Rockin Rooster and Happy Hen set to open soon

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

He­len Ri­ley is just about ready to start a new chap­ter in her life with the open­ing of the Rockin Rooster and Happy Hen Antiques, Col­lectibles and more in Rock­mart in the com­ing weeks.

The store — fea­tur­ing new items up front and sev­eral booths of space to rent for lo­cal people who want to sell antiques and more — will also come with op­por­tu­ni­ties for people want­ing a dif­fer­ent op­tion for par­ties to take part as well.

Ri­ley is of­fer­ing up one of the front booth spa­ces she’s run­ning her­self to act as a set­ting for tea time par­ties avail­able for book­ing at her new store, with ca­ter­ing pro­vided by Soli’s Soup and Sandwiches and Chick ‘N Scratch Bak­ery in Rock­mart.

She said the in­spi­ra­tion for the store — along with the name — came through a se­ries of happy co­in­ci­dences that have come to­gether to form her new store.

“We moved out this way to Tay­lorsville, two years in Novem­ber,” she said. In re­cent times, she’s added chick­ens to her prop­erty to make it closer to a proper farm, and now has up to 19 run­ning around her yard.

When think­ing of names and seek­ing help from friends in Novem­ber, she went through sev­eral name ideas for a com­pany and her hus­band as a joke came up with “Rockin Rooster and Happy Hen.” The name stuck, and now it’ll be one of the lat­est ad­di­tions to the Rock­mart busi­ness com­mu­nity in com­ing weeks.

The store is set to open on Au­gust 1. She plans to host a cou­ple of spe­cial in­vite-only days ahead of the grand open­ing for Rock­mart City Em­ploy­ees to come and check out the mer­chan­dise and make an early pur­chase, along with ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties that will be an­nounced through the store’s face­book page at www.face­­in­roost­er­hap­py­hen.

Rockin Rooster and Happy Hen will be at Home­spun with a ven­dor booth as well with limited stock avail­able, and much more to come. They’ll hold an Au­gust 2 rib­bon cut­ting to con­tinue the open­ing cel­e­bra­tions into the end of the up­com­ing week.

Ri­ley — for­merly of Chick-fil-A of Rock­mart and cor­po­rate of­fices as well — was al­ready op­er­at­ing her busi­ness on the side at Trea­sured Thrif­tique un­til the op­por­tu­nity came for her to jump fully into the con­cept of the store­front.

“It kept com­ing back to me that this is re­ally what I want to do,” she said.

Help from her hus­band Bill has al­lowed her to trans­form the store­front on North Pied­mont Av­enue into sev­eral booths for people to rent out of var­i­ous sizes — though they have been go­ing fast — and of­fers not just the tea room cor­ner and antiques for sale. She also has part­nered with ven­dors and taken it upon her­self to of­fer every­thing from t-shirts and hats to can­dles and soaps.

Only a sin­gle 10-by-10 unit is left, with a few smaller spa­ces for rent for those in­ter­ested. Prices start at $75 and go up to $120, and don’t in­clude any hid­den fees for credit cards, bags, and more.

“You’re not go­ing to get hit with all of that (as a ven­dor),” Ri­ley said.

She has space for 16 ven­dors, and is work­ing to en­sure that when some­one rents one of her spa­ces there isn’t over­lap on what each per­son is sell­ing and cre­ate com­pe­ti­tion on pric­ing within the store.

“I want ev­ery­one to have the chance to suc­ceed,” she said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, do­na­tions have helped fill the store with items that aren’t for sale but add to the at­mos­phere of a fun and dif­fer­ent shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence in Rock­mart. Even a deer head on the wall and a large rooster that isn’t leav­ing at any price are part of the dec­o­ra­tions pro­vided by friends, Ri­ley said.

She even set up a cor­ner at the front of the store as a “man cave” and a church pew at the front of the store to al­low people to sit and talk as well.

“People can just come in and sit down when they’re hot, be­cause there’s so much traf­fic here,” Ri­ley said.

Af­ter the grand open­ing in Au­gust, Rockin Rooster and Happy Hen will be open Tues­days through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Sun­days and Mon­days.

Ri­ley said that the first Thurs­day of ev­ery month will be a com­mu­nity give­back day, where 10 per­cent of all sales will be do­nated back to vol­un­teer groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions in need.

“We’re also go­ing to up early for se­nior cen­ters around the area one day to al­low for them to come in and shop,” Ri­ley said.

Owner He­len Ri­ley points to­ward the store hours at the soon to open Rockin Rooster and Happy Hen Antiques, Col­lectibles and More lo­cated at 401 N. Pied­mont Ave. in Rock­mart.

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