By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Other | Issue: November 2013
Clinton and Robin Taylor bring the outdoors in with unique merchandise, catalog orders and custom design work at The Refuge Lifestyle.
“Wow! I have never seen anything like this!” This is a comment spoken over and over by first-time visitors to The Refuge Lifestyle. Store owners Clinton and Robin Taylor say they are thrilled every time they hear those words. The unique Bixby store at 7600 E. 151st St. is eye candy for anyone who wants the look of rustic elegance in their home, with something special that is not found in every big box retailer.
“We strive to be the premier supplier of quality cabin, lodge, southwest and western furniture, décor and accessories in northeastern Oklahoma,” says Clinton. The Refuge Lifestyle offers furnishings and accessories for every room in the house, wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Natural materials such as logs, barn wood, iron, leather and animal skins capture the beauty of the outdoors and bring it indoors.
In the four years the Taylors have been in business, they have gained a reputation for having just the right pieces for the comfortable look of a lake, ranch or mountain home. “We are happy when employees from other stores come in to see what all the buzz is about,” says Robin.
Last year, they decided to go a step beyond their initial Aspen log furniture to feature new items that easily blend with a more traditional setting. The look is still rustic and still elegant, yet far more flexible when it comes to decorating.
The risk was big, but worth it. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 1-3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., they will celebrate their first year under this new concept with an Anniversary Sale. “We were overwhelmed with the way our customers fell in love with our new merchandise,” says Robin. “And we hope people who have never visited will come in to see us this weekend.” Every item of merchandise in the store will be on sale during the three-day event. On Saturday, smoked meats will be available for lunch. All three days, from noon to 3 p.m., will be a Thanksgiving turkey craft for kids; the craft is something that parents will want to keep and pull out for their decor every year! In addition, they will hold daily drawings for a $100 gift card to the store.
Clinton and Robin travel extensively to select quality merchandise from vendors who share their passion for customer service. “We work with people who, like us, do whatever it takes to get the job done well,” says Clinton. The same holds true for their catalog partners. If customers don’t see exactly what they want on the floor, they can browse through dozens of catalogs.
Or they can have their idea custom designed into reality. Many people building their dream homes have relied on The Refuge Lifestyle to develop their own signature look. Entertainment areas and man caves are especially popular for personalizing. Taxidermy service is available, as well as custom lighting. If a remodeling project is in the future, they can give any room a complete makeover.
The Taylors have welcomed people from all the surrounding states and as far away as New York. They have shipped furniture throughout the country. Social media and a monthly newsletter play an important role in keeping in touch with their customers near and far.
Clinton and Robin welcome the opportunity to share all that their unique store has to offer. The Refuge Lifestyle is just west of Memorial on 151st Street and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.
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