Former officer now doing time with furniture-lovers
Shoppers attracted to downtown Eudora destinations like the tea room, quilting shop and scrapbooking store now have another place to peruse. Whiskey Creek Trading Company, which owner Heidi Hanzlik named after her father-in-law's Nebraska ranch, has been open for a month at 729 Main St. near other downtown businesses.
"People come here specifically for (the tea room) and then go shopping," Hanzlik said. "It's mostly Eudorans coming in, but word is getting out slowly."
Whiskey Creek specializes in used furniture, although Hanzlik hesitates calling the pieces antique. The entrepreneur said she didn't price the pieces that way, either. Instead, Hanzlik calls the style "old and rustic," and in addition to furniture, she picks up home decor items like decorative beehives and a goose.
"There are things that catch my eye," she said.
The store also took consignment items, depending on what people had to offer, Hanzlik said.
"I don't want any of the 'new' new stuff," she said.
Specializing in used furniture, the store's offerings changed often, Hanzlik said, encouraging shoppers to see the revolving merchandise.
A former Eudora police officer, Hanzlik opened Whiskey Creek Trading Company after her daughter, Rae, was born. The store gives Hanzlik a better schedule to care for Rae and older son, Sam, and another sibling on the way.
"My husband and I were thinking of something I could do," she said. "I like to go out and look and get (decorating) ideas."
However, Hanzlik said a person wouldn't necessarily know it by looking at her own home.
"I like doing other people's places," she said.
Hanzlik said her husband, Roger, provided the start-up capital to see what she could do with the business. Originally the entrepreneur had looked at opening the shop in Lawrence, but like other business owners Hanzlik was drawn to Eudora's lower cost of doing business.
Plus, she said Grand Central, a similar downtown business once located across the street, seemed to do pretty well while in business.
Hanzlik plans to use an auxiliary room to house coffees, lotions "and frou-frou stuff that you don't want to drive to Lawrence to get."
Whiskey Creek Trading Company is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The store is closed Sundays and Mondays. The phone number will be 542-1606.
As a business owner, Hanzlik said it was neat to see Eudora's downtown slowly filling in again.
"I'd love to see Eudora be like a Weston, Missouri," she said.