Old Town Keller is continuing to grow with unique businesses and its family atmosphere, and a new addition from a longtime Old Town family will benefit people of all ages.
Keller City Council approved a specific use permit for DiVine Junque, a resale store at 130 E Vine St., which will take the other half of a building occupied by Cox’s Barber Shop. The Cox family has operated in Old Town Keller for many years, DiVine Junque owner and operator Rheanna Cox said.
The building was formerly an ice rink which became the barber shop in the early ’80s, Cox said. Mayor Pat McGrail said at the meeting he remembered how the city knew the shop.
“It has a lot of significance,” McGrail said. “A lot of people knew it affectionately and still do.”
Cox came up with the idea for the shop after discussing plans for the building’s other, vacant half with her husband. She and her husband have four children, two of which are adopted, and foster four children, and wanted to find a way to help similar families.
“We know what it’s like to want things for ourselves and for our children, but with the economy in its present state we can’t always go buy things at full price,” she said. “There are many other families in the same shoes we are. This will give us an opportunity to have a small family business that will help teach our children responsibility for the future as well as be able to sit down to dinner together each night.”
Cox said the store will have “fashionable and functional clothing and shoes for all ages,” houseware, small furniture and appliances, books, collectibles, movies, toys and more. Her husband, a woodworker, will also sell original, unique pieces. She said her friends and family have already started their “spring cleaning” to donate to the shop, and that donations are always welcome.
She also plans to offer discounts to senior citizens on Saturdays and foster families on Fridays.
McGrail and council member Doug Miller said they were glad to see the other part of the building be put to good use.
“It’ll be a good fit for Old Town,” McGrail said.
The family is cleaning out the area and starting work on bringing the business to life. Cox said she is aiming for an end of June opening. DiVine Junque’s tentative hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.