“10 Questions” is a new feature on Claycord.com to help you get to know the locally owned businesses around central Contra Costa County.
We’ll ask the business owner 10 questions about their business (and a few other things), and they’ll give us their best answers.
All answers will be unedited, and you don’t have to be an advertiser on Claycord.com to participate. The only requirement is that the owner of the business lives locally, and the business must be in Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Martinez or Pacheco.
If you’d like you and your business to be featured in this column, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your business and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Our first locally owned business is Henley’s Estate Sale Store:
Business Name: Henley’s Estate Sale Store
Owner(s): Bob and Lois Henley
Business Location: 3486 Clayton Road, Concord
Business Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-6 P.M., Sunday 10- 5 P.M.
Business Phone Number: (925) 689-2012
Business Website: http://www.henleysantiques.com
Questions & Answers:
- Tell us about your business in five sentences or less. Henley’s is a family-owned antique store in Concord. We have a wide variety of antiques, big and small. We buy estates and older items, so we’re adding new items all the time. You never know what you’ll find!
- How long has your business been open? We opened in June. We actually earned our first dollar on June 8, 2012, the day before we opened! We framed it and put it up behind the counter.
- What is the thing you like most about your business? The hunt. Looking for treasures, and finding ones that I hope someone will enjoy as much as I do. We have a list of customers with special requests, and I keep them in mind when we go out hunting. It’s especially fun to find something rare that’s on the list.
- How many hours per week do you dedicate to your business? A LOT! Often it keeps me busy daylight to dark, and sometimes from dark to dark. I’ve always been an early bird, so I don’t mind the mornings as long as I’ve got my coffee.
- What are your professional goals? I’d like to keep “picking” for a long, long time.
- What experience did you have before opening? I’ve been collecting all kinds of old stuff since I was a kid. My dad was a demolition contractor for 29 years, so he was always bringing home neat stuff. Also, my wife Lois and I have been “garage sailing”, scouting flea markets, and buying estates for the past two decades.
- Did anyone tell you not to open your business? Some people were skeptical. They weren’t sure we could find enough stuff to keep a store going. Since opening our friends and family have been really helpful and supportive, and they can tell you that finding *enough* stuff isn’t the problem!
- What makes your business unique? The wide variety of items. We have a newsletter to announce new items to help people keep track of what’s in the store. You can sign up at: http://www.henleysantiques.com
- Besides your business, what is your other favorite LOCAL business? Min’s Kitchen, it’s our favorite breakfast spot. We’ve been going for years, and now our store is directly across the street!
- When was the last time you took a vacation, and where did you go? In January we took a much-needed break and went to Tahoe for the weekend with all four of our daughters. We played lots of board games and enjoyed the snow from the comfort of our cabin.