Haynes open gift shop in Coal Grove

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 24, 2008

COAL GROVE — The owners of this new gift shop have a simple goal in mind: Make the shop the destination for one of a kind items that can’t be found anywhere else in the Tri-State.

One-time owners of The EndZone, the Ironton eatery, Anne and Rick Haynes have taken a two-story farm house that Anne inherited and turned it into their latest business venture — The 4-Way Stop Shop, at the 4-way stop on Marion Pike.

“It was my wife’s family’s house, the Fields family. It’s been in the family since 1971,” Rick Haynes said.

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When Rick talks about the unique gift items, he starts listing a wide range of inventory.

“Have you ever heard of a hot dog toaster,” he asks. “Not a lot of people have heard of it. You put hot dogs on one side and buns on the other. It looks like a toaster only for hot dogs.”

Then there’s the unusual approach to doing housework via house shoes dusters. With a squirt or two of a favorite polishing product, housework can just dance by.

“You put on the house shoes and go around the floor with those,” Haynes said. “It dusts and cleans at the same time.”

There are also specialty baskets that will be custom-made and ordered like Valentine baskets with bottles of Dom Perignon or Easter baskets with Ohio State University trinkets.

“There was an order for a newborn where we gave them a UK sippy cup and things to do with a baby,” he said.

The couple plans a grand opening for May 3 with a giveaway of gift cards for the first 100 who come to the shop.