Since announcing their retirement, people have been stopping at Dar’s Porch and Patio to buy and give out hugs.
“Appreciate it. Thanks. That’s why it’s hard,” said owner Chris Highlen to a customer.
After 47 years in business, Chris and her husband Dar are ready for a new chapter.
“It’s been 47 years of different things and we’ve evolved in the last 20 some years into the furniture and patio business and it’s been wonderful,” said Chris.
Dar and Chris started out selling candles and flowers – eventually going into the patio furniture business. Chris who has been the face of the store says it has been a wild ride.
“Business has been phenomenal. People are sad that we’re leaving, we’re sad that we’re leaving. I mean, I am crying in the store with customers and we’re laughing, we’re going through so many memories,” Chris explained.
But before they close this chapter in their lives, they have to sell.
A liquidation sale started Thursday and will continue until everything at the store and warehouse is gone.
“Everything is going to sell in here. All the fixtures and everything and then the 45,000 square foot warehouse. We’re selling everything to the bare bones there too, so it’s going to take us a little while to do it.
Until the doors are closed for good, Dar and Chris will keep taking in the love from customers wishing them the best.
“We’re going to miss it. We miss all the people, we always love the people,” Chris added.
Chris tells WANE 15 they have so much furniture to sell they will likely be open through the summer.
As far as plans for retirement, Chris and Dar said they want to spend more time with their 13 grandchildren and travel more to Florida.