“We were renovating a home in Hillsboro Village and salvaging an old door for our house,” Angie said. “We had a selection of doorknobs laying on the dining room table when Robbie picked one up and said, ‘This would be a really cool wine stopper.’”
The success they found with KnobStoppers, their first wholesale product, has inspired them to create other products, such as paper placemats, stationery items and chandeliers made with flatware, which are now all sold under the unified company name, Hester & Cook.
Before the Cooks opened their first retail storefront in 2009, they self-manufactured products in their home basement, the couple said. “For whatever reason, we had a feeling we were supposed to do something together,” Angie said.
Shoppers can find Hester & Cook’s original products and those from other brands at the store’s flagship location on White Bridge Road and in Franklin. Wholesale items from Hester & Cook are also available in stores such as Anthropologie and Crate and Barrel.
“People locally see this as a retail store, and they don’t realize that we’re wholesale all over the country and other parts of the world,” Robbie said.
Although the shop offers gifts suitable for any time of the year, the Cooks said they see an influx of customers during the holiday season looking for greeting cards, table runners and decor.
Along with the shop’s original products, Hester & Cook has specialty items in stock, such as flocked aluminum Christmas trees manufactured in the ‘60s and vintage model airplane kits.
“Vintage is a part of who we are,” she said. “We’re always looking for things you can’t just walk in somewhere and find.”
Hester & Cook
84 White Bridge Pike, Nashville
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.