the street at 118 E. Elm.
Construction began on the new, wood-framed, metal-sided building on St. Patrick’s Day, but the interior work wasn’t finished until August 5. O’Bannon credits her husband, Wes, and her dad, Willie Whelan, with the interior work, which was done on the weekends. A few friends also pitched in, she said, helping out here and there.
And then, there’s the interior.
O’Bannon added reclaimed, ribbed-tin to cover the ceiling and used weathered, red barn wood from a couple of Lincoln County barns to trim the walls, floor and windows. Ceramic tile that looks more like wood flooring covers the floor.
Even the business’ bathroom has rustic details, including a weathered robin’s-egg blue, sliding door. Inside the bathroom, O’Bannon used yellow wood from an old barn as trim.
The register counter, which was built by her father, was built, using two, aged solid-wood doors and windows discarded from the local Farm Bureau building.
“I also reclaimed items from our local recycling business in Beverly,” O’Bannon said. “I purchased an old windmill fan tail, that is hung on the wall, (a set of) old baby crib springs, that was made into my scarf display, an old ironing board, that I made into a jewelry display, and some of the
barn wood and tin also came from them.”
O’Bannon said she also purchased old shelving and display units from Roger Hayworth, the former downtown variety store business owner.
“Our open house was August 6, and this was the first time most of the public had seen the inside of the new shop,” she said. “Everyone seemed to really like the use of reclaimed items, and the rustic feel of the shop. (They) liked how one thing tied in with the next thing.”
As a result of the new building design, O’Bannon said she and her husband decided to add a gift store element to the business. Besides plants and flowers, gift items include bags/totes, cups/mugs, Christian gifts/accessories, children’s gifts, scarves, home decor and baby items.
O’Bannon said she is also currently working with a few local residents who have home-based businesses. The plan, she said, is to eventually feature some of their items in the shop as well.
She also hinted at having a few more new ideas up her sleeve, but wouldn’t reveal any details at this time.