Nunns realize dream of opening home decor store
Belfast — In a cozy shop just off Searsport Avenue, Eric and Shiloh Nunn greeted local customers at their new home decor business with smiles and a piece of cake Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1.
Thursday was the first day of operation for Nunn's Home Decor & More, a business that welcomed visitors with a variety of gift items and decorating ideas for every room in the house, as well as the seasonal sights of Christmas trees trimmed with twinkling ornaments.
During an interview with The Republican Journal, the Nunns said they couldn't be happier about where they're working and living these days.
Both Eric and Shiloh are interior designers by trade, and Eric also has a background in wedding and event planning and floral design. Shiloh also sells some of his own three-dimensional artwork in the shop, pieces that feature colorful and finely detailed wood cutouts depicting scenes of native birds, butterflies and sailboats.
Opening a home decor shop, said Eric, is something he and Shiloh have always wanted to do.
"It was a great thing for the two of us to be able to do this. It's really been a dream for both of us," Eric said.
The couple moved to Portland from Georgia last spring. After deciding to go ahead with starting their own business in the Midcoast, they moved to Belfast earlier this fall and began remodeling their shop space in preparation for the opening.
"We love it here already," said Eric. "We have made so many wonderful friends here."
"Southern hospitality hasn't got anything on Maine," added Shiloh with a smile.
Both Nunns grew up in small towns, and both say they wanted to have a business that would cater to the locals as well as attract the tourists who visit the area in the summertime. Part of accomplishing that, said Eric, was keeping prices reasonable.
"We wanted people from Maine, and people from Belfast, to come into the store and be able to afford it," said Eric.
Opening just after the tourist rush but before the holiday season, Eric said, was an intentional move, too — they want to get to know their local customers first.
"We want to show Belfast who we are and what we are," said Eric. "We want the community to be able to see all of this first, because when it's tourist season, the locals will tell them about us."
Nunn's Home Decor & More is open Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays, noon-4 p.m.