Ernie Jennings' love of Texas history was the original motivation for the store. Now that Our Neck of the Woods is celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jennings explains why he started the unique store.
Jennings began by leasing the 1878 building, the third jail built in Young County. The two-story limestone structure represented Graham's sometimes violent frontier past. Outlaws had escaped the two story-fortress, and lynch mobs had threatened to storm the doors several times.
He and his wife, Andy, gradually realized what type of enterprise they would start. His idea came from the process he and his wife had gone through building a weekend house on Possum Kingdom Lake.
They had purchased more Texas primitive furniture than they needed to furnish their home. They named their business, “Our Neck of the Woods,” in keeping with the lodge theme.
Our Neck of the Woods employees Lou Hodges, left, and Dee Dunnam, manager, ring up a purchase by Betsy Henderson, who bought a gift before heading to a family gathering at PK Lake. The store is celebrating the business 10th anniversary with 40 percent markdowns of antiques and Old World furniture as well as discounts of gift merchandise. #2 (Photo by Gay Storms)
Both Jennings are very impressed with the Graham community. They are both looking forward to moving from the Metroplex to PK after Jennings retires.