Tucked away behind Main Street and just across the street from the Mansfield Feed Mill lies a store that is a bit different, but feels like home.
And that was always the intent behind Nest, say mother and daughter owners Julie Buckley and Haley Williams.
“That was always the name my mother had in mind for the store she wanted to have, and I like it because a nest is a home,” said Williams. “I thought it went well, and birds are cute.”
Nest focuses on the home, featuring décor, children’s products, antiques and a featured brand of chalk paint.
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Annie Sloan chalk paints are known for their matte finishes and durability, and with more than 30 varieties of color to choose from, customers will be able to find the perfect custom finish to walls, décor and crafts.
“I wanted a product that would drive people to the store, and we noticed at other stores that people would buy three to four cans of paint and the accessories,” Buckley said. “The quality of the product is unmatched. We wanted to introduce this product near us, close enough at least to where people wouldn’t have to drive an hour to get it.”
In addition to the specialty paint, Nest also sells hand-crafted, repurposed antiques, knick-knacks and plenty of furniture.
The home base of Nest didn’t always have its walls covered in crafts and paints. For years, the little shop on 213 Smith St. served cars, not people. The former auto parts shop began to change in the fall of 2014, as the mother and daughter moved their shop into place and began the work of changing the storefront.
“We had been talking about (having a store) for years, just playing pretend, and finally we just said we need to do it and stop saying we are,” Williams said. “We found this random little house and said we have to get that now. It took us a lot longer to get set up than we thought it would.”
The hard work paid off for the pair, as Nest opened March 14, the day the St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade sauntered down Main Street.
“We knew there were going to be a lot of people downtown and we would see the foot traffic in our store,” Buckley said. “We focused on being open on the day of the Pickle Parade, we needed a target date. And it was great because we met a lot of great people that day that came for the parade.”
And while there is plenty to purchase for use in the homes, Nest also offers customers the chance to “do it yourself.”
Starting on May 2, Buckley and Williams will offer classes on the proper application of the Annie Sloan paints. The matted paint can be difficult to use for beginners. From 2-4 p.m., the pair will demonstrate proper techniques, including how to get the desired smooth or textured finishes.
“It’s really easy to do once you get the techniques down. We want everyone to be successful when they use the paint,” Williams said. “So that’s why we are offering these workshops. We want to help people out and show them how to make a great finished product.”
Nest is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed Sundays and Mondays.
213 Smith St.