A new business in Owego, N.Y., Hen’s Teeth Primitives, located at 2217 Rte. 17C, opened on May 6. A co-op shop featuring 14 vendors, Hen’s Teeth Primitives sells vintage and country items, farmhouse décor and antiques, furniture, jewelry and clothes, as well as many other items, and is housed in the former florist building within the Tioga Gardens complex.
Owners Teresa and Ben Warren pulled the opening together in just five weeks. The co-op exudes a country farm feel in a property that was once a barn, followed by a wood shop and then most recently before Hen’s Teeth, a florist.
Teresa commented, “We’ve dreamed of having a shop for a long time. We welcome customers to come in for a new shopping experience.”
Hen’s Teeth Primitives started in the Warren’s basement about five years ago where Teresa created and crafted her own hand-painted signs, furniture and décor and sold her pieces to other businesses. Ben has worked to refurbish wood from old barns, and puts his artistic energies in constructing one-of-a-kind furniture and accent pieces, such as dining tables, wine cabinets and candle holders.
The Warren’s relocated to Owego from South Hill, Va. about 15 years ago. Teresa explained that chickens have always been a part of the Warren family, which actually inspired the name of the business, Hen’s Teeth, as a nod to rare, hard-to-find items.
Described as “a co-op of unique finds,” customers can browse and purchase a vast assortment of items within the bright and cheery atmosphere of the co-op. From chocolate food products and gifts, cheese, textiles and pillows, clothing and totes, candles, shower and bath products, jewelry, watches and wall hangings, along with a local author display, just to name a few, there is something for every taste.
Unique finds also means that selections change often at the co-op. “There is something new here every day,” Teresa said.
A grand opening is tentatively planned for June. Hen’s Teeth Primitives is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., which includes Mother’s Day.
For additional information, call (607) 223-4990 or find them on Facebook.