Seven questions for Dallas Center’s Board and Batten

Board and Batten co-owners Terri George and Bryan George, left, cut the ribbon with fellow co-owners Wendy Reeder and Mark Reeder at Friday's grand opening celebration. Photo courtesy Dallas Center Betterment Foundation

Friday evening saw the grand opening of Board and Batten Found, Refined and Curated Goods, a shop for antique and repurposed furniture at 1412 Walnut St. in Dallas Center run by Terri and Bryan George and Wendy and Mark Reeder.

Dallas Center Betterment Foundation Bob King caught up with the foursome who runs the newest addition to the downtown Dallas Center commercial hub.

Bob King: What is your name?

Board and Batten: Board and Batten Found, Refined and Curated Goods.

Bob King: What is your address?

Board and Batten: Our location is 1412 Walnut St. in Dallas Center.

Bob King: Tell us a little about yourselves. Where were you born? How long have you lived in Iowa/Dallas Center? What have you done to earn a living in the past?

Board and Batten: Terri is a native of Iowa, and Bryan is an Australian. We have been involved in the sale and restoration of antiques and custom furniture for the past 18+ years. For the past 12 years, Wendy Reeder, with assistance from Mark, has been a retail home decor store owner and interior designer in the Southwestern market.

Bob King: What does your store name mean?

Board and Batten: Board and batten describes the typical Midwestern barn exterior — that of vertical boards joined with small strips of wood, referred to as battens.

Bob King: What does your store plan to sell?

Board and Batten: The store will sell a combination of found and refined antiques, primitives, home decor and a mix of specialty gift items not readily accessible in smaller markets.

Bob King: Where do you plan to obtain most of the goods in your store?

Board and Batten: The Heart of America with an emphasis on Iowa made.

Bob King: Why did you decide to open a store in Dallas Center?

Board and Batten: Terri and Bryan recently moved to Dallas Center and quickly realized the tremendous opportunity Dallas Center provided for a store such as this.

The store hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.


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