Southlake Says Farewell to The Owl’s Nest Toy Shop
Aug 25, 2016 07:52AM ● Published by Audrey Sellers
It’ll be a sad day for area kids and families on August 31: The Owl's Nest, a specialty toy shop in Southlake Town Square, will shut its doors for good. The store offered hard-to-find and unique toys to the community for almost 14 years. It was truly a magical place for children. (Who could forget bringing their kids to visit Santa and his real reindeer?)
Owner Sandy Challinor announced the store closing earlier this month, much to the disappointment of local families. If you have kids (or you’ve ever needed a gift for one), you probably have many happy memories from The Owl’s Nest. So, of course, does Challinor. We caught up with her before the shop closed to hear about her experiences and what’s next for her.
Southlake Style: The Owl’s Nest was in business for almost 14 years. What inspired you to open the shop?
Challinor: It was a vision I had. My kids grew up in a little waterfront town in Massachusetts and there was a shop there called The Dragon’s Nest. Coincidentally, here I am in Southlake. I just wanted to have a quaint little shop. It became a passion for me. I basically wanted to create a fun environment that kids could enjoy. It was a lot of work but I enjoyed it.
SS: What does it mean to you personally that your shop was so beloved by the community?
Challinor: I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal. Families would come in and enjoy the puppet theater. Kids would just sit here laughing and enjoying themselves. That brought me a lot of joy.
SS: What do you think you’ll miss the most?
Challinor: I’ll miss my employees because they’re a lot of fun to work with. We have a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work. I’ll miss my customers because they’ve been so good and supportive.
SS: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from owning a business in Southlake?
Challinor: I’ve always enjoyed coming to work. There’s not a day I haven’t enjoyed coming to work. If you’re doing something you love, it’s not a job.
SS: What’s next for you? How will you spend your time now that the shop is closing?
Challinor: I’ll find a job where I can work five days a week instead of seven days a week! [laughs] I’ll take a little bit of time off. But I’ll be here in Southlake.
SS: Anything you’d like to say to the community?
Challinor: I just want to thank them for their support over the years and for their friendships. I’ve so much enjoyed watching families grow. I appreciate the emails and compliments I’ve received. It just makes me feel good that I’ve completed my goal.
Want to send Sandy your well wishes? Leave a post on The Owl’s Nest Facebook page.